Providing students with the ability to function more effectively in the plurilingual and multicultural world in which we live.

A group of students participating in the international festival, dancing and wearing traditional mask and clothing from their culture.

The UMass Lowell Department of World Languages and Cultures strives to represent the diversity of human cultural achievements and experiences through the development of international language skills in French, Italian and Spanish. Our curriculum specifically focuses on the relations, interactions and influences of the arts and humanities on one another, both in the context of a single linguistic or cultural community and in our multilingual and multicultural global world. 

Learn About the Department

A group photo from a study abroad trip to Greece in 2014.

Study Abroad Blogs

UMass Lowell students and faculty regularly travel abroad through the UMass Lowell office of International Experiences and Study Abroad. Learn how you can join them.

They also regularly blog about their trips. A list of all university blogs can be found on

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