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Language House Living and Learning Program

The Language House is an immersive residential program at University of Maryland where students live, eat, sleep, and work in one of ten target languages.

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Academic Program

Language House students are academically rigorous and deeply interested in polishing their language skills. They commit themselves to the spirit of being completely immersed in their chosen language. Learn more about academics in the Language House.

Academic Program

Prospective Students and Mentors

Prospective Students

The program is open to sophomores and above, but second-semester freshmen with an intermediate oral proficiency are also considered. 

Language Mentors are native speakers that lead one of our ten language clusters. Mentors foster linguistic and cultural learning and immersion and engage cluster students in their community through various culturally relevant activities.

Learn more about applying to become either a student or a mentor.

Prospective Students

Residential Life

Residential and Student LIfe

Learn more about residential and student life in the Language House, including facilities, support staff, student clubs, and more.

Residential Life


Faculty, Staff and Mentors

Browse the Language House directory to find  contact information faculty, staff and mentors.


Support The Language House

A gift to the Language House enables us to provide innovative, immersive language-learning experiences to our students. Learn more about how to make an impact through your donation.


About The Language House

The Language House Immersion Program, created in 1989, was the first living-learning program established at the University of Maryland. 

Open to sophomores and above (second-semester freshmen can be admitted as exceptions), it provides students, who are 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, annual Language House events, and supplemental coursework in the target language.

The Language House also provides an international community atmosphere in which residents work together to develop language fluency under the direction of a mentor, and a faculty liaison from the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students also acquire an appreciation of the specific historical, geographical, and sociological world of the target culture(s). Ten language clusters are available: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.


Contact Us

Marilyn Matar

Lecturer and LH Director, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Director, Language House
Lecturer, French

0107A St. Mary's Hall
College Park MD, 20742

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