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World Languages Day

Modern & Classical Languages

Abbie Coberly helps at the Russian table at 2018 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.

Click the logo below to see a photo presentation of the 2018 event:

link to 2018 video

World Languages Day 2018 was held March 2-3, 2018. The theme was Traditions; next year's theme is History. 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!

Consider making a donation today -- read this donor letter.


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

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



Updated Competition Information is Here!

Reminder: No Videos Will Be Accepted for the 2018 Competitions!

REGISTRATION has closed. To pay for registration by credit card, please click the link below:

Questions about payment or invoicing can be emailed to

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


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


Future WLD Dates and Themes:
March 8-9, 2019: History
March 6-7, 2020: Folklore
March 5-6, 2021: Festivals
March 4-5, 2022: Traditions


WLD 2018 PowerPoint

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