Filipinos have been in America since the 17th century and comprise one of the fastest growing Asian-American communities in the US today. According to census data, Tagalog is the fourth most commonly spoken non-English language in the US. Its standardized version, called Filipino, is the national language of the Philippines, a Southeast Asian country with a population of nearly 100 million, rich in cultural and linguistic diversity. It is the common language in a country with approximately 180 languages and is used among more than 10 million Filipinos in over 30 countries worldwide.

Study Abroad

You can study Filipino on various study abroad programs through UW’s International Academic Programs.


Consider an internship where you can use Filipino, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.

Student Organizations

Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.

Affiliate Programs