Modern Languages Program

MLP is dedicated to students who wish to improve their language proficiency and immerse themselves in new cultural experiences, while having fun at the same time. Residents in Gregory Class of 1925 belong to one or more of the four language houses, ChineseFrenchGerman, and Spanish, each of which holds multiple events a week. 

MLP participants range from novice speakers with little foreign language experience to multi-lingual international students; generally, about three-fourths are first-year students. Some are language majors, many are minors, but neither is a requirement; the program tends in particular to attract students interested in language & culture.  Students planning to study abroad, or returning from a semester abroad, usually find the program an attractive option.

Our language houses are lead by Gregory's Gradute Resident Assistants (GRA) who are either native or fluent speakers—supervise the houses; returning students also play an essential role in language house leadership.

One unique facet of MLP is that the language departments at Penn realize the value of our programming and award students 0.5cu for their work. Students enrolled for credit must attend the majority of events that semester, of course; enrollment is entirely optional.  French, German and Spanish Houses offer the academic credit option.

Goals and Expectations

MLP is dedicated to aiding students interested in acquiring, developing, and maintaining competency in a foreign language.  As constant practice, not formal instruction, is at the heart of the program, students new to their chosen language(s) are strongly urged to simultaneously enroll in introductory level classes.  Since credit enrollment is entirely optional, students are under no obligation to commit to the full schedule of activities, but we certainly expect that all of our residents will participate from time to time.

ALL GREGORIANS ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN MLP!  It doesn't matter which building you live in, what class year you are or whether you applied directly to the program or not; our activities, including the academic credit options, are open to all residents of the House. 

Application Process: 


First Year Students: Review the "Applying to First Year Program Communities(link is external)" website for full instructions on applying for Program Communities.  In your short essay, specify which language house(s) you are interested in, and give us a short amount of information about your background, fluency level, and specific interests related to the program. Please write your essay in English!  

Returning Gregorians
Do NOT take place in the Program Community Process.  Apply for Housing between January 23rd and February 6th.  Take part in either the "Retention" Process or the "Return to House" process as appropriate.  You can live anywhere in Gregory and take part in MLP.


New Upperclassmen 
If you are an upperclass student interested in participating in Modern Languages Program you must live in Gregory College House.  Interested students must apply during Program Communities Selection. You will be required to write a short essay. In your short essay, specify which language house(s) you are interested in, and give us a short amount of information about your background, fluency level, and specific interests related to the program. Please write your essay in English!