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Advancing the Study of European Languages and Cultures at UCLA

Thank you for your interest in supporting our students, faculty, and university community. In a move to enhance our educational offerings, UCLA established the Department of European Languages & Transcultural Studies (ELTS) in 2020. The new department merges the existing programs in French & Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Italian, and Scandinavian, and offers an interdisciplinary approach to Europe’s rich and varied cultures while preserving our first-rate language instruction.

The creation of ELTS defies a downward trend that has impacted universities across the nation over the past decade. According to the Modern Language Association, from 2013 to 2016, U.S. universities cut 651 foreign language programs. By offering a broader and more robust course of study, ELTS aims to prepare our students to become active participants in a globalized world.

Your Impact

By making a gift to the ELTS Chair’s Discretionary Fund, you will advance department-wide initiatives that directly impact students, faculty, and the campus community in all areas of study focused on European languages and cultures.

Through the 2020-21 academic year, you can also still make a gift to the individual funds supporting French & Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Italian, or Scandinavian at UCLA. After June 30, 2021, gifts to support these areas should be made to the ELTS Chair’s Discretionary Fund, which will provide continued support to these programs while strengthening the new department as a whole.

If you have any questions about your donation or the department merger, please contact Jeffrey King at 310-206-9677 or jking@support.ucla.edu.

Please click here to give to European Languages & Transcultural Studies at UCLA. All gifts, large and small, are welcome!