Student Opportunities

Study Abroad


Bonjour! ¡Hola! Hallo! Students at FMU have many opportunities learn beyond the classroom! Study French culture and cuisine beneath the Eiffel Tower, embrace the Spanish culture abroad, or ata number of different locations!. FMU offers many ways to apply your knowledge of Modern Languages both locally and abroad. Check out out International Studies programs below!

Sigma Delta Pi


FMU was granted a charter for the Chi Theta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi on April 6, 2006. Each year it inducts outstanding students of Spanish into its chapter based on certain criteria established by the national organization.

Sigma Delta Pi was founded in 1919 and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It is the largest foreign language honor society in existence and is the only honor society devoted exclusively to college students of Spanish.

For more information on Sigma Delta Pi at FMU, visit or contact the chapter’s advisor, Dr. Wendy Caldwell.

Spanish Conversations

Spanish Conversation Tables

Each semester, the Modern Languages Program offers our students an engaging opportunity to practice their Spanish skills outside of class! The Conversation Tables are a great chance for students to use the skills they have learned in class in a situation which mimics an immersion experience with our experienced professors. Even though the Conversation Tables are an excellent opportunity for our students to develop their speaking and listening skills, all members of the Francis Marion Community are welcome to join us.  ¡Bienvenidos!


The Spanish Conversation Tables take place at the Cauthen Cafe in the Cauthen Educational Media Center (CEMC) at 2:00 pm every Third Wednesday of the month! The Spanish Tables will be led by Dr. Wendy Caldwell, Dr. Kristin Kiely, Professor Kyrie Miranda or Professor Shay Crawley.  Expect to practice your listening and speaking skills with various fun games and different conversational topics that will help you make new friends while you have fun at the same time!

Spanish Conversation Tables:

  • January 16th
  • February 20th
  • March 20th
  • April 17th

French Cultural Opportunities


Each semester, the Modern Languages Program offers our students an engaging opportunity to practice their French skills and learn all about different aspects of the French culture with some exciting opportunities that are being offered by Dr. Elizabeth Zahnd and Professor Kyrie Miranda. Whether it’s playing Apples and Eclairs, cooking authentic French foods, or learning French dances, the Francis Marion Community has many unique events going on in which they can participate and learn all about the exciting French language and culture. Make sure you check out one or more of these events!  And don’t forget to check out their Facebook page at French at FMU!

International Film Series

Marie Antoinette Cut

The International Film Series is an exciting opportunity for Francis Marion’s Modern Language students to learn about different cultures through various films that are shown throughout the academic year. Each semester, a film is chosen that depicts either an Hispanic or a Francophone culture so that students can immerse themselves in and learn from a society they might not otherwise have the chance to experience. Although the International Film Series is an experience for Modern Languages students to help develop their language and cultural skills, it is open to all students and members of the Francis Marion Community.

This Spring, 2019, the International Film Series is happy to present Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette (2006) is an Academy Award-winning film directed by Sophia Coppola. It stars Kirsten Dunst as the often mis-represented Queen of France and Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI, an inept king, disinterested in ruling France. Coppola uses startling images of luxury and political maneuvers to represent the extravagant world of Versailles before the fall of the Bastille and the French Revolution in 1789. Rich in visual imagery, representation of the aristocracy, and a captivating soundtrack, Coppola’s film is a must-see for anyone interested in 18th-Century Europe, France of the Ancien Régime!

The International Film Series will be presenting the Marie Antoinette at the Lowrimore Auditorium in Cauthen Educational Media Center on April 3rd at 3:35 and 7:30. There will be food and drinks!

On October 30, 2018 at 3:35 and 7:30, the International Film Series had its inaugural screening, in conjunction with the English Film Series and also celebrated the Day of the Dead! The two Series worked together to screen Disney Pixar’s Coco (Unkrich and Molina 2017). Winner of 2 Oscars and 99 other awards, Pixar’s Coco is a sweet and whimsical introduction to the Day of the Dead, when ghosts are less frightening than the living and ritual is a journey beyond ourselves.

The film was shown in Lowrimore Auditorium, in Cauthen Educational Media CenterSnacks and prizes were included, and the turnout was even greater than expected with a total of 164 students, faculty, and community members making an appearance at the two screenings. The International Film Series and the English Film Series would like to thank everyone for their support!

Modern Languages at FMU has created a couple of Spotify playlists to get you in the habit of hearing the language you’re learning whenever you want!  Have ou ever notice that when you get to your language class that you feel like you aren’t prepared to just jump right into speaking French or Spanish? A good way to prepare for the language-learning experience is to listen to some French-language or Spanish-language music while you are walking or driving to class so that you are, essentially, being prepped, to hear the language that you are going to be speaking and hearing for the next hour or so!

We have created both a French listening station and a Spanish listening station on Spotify just for you! If you don’t have an account with Spotify, you will need to create one, for free, and then login. Click on the link. It will ask you to log in to you account, and then you will be able to listen to the FMU Music Channel of your choice – French or Spanish! And don’t just use it to prepare for class – use it when doing homework or when studying to get in the mindset of the work you’re doing.