World Languages Fair

Working in collaboration with KU's Area Studies Centers and KU International Affairs, and in partnership with the Foreign Language Association of Missouri, the Kansas World Language Association and the Kansas Department of Education, the Open Language Resouce Center will host an annual World Languages Fair starting in Fall 2019,  The event will bring high-school students to campus for a day focused on exploring world languages and cultures. Sessions will include mini-lessons in a range of languages, presentations on target cultures, and discussions of how intercultural competence can enhance different fields of study.  During an extended lunch period there will also be information booths where students can learn more about language-related scholarships, study abroad opportunities, and internationally-focused student organizations.

The first annual World Language Fair will be held on the KU Lawrence campus on Saturday, October 19th, 2019.  The event is free for all participants.  All registered attendees will receive a free lunch and the opportunity to win a free tshirt and other prizes.  Schools are responsible for their own transportation costs to the event.  Schools unable to afford these costs are asked to contact the Open Language Resource ( about possible support.   Individual students, including those being home-schooled, are also invited to contact the Open Language Resource Center about participation.

Applications for pre-registration closed on Monday, May 6, 2019.

While there are plans to expand participation in the coming years, we can only accommodate 300-350 students for the 2019 event and will be choosing among interested schools to ensure some degree of geographical balance.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of May.  Additional information, including the specific sessions that will be offered during the event, will be sent out in the latter part of the summer.  Updates will also be provided here as they become available.