International Languages

The mission of the International Languages Department is to advance the study of foreign languages in a direction that will serve the educational needs of a diverse community. Our programs encompass both language proficiency and cultural understanding so that students may become active participants in our global society. 


We offer courses in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese languages. Elementary and intermediate grammar/conversation classes are offered for most of the languages. The International Language Resource Centers, equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual and technological support on both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses, help augment the students' language learning experience.

We offer traditional on ground courses, as well as online, self-paced and certificate courses.

Student clubs promote cultural events, organize fundraising projects, and plan social activities on campus and in the community.

Summer Study Abroad Programs have been a tradition at MiraCosta College with instructors and students traveling to Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico to study language and culture. A Spanish Conversation weekend program in Ensenada, Mexico is offered during the spring semester.

Contact Information

Department Chair: David Detwiler 
Office: San Elijo, Room 510 
P 760.944.4449 x7758

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman
Building 4700
P 760.795.6818

Secretary: Leslie Kamps
Office: Building 2000 
P 760.795.6816
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Full-Time Faculty

David Detwiler (Spanish)
Department Chair
Office: San Elijo, Room 510
P 760.944.4449 x7758
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Francisco Alvarez (Spanish)
Office: Oceanside, Room 4702
P 760.757.2121 x6284
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Rosa Arceo (Spanish)
Office: San Elijo, Room 512
P 760.944.4449 x7737
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Pilar Hernández (Spanish & French)
Office: Oceanside, Room 4704
P 760.757.2121 x6431
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Andrea Petri (Italian)
OC and SEC Language Lab Coordinator
Office: Oceanside, Room 4621
P 760.757.2121 x6541
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Lilia Vidal (Spanish)
Office: Oceanside, Room 4703
P 760.757.2121 x6539
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Associate Faculty