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The Language House is a living-learning residential program sponsored by Student and Academic Services. Located in Boldt Hall within the Alice Cook House on West Campus, the Language House is open to full-time, registered upperlevel students in all seven colleges.

The goal of this unique program is to provide a setting in which students can become comfortably fluent in one or more of the target languages: Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.Language House residents make language learning and multicultural interest a major focus of their social and intellectual lives.Living in the Language House means making valuable connections – with fellow residents, faculty members, and international student groups and activities. Your circle of friends will grow, and your classes will take on new dimensions.You will graduate from Cornell with linguistic skills and cultural knowledge that will be especially attractive to employers and graduate programs and that will enable you to travel and live in new regions of the world.

The Language House is a lively and active place in which students commit to speaking their target language.They dine together regularly, meet for weekly conversation hours, and plan activities and excursions.Native Speakers, who are also students, are assigned to each language section.They live with the students, serve as conversation partners and assist in organizing linguistic and cultural activities.Students might cook a traditional meal together, play board games, go to the theatre, practice calligraphy, take salsa lessons, have a cultural fair or stage a Model UN, or picnic at a state park.Newspapers, books, games, DVDs, and cable TV channels in the target languages are available on site.At least once a week, a Faculty Fellow assigned to the language section attends the language dinner, often bringing fluent guests.Celebrations of the customs and holidays of target-language countries are regular events at the Language House.Once per year, each language section may decide to take a cultural immersion trip to a nearby multilingual area or a research trip abroad, if funding can be secured