Arabic

A number of Middle East-related student clubs provide you with an array of opportunities for linguist and cultural immersion. They organize a variety of educational and fun cultural events, including Arabic conversation tables, lectures, films, and artistic performances.  

Be sure to check out their individual websites for upcoming events:

  • Egypt Friends

 

Classics

To be placed on the Classics students mailing list, please email Andrew Becker.

Classics Club

We host movie nights, reading marathons, road trips to lectures and conferences, and the annual Saturnalia and Bacchanalia parties. The club engages in service and outreach, including participation in Virginia's Senior and Junior Classical League. Students also work with Governor's Latin Academy and local schools.

Get involved: come to a Classics Table at PK's on Main St. on Fridays at 4pm, or contact Ben Wiley, Classics Club President, for more details. 

 

Eta Sigma Phi

This national honor society is for undergraduate students of classical languages. Qualifications for invitation include advanced study in at least one language and a prescribed GPA. OUR members attend the annual Eta Sigma Phi convention, compete in annual translation contests, and are eligible for national scholarships.

French

Pi Delta Phi

We aim to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and francophone literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

 

German

To receive announcements  from the German program at VT about events such as film evenings, German Culture Club activities, Teach for Jamie meetings, Kaffeeklatsch, study and internship abroad opportunities, fellowships, and general information about German culture and events in the region, sign up for the German Listserv by contacting
 Dr. Stefanie Hofer. She will add your email address to the German Program mailing list.

German Culture Club

Willkommen zum Deutschen Kulturklub!

The German Culture Club offers opportunities for students to participate in authentic German cultural activities and improve their German speaking skills. Join us in celebrating Oktoberfest with Trivia and homemade Käsespätzle, learning the rest of the words for "O Tannenbaum," and challenging other German students in fast-paced, competitive, German board games.

For more information, please contact Dr. Stefanie Hofer (faculty adviser).

 

Teach for Jamie

Teach for Jamie is an after-school German language and culture program for elementary school students. The program has approximately twenty VT German student members, who volunteer in memory of Jamie Bishop, former instructor of German at Virginia Tech. They hope to share his passion for German language and culture with children who otherwise would not have access to a language program at such an early age. Currently around 90 students from grades K-5 participate. They meet with their VT “teachers” once a week after school at four local elementary schools. The children learn basic German vocabulary and grammar with the aid of the award-winning MUZZY language curriculum, and enjoy German games, foods, and other activities, thus familiarizing themselves with the cultures of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Interested in participating? Please email teach4jamie@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Delta Phi Alpha

The German Program at VT has an active chapter of the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, which seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The society promotes the study of the German language, literature and civilization. For more information, please visit the Delta Phi Alpha website.


Scholarships:
 Delta Phi Alpha offers several scholarships to recognize high-achieving undergraduate students. Only Delta Phi Alpha members from active chapters are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Please visit DPA's website for more details.

Membership Applications: Individual membership in the society is accredited by the student’s chapter advisor. Qualifications for student membership are:

  • A minimum of two years of college or university German or their equivalent 

  • A minimum average of B+ (3.3 GPA) or its equivalent in German courses 

  • A minimum cumulative average of B- (2.7 GPA) or its equivalent

  • Indication of continued interest in the study of German language and literature 

The lifetime membership fee (includes embossed certificate and membership pin) is $25. The double braided honor cord to wear at graduation is $10.
Usually, our chapter, Eta Nu, inducts juniors and seniors according to the guidelines.
Chapter advisor: Dr. Debra Stoudt.

 

Kaffeeklatsch

Join the German program for its monthly Kaffeeklatsch. Stop by for the whole hour or only a few minutes to take a break from studying, enjoy a snack, and chat with friends, professors, and fellow students. During the semester Kaffeeklatsch usually takes place in the atrium of Major Williams Hall (second floor) from 4 to 5 on the first Friday of the month. Look for announcements on the German Listserv or ask any German faculty member for the exact dates.

Japanese

Japanese Cultural Association

This organization is dedicated to those who have an interest in the Japanese culture and language. Connect with Yuhi Sasaki for more information about events and membership. Find us on Facebook.

Russian

Russian Club

This organization is for students or anybody in the Blacksburg area interested in the Russian language or culture. 
To be added to the Russian Club listserv please e-mail James Flanagan, President. 

Spanish

Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, supports activities, outreach, volunteer opportunities, and events. We also offer free Spanish tutoring to students in all levels of Spanish, including help with conversational Spanish. To connect with a tutor and schedule a session contact Sarah Sierra.

Spanish Club

Te invitamos a formar parte de las actividades del Club de Español

1. Grupos de Conversación

2. Actividades Culturales

Find us on Facebook: "Spanish Club at VT"

Please contact Alejandra Sobrado with any questions.