Language Houses

Want an international experience without having to buy a plane ticket?

Here at William and Mary, we are proud to offer 8 residence halls that are dedicated to the study of language and culture. Students with a special interest in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish language and culture are encouraged to apply to live in one of the Language Houses.

Each Language House occupies a separate floor of residence halls in the Randolph Complex. They house about 22 students each. The academic and cultural mission of each Language House is to immerse students in a living environment that fosters increased language study and cultural awareness.

The College employs Language House Tutors, graduate students who are native speakers of their respective languages, to coordinate the social and academic programming in the Houses. The Tutors facilitate conversation hours, movie nights, cooking classes, cultural celebrations, and many other activities, in addition to providing office hours and general assistance. They serve as an invaluable resource for the Language House residents and the greater campus community.

To live in a Language House, you do not need to major in the target language! However, it is strongly recommended that students have a basic background in the language to fully maximize their experience in the House. The Houses are designed for students who have an interest in the culture and a desire to participate in fun, stimulating House activities and programs.

For more information about the program, contact [[sgpalm, Sharon Palma]]. For information about the application and application deadlines, please see the Residence Life info about Special Interest Housing.