Foreign Language Residence Program

By joining the Foreign Language Residence Program (FLRP), you'll experience immersion in world languages, increase your fluency and earn one credit hour per semester. You'll enjoy interacting with native speakers of Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at dinners, weekly language nights and cultural events. You also may be eligible to apply for the FLRP Study Abroad Fund.

The FLRP community lives in Neptune West, though it's not necessary to live there in order to participate. Join us to improve your language skills and become a more competitive job candidate while building lifelong friendships.

Cultural Events

Twice a year, we travel to Oregon, Illinois, for a language retreat at NIU's scenic Lorado Taft field campus. You'll benefit from leadership training, exposure to possible research topics, cultural investigation and more.

Each year, we have an international dinner where the language groups perform skits, songs and other entertainment for parents, faculty and staff. You'll also go on two or three field trips each semester to learn about different cultures.

After being part of FLRP for a year, you'll be able to go on our end-of-the-year trip to Chongqing, China. All expenses are paid except for the flight. You'll be immersed in Mandarin Chinese and the Chinese culture and go on several memorable excursions.

Current Native Speakers

I was born in the United States, but both of my parents are from Guanajuato, Mexico. I've been speaking Spanish from a very young age but still hope to learn even more about the language and the different cultures surrounding it. I am currently working on a major in Spanish and a minor in art. I love to draw and although I'm a little quiet at times I love meeting new people with different backgrounds and stories to tell. I hope through FLRP I can not only share my knowledge but gain some from my fellow classmates.
I was born in Chicago, Illinois but for most of my upbringing, I was raised in Puerto Rico. There, I was able to learn Spanish. One of my goals in life is to learn new languages, about new cultures, traditions and people and FLRP has made this very easy. My hope as a native speaker is to share my experience, knowledge and any other aspects that might be of interest to those who like me, like to expand their mind to new things.
I am from Burkina Faso. I speak four languages: French, English, Dioula and Moore. I enjoy meeting and interacting with people. FLRP is a learning hub in a relaxed environment, where students can practice their language skills while having fun and learning fascinating things about different cultures of the world.
I'm from Osaka, Japan and speak Japanese. I came here to the U.S. three years ago. I'm really glad to have a chance to share my language and culture. One of the things that I like is to travel and learn new culture.


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