The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School will offer two new online courses for business professionals and MBA students, on in Portuguese and another in Mandarin, the school announced last month.
“Working Portuguese” and “Working Mandarin,” each taught at the beginner level, will be offered Jan. 27-April 7, 2014. The fee for MBA students will be $575; working professionals will pay $775. The cost will cover 10 weekly online sessions with the professor and a weekly online conversation hour with native speakers of the languages being studied.
For prospective applicants with an interest in languages who are considering Kenan-Flagler, it might be a way to sample the school’s teaching through its online offerings.
Kenan-Flagler’s Maria Elena Rodriguez, who directs the school’s Working Languages Program, underscores the importance of language study for the working professional and MBA student alike. “We benefit from knowing the languages of the countries where we work or do business,” she said in a statement. “Our classes develop language skills and deepen understanding of how business is conducted in the countries where these languages are spoken.”