Student Resources


Language resources for the study of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean

On campus, our students experience regional culture at many levels, including language tables and clubs, guest lectures, performing and visual arts, film, festivals, and regional cuisine. These activities are often initiated by and benefit greatly from the diverse student population of Mount Holyoke and particularly the large numbers of students from Asian countries or with an Asian background.

  • Language Assistants and mentors are here to answer questions and help you.
  • Korean, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese Language Tables are shared dinners with language assistants and faculty which provides a welcoming environment for conversation and cultural exchange.
  • Chinese Floor Living-Learning Community
  • The Language Resource Center offers a variety of media/computer equipment, software, books, films, magazines, mentors, cultural events, and other resources, to support the process of language acquisition. 
  • Language Q and A: a native speaker or an advanced student of these languages will be holding office hours in the LRC to encourage and assist your language learning process. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Language Placement: Students who have had previous training in Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese, and wish to continue their studies should arrange for placement in appropriate courses by contacting: Heba Arafah for Arabic, Naoko Nemoto for Japanese or Lisha Xu for Chinese, or Kyae-Sung Park for Korean.

On Campus Resources

Wa-shin-an, a traditional Japanese meditation garden and teahouse, built in 1984

Wa-Shin-An, which translates literally as “Peace-Mind-House,” is a traditional Japanese meditation garden and teahouse, built through the generosity of alumnae and friends of Mount Holyoke College. Designed to present the universe in miniature — but a universe tranquilized and cleansed — it offers a refuge from the distraction of our lives, a place to cultivate the silence of the heart.

Lotus and Dragonfly. Juzan.

The East Asian Art Collection at The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum contains Chinese and Japanese prints, Chinese scrolls, and Chinese art, and an important collection of sculpture and ceramics.

The Asian Center for Empowerment (ACE), Intercultural Community Center, at 15 Woodbridge Street, serves the needs of the Asian and Asian American student community as well as providing space for the International Students Club.