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The Language House Living and Learning Immersion Program

What Does the Language House Immersion Program Offer?

The Language House is a multicultural community in which residents work together to develop fluency in a target language and an appreciation of the historical, geographical, and sociological world of the target culture(s). Students join one of ten language clusters, where they live and learn together in the target language. Native-speaking mentors provide additional learning opportunities through weekly structured cluster meetings and activities.

 

Our program provides students serious about language learning with the opportunity for daily language and cultural immersion in an organized study environment. Students who choose this program will develop communication skills in both academic and daily life settings through diverse organized activities, informal daily contacts, outreach events, and supplemental coursework in the target language. The program also fosters multicultural competence through various Language House-wide events that give students the opportunity to interact with the other clusters.

Our Clusters

Ten languages are available: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Spanish. View our language clusters here.

Why Choose the Language House?
  • Immersive linguistic and cultural environment
  • Great alternative or addition to studying abroad
  • Regular interaction with native speakers
  • Make friends with shared cultural interests
  • Vibrant and supportive community of staff, mentors, and faculty
  • Centrally-located housing (St. Mary's Hall) is steps away from the STAMP Student Union, McKeldin Library, and Jimenez Hall (where students take language courses). 
  • Join the oldest living-learning program at Maryland, which has been running since 1989.
Who Can Apply?

The program is open to sophomores and above, but second-semester freshmen with an intermediate oral proficiency are also considered. Students from any major can apply for the program. Admission is determined by a faculty committee of language instructors and is based on ability, motivation, and commitment, as well as a sound academic record. A Language House student must possess and nurture a strong commitment towards improving themselves in the chosen target language.

Commitment for a Language House student:
  • Enroll in a course in the target language during every semester that they live in the Language House to ensure steady progress in the target language through both formal and informal instruction
  • Uphold the immersion environment by speaking the target language consistently and within the respective language cluster
  • Attend and actively participate in the weekly cluster meetings and activities
  • Participate and help organize Language House-wide activities and events
How Can I Apply to Become a Language House Student?

The application is accessible here.

The application involves:

Completing an initial application form, including an essay (in English), and two references who can attest to the applicant's abilities in the target language. Successful applications will then be contacted to schedule an oral interview with a faculty member.

Application Deadline

Fall 2021 Admission:  It is still possible to join our program for the Fall! If interested in joining the program, contact the director Dr. Matar at mmatar@umd.edu 

Housing Information For additional information or questions

Please contact the Language House Immersion Program Director by phone at (301) 405-6996 or by email at mmatar@umd.edu.

Interested in Becoming a Language House Mentor?

Please see our Prospective Mentor page.