The Faculty of Arts Language Centre provides world-class facilities and technology for UM’s different language programs. It supports language learning at all levels, informs on international opportunities and offers cultural insight through activities and events for students.
What we offer
There are many reasons to add a language to your education. Throughout your degree, you can take courses in many languages offered at the beginner level or more advanced levels. Learning a language can lead to meeting new friends in a student club, travel study opportunities or career opportunities.
The Faculty of Arts offers courses in the following languages:
- Ancient Greek
Did you know? A full six credit hour language course at any level will satisfy the Bachelor of Arts Humanities requirement.
The Language Centre offers program and department-specific resources.
Language Tutor program
Tutoring is available for students by students.
Book a tutor
New language learners registered in language courses can book a free tutor session with a Language Centre student tutor. Sessions run 30 to 60 minutes and may be one-on-one or with a small group of students.
Email email@example.com with:
- Your name
- UM email address
- UM student number
- Language requesting tutoring in
- Course and section enrolled in
- Day and time requested
- What would you like help with? (short description)
Scheduling of appointments will be done Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please give up to 24 hours for a response.
View the Winter 2024 tutoring availability schedule
Monday after 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday after 2:15 p.m.
Friday after 1:30 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., plus after 2:30 p.m
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., plus after 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday all day except from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Monday to Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday before 12:00 p.m., plus after 12:45 p.m
Wednesday before 12:00 p.m., plus after 12:45 p.m
Thursday after 1:00 p.m.
Friday before 12:00 p.m., plus after 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Become a tutor
The Language Centre offers and coordinates a tutor program for new language learners. We are always looking for volunteers who can tutor students mainly in beginner language classes.
We are looking for advanced language learners or speakers in a variety of languages. You do NOT have to be a native speaker to participate. Tutors will use the Language Centre's Zoom account or meet in person in a designated room in the Dafoe Library.
The schedule is flexible and can be adapted to your availability. If you volunteer for at least 10 hours throughout the academic year, your time will be registered for UM Co-Curricular Record.
Tutors receive an introductory workshop and will conduct mock sessions before tutoring their first student. The Academic Learning Centre also offers a Tutor Training Workshop each year.
Benefits to tutors
- Be involved on campus.
- Add it to your resume.
- Practice your language.
- Get Co-Curricular Record recognition (with 10 hours or more).
- It's fun!
Apply to be a tutor
If you would like to apply to be a tutor, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Language Centre and explore the wide variety of foreign and native languages, offered by the Faculty of Arts. Learn about different cultures and history and take part in some fun presentations and games. This is also the perfect time to get information on language classes, travel study opportunities, language practice resources and more. Don’t miss out on our tour around the world!
Language weeks will restart in 2024-25.
If you are a department, program, student group interested in promoting or being part of the Languages Feature Weeks, please contact email@example.com.
University language contest
Each year the Language Centre contest invites submissions from full-time University of Manitoba students. Students are asked to enter a project of creative expression relating to the contest theme.
2024 UM Language contest
Theme: Celebrate Diversity: Campus Multiculturalism Video Contest
The 2024 university student contest is OPEN! Deadline to enter is March 22, 2024.
Get ready to showcase the vibrant tapestry of cultures that make our campus a truly global community. Express and celebrate the rich mosaic of traditions, languages and perspectives that thrive on our campus.
- Create a video up to 60 seconds in length that captures the essence of multiculturalism on campus.
- Express your voice through interviews, storytelling or visual art. Convey the message of unity in diversity. Share how multiculturalism enriches our academic and social environment.
- Use your artistic flair to make your video stand out. Incorporate music, dance, interviews, or any other creative elements that best convey the multicultural spirit of our campus.
- All winning entries will be featured on our official university channels, promoting your talent and contributing to the celebration of multiculturalism.
2023 Winners: Why should you add a language to your university degree?
In 2023, we asked UM students to tell us why they should add a language to their university degree. Students were asked to consider the following:
- Job opportunities in government, business, medicine, law, technology, military, industry, marketing, etc.
- One’s world view and barriers between people
- International travel and work
- One’s participation and responsibly in a multi-cultural world
- Foreign art, music, film, philosophy, science…
Congratulations to the 2023 winners:
- First place: Rimsha Sohail (I.H. Asper School of Business), video submission
- Second place: Jackie Dormer (Faculty of Arts), PowerPoint submission
- Third place: Paula Robles Andia (Faculty of Arts), poster submission
Thank you to all UM students who took the time to enter the contest this year! We're looking forward to what you create in 2024.
High School language contest
Each year the Language Centre contest invites submissions from high school language program classes (grades 9-12). Classes are asked to submit a video relating to the contest theme.
2024 High School Language contest
Theme: Celebrate Diversity - Multiculturalism Video Contest
The 2024 high school contest is now OPEN!
DEADLINE to enter is Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Get ready to showcase the vibrant tapestry of cultures that make your high school a truly global community. Express and celebrate the rich mosaic of traditions, languages and perspectives that thrive at your school.
- Create a video up to 60 seconds in length that captures the essence of multiculturalism at your high school.
- Express your voice through interviews, storytelling or visual art. Convey the message of unity in diversity. Share how multiculturalism enriches your academic and social environment.
- Use your artistic flair to make your video stand out. Incorporate music, dance, interviews, or any other creative elements that best convey the multicultural spirit at your school.
- All winning entries will be featured on UM's official university channels, promoting your talent and contributing to the celebration of multiculturalism.
2022 Winners: Let's promote language learning
In 2022, we asked high school students to create an advertising campaign to encourage others to learn a new language. We asked them to tell us the top reasons to take a language course.
Congratulations to the 2022 winners:
- Individual first place: Yurie Tanaka (Balmoral Hall), video submission
- Individual second place: no winner
- Individual third place: no winner
- Class first place: Ms. Allan's Grade 12 class (Windsor Park Collegiate), video submission
- Class second place: Mrs. Muñoz's Grade 10 class-1 (Fort Richmond Collegiate), video submission
- Class third place: Ms. Stepaniuk's Grade 10 class (River East Collegiate), Powerpoint submission
Thank you to all students who took the time to enter the contest this year! We're looking forward to what you create next year.
2021 Winners: The power of language
In 2021, we asked high school students to tell us how languages shape people and cultures and the way we see things. We were curious to find out what students know about other cultures through language learning and if it changes their perception of their own culture.
Congratulations to the 2021 winners:
- Individual first place: Chise Kondo (Balmoral Hall), poster submission
- Individual second place: Holly Typliski (Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School), video submission
- Individual third place: no winner
- Class winner: Ms. Carla Allan's Grade 12 class (Windsor Park Collegiate), video submission
Thank you to all students who took the time to enter the contest!
The University of Manitoba grants university credit for a number of different types of programs abroad. You can choose from exchange programs, travel study courses and field study courses that provide hands-on experience while allowing time to travel, explore and even work abroad.
The University of Manitoba offers international student exchange experiences in 20 destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, Asia or Australia.
Courses are taught in either English or in the country’s official language by the exchange universities during the normal academic year. Funding may be available through the International Centre or your home faculty. Open to students from all faculties.
If you have questions, visit us in the Language Centre or visit the exchange program webpage.
Travel study/Field study courses
Travel study/Field study courses are University of Manitoba courses taught by UM professors in locations other than our Winnipeg campuses. The courses run from a few days to several weeks and generally take place over the summer months providing you with hands-on exploration such as archaeological digs in the Mediterranean and/or North Africa and cultural/language experience in Poland, Hungary or Germany.
Travel study/field study opportunities from the Faculty of Arts
Archaeological Field Schools
During the summer, field schools give students the chance to gain hands-on experience excavating and analyzing artifacts at a local or international site. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the summer, unique travel study courses have been offered to locations such as Spain, Ireland, Scotland, the Holy Land and China. The courses explore local sites integral to the history and culture of he Roman Catholic Church and students gain an understanding of the history, art, monuments, people and landscapes central to Catholic history.
German and Slavic Studies
Summer 2022 - Hungary
HUNG 2100: Hungarian Culture and Language (6 credit hours)
Participate in an immersive study experience in Budapest (5 days) and Szeged (14 days). Explore Hungarian culture, history, art, life and society in excursions, classes and guest lectures along with some introductory, conversational language training. Open to students from all faculties.
Travel scholarships and grants
Scholarships and grants are available to conduct studies or research outside of Canada.
DAAD Study Stays
Study scholarship for students interested in completing graduate studies in Germany.
German Studies Research Grant
Supports students majoring or minoring in German who want to carry out a research stay in Germany.
Summer Course Grant
Participate in a 3 to 4 week summer school in Germany to support learning the language.
Student groups and clubs can help you practice a language, learn more about a culture and connect with others. Groups can bring together students who share a passion - from ethnic origin groups, to languages, areas of study and more.
UM student groups and clubs focused on language and culture:
Depending on student involvement, a student group may not be active every year.
Become a Language Centre Tutor: The Language Centre offers and coordinates a tutor program for new language learners. We are always looking for volunteers who can tutor students mainly in beginner language classes. Learn more about becoming a Language Centre Tutor.
Folklorama: Become a general volunteer, pavilion volunteer, join Team Folklorama or the Folklorama Youth Council. Learn more about volunteering at Folklorama.
Gain practical research or work experience through internships.
The Language Centre
Located in the Isbister Building on UM’s Fort Garry Campus, the Language Centre was established in 1996 as a joint venture between the Faculty of Arts and the Extended Education Division.
The Language Centre works in close collaboration with all language departments to provide support and facilities for their language programs—including an information centre, a resource centre and two computerized learning laboratories.
It is our mission to improve:
- The quality of teaching and learning through information exchange, networking, collaboration, research and development.
- The language teaching and learning environment by upgrading the facilities, resources, materials and technologies available to bring language and culture alive in the classroom.
Language lab etiquette
To make the Language Lab as productive a study environment as possible we ask you please abide by the following rules:
- Work as quietly as possible and keep conversation to a minimum especially when entering and leaving the lab.
- Do not bring any food or drinks into the lab. Liquids and crumbs can destroy keyboards etc. Please leave any such items on the table by the door.
- Do not use mobile phones in the lab.
- Do not change the computer settings or icons.
- Treat the computers (especially the headsets) gently and with respect.
- Do not use the lab to read email, "surf" the web, work on term papers, etc. The Language Lab facilities are provided solely for the purpose of language learning. Please use one of the many campus Academic Computer Labs for other activities.
- Do not connect any personal equipment (other than headsets) to the computers.
- Report any problems, malfunctions or inappropriate use of the facilities to the staff.
Thank you for your cooperation.