• A student paints for a class project
  • Two students speak in class
  • A student holds a paper heart at an event
  • Students talk to each other in language lab
  • A student talks with friends at an event
  • A student dances in the university center building
  • A student stands next to one of the Maverick horses on campus
  • A student holds balloons at an event on campus


Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, our office staff is telecommuting. If you need to reach us, please email modladvisor@uta.edu for the quickest response. You may also leave a message at 817-272-3161. We will check messages daily, Monday through Friday, and return your call as soon as possible. 

Please visit uta.edu/coronavirus for up to date information on the university's policies and procedures.


The Department of Modern Languages (MODL) prepares students for success—global competence—in an increasingly interconnected world. Global competence is a critical component of 21st-century education; it encompasses skills such as:

  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • The ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  • Knowledge and understanding of other peoples and their cultures

Since global competence is a national imperative, this skillset has a meaningful impact at the local, national, and international levels and informs matters of national security, cultural diplomacy, public health, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.

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We welcome you to our website and invite you to explore our diverse offerings in eight world languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. Our expert faculty prepare 21st-century global citizens in language, culture, linguistics, literature, interpreting, and localization and translation. Undergraduate students can participate in the MODL Advantage, which offers opportunities in Career Preparedness, Community Engagement, Global Connections, Leadership, and Research. Graduate students in French or Spanish can build on their previous experiences through an enriching pursuit of knowledge related to language, culture, and literature.

Go Bold | Go Global with MODL

MODL Advantage

The Department of Modern Languages (MODL) is committed to UTA’s initiative—the Maverick Advantage—which provides undergraduate students with a competitive edge by connecting them with the University’s experiential learning ecosystem. Our MODL Advantage offers students experience with the Five Distinguishing Activities of the Maverick Advantage:

  • Career Preparedness
  • Community Engagement
  • Global Connections
  • Leadership
  • Undergraduate Research

We invite students to participate in these experiential learning opportunities to enhance their career preparedness, dedication to lifelong learning, and appreciation of a diverse and inclusive community.

More information can be found on our MODL Advantage page.

Go Bold | Go Global with MODL


The Department of Modern Languages (MODL) supports student success with merit-based scholarships for our undergraduate and graduate majors. A number of scholarships are awarded in each long semester. Dollar amounts typically range from $250 to $1000.

Our scholarships are administered through UTA’s Mav ScholarShop. For more information about the scholarships we offer, requirements, and deadlines, see our Scholarships page.

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We greatly appreciate the gifts of MODL friends and alumni. Your contributions help to support student success, allow departmental programs to grow, and aid in the professional development of our faculty and graduate students.

How to Donate

  • By Check: Please mail your check payable to the University of Texas at Arlington with a completed pledge form, or clearly state the gift designation (Department of Modern Languages) on the check.

    College of Liberal Arts Development
    c/o UTA
    Box 19617
    Arlington, TX 76019

  • By Credit/Debit Card: Visit the College of Liberal Arts secure online donation site, and select “Department of Modern Languages” from the drop-down menu.
  • By Phone: Contact the Office of Development at 817.272.2584.