The Language House Immersion Program at St. Mary's Hall, created in 1989, was the first living-learning program established at the University of Maryland. Open to second-semester freshmen and above, it provides students who are serious about language learning with the opportunity for daily language and cultural immersion in an organized study environment. Students who choose this program develop communication skills in both academic and daily life settings through diverse organized activities, informal daily contacts, annual Language House events, and supplemental coursework in their target language.
The Language House (LH) also provides an international community atmosphere in which residents work together to develop language fluency under the direction of a live-in mentor and a faculty liaison from the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students also acquire an appreciation of the specific historical, geographical, and sociological world of their target culture(s). Ten language clusters currently reside in the Language House: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.
Language House students live in apartment units with other students interested in learning the same language. The LH students are a part of a large campus community, and they have an array of programs including weekly cluster meetings, Coffee Chats, Faculty and Guest Lecture Series and LH Club meetings, which make St. Mary's Hall an easy place to meet other students and faculty.
Visit the Language House
Visit the Language House Persian Apartment