Preparing to Go Abroad Through Film

Are you planning on studying abroad soon? Watching movies is a great way to get practice in any language and to better understand the culture of any country. If you’re studying abroad, we here at the LLC recommend watching videos and/or TV shows before departure. It’s relaxing, fun, and educational!

There are many resources available to you that can provide a wide variety of options.Here are a few:

The library

The Hatfield Library holds hundreds of foreign language flicks that you can take out any time!


They are open from 7:45 am-2:00 am Monday-Thursday, 7:45 am-9:00 pm Friday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm Saturday, and 10:00 am-2:00 pm Sunday.


To search for a foreign movie on the Hatfield website, follow this link,, and find the language of your choice. From there you can browse away until you find something that looks interesting to you.

Interlibrary Loans

If you want to watch a movie that the Hatfield Library doesn’t have, you can request it through an Interlibrary Loan. This means that if the University of Washington has a movie you want to watch that Hatfield doesn't carry, you can request the video and Hatfield will have it shipped over for free. Go to this website,, and follow the instructions to place the order.

Outside Sources


A free site that has many cool, foreign movies and TV shows. In fact, Hulu has a ‘Latino’ section, which can be useful for Spanish-learners, where you can watch Mexican Telenovelas and the like.

Hulu Plus

It costs $7.99 per month, has many classic foreign language flicks organized by country in the ‘Criterion Collection’.


It costs $7.99 per month and has a plethora of international movies and shows. The content can be viewed by either direct streaming or renting the DVDs.


Another option would be to look for videos on where many foreign language movies can be found in sections.

Top Films

Here are some of IMDB’s top foreign language movies, listed by country: