IWL Announces the Distinguished Undergraduate Award Recipients

Daniel Justus (Chinese) and Victoria Thomas (Spanish) as this year's recipients of the IWL Distinguished Undergraduate Award. The Award Committee found that these students exhibit extraordinary accomplishment in language education and demonstrate a high aptitude in cultural awareness and sensitivity as a Global Citizen!

Congratulations to our award recipients!


End of the Year Shea Dinner (Pictures)

Thursday, April 28th, the Shea House invited faculty and students representing seven languages taught in the College of Arts and Sciences to have an end of the year dinner. With catering by Kuma and Kabob Palace, guests enjoyed a wide variety of foods from the Asian continent. This event, Shea into Summer!, is one of two annual events put on by the Shea House Language Staff that bring together students and teachers in the immersive-language environment of the House.


Student Comments on Chinese Bridge Speech Competition

“To be able to participate in the Chinese Bridge Speech Competition was an honor. Although it was challenging, having the chance to showcase my hard work at the competition was so rewarding. I was so impressed by the level of skill and talent the other competitors possessed. Not only did my Chinese improve by participating in this competition, but so did my confidence and my presentation skills. The opportunity to go to New York with my teacher and classmates is one I would never pass up.


DEALLC Chinese Language Student Honors

Kelly Abbinanti (何梦洁) (East Asian Studies and currently is taking 5th Year Chinese) Intern for the State Department, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs for both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic year. Works directly with the US Embassy Beijing, delivering Mandarin-English translations of government, business, and independent news outlets in support of the research policy analysis team.  Essay published in UVA's Wilson Journal, the Undergraduate International Relations research journal, titled China’s Proliferation of Cyber Warfare Capabilities: Should the U.S.


DEALLC Students Accepted into Phi Beta Kappa

Please join us in congratulating the following DEALLC students on their acceptance into Phi Beta Kappa.

Kelsi Gardner
Michael Ly
Joshua Whitwell
Victor Zheng


Updated Graduation Info for 2016

Graduation information has been updated on our graduation page. Please visit it for information about this year's ceremony. Graduating seniors will receive an email invite shortly. Please respond to this invite as soon as possible. 


STARTALK Funding Received for 2016

Miao-fen Tseng, the inaugural Director of the Institute of World Languages and Associate Professor of Chinese, has been awarded the federal STARTALK funding at the total amount of approximately $1,000,000 since 2008. The 2016 Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy (VSCTA) in conjunction with the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy (VSCSA) marks its historical juncture to transition from blended learning to online learning. Both programs have established a national reputation for academic rigor and quality instruction in the US.


Professor Heldt's Contribution to Cambridge's History of Japanese Literature

Professor Heldt has contributed an entry on Heian poetry to the Cambridge History of Japanese Literature. Please join us in congratulating him! More information can be found here


Shea House Vacancies

For Spring 2016, there are still 6 vacancies at Shea House. For Fall 2016, there are currently 4 vacancies. We are still considering applications for all of Shea House's languages. For more information, please visit the website. If you are interested in applying to live at Shea, please contact


New Courses for Spring 2016

CHTR 4559: Sunzi and The Art of War

This seminar on The Art of War, the 5th century BCE Chinese classic attributed to Sunzi, will familiarize students with traditional interpretations of the text. The course will emphasize a close reading of several translations of the text and will also consider the influence of its historical and philosophical contexts.  Contemporary Chinese military writings will also be surveyed to investigate the relevance of the text to modern warfare.

EAST 3559: Death and Dying in East Asia