Studying languages opens up a whole new world of possibilities!
Why Study Language?
- Fine tune analytical skills, multi-tasking capabilities and enhance creativity
- Improve communication and listening skills
- Enhance academic program (more advanced study of politics, history and culture of a foreign country requires proficiency in the language)
- Increase job prospects
- Boost compensation (Careers in defense and intelligence highly value a language-proficient workforce with language incentive programs and bonuses.)
- Strengthen competitive edge for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors with a minor in Language
- Open up opportunities in journalism, community engagement, foreign service, overseas teaching and similar roles
- Reach the global marketplace more effectively
- Prepare for a richer Study Abroad and other international travel experiences
- Be a more active participant in an increasingly multicultural world
- Learn about other cultures and gain better understanding of human nature
- Expand your view of the world
- Learn to engage with people from other cultures on issues of mutual concern
- Have fun!
The Stanford Language Center prepares students to have a foreign language capability that enhances their academic program and enables them to live, work, study, and research in a foreign language setting.
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'16 Computer Science Student
Major: Computer Science (BS)
Language Courses: First- and Second-Year Spanish
Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society
Study Abroad: Santiago, Chile
Work Abroad: Intern at Inria Chile, Santiago, Chile: trilingual workplace (Spanish, French, English); developed a demo showing real-time updates of the Santiago public transit system.
Additional Activities: Alto saxophonist in LSJUMB; RCC in Kairos; Leadership roles with she++ (Co-Director; Founder and Co-Director of the #include fellowship program and ThinkTank project); Chi Omega; summer internships at Google and WhatsApp
Currently: Traveling through Europe and South America for the summer, and returning to the Bay Area to work as a software engineer at Google in the fall