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Our Mission

The University of Virginia's Institute of World Languages is an initiative of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Institute brings world languages to the forefront of our educational mission and promotes innovative collaboration for research, instruction and outreach activities in languages and cultures across departments and disciplines.The Institute is intended to:

  • Prepare students to be linguistically proficient, culturally competent, and thoughtful global citizens.
  • Strengthen research and collaboration across language programs and interdisciplinary areas through programmatic, departmental, and institutional initiatives that will further enhance language teaching and learning at UVA.
  • Create, exchange, and expand language resources and innovative technologies for language learners and educators in the international language community at UVA and beyond.
  • Organize activities promoting world languages and second language acquisition in order to support prospective and current language educators in enhancing their professional development.