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Modern Languages

Whether or not you plan to use a foreign language in your future career, studying one at Bentley can significantly enhance your career options. It will also make you a more well-rounded individual and culturally sensitive global citizen. We offer a diverse and engaging array of courses in Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish. Each class is carefully designed to help you hone your language and communication skills while also developing the critical cultural awareness necessary for success in our ever-expanding global community. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to venture outside the classroom through study abroad and internship opportunities that offer experiential learning and cultural immersion. Whichever career path you ultimately choose, our Modern Languages courses help you prepare for future success by fostering a deeper awareness and understanding of our interconnected world.

Language Placement

Astourian Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Assistant Professor Laure Astourian received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure, one of France’s most prestigious universities. Astourian will spend nearly five months in the City of Light, conducting research for her forthcoming book about the role of ethnography in French films of the 1950s and ’60s.

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Modern Languages Service Learning

Working with local communities

Bentley University Spanish Students earn a fourth credit while partaking in service learning at a local elementary school. Alongside the parents of the students at Whittemore Elementary School that want to improve their English, Bentley students spend a half hour speaking in English and a half hour in Spanish about topics ranging from holidays and tourist sites to the difference in educational systems in the US and Central America. While performing service learning, students also improve their Spanish speaking skills and learn about Hispanic cultures. Moreover, they learn more about Waltham's immigrant community and form meaningful cross-cultural relationships.

Annie Xie, '22

Sketching my dream from unreachable to real

Through her experiences learning abroad, Annie Xie '22 has become a lover of romance languages. She has taken both French and Spanish courses at Bentley, and recently committed to becoming one of our first Language, Culture, Business majors. Annie first fell in love with the French language while studying in Rouen, France. Annie believes that the Language, Culture, Business major is perfect for her because it has given her the opportunity to learn about business while pursuing her love for the French language. She hopes to combine the two fields in her future career. To learn more about Annie and her experience, check out the CLIC newsletter.



The Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC)

The Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC) seeks to enhance course curricula in Modern Languages and International Studies through the use of state-of-the-art technology. Faculty members in both disciplines work in concert with the center to integrate course content and technology using synchronous and asynchronous technology.

Live video and computer conferencing, a multimedia library of instructional materials for language and cultural learning, and access to international satellite broadcasting are some of the technical resources available at the center that make authentic exposure to language, countries and cultures possible. The CLIC staff, composed of undergraduate Bentley students who speak two or more languages, also work with their peers throughout the semester and in doing so, continue to build the global perspective within the Bentley community.

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Christian Rubio
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Morison Hall 285


Darlene Saunders
Senior Academic Coordinator
Morison Hall 109