This resource guide is designed by the SIS Office of Graduate Advising for SIS graduate students who wish to further develop their language skills for professional development.


Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition & Research (CLEAR)
Located in Asbury Hall at AU, CLEAR has multiple spaces integrated with multimedia and computer equipment to facilitate technology-enhanced language instruction, and the hosting of language-related events. CLEAR offers coaching in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Phone: 202-885-2357
Location: Asbury Hall, North Wing – Lower Level, Room B36
Global Languages Network
AU has partnered with The Global Language Network (GLN) in previous semesters to offer reduced-cost language classes on AU’s campus. These classes are independently run by GLN and are not being offered as AU courses. Visit the GLN website for more information, including fees and how to register.
Language Exchange Program
International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) runs the language exchange program, which matches AU students who want to practice their language skills. Language partners meet on AU’s campus at least once a week to practice. ISSS matches partners and accepts all applications.

DC Metro Area

Tenley-Friendship DC Public Library
DC Public Libraries offer Powerspeak Languages, a free, online language-learning program, accessible using your D.C. public library card. Language lessons available include Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, and English. Tenley-Friendship Library also offers free ASL instruction.
Phone: 202-727-1488
Location: 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20016
Other Resources
Below are some local schools and institutions where SIS graduate students have taken language courses. (This list is not intended to be comprehensive nor serve as an endorsement.)
Alliance Francaise:
Middle East Institute:
Graduate School USA:
Arlington Public Library:
International Language Institute:
International Center for Language Studies: