Welcome! Whether you are a new language student or are already in the process of learning a language, the Anderson Language & Technology Center (ALTEC) is dedicated to making language learning resources readily available and easily accessible.


The HIVE (Hub for Innovation and Vibrant Expresssion, Hellems 159) is home to hundreds of foreign language films, books, magazines, and textbooks in over twenty different languages from all over the globe, which are available for student use. Our student staff is also here to provide language specific support to those acquiring other languages. Most of our staff either speak more than one language or are in the process of learning another language. So whether it be recommending books, games, magazines, or films from ALTEC’s collection or simply practicing speaking another language with a patron, our student staff is dedicated to helping others acquire new languages. We allow for patrons to schedule time to practice speaking a language with our student employees. Contact altec@colorado.edu to set up an appointment.

Students can check out equipment with their Buff OneCard such as microphones, speakers, batteries, laptop adaptors, video cameras, photo cameras, and more. You can search the catalog to see what's available. The HIVE offers students a space for individual study or to work on group projects. Both Mac and PC desktops are available for student use. Students may also reserve the Hellems 159 Cube for private meeting spaces. This room may be reserved by contacting altec@colorado.edu.

Languages at CU

Looking for a specific language? The University of Colorado offers language courses in over 20 different languages. Visit our language at CU page for a list of all the credited courses currently taught at CU as well as language specific resource links. 

Trying to find a language department? Go to our allied programs page to find links to language department pages as well as other programs that support language learning.

Learning Materials

Our language learning materials page lists a multitude of resources to assist you on your language learning journey.

Placement Exams 

Students studying a language who have prior knowledge or past coursework must take a language placement exam in order to be appropriately placed in course level. Placement exam information and resources can be found in the placement exam tab of our webpage.

Directed Independent Language Studies (DILS)

For students who wish to study a language not currently offered in a traditional classroom, there may be an opportunity through the DILS program. Visit our DILS page for more information about the program and offered languages.

Modified Foreign Language Program (MFLP)

The MFLP offers foreign language courses with curricular modifications that are aimed at meeting the needs of students who struggle inordinately with learning a foreign language. For more information about the program and its mission, please visit the MFLP page.

ALTEC Non-Credit Language Classes

ALTEC is pleased to offer non-credit language classes. For more information, visit the non-credit language classes page. You may also contact The Hive for further details:  altec@colorado.edu or 303-492-6292.

Study Abroad

Looking for opportunities to travel, explore, and broaden your experience and perspectives while staying on track with your degree? The University of Colorado's Study Abroad program might be just what you are looking for! Visit the study abroad program page for more information. 


Interested in joining our team? The Anderson Language & Technology Center employs CU students as well as staff members to help run The HIVE as well as ALTEC's other various functions. Visit our About Us page (bottom) for a list of positions.