International Students
World Languages

Immersive Language Training for Transfer, Business or Pleasure

While many colleges are scaling back their language offerings, North Seattle College offers courses in seven different languages– Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Did You Know?

Did you know that many UW Degree Programs require at least three quarters of world language study? You can save money by fulfilling this requirement before transferring. Here are the colleges and degree programs that require a minimum of three quarters of world language for graduation:

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

FOSTER SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

  Asian Studies

  European Studies

  Canadian Studies

  Jewish Studies

  Comparative Religion

  Latin American & Caribbean Studies

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

  American Ethnic Studies              

  Germanics              

  American Indian Studies              

  History 

  Anthropology   

  Integrated Social Sciences

  Applied Mathematics    

  Jackson School of International Studies

  Art + Art History + Design            

  Law, Societies & Justice

  Asian Languages & Literature     

  Linguistics  

  Astronomy        

  Mathematics 

  Biology

  Music           

  Chemistry          

  Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

  Classics

  Philosophy

  Communication

  Physics

  Comparative History of Ideas     

  Political Science

  Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media             

  Psychology        

  Dance  

  Scandinavian Studies 

  Drama  

  Slavic Languages & Literatures

  Economics          

  Sociology

  English 

  Spanish & Portuguese Studies

  French & Italian Studies

  Speech & Hearing Sciences

  Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

  Statistics

  Geography

 

 

Value of Language Study

Learning another language has numerous benefits, both practical and life-enhancing.  While “speaking the language” certainly helps world travelers, language skills can make you a more competitive job seeker, especially in trade-dependent Washington. As the Internet expands markets, people in all sorts of roles will need to know more than just English.

More basically, the study of world languages expands one’s perspective on human experience and is key to understanding art, literature, music and culture. Many of students pursue learning a language to get in touch with their own cultural heritage.

Effective Language Development

The World Languages Department provides a premier environment for effective language learning: small classes, an immersive approach to language skills, and effective practice resources. In Spanish and French you can complete two full years of language study.

Experienced instructors, who use their language skills across multiple disciplines, provide individualized attention and innovative, personalized assignments to help you enjoy the language you study and learn to express yourself in both working and social situations. Class formats include online and hybrid (part online and part in-classroom) as well as traditional classrooms, both daytime and evening.

From day one of your language class, you’ll be focused on the skills that make for fluent communication: reading, writing, speaking, listening or signing. Spoken language classes employ daily oral and written practice in the conversational and descriptive elements of the language. Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are all integrated into a learning model that emphasizes your ability to communicate.

Preparation for Varied Goals

With North’s instruction you can prepare for advanced coursework in a 4-year college or university or language school (like the Jackson Institute at the University of Washington) or for non-English speaking job situations. You can also be prepared to transition to immersive environments, international business work or fluency in communication with the deaf.

Associated Degrees
  • Department Coordinator
  • Cristina Zahajko
  • email
  • (206) 934-4539
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  • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
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  • Location
  • IB 2312
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  • Division Contacts
  • (206) 934-3709
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  • Mailing Address
  • NSC Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
  • 9600 College Way N
  • 3nc2312
  • Seattle, WA 98103