What is it?
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) provides culturally based foreign language education, training, evaluation and sustainment to enhance the security of the nation. DLIFLC, the Department of Defense’s premier foreign language provider, is regarded as one of the finest schools for foreign language instruction in the nation.
The institute provides resident instruction in 17 languages to approximately 3,000 military service members, five days a week, seven hours per day, with two to three hours of homework each night. Courses last between 36 and 64 weeks. Upon successful completion of this rigorous training, successful students can receive an Associate of Arts degree in foreign language.
What has the Army done?
As an accredited institution, by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, DLIFLC has granted more than 14,000 associate degrees since 2002. DLIFLC students receive 45 college credits upon successful graduation. Combined with 18 units transferred from other accredited institutions in the subjects of English, math, science, etc., students may receive both an associate degree and a DLIFLC diploma.
As a part of Army University, which encompasses all 37 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command schools and centers of excellence, DLIFLC’s efforts contribute to the Army’s intent to create a single point university structure that will maximize educational opportunities for Soldiers by providing valid academic credit for the education and experience they receive while on active duty.
To find out what continued efforts the Army has planned for the future of DLIFLC, click here.
Pictured above: An estimated 5,000 people attended DLIFLC’s annual Language Day Open House event May 12, 2017, on the Presidio of Monterey, filled with many cultural dances, songs, food, performances, special presentations and classroom demonstrations. The 2018 Language Day is scheduled for May 11, 2018. Learn more here. (U.S. Army photo by Amber K. Whittington)