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Language Training Center Programs

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Concordia College is one of nine Language Training Centers (LTC) across the country funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.

This LTC was established in 2016 in collaboration with the National Guard. Since then, additional partners have been added. Concordia’s LTC, through its Concordia Language Villages, has been offering short residential iso-immersion sessions in the following critical languages: Arabic (Levantine, MSA, Egyptian), Chinese/Mandarin, French, Hebrew, Korean, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Russian and Spanish.

Concordia's Unique Iso-immersion Program

At Concordia Language Villages, our approach to language teaching puts learners into a grand simulation which includes the need to apply the target language via context-based situated learning and being surrounded by meaningful elements of a culturally authentic setting.

Given the iso-immersion design of the residential Concordia LTC program, participants will be focused on learning from breakfast until bedtime, away from distractions of daily life, surrounded by a blend of native speakers and instructors who have learned the language. The instructor to learner ratio is 1:3, providing for non-stop opportunities to engage and find support in the learning process.

Concordia Language Villages has provided customized training for soldiers of the US Army since 2006 and has yielded remarkable success in language acquisition as well as building cultural competencies.

LTC Program Dates

For 2021-2022 programs Language Training Center partners include the 300 MI BDE of the Utah National Guard, the Sixteenth Air Force (16 AF) of San Antonio, Texas and the 1st Special Forces Command (1SFC) of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At the request of these partners, three different training models are offered: Residential, Virtual or Blended. Blended programs will provide a week-long virtual experience with instructional staff and students connecting online for daily language sessions followed by a two-week iso-immersion at the training site in northern Minnesota.

Additional training dates for courses can be requested by individual units, which will be responsible for related tuition charges. The required minimum number for a Concordia Language Training Center Program immersion course is six students.

On arrival day students arrive after supper and participants can depart as early as their travel itinerary requires on the departure day.

Registration Information

These immersion training courses are only available to individuals associated with U.S. Department of Defense units. Each Sponsoring LTC Partner is in control of training seats that may be available to others if not needed by their units. In order to request training seats in the courses listed above, please connect with the points of contact listed below.

DOD personnel: Are you interested in a program sponsored by a Unit or military branch that you aren’t a member of? Fill out the Training Seat Request Form.

Sponsoring LTC Partner
Points of Contact
Phone Number
1SFC Daniel Long, CMF 35 LREC (910) 396-3445
16 AF
Adrianne Gomez, CTR
(210) 977-5124

If you are a member of the 300MI, contact the people below. If you are not a member of the 300MI fill out a Training Seat request form.

Sponsoring LTC Partner Points of Contact Email Phone Number
300th MI BDE Sheldon Holgreen, CW3
David Vogan, 1LT (801) 432-4570

Service members, fill out a Training Seat Request Form.

For more information about Concordia LTC iso-immersion dates, or if you are not a member of the U.S. military or a U.S. government employee and are interested in additional iso-immersion program dates and pricing, please contact or call (800) 450-2214.

Program Location and Facilities

All Concordia LTC programs will be held at the 875-acre Concordia Language Villages campus near Bemidji, Minnesota, which is comprised of seven architecturally authentic retreat centers, each reflecting the cultures of one of the 15 languages offered by Concordia Language Villages.

Given the fact that the architectural focus of these facilities does not always line up with the target languages/cultures represented by the LTC immersions, any of these facilities might be used for any of the languages, with the exception of Russian always taking place at the Russian Language Village facility. A general description of these facilities can be found here.

For more information about LTC’s in the United States visit this external link:

Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, is a four-year liberal arts college with a strongly globalized curriculum and a nationally recognized leader among undergraduate institutions for the number of students who gain global experiences abroad. Concordia is a recipient of the NAFSA Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Concordia Language Villages is a program of Concordia College that offers intensive residential language and cultural immersion experiences in 15 languages for learners of all ages and backgrounds. Established in 1961, Concordia Language Villages is internationally recognized for its unique approach to immersion and a setting that accelerates language learning in a highly supportive and motivating environment.

"They individually tailored the lessons to my interests and abilities. They were excellent. They motivated us to learn without being overbearing."
(Chinese LTC student evaluation comment)

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