Foreign Language Residence Program

For 50 years, the Foreign Language Residence Program (FLRP) has helped students immerse themselves in world languages and culture, increasing their fluency and preparing them to study abroad while earning one credit hour per semester.

You'll enjoy interacting with native speakers of French, Japanese, Spanish and Tagalog at dinners, weekly language nights and cultural events. Through these interactions, you’ll develop bonds with your fellow FLRPies and become part of our large family.

Join us to improve your language skills and become a more competitive job candidate while building lifelong friendships.

Cultural Events

Each year, we travel to Oregon, Illinois, for a language retreat at NIU's scenic Lorado Taft field campus. You'll benefit from leadership training, exposure to possible research topics, cultural investigation and more.

We also have an annual international dinner where the language groups perform skits, songs and other entertainment for parents, faculty and staff. You'll also go on two or three field trips each semester to learn about different cultures.

Current Native Speakers

Iván Alejandro Carreón Hernández was born in Puebla, a state located in the center-south of Mexico. Three years ago, he moved to the United States to get a bachelor’s degree in finance. It has been an incredible experience and he is convinced that it has been the best decision of my life. Iván is passionate about languages and learning about different cultures, and also enjoys science fiction movies and cycling. He thinks Spanish is a very beautiful language and that this is due to the diversity that composes it thanks to the variants that exist in the different countries where it is spoken.

Cristobal Salido-Malpica is a Finance major at NIU. He was born in Mexico City and lived in a town nearby called Metepec for most of my life. Cris moved to the United States four years ago to start his freshman year of high school and he loves it here. He enjoys playing sports, meeting new people, and spending time outside doing activities or exploring new places.

Yaye Gueye is from Senegal, but she was born in New York. Her life has taken me all over the world, which has shaped her greatly as an individual. Yaye speaks French and Wolof. Even though she was born in NY, she returned to Senegal about two months later to learn about her culture, to be with family and to go to school. She enjoys cooking, something she shares with her mom. After earning her Secondary School diploma she went to Paris for high school. She traveled back to the U.S to continue my studies in Finance and plans to stay here.

Fondly referred to by her students as “Ate Tin,” Cristina is a Fulbright scholar under the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. As a Fulbright scholar, she is spending nine months at NIU to assist in teaching Tagalog or Filipino to American students for the 2022-2023 academic year. She was born and raised in the Philippines in the province of Albay where the majestic Mayon Volcano is situated. As a professional licensed teacher in the Philippines, Cristina is a senior high school teacher III in the Department of Education. She teaches language, literature, communication and politics at Paulba National High School.

Kanami Sugano is from Osaka, Japan. She came to the U.S. four years ago. She really enjoys being the native speaker and helping students to practice Japanese because she learns new things about her own language and culture through this program.

Support Our Program

Ongoing financial support funds central components that have become hallmarks of FLRP:

  • Scholarships
  • Special events
  • Native speakers
  • Weekday dinners
  • Cultural excursions
  • Study abroad


"This is the best language program NIU has to offer. If you truly want to improve your conversation skills in one (or more) of the offered languages, this is the best way to do it. FLRP is also a great way to learn about world cultures, whether that be from going on field trips, from talking to the native speakers who come from another country, or from talking to other students about their travel experiences."by Emily Williams

"I joined FLRP because I wanted to practice my Spanish. Throughout high school, I learned about how to formulate sentences in Spanish, but I never had the opportunity to speak it and become proficient in communicating. FLRP gave me the chance to do this. I loved the people, the daily activities, and the trips that deepened my interests in learning languages. If you're interested in applying the skills that you already have (or if you're interested in learning a language for the first time), FLRP is the right place for you."by Devonte Fuller

"I started FLRP for the practice, I study French and without it, I wouldn’t have another place to practice my language. We do activities, discussions, games, sometimes we even sing to make the language starting to flow. But it isn’t all is about the language; I would choose it again for the friends I have made thanks to it. Transferring from another college I did not know anybody at NIU. Since we share a lot of time in this course, it was easier to make friendships that I know will last."by Carlos Avina Soto

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Foreign Language Residence Program
Concepcion Gliesman
Program Coordinator