Languages form a unique addition to a student's university education

The Department of Modern Languages provides its students with the opportunity to study various languages and to obtain a good grounding in these, but sees languages within its appropriate cultural contexts, i.e., the acquisition is seen as a vehicle to enter the thought, history, literature, cinema, etc., with which each of the languages is associated.

UPEI offers two degree programs in Modern Languages:

  • French - students seeking French education for further academic study, research, and careers
  • Spanish - UPEI presents the only opportunity in Prince Edward Island for learning Spanish

Visit each program's site for more information and complete admission requirements. 

Whenever circumstances warrant it, the Department offers courses in languages other than French and Spanish. In the past introductory courses have been offered in Chinese, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Mi'kmaq, and Scottish Gaelic. For Japanese or other Asian languages see Asian Studies.

Language Studies have always been an integral part of university studies. Such studies complement many areas of study and are recommended by other disciplines such as:

  • English
  • Music
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences

Language studies are seen as preparation for graduate studies, education programs, travel, and work abroad. They form a unique addition to a student's university education, with the variety of teaching and learning techniques adding variety, balance, or counter-balance to the education process.

Global markets are competing for supremacy, in Europe (with Germany as the pivotal point), the Americas (North and South America), and Asia (Japanese). Prince Edward Island is not removed from this struggle of the internationalization of commerce. Learning a language also helps alleviate, to varying degrees, a lack of knowledge regarding the intricacies and elementary aspects of English on the part of our students.

Meet Deidre Kelly, professional interpreter and UPEI Modern Languages program graduate

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Success Story, Students
Diedre Kelly

Deidre Kelly works as an interpreter on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, providing simultaneous interpretation from French into English at committee meetings, press conferences, caucus meetings and sittings of the Senate and the House of Commons.


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