Languages Offered at IWU

Bocce Ball
Students in an Italian language class got a taste of Italian culture by learning to play bocce ball.

Given all the advantages of being able to speak a second language, we hope that you will keep pursuing your language skills at Illinois Wesleyan. We offer language opportunities in the following:

Benefits of Learning a Second (or Third!) Language

Students who become fluent in a language that is not their native tongue experience a number of benefits.


Studies consistently show that bilinguals have increased cognitive skills and abilities to multitask and prioritize. 


Learning a second language enriches students' personal lives and increases their power to act as citizens of the world.


Globalization is making it increasingly more common to do business with people who speak different languages. As a result, employers are constantly looking for people who are able to speak additional languages.