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Thatcher Language House

The Thatcher Language House offers the opportunity to live in a residence hall dedicated to learning a target language and exploring foreign cultures.

In this hall of 120 students, the majority are a part of one of six programs of study in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (LLC). See where Thatcher House is located on the campus map.

Each of the language programs—Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish—occupies a floor which includes its own classroom/lounge. Students meet there to socialize in the language, and regularly during the week for a specially-designed two credit conversation/culture course. An experienced graduate student from LLC teaches the course and organizes social and cultural activities.

For example, Japanese language students take part in a Japanese tea ceremony, host an authentic Japanese dinner, and learn calligraphy. Chinese language students celebrate the Chinese New Year. Spanish-speaking students learn to cook paella in the house kitchen, while German language students celebrate Karnival and keep up with events in unified Germany. French language students, as well Italian language students, view films from France or Italy and role-play everyday situations in contemporary life.

For more information about Thatcher House, including application information and program requirements, visit the Residential Academic Programs (RAP) website.