March 16, 2012

Northwood University and RosettaStone® Partner to Educate the Future Leaders of a Global, Free-Enterprise Society

Not long ago a competing business school of Northwood University ran an advertisement stating, “Friends don’t let friends take French.” The intent of the ad was to drive home the school’s “100% business course curriculum.” However well-intentioned the ad may have been, the message clearly missed the mark about business education, especially today.

The American economy has always been global. Since the time when we were a British colony, we have engaged the world commercially and culturally. As students of American history, we know British, French, and Spanish influences are particularly strong within our culture and that ours is a “melting pot” nation made up of people of seemingly every color, race, and national origin on earth. 

With one in four American jobs dependent on international trade today, our business, political, and social interactions with other people and nations are at an all-time high. Progression on these fronts, along with the rapid pace of technological innovation, will only expand the global nature of our economy, and economies around the world. To become the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society, today’s graduates must be familiar, if not conversant, with one or more languages in addition to their native tongue.

So as part of our continuing mission, Northwood University is partnering with RosettaStone®, the leading provider of computer-based foreign-language education in the world today. Like our partnership with the Wall Street Journal®, our collaboration with RosettaStone® demonstrates our ongoing commitment to be the business school of choice.

For $99, Northwood students based in the U.S. can purchase a license to complete one or more levels in the following language packages: 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • English (American)
  • English (British)
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • French
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Pashto
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Welsh

And completion of the non-credit RosettaStone program may be documented on the student’s official transcripts (Note: These packages are not available for academic credit and do not fulfill the language requirement for the International Business major. Financial aid cannot be used toward this purchase.).

For $149, Northwood faculty and staff can also take advantage of this program. As an added benefit—in support of the continuing education and improvement of all our colleagues—this fee will be reimbursed upon successful completion of a language package.

Detailed information regarding the program, including fees and restrictions, can be found via the RosettaStone® banner on or the buttons on the campus pages by clicking here.

¡Tienen un gran fin de semana! (Have a great weekend!)


Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
989.837.4203 (phone)