Optional Language Component

As an optional component to admitted students’ program of study, MAGA offers intensive instruction in US Department of State designated strategic languages, such as Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. These languages are critical for US national security as well as commercial relations and economic competitiveness. The current demand for proficient speakers of these languages greatly exceeds the number of speakers available in the US. By having proficiency in one of these target languages, students greatly enhance their marketability when seeking employment opportunities. Students interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity will take courses through SIPA’s Strategic Language Institute, conveniently located at the School of International and Public Affairs at FIU's Main Campus. Courses are available at an additional cost to students, and instruction can either be in groups or one-on-one. For more information, visit the SLI web page, or call the MAGA program coordinator at 305-348-7222.