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Language Houses


Explore Language and Culture

Language houses offer a rewarding experience in which students immerse in a language with fellow residents and deepen their cultural understanding. Residents come from many different backgrounds, but share an ability and willingness to communicate in the target language. Some houses ask for residents to communicate in the language in common areas; others offer an environment of total language immersion. 

Houses currently available are the French House, Spanish House, and Shea House (previous languages at Shea have included Arabic, ASL, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Hindi and Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Russian). UVA’s language houses are located along Jefferson Park Avenue, offering a location convenient to Central Grounds.

If you are interested in a living community that offers a unique and vibrant cultural experience, one of the language houses might be the right place for you!  We encourage you to visit the page for each house to learn more about the experiences and opportunities they have to offer.