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Set yourself apart in a globalized world. Learn another language.

Knowing another language is a highly sought-after skill in the workforce and when transferring to a 4-year school. Learning a language is possible at any age. With free tutoring, small classes and talented faculty, JCCC’s foreign language programs give you the support you need to succeed.

What will I learn in JCCC's Foreign Language programs? 

Go beyond studying words. Immerse yourself in the culture of the language. Get involved in campus organizations and make new friends. Study abroad and feel comfortable in everyday interactions. Participate in campus festivals and celebrate long-held traditions.

Choose from six language offerings. According to UNESCO, these are among the most widely spoken languages:

  • American Sign Language/Deaf Studies
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
Did you grow up hearing a foreign language or are you a Heritage speaker?

Check out this NPR podcast with tips for trying to learn a "heritage language."

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Test into a higher foreign language course

Take the placement exam. Visit JCCC's Language Resource Center and assess your abilities.

Schedule your test

Why study a foreign language?

You’ll see extensive benefits as you study another language, in and out of the classroom:

  1. Improve your grades! Studies show learning a foreign language raises scores in math and language arts.
  2. Gain a better understanding of English. When you master a new language, you also increase your native language skills.
  3. Reduce travel barriers. Want to study abroad? Knowing a foreign language reduces culture shock and provides an unforgettable journey.
  4. Meet new people. Connect with different cultures and broaden your perspective.

Why choose JCCC to study a foreign language? 

We bring the classroom to you. Learn anytime, anywhere with our flexible course offerings:       

  • On-campus morning, afternoon or evening courses
  • Study in our virtual classroom over Zoom (usually during the lunch hour!)
  • Earn credit abroad in more than 50 countries

Get one-on-one attention in our small classes. Free tutoring at the Language Resource Center is available when you need it, online or in person.

Many four-year colleges require students to take a foreign language credit. Enroll in a foreign language at JCCC and earn credits at a much more affordable price.

The demand for U.S. employees who know more than one language has more than doubled since 2010, according to New American Economy.

Complement any career with language studies. Open doors to advanced opportunities in business, marketing, healthcare, technology and law:

  • Investment analyst
  • Medical interpreter
  • Human resources coordinator
  • Immigration paralegal
  • Copywriter

Learning another language demonstrates your exceptional skills to potential employers. Thinking critically and effectively interacting with diverse groups are high-demand skills that set you apart.

At JCCC, we have the resources and tools to help you succeed. Talk with a Financial Aid counselor to find ways to fund your schooling. Explore your options at JCCC:

Class supplies and textbooks cost will vary depending on your schedule.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Stay on your educational path and talk with Academic Counseling. They can also assist you in transferring to a four-year school. Discover what your passion will be post-graduation with our Career Development Center. Get assistance with your résumé and interviewing skills.