Â This department was founded in the academic year 1984/1985 to meet the needs of the country, to qualify candidates in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian and to provide other faculties with more elective courses.
The department offers courses for single specialization in addition to major and minor specializations in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian for all departments of the faculty of arts.
The number of the academic staff in the department is 14 members distributed as to specialty as follows:
Â French instructors: (1) full professor, (2) assistant professor, (3) lecturers, (2) full time lecturer working according to agreement between Yarmouk University and the French embassy.
German instructors: (1) Full professor, (1) assistant professor
Spanish instructors: (1) associate professor, (1) full time lecturer working according to agreement between Yarmouk University and the Spanish Embassy.
Italian instructors: (1) full time lecturer working according to the agreement between Yarmouk University and the Italian Embassy, and (1) teaching assistant. Â
The number of students in the department is 412. A scholarship is annually granted to study at Leon University in France. Other scholarships of one month period are granted to students of various departments with the agreement of many European countries.
Students are allowed to choose their minor specialization from the following departments: Â The department of Arabic Language, The department of English Language, The department of translation. The department of modern language including German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian languages. In addition to that, students can choose their minor specialization from the faculty of Mass-media
An M.A. in French linguistics will be inaugurated next semester (2010-2011) in cooperation with Nant University. (some European countries annually offer, scholarships of one month to students).
Every summer semester the department receives a number of professors from Leon University to teach the students of the department an oral expression course in addition to some other linguistic activities. Â
Students take advantage of recent educational facilities such as a modern linguistics lab, audio-visual lab which is connected with a satellite to receive foreign programs in French and in the other languages that are taught by the department in addition to two other labs provided with the recent modern technological devices by the Italian and Russian embassies.