Students who major in Modern Languages can further develop their language skills, expand their network, and build their resume and career options through the following opportunities:
Honors and Awards
The Modern Language Department (MLD) offers awards of Academic Excellence to the students with the highest GPA, one award for each of specialization—French, Italian, and Spanish. The award is presented during Honors convocation.
Each year, the Modern Language Department grants the Pullés Award to the student with the highest GPA among graduating majors with a specialization in Spanish. The award consists of $500 and is presented during Honors convocation.
Study Abroad Programs
Each summer, BMCC offers study abroad programs ranging from 2-weeks to an entire month in China, France, Italy, and/or Spain, among other countries. These programs are subsidized by BMCC scholarships covering 60% of the cost. Students may also apply to additional scholarships to cover the remaining costs. Study abroad programs count as one course towards the major in Modern Languages. For more info, visit: https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/studyabroad/
Middlebury Language Immersion Summer Program
Students who need to take their Spanish, French, or Italian to the next level of fluency are encouraged to apply for the Middlebury Language Immersion Summer Program, a seven-week program in which students pledge to only speak the language of choice. The program offers scholarships for community college students, covering up to 80% of the tuition. Students get up to 9 credits at BMCC for completing this program. To apply, they need at least one recommendation letter from a professor at BMCC: https://www.middlebury.edu/language-schools/
The CUNY/Paris Exchange Program
Students specializing in French are encouraged to participate in the CUNY/Paris program sponsored by Queens College. This program allows students to spend an entire semester in Paris and take classes at the Sorbonne, for which they get credit at BMCC. Eligible students may have the cost of the program covered by financial aid. For more information, contact Jessica Levin, Experiential Learning & Study Abroad Manager, and/or visit https://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/GlobalEd/StudyAbroad/Pages/CUNYParisExchange.aspx
The NYS Court Interpreter Internship Program
Students enrolled in the major qualify to complete either the 20-hrs or the 100-hrs internships. Once they complete the internship, they can take the court system test to become a NYS registered Per Diem Court Interpreter in any language in which they may be fluent. A Per Diem Court Interpreter is called each time there is a need in their particular language and is paid by day of work. This is a great opportunity for those interested in building a career as a legal interpreter.