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World Languages Day

World Languages Day (WLD) is Wyoming’s state championship of world language study. We believe high school students should be given opportunities to excel in their talents, be it football, cheerleading, marching band, or world language learning. World Languages Day not only provides this opportunity for friendly competition, but it shows off the University of Wyoming campus, allows students to learn from experts from around the world, and leaves a lasting impression of friendship and global understanding. 

The main event is a poetry and drama contest, in which the students compete in a number of categories. There are also booths and activities to generate excitement about world languages and other fields of international study. A resource fair reveals opportunities available at UW. In 2018 UW hosted 268 visiting secondary students and 32 teachers from across the state. In addition, the event gave 32 UW student interns and 12 student volunteers a chance to learn about the efforts involved in planning such a large event. Assisting them were 17 dedicated UW faculty volunteers representing four departments: Modern and Classical Languages, American Indian Studies, International Studies, Global and Area Studies, and Study Abroad. Competitions were held in six languages: Chinese, ESL, French, German, Russian and Spanish. Language tables and workshops included coverage of 10 languages: Arabic, Arapaho, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

Besides the language-focused events, students have a chance to get a taste of UW campus life. Our World Languages Day Internship students welcome guests with a guided tour of campus followed by dinner at the Washakie Dining Hall, a Planetarium show and rotating entertainment by international campus clubs. During these activities, visiting students form bonds with others from around the state.

Start now to plan for March 8, 2019 World Languages Day

Registration is now open 2019

Note: Video submissions are no longer accepted. Live language competitions only.

  • Early Bird Rate $20 ends Feb 8, 2019
  • After Feb. 8, rate for registration is $25.
  • All Competitors must register by Feb. 15, 2019. 
  • Registration closes for participants Feb. 22, 2019
  • Click the links to register: WLD Student RegistrationWLD Teacher Registration

Questions about payment or invoicing can be emailed to languages@uwyo.edu.

Have an invoice to pay via credit card?  Use this link.

Have students bring parent-signed Model Release forms and UW Minors Policy Forms to the event.

Updated Competition Information is Here!

Schedule of Events Information is Here!

2019 Hotel Group Rates Available! 

Hilton Garden Inn Laramie, 2229 Grand Ave. 307-745-5500

$109 for double queen rooms (20 blocked)

Blocked under "World Languages Day" until Feb. 15, 2019

Holiday Inn Laramie, 204 30th Street, 307-721-9000

$129 for double queen rooms (30 blocked)

Blocked under "World Languages Day" until Feb. 22, 2019

AmericInn Laramie, 4712 Grand Ave, 307-745-0777

$112 for double queens. No block available

World Language Day 2019 Theme

Click for a photo presentation from 2018.

World Languages Day 2018 was held March 2-3, 2018. WLD is a big event, and it costs about $13,000 to host. We do have a registration fee for students of $20, but this does not cover the entire cost of the event. The cost is closer to $45 each. A gift of $25 will cover the additional cost for one student. Please consider this tax-deductible contribution today.

Thank You for Making It Happen!

Future WLD Dates and Themes

March 6-7, 2020: Folklore

March 5-6, 2021: Festivals

March 4-5, 2022: Traditions

Contact Us

Modern & Classical Languages

Hoyt Hall 116

Dept. 3603

1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4176

Fax: 307-766-2727

Email: languages@uwyo.edu

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