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Why Pursue Language Studies?

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Language Studies Can Take You Anywhere!

  • “World language skills have increasingly become a differentiator for hiring managers among graduates.” – Huffington Post
  • “Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation, according to the Department of Labor.” – CNN
  • “Technical skills are not enough any more. More focus is needed on speaking other languages, respect for others, and tolerance for cultural differences.” – PRWeb
  • “A growing number of business schools seem to be taking the view that a degree of fluency in at least one other major language is essential for the next generation of corporate leaders, despite the fact that most of their international programs are now conducted in English.” – BusinessWeek
  • “About 90% of Idaho is considered underserved or rural when it comes to medical care. That gap can be even bigger when it comes to finding Spanish-speaking medical professionals.” – Idaho Statesman
  • “Interpreters and Translators Top Emerging Career in 2017 According to UC San Diego.” – Slator
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I Study a World Language Because...

An inspirational video featuring interviews from world language learners at Boise State University. Video created by German minor, Chloe Pampush. 

What Does Studying Another Language Mean to You?

Bilingual Bronco: Patrick Phillips-LaNeve
Bilingual Bronco: Dr. Heather Meyer
Bilingual Bronco: Noah Faude
Bilingual Bronco: Annie Gavica
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Want to Double Major In a language?

Learn how Gabby Bates has created her degree plan to double major in Spanish and Accounting and even study abroad!

Why Study Another Language?

Advance Your Career

"Between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. job postings specifically geared toward bilingual candidates more than doubled."

Explore the World!

"Traveling as a speaker of the local language can revolutionize a trip abroad. Learning a second language also opens additional doors to opportunities for studying or working abroad."

Connect & Communicate

"Bilinguals have the unique opportunity to communicate with a wider range of people in their personal and professional lives."

Stimulate Your Brain

"People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills. "

Develop Cultural Awareness

"Language is the most direct connection to other cultures. Being able to communicate in another language exposes us to and fosters an appreciation for the traditions, religions, arts, and history of the people associated with that language."

Leave Your Comfort Zone

"Learning a language means putting yourself out there and moving out of your comfort zone. The upside is the amazing sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when conversing with someone in their native language."

Scholarships for Language Students

American Sign Language (ASL)

American Sign Language Scholarship (Boise State)

The Department of World Languages American Sign Language Scholarship is for students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are pursuing a minor in American Sign Language.

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Arabic

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Critical Language Scholarship Program Information

Basque

Basque Language Scholarship (Boise State)

The Department of World Languages and Literature Basque Scholarship is for students with a declared minor in Basque Studies, who plan to enroll full-time (12 UGRD, 9 GRAD), and have a 3.00 GPA.

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Domingo Ansotegui/ Lynne Fereday Memorial Scholarship

The Domingo Ansotegui/ Lynne Fereday Memorial Scholarship is for students who wish to further their experiences in the Basque culture, who plan to enroll full-time (12 undergraduate credits, 9 graduate credits), and have minimum 3.0 GPA.

Frank and Winifred Ascuaga Memorial Scholarship (Boise State)

In order to be eligible for this scholarship students must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment (12 undergraduate credits, 9 graduate credits)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to Notus High School graduates
  • Demonstrate financial need. We can determine your financial need by the results of your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).
  • Students must be enrolled or have taken at least three credits in Basque Studies or a related internship or program. Preference given to students of Basque descent.

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Jim Jausoro Memorial Scholarship (Boise State)

The Jim Jausoro Memorial Scholarship is for students who plan to be full-time (12 undergraduate credits; 9 grad credits) and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students must be enrolled or have taken at least three credits in Basque Studies or a related internship or program, or study abroad in Basque country.

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Pete Cenarrusa Memorial Scholarship (Boise State)

The Pete Cenarrusa Memorial Scholarship us for students who are enrolled in Basque Studies courses, related programs, or study abroad to Basque country. Students must be enrolled or have taken at least three credits in Basque Studies or related internship or program, plan to enroll full-time (12 undergraduate credits, 9 graduate credits), and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

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Pia Unamuno Anchustegui Memorial Scholarship (Boise State)

In order to be eligible for this scholarship students must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Plans to enrolled full-time (12 undergraduate credits; 9 grad credits)
  • Enrolled or have taken at least six credits in Basque Studies or related internship or program, including study abroad in Basque Country
  • Demonstrates financial need. We can determine your financial need by the results of your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).

