Why World Languages and Cultures?

Studying World Languages and Cultures will change the way you see the world and open up new avenues of communication

Why World Languages and Cultures?

Studying World Languages and Cultures will change the way you see the world and open up new avenues of communication

The Department of World Languages and Cultures is strategically preparing students to impact the world by focusing on a number of significant languages spoken widely around the world. Courses contribute both to a global vision and an understanding of Canadian culture and identity.

Language studies open up new horizons and exciting avenues of cross-cultural communication, creating a wide spectrum of opportunities for graduates. These include careers in international and diplomatic work, government, teaching, missions, translation, business, and many other global opportunities.

At TWU, language instruction is embedded in the context of culture: students gain greater cultural awareness, while acquiring both oral and written skills. Small class sizes and passionate professors allow for an exceptional amount of classroom interaction. Literature courses provide insight into different times and places, examining ideas and works that have impacted the world, while also helping students develop analytical and writing skills. Civilization courses offer a glimpse into societies and cultures that have evolved over time and left an indelible imprint on the world. Through travel studies to Quebec, France, Latin America, and elsewhere, students greatly improve their language skills and experience new and impacting relationships.

With a Major in World Languages and Cultures; minors and concentrations in Spanish and French; and courses in Chinese, Japanese, German, and Russian – this program prepares graduates to transcend barriers and borders and serve the Lord around the globe!


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Travel Studies

Travel studies allow you to immerse yourself in a different culture. Every moment spent abroad is an opportunity to learn. TWU professors lead the courses, joined by guest speakers who provide a local perspective.

Careers in World Languages and Cultures
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Students with a background in World Languages and Cultures can find careers in:

  • Translation
  • Education
  • Mission workers
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • International and government organizations
  • Teaching English as a second language

Faculty Profiles

Silvia Brynjolfson

Sessional Assistant Professor of Spanish
Acting Chair of World Languages and Cultures Department

Isao Ebihara, D.Phil.

Instructor in Japanese

Kelsey Haskett, Ph.D.

Professor of French; Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures; Coordinator of European Studies

Slava Petlitsa, M.A.

Instructor in Russian and Spanish

Na Wu, Ph.D.

Sessional Assistant Professor of Chinese