Foreign Language Programs

Prescott campus continues to develop a dynamic series of strategic foreign language offerings in Mandarin Chinese, Modern Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. Students can take these languages during the regular semesters. Four-Year Chinese study (GSIS/Chinese Track), minors, study abroad programs, and other opportunities are available. Dr. Leeann Chen is the Foreign Language Coordinator.

Project GO Program

ERAU's Project GO Chinese summer 2017 is described in detail on the Project GO website. In general terms, the program offers 9 credits of Chinese at 3 levels of study. ROTC students, by the end of spring 2017, 1) having had 10-12 credits of college Chinese can apply for Intermediate I program; 2) those with 20 college Chinese credits or 2 years of daily college Chinese classes can apply for the Intermediate II program; and 3) those with 20+ credits or 2/3 years of Chinese and study abroad can apply for the advanced program. ERAU Project GO is the only advanced Project GO Chinese program in the nation. Please contact Dr. Chen if you have any questions. 

Tuition, room and board, visa fees, airfare, and local travel will be paid for.  Competition is intense.  Please complete the attached application thoroughly and carefully and ask your detachment commander to complete the commander recommendation for you. The deadline of the complete application package is January 17, 2017. Please email the completed application to Dr. Chen at   

Project GO Application 

Project GO Commander Recommendation


Embry-Riddle Prescott offers a four-semesters course (12 credit hours) of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which is the language of all official forms of communication and media throughout the Arab world. In LAR 101 to LAR 202,  MSA is taught with introductions to some of the most commonly understood dialects in the Arab world. Throughout the MSA course, the cultural aspect of Arabic is integrated in the course materials and students learn and gain information about the cultural aspect of the Arab world. 

Students have the opportunity to study abroad during the summer, where they immerse in one of the Arab countries, learn MSA, experience the culture, and earn summer credits upon completion of the program.  

Mandarin Chinese

The 4-year program is combined with the Global Security and Intelligence (GSIS) degree program, called the GSIS/Chinese track. On this track, students take the same number of credits as other GSIS students (122 credits total),with 45 of the 122 credits taken in Chinese. Although the program does not require any Chinese language proficiency to enroll, at graduation, most students reach advanced level proficiency on national tests, a level equivalent to having a Chinese degree.Individuals with some level of proficiency of the Chinese language may qualify for Advanced Standing or Placement.

There is language incentive pay for qualifying courses for ROTC students. Please check with the Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC.

The Chinese Minor includes 18 credits, usually from LCH101 to LCH302. 


The Prescott Campus offers four semesters (12 credits) of Spanish language. Courses also include lessons on the history, culture, and politics of countries where Spanish is spoken as the first language. 

Spanish is the world's second most common language, after Mandarin Chinese and before English, in terms of the number of first-language speakers. At least 37 million people in the United States alone use Spanish as their first language. Although Spanish speakers are concentrated in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, it is also spoken in countries across the globe like Equatorial Guinea, Africa.  


The Russian program has 12 credits, starting from zero beginning. The course work is spread across two years of study, each semester 3 credits.   


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Dr. Leeann Chen
Professor of Asian Studies

Tarek Mahmoud
Assistant Professor
Humanities & Communication

Dr. Jose Ninawanka
Assistant Professor
Humanities & Communication

Dr. Hong Zhan
Assistant Professor
Humanities & Communication

Olga Tkatchenko
Humanities & Communication