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View our comprehensive list of all courses in Comparative Literature, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portugeuse, Russian and Spanish. MLC also teaches literature, film and culture courses in English translation!

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Choose from 10 programs exploring foreign languages, literatures, and cultures.

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Study Abroad

Explore your study abroad options, including programs in Germany, Italy, Russia, and more.

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Arezzo, Italy

Study abroad in Arezzo, Italy as part of MLC's only semester-abroad program.

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Voyage to Procida Film Premiere

Visiting Scholar’s film Voyage to Procida has its American premiere in Hollywood, California at the Cinelounge Independent film festival November 11-14, 2021.

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The movie poster.


Gift establishes professorship in Italian studies

A $2 million endowed gift from Arnold Lisio ’56, ’61M (MD), and his wife, Anne Moore Lisio, establishes the Arnold Lisio ’56, ’61M (MD) and Anne Moore Lisio, MD Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Italian Language & Culture. The Lisios’ generosity ensures that exemplary Italian instruction and scholarship will continue at Rochester forever. Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio—a Dante expert and faculty member within the University’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures for the last 30 years—has been awarded the named professorship, which represents one of the highest honors a professor can earn.

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Will Bridges, an associate professor of Japanese and a recipient of the 2021 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, leads the Life and Anime class in Lattimore Hall. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Will Bridges: Innovation and student involvement as teaching tools

A fourth-generation teacher with a passion for post-World War II Japanese literature, the associate professor is always searching for innovative ways to reach his students.

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Study languages and cultures at Rochester!

Check out this panel discussion featuring Professors John Givens (Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures), Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio (Italian Head Program) and Nicholas Gresens (Religion and Classics), who address the value and benefits of studying other languages and cultures as part of your undergraduate curriculum.

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25Fulbright Grants

MLC students have earned 25 Fulbright grants since 2011!

Why MLC?

Our students attend small classes and meet with their instructors—many of whom are native speakers—regularly. With our interdisciplinary curriculum, we prepare students for careers that stress critical thinking and cross-cultural communication. Because our courses are frequently cross-listed with other departments, many MLC students can complete double or even triple majors.

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