Modern Languages

Welcome to the Modern Languages Department

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College offers first- and second- year university transfer courses in Modern Languages.

  • Students can obtain a two-year Associate of Arts Degree from Okanagan College, which can be transferred to any university in British Columbia. Many of these institutions offer programs that stipulate a language requirement.
  • The Modern Language Department offers courses in French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
  • Students can transfer up to 60 credits (20 courses, or two full years) from Okanagan College to a university.
  • Students may also transfer individual credits if they do not pursue the Associate of Arts Degree. Check the BC Council on Admissions and Transfers website for updated information on transfer credits and BC Associate degree at http//

The benefits of a second or third language

A second or third language will give you many unique skills and experiences that will be an added advantage in the job market and draw the attention of prospective employers. Consider taking advantage of demographic trends where much work now takes place in a global market. Many businesses require people to travel, we communicate through technology, and foreign markets mean many employers now have associates and clients from everywhere in the world.

Consider the following examples:

  • A person with an Art History degree and a second major in French can consider a position as a curator for a French museum.
  • An Education graduate with French, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish as a “teachable subject” will have a very easy time finding employment in the region of her/his choice.

What can you do with a second or third language?

Any employment opportunity will be enhanced by your knowledge of a language other than English. Below are some fields in which a second or third language will be particularly useful:

Health services: Doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other professionals are in greater demand if they know more than one language.

Humanitarian organizations: Finding work with not-for-profit groups such as the Canadian Red Cross or multicultural organizations becomes much easier.

Communications: An ability to communicate with others effectively can mean a career in translation, linguistics, interpretation, broadcasting and writing.

Education: Consider teaching a second language or ESL in Canada or abroad. Even people in trades benefit when they need to convey knowledge to learners in other countries.

Government, business and technology: Technicians such as web designers and software developers work with business applications in several languages. Government-related positions in embassies, trade offices and foreign departments provide advice on Canadian policy matters.