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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
November / December 2019 Newsletter

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Thank you for attending our Open House on October 17 and for taking a well-deserved break with us. We enjoy spending time with our students outside of the classroom. Registration for the Spring 2020 semester is underway! Let me or any of our faculty members know if you need advising regarding which language classes you should take next. Remember that our FL major is now 39 credits, and it may be a good fit for you as a first or second major. But, if you do not have time to complete a double major, consider a minor in any of our languages, as it is only 12 credits! As we approach the end of the semester, I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.
Go Blazers! —Julián Arribas, Chair

Upcoming Events

Featured event:
International Film Festival
There will be films from a variety of cultures. View the detailed schedule.
Monday, November 18 & 19
Hill Student Center, Alumni Theater

View all of our fall 2019 upcoming events.

These events can also can be found on our department homepage. Attending these can help to fulfill a cultural events credit for your course.

Conversation Tables

A language conversation table offers the opportunity to practice the language you are studying with other speakers of the language. Students, staff, faculty, and community members come together to learn in a fun and casual environment.

Learn more details.

Language Clubs

View our various language clubs.

DFLL Abroad

Springtime in Paris

Paris - Eiffel TowerThe Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Alliance Française of Birmingham is planning their annual Springtime in Paris trip during UAB Spring Break (March 14-22, 2020). The trip is open to UAB and non-UAB employees and students. We will travel as a group to Paris, and once in Paris participants are free to visit as they wish. Trip cost is $2,399 which includes round-trip airfare, 7 nights in a 4 star hotel in the heart of Paris (double occupancy), breakfast daily, transfers, and 2 pre-departure orientation sessions. First deposit of $399 is due by November 5, 2019. Contact Professor Bond,, for more information.

Study in Germany

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Study in Japan

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Study in Spain


Applications open October 1, 2019, for 2020 – 2021 BSMART Scholarships
End Date for Applications: February 1, 2020

The Dr. William E. Doggett III Endowed Scholarship for Foreign Languages and Literatures Majors provides support funding in the form of student scholarships to Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) majors with a concentration in either French, Spanish, or Applied Professional Spanish. Award recipients will receive $2,500.00 each year for two years, to be applied to French or Spanish courses completed at UAB.

The Dr. William E. Doggett III Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship in Foreign Languages & Literatures provides support funding in the form of student scholarships for study abroad in a foreign language, linguistics, or literature. Students of all language minor programs offered by the DFLL may apply. Awards will range from $1,000.00 to $1,500.00.

The Lehmeyer Endowed Award in German provides support funding to students who are enrolled at UAB and have or are completing a minor in German, for continued intermediate or advanced study of the German language, as well as other related educational activities, including study abroad in a German-speaking country. Awards will range from $500.00 to $750.00.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Scholarship provides support funding for up to two additional courses past the first course a student takes at UAB, in a language offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Selected students will be invited to apply to receive $1,250.00 each semester for two semesters, $2,500.00 total, exclusively for foreign language coursework taken at UAB.

Calling for Mandarin Speakers

If you are interested in the Chinese-English Language Exchange Program, please contact Xinyu Zhai, Chinese Cultural Advisor, INTO UAB, or Ling Ma, Instructor of Chinese, DFLL.

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Need Advising?

Holly Henning is UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences advisor of Foreign Languages and Literatures majors, double majors, SSPC students and minors (HHB 402; 205.934.6135;

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