Foreign Language Instructional Center

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

The Foreign Language Instructional Center gives learners every possible technological advantage in the quest for foreign language proficiency.

The Foreign Language Instructional Center (FLIC) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore represents a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education (Title III) to expand the number of Americans who speak a foreign language, especially those languages deemed critical-need.

Whether you want to study a foreign language for academic, professional or personal enrichment goals, FLIC and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are ready to help.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s now offers a Foreign Language Minor!

The minor in foreign language is designed for students who wish to become proficient in one or more languages. The requirements include both language courses and content courses from offerings in foreign language and/or literature, as well as related fields such as foreign film or international affairs. Students must take six courses for 18 credit hours from the approved course list. The study abroad option is also available for certain languages. Students may choose multiple languages to complete the foreign language minor; however, if students choose more than one language, they must complete a 200 level course for each of the chosen languages.   

The Foreign Language Instructional Center at UMES offers Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean (coming soon), Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, and English as a Second Language. These classes count toward the Foreign Language Minor.

To view all available course offerings: COURSES

For more information about the foreign language minor, please contact or call 410-651-6543.

Why Learn A Language?

Bilingual employees earn between 5% and 20% more in salary than those who only speak one language!                                                                                                – Financial Post, 2021

“To solve most of the major problems facing our country today—from wiping out terrorism to minimizing global environmental problems to eliminating the scourge of AIDS—will require every young person to learn more about other regions, cultures and languages.” – Colin Powell

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