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Foreign Languages

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Mission College Foreign Languages

We are living in a world where the knowledge of more than one language can make a difference in the job market, where communication can make or break a business deal, where international travel is on everyone's dream list, and where time is a valuable commodity.

At Mission College, we understand that you are in our classes to fulfill a requirement, beautify your CV, travel, job skills, or to simply enjoy learning a foreign language. Whatever your objectives may be, we want to help you reach your educational, professional and/or personal goals. We welcome you to join us in our language learning adventure!

  • Can earn an associates in arts degree (AA) in Spanish
  • Take courses that satisfy UC and Cal State transfer requirements
  • Learn a foreign language for fun

note: Mission College does not offer an AS/AA degree or Certificate of Achievement in Foreign Languages but does offer a Spanish AA-T degree.

Degrees / Certificates

The following are degrees and certificates in Foreign Languages.

PDF of our degrees/certificates from the catalog

Classes to Consider
Taking a foreign language class can open the doors to other areas on campus, including our HSI-STEM, Puente and Nursing programs.

How about one of these exciting language courses?

says welcome in Spanish


Students who major in Spanish can earn a two-year degree to transfer to the four-year school of their choice.

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says welcome in Arabic


Learning Arabic can open up your world to the Middle East.

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says welcome in chinese


Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world.

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says welcome in French


Did you know that over 220 million people on five continents speak French?

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says welcome in Japanese


Learning Japanese will set you a part and give you a multicultural perspective.

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says welcome in Vietnamese


Did you know that San Jose has the most Vietnamese Americans in the U.S.?

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ESL Courses

Looking to improve your English language skills? See our ESL Department.

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Career Options
Career Options 
  • Airlines/Travel
  • Banking
  • Bilingual Education
  • Consular/Junior Foreign Service
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • Import & Export
  • Intelligence/Military Service
  • International Business
  • Police Work
  • Social Service
  • Social Security Officer
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Tourism
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Real Estate
  • RS/State Franchise Tax Board

Some career options require more than two years of college study. Find out more where your career could lead with our Transfer Center.

Thanks for your interest in a class at Mission College!