World Languages

Deeper connections and global perspectives

How many ways can you say, “How are you?” The ability to speak more than one language makes it easier to travel, conduct business and meet new people—even in your own backyard.

After all, English is only one of the three primary languages spoken in North America. In World Languages, you gain fluency in either Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish or sign language. Whether your career takes you into international business, hospitality, teaching or places you haven’t yet mapped, speaking another language is always an advantage.

Why study World Languages with us?

If you’re like most of our students who have earned an Associate in Arts (A.A.) in World Languages, you want more than fluency. You want to be multicultural and gain a global perspective. You also want to transfer. Work with our Academic Success Advisors to plan your transfer to a 4-year institution. We can recommend schools that fit your future goals.

Your instructors know you by name—not by number. At CLC, the instructors are teachers first, and researchers second. They dedicate their careers to helping you learn and understand the significance of world languages in our daily lives.

You learn the same material studied at 4-year schools, while you receive the personal attention and feedback possible only in small class sizes.

Language Lab: Discover, learn & enjoy

As a World Languages student at CLC, you have access to the Language Lab at our Grayslake Campus. We offer free language learning assistance and resources.

Join the Latino Alliance, Asian Student Alliance or International Club

The Latino Alliance, Asian Student Alliance and the International Club at CLC bring together all students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, languages and religions. Connect with a community of multilingual people!


  • Global Citizenship Milestone

    Gain a global perspective and prove it on your transcript with this distinction.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Transfer Degree

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

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Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Courses in the program

Build your foundation with core language courses. Then, mix in some electives that match your interests and goals.

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