Preference given to students studying Basque literature or Basque theater.

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Chinese

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Critical Language Scholarship Program Information

French

American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Scholarships

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) regularly offers scholarships for future French teachers.

AATF Scholarship Information

Alice Vetter Ashcroft Scholarship (Boise State)

The Alice Vetter Ashcroft Scholarship is for students who are at least the second year of undergraduate study or in graduate study, and are majoring in either English Teaching or French, Secondary Education, plan to enroll at least part-time (6 undergraduate credits, 5 grad credits), and have a 3.00 GPA.

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French Dual Language Fund

The French Dual Language Fund allocates FIT (Future Immersion Teachers) Fellowships to future French dual language and immersion teachers across the United States.

John Robertson French Scholarship (Boise State)

The John Robertson French Scholarship recipient is for junior or senior students majoring in French, who plan to enroll full-time (12 UGRD, 9 GRAD), and have a 3.00 GPA. Students must also demonstrate financial need per the federal financial aid rules. We can determine your financial need by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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German

German Language Scholarship (Boise State)

The Department of World Languages and Literature German Scholarship is for students who have a declared German Major or a German Secondary Education Major, plan to enroll full-time (12 UGRD, 9 GRAD) and have a 3.00 GPA.

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Phil Toomey World Languages Scholarship (Boise State)

The Phil Toomey World Languages Scholarship is for students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in German language or the teaching of German language, who plans to enroll full time (12 undergraduate credits; 9 grad credits), are a U.S. citizen that preferably have a permanent residence in Idaho, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. We can determine your financial need by the results of your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).

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Japanese

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Critical Language Scholarship Program Information

Korean

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Critical Language Scholarship Program Information

Latin

Latin Language Scholarship (Boise State)

In order to be eligible for this scholarship students must meet the following criteria:

  • Pursuing a minor in Latin
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • At least part-time enrollment (6 undergraduate credits, 5 graduate credits)
  • Demonstrate financial need. We can determine your financial need by the results of your free application of federal student aid (FAFSA).

Apply on Academic Works

Portuguese

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Critical Language Scholarship Program Information

Secondary Education

American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Scholarships

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) regularly offers scholarships for future French teachers.

AATF Scholarship Information

Jill Hella Student Teacher Scholarship (Boise State)

In order to be eligible for this scholarship students must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment (12 undergraduate credits, 9 graduate credits)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Senior or Graduate student
  • Enrolled in Student Teaching semester or year
  • Preference given to graduate level students enrolled in the Masters in Education Secondary/Elementary Certification programs
  • Demonstrate financial need. We can determine your financial need by the results of your free application of federal student aid (FAFSA)

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Lead with Languages Teacher Scholarship

As the inaugural initiative of the Lead with Languages Scholarship Fund, this award provides merit-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors committed to pursuing the language teaching profession in languages other than English.

The program provides recipients with an award of $1,500 per academic year. Scholarships may be renewed three times following the initial award, for a cumulative total of $6,000 per recipient.

Lead with Languages Teacher Scholarship Information

Spanish

Spanish Language Scholarship (Boise State)

The Department of World Languages and Literature Spanish Scholarship is for students who have a declared Spanish Major or a Spanish Secondary Education Major, plan to enroll full-time (12 UGRD, 9 GRAD), and have a 3.00 GPA.

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Lead with Languages

With the changing population of the United States and the growing interdependence of the international community, career opportunities are expanding rapidly for graduates who know a second language.  Second language competency has become highly desirable in teaching, government, social services, diplomacy, law, medicine, mass communications, science, technology, international trade, and marketing.  The programs in World Languages have the latitude and flexibility to fit nearly any career goal.

Boise State World Language Alumni Careers