Why earn a certificate in foreign language?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

UND's language courses prepare you to engage in a multi-lingual, culturally-diverse, global community. Courses promote learning of language, literature and culture that provide both intrinsic and practical value.

A Foreign Language Certificate can be earned by completing 16 credits of a language. Certificates are available in:

  • Classical Languages
  • Classical Studies
  • French (available 100% online)
  • German
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish

Students who enter UND with 16 credits in a language and complete one course in that language at the 300-level are eligible for the certificate. Those who major or minor in the language remain eligible for the certificate.

Foreign Language at UND

  • Opportunities to study abroad

  • Engage in scholarly activity to advance understanding of language, literature, and culture

  • Practical and applicable experiences is language courses

  • Real-world experiences in local and regional communities

Foreign Language Careers


Expected job growth of interpreters and translators through 2026

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Interpreters and Translators


Median annual salary for postsecondary teachers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Postsecondary Teachers

A Foreign Language Certificate opens doors to a wealth of career opportunities. Job opportunities are rapidly expanding in areas of international business, tourism, diplomacy and education.

Having language skills also helps personally. Studies have found that individuals who speak two or more language operate differently than single language speakers. Benefits include multitasking skills, improved memory, better decision making skills and improved English.

Foreign Language Courses You Could Take