Detroit Mercy Students in a classroom

Have you ever wanted to learn a second language or perhaps deepen your understanding of a language you might already speak? Did you know the benefits of studying another language extend beyond the subject matter? Students who study another language often strengthen their analytical and creative abilities. Study abroad opportunities deepen the experience and allow students to practice what they have learned in an immersive language and cultural experience. Whether you are a student at University of Detroit Mercy, or a member of the business community, our Language and Cultural Training Program can create a program of study that is right for you!


Certificates (for academic credit)

  • Certificate in Language Studies (for Detroit Mercy Students)
    Level I (Introductory/Intermediate) and Level II (Intermediate/Advanced) in:
    • Arabic
    • Chinese (Mandarin)
    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Spanish

Additionally, Detroit Mercy offers language coursework in  Aramaic, Croatian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and English as a Second Language; however, the certificate option is not available in these languages.

Other Programs & Services

  • Cultural Training Seminars
  • Dual Enrollment Language Programs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Detroit Mercy students can earn a Certificate in Language Studies after successful completion of 12-semester hours of language study.
  • Both on campus instruction and off campus instruction are available for corporate, private and community-based language instruction in Metro Detroit.
  • We also offer training in accent reduction and American Business English.
  • Detroit Mercy is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Our instructors are well-versed on the ACTFL scale and national standards for foreign language proficiency and cultural competency.

Your Boundless Future

Students are able to demonstrate language competency in speaking, listening, writing, reading and cultural competence. The Certificate in Language Studies is a great addition to your resume as you enter the work force or apply for graduate or professional school. Proficiency in a foreign language will set you apart in any field or may help you advance in your current job.


Contact Info

Lara Wasner, M.A., MATESOL
Director, Language and Cultural Training Program

Featured Alumna

Colleen Kurecka '13, '16

“I was a five-year MBA candidate and earned my certificate in the Spanish language. Detroit Mercy’s foreign language program offers a lot of opportunities. I did a study abroad in Greece and took a class in Korean, as I plan to do a semester abroad in Korea. The professors in the foreign language classes are native speakers, so the classes are not just taking tests and memorizing vocabulary. We learn about culture and history, too. Learning another language makes you think in an entirely different way, and it definitely improves your critical thinking skills.”

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