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
To be placed on the Classics students mailing list, please email Andrew Becker.
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.
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.
To be sure you are receiving the latest news and announcements about all of the programs below, sign up for the German Listserv to receive announcements about the events of the German section at VT, such as film evenings, German Culture Club meetings, and general information about German culture and events in the region. Just contact Dr. Stefanie Hofer and your email address will be added to our mailing list.
German Culture Club
Willkommen zum Deutschen Kulturklub!
We offer opportunities for you to participate in authentic German cultural activities and improve your 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 Logan Hyer (German Culture Club President) or 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 operates under the leadership of approximately twenty Virginia Tech German students, who volunteer in memory of Jamie Bishop, former instructor of German at Virginia Tech. We 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. We currently have around 90 participants from grades K-5 and meet once a week after school at Beeks Elementary, Kipps Elementary, Prices Fork Elementary, and Harding Elementary. 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 to familiarize themselves with the culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Delta Phi Alpha
The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. We promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization.
For more information, please visit the Delta Phi Alpha’s website.
Scholarships: Delta Phi Alpha offers several scholarships to recognize high-achieving Delta Phi Alpha 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+ (3.3GPA) or its equivalent in German courses
- A minimum cumulative average of B- (2.7GPA) 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 into Delta Phi Alpha according to the guidelines above.
Chapter advisor: Dr. Debra Stoudt.
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. See the VT German Program page for more details.
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.
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.
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.