Study Abroad Opportunities
The Department of Modern Languages strongly encourages students to study abroad. Through the numerous programs available directly via our department, and through the Office of International Programs, students can broaden their horizons, apply what they learn in the classroom, expand their knowledge of culture and language, while earning credits toward their degree. Studying abroad allows students to further their education not only in their language degree, but also in whatever other major they might be enrolled in. Many students in Architecture, for example, benefit from exchanges with the Czech Republic, students can get a basic knowledge of Czech before going through our department. Studying abroad can be fun, exciting, and separate you from others on the job market.
2015 - 2016 Modern Languages Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs:
Costa Rica - January 4-14, 2016
Our Intermediate Spanish: Costa Rica, January 4-14, 2016
Develop your intermediate Spanish skills through meaningful interactions with Spanish speakers in the small rural community of Atenas, Costa Rica, for 11 days in January, where you will complete a community service project designated by the local community. Students from the past three years of this popular program have formed lasting friendships and found confidence in their language, leadership, and travel skills.
Earn three credit hours applicable toward your Spanish Minor, by completing pre-departure online modules about Costa Rican culture and history, attending three Fall meetings, and working on a research project carried out during and after the travel.
Angélique Courbou took a group of 14 freshmen for 10 days to Atenas, Costa Rica, in January 2015 on a service learning study abroad trip. Students used their leadership and Spanish skills to negotiate and learn to build a partial playground out of concrete in a nutrition center for children. They also painted and helped clean up the center. This was the 3rd year the program went back to Atenas and worked with the same community.
Katie Tannahil (Costa Rica 2013, Modern Languages/Elementary Education major) shared her experience as a CAT Community student .
France - Summer 2015
France - A History of Paris through Art and Architecture with Dr. Clark, June 30 to August 1, 2015. Click here for detailed information and application.
Germany - Summer 2015
KSU in Leipzig is a study abroad program that is led by a German faculty every summer. Students take a course on Berlin and the former East Germany with the faculty leader and participate in language courses offered by interDaF at the Herder Institute of the University of Leipzig. In summer 2015, six students participated in this program with Dr. Janice McGregor. The students were abroad for six weeks and visited important historical sites in Berlin, took an intensive language course in Leipzig, and participated in a number of excursions to Eisenach, Dresden, Meißen, Weimar, Erfurt, and Wittenberg. May 25 to July 6, 2015. Click here for detailed information and application.