Director: Monica Kowarsch Gonzalez
Adventist Colleges Abroad Coordinator: Elizabeth Bowser
Adjunct: Ruth DePaiva, Junyu Zhang
Southwestern Adventist University strongly encourages students to study a foreign language. Indeed, foreign language courses are a degree component of all B.A. programs at the University. Southwestern currently offers courses in Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations, education in the United States should focus on languages that will give Americans an economic competitive edge. The top five languages recommended include Chinese and Portuguese.
The Spanish language has also gained importance and influence during the past two decades. More than 400 million people in twenty-five countries speak Spanish, and it has become the second most prevalent language in the United States.
A second language opens doors to both personal and professional development and can give recent graduates an advantage when seeking employment in both national and international organizations and corporations.
The Modern Language Department offers to both the student majoring in languages and the general University student body the privilege of studying abroad without losing credit or lengthening the course of study. Southwestern is a member of a consortium known as Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA), and through this consortium the student is able to study a language in the actual homeland of that particular language. The colleges that are affiliated with ACA are Universidad Adventista del Plata, Argentina (academic year only); Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, Austria; Brazil Adventist University (UNASP), Brazil; Campus Adventiste du Saleve, France; Friedensau Adventist University, Germany (academic year only); Instituto Avventista Villa Aurora, Italy; Escuela Superior de Espanol (ESDES), Spain; Athens Study Center, Greece (Greek and Hebrew, summer program only); Saniku Gakuin College, Japan (Chinese, summer program); Universidad de Montemorelos, Mexico (summer program only); Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand (summer program); Ukrainian Institute of Arts & Sciences, Ukraine (summer program). The ACA Bulletin, which is available at the Records Office, contains a listing of courses offered on each campus.