University of Iowa

Foreign Language Resources

Some proficiency in a foreign language is often needed for international grants and fellowships for research and teaching. The Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Iowa is a wonderful resource for language learning. Languages offered include: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Swahili, and American Sign Language. Want to practice conversation in a foreign language informally? See the opportunities below.

Foreign Language Evaluations: Please see the list below for UI faculty who serve as evaluators for the languages listed. Students seeking Foreign Language Evaluations for Fulbright and other grant applications for languages not listed should contact those individual foreign language departments in the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. These evaluations should be completed by a professional language teacher, preferably a university professor.

Faculty Foreign Language Evaluators

Arabic

Contact: yasmine-ramadan@uiowa.edu

American Sign Language

Contact: asl-program@uiowa.edu

Chinese

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/chinese
Contact: helen-shen@uiowa.edu

French

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/french
Contact: e-destruel-johnson@uiowa.edu

German

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/german
Contact: bruce-spencer@uiowa.edu

Italian

Contact: cinzia-blum@uiowa.edu

Japanese

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/japanese
Contact: yumiko-nishi@uiowa.edu

Korean

Contact: sang-seok-yoon@uiowa.edu

Portuguese

Contact: cris-lira@uiowa.edu 

Russian

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/russian
Contact: irina-kostina@uiowa.edu

Sanskrit

Contact: frederick-smith@uiowa.edu

Spanish

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/spanish

Heritage Speakers

Contact: julia-oliverrajan@uiowa.edu

Non-Heritage Speakers

Contact: spanish-clascore@uiowa.edu

Swahili

Contact: blandina-giblin@uiowa.edu

Want to Practice a Foreign Language?

Here are some opportunities, usually known as "conversation hours" (most are open to all levels, but some are only held during the academic year--please check with departments for updates):

Chinese: Chinese Conversation Corner, 315 Phillips Hall, Contact person: Xiaoyuan Zhao

German: Kaffeestunde, 612 Phillips Hall

Japanese: Conversation Hour, 612 Phillips Hall

Korean​: Conversation Hour, 612 Phillips Hall

Russian: Conversation Hour, 612 Phillips Hall

Spanish: Cafecito Cervantes, 612 Phillips Hall (year-round). Contact person: Gay Allan