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Cultural Competency & Language Classes

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COVID-19 Update

In light of the latest COVID-19 developments, including a hiring freeze, cultural competency and language classes are currently paused. We hope to offer classes again soon, and invite you to use our contact form to indicate your interest so that we can add you to our email list. Please check the return to campus website, One VCU: Responsible Together, for the latest news and updates.

Please contact us with questions. 

“The instructor was very patient and very good at building on our experiences, building on our interests—adapting to where we had strengths and where we needed some more support.” - Alisa 

Alisa B., VCU Cultural Competency and Language Student.

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In light of the latest COVID-19 developments, including a hiring freeze, cultural competency and language classes are currently paused. We hope to offer classes again soon, and invite you to use our contact form to indicate your interest so that we can add you to our email list. Please check the return to campus website, One VCU: Responsible Together, for the latest news and updates. 


In partnership with the School of World Studies, conversation-based language classes are offered as a benefit to VCU and VCU Health employees, and are open to students and community members not currently enrolled in VCU academic programs. Classes introduce adult learners to different cultures, and are available for one academic credit. Tuition benefits or education assistance may be available to qualified employees. Contact Human Resources to determine eligibility.

Our most recent offerings included:

Why study a foreign language?

Improve travel experiences

Planning a trip abroad? Register for a class with your travel companions to learn or refresh your language skills.

Connect with other cultures

Become interculturally competent, and gain a better understanding of other cultures.

Add to your work skills

Enhance your career opportunities in our increasingly global world.

Keep your mind engaged

With an emphasis on oral fluency and listening, learning a world language makes a great hobby!

Check dates

To register for undergraduate credit courses, visit our Registration page and follow registration instructions. Helpful links are provided on this page. 

Online registration is available through eServices, or you can register by completing a VCU OCPE Credit Registration Form.

Want to find out more? Get in touch.