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 at a number of different locations!. FMU offers many ways to apply your knowledge of Modern Languages both locally and abroad. Check out the International Studies programs below and discover where you can go!

Sigma Delta Pi

Emblem for Simga 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

Mesas de conversación Fall23(1)

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 on a Wednesday or a Tuesday this semester! The Spanish Tables will be led by Dr. Wendy Caldwell, Dr. Kristin Kiely, and Professor Rocio Brown.  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:

  • Monday, September 11
  • Wednesday, September 27
  • Monday, October 9
  • Wednesday, October 25
  • Monday, November 6

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. 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!

Whats New in Modern Languages

Día de los Muertos Winner

  • Spanish Honors creates Altar in memory of Yuma14/Welton 26 for Día de los Muertos


  • Modern Languages MOLA 100 learns about French art styles and are tasked with mimicking an assigned art-style


  • Modern Languages holds their annual Día de los Muertos altar contest 10/29-11/2


  • Taylor Tanner poses in front of her 1st place winning altar with her dog, the grandchild of her altar dedicatee

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 you ever noticed 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.