Normandale World Languages and Cultures Department receives Innovation Award from Minnesota State System

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College's World Languages and Cultures Department received the 2016-17 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs award for Innovation in Global Education.

Department members are being recognized for their work on the Accessible Global Immersion Learning Experiences (AGILE) project, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) program.

As part of the AGILE project, World and Languages and Cultures faculty have developed courses in Senegal, Peru, and China designed to maximize the impact of the study abroad experiences on student learning. Faculty will foster relationships with institutions in the host countries to provide immersive learning during the study abroad trips and ongoing communication with 18 on-campus language courses through telepresence and social media.  

There are currently opportunities for students to sign up to participate in the Senegal study abroad trip that runs from May 12-26, 2018. To find out more email

An International Experience certificate, established by The World Languages and Cultures Department, will include the new study abroad courses, world language and culture courses, and courses from other departments that meet learning outcomes related to intercultural and international studies.

The award will be presented to the World Languages and Culture Department on Monday, October 16 at the Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) Fall Leadership Conference.