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Department of Modern Languages

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.

Study Abroad and Modern Languages Transfer Credit

  • If you are a language major (French, German, Spanish) interested in studying abroad, consult your advisor as early as possible, as well as the Study Abroad office to determine the best program for you. Your advisor will help you decide which courses to take abroad, how they will transfer back to K-State, and will assist you throughout the process of transferring credit.

  • If you are a language minor (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish) interested in studying abroad, contact the faculty listed below according to your language of interest, as well as the Study Abroad office to determine the best program for you.The faculty listed below will help you decide which courses to take abroad, how they will transfer back to K-State, and will assist you throughout the process of transferring credit.
  • If you are taking classes in Arabic, Classics (Latin / Greek), Hindi, or Italian, please consult with the faculty listed below according to your language of interest, as well as the Study Abroad office to determine the best program for you.The faculty listed below will help you decide which courses to take abroad, how they will transfer back to K-State, and will assist you throughout the process of transferring credit.
  • For information on transferring credit for any other language, please contact Dr. Pablo Martinez-Diente.

Study Abroad Contact Information


2016-2017 Modern Languages Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs:

Intermediate Spanish Costa Rica - January 2017 - Dr. Laura Kanost

QUICK FACTS

Total Estimated Cost:
Undergraduate: $4,805.49 (includes tuition, program fees, and additional anticipated expenses)
Language Pre-requisite:
Yes, SPAN 301 (can be enrolled Fall 2016) or the equivalent
Course and Credits:
MLANG 398 – 3 K-State Undergraduate Credits
Course and Travel Terms:
Spring 2017 course with Winter 2017 travel
Important Dates:
Travel dates: 
January 2, 2017 – January 15, 2017
On-campus dates: October 16, 2016 from 1pm - 3pm, November 11, 2016 from 3:30pm - 6:30pm, December 9, 2016 from 3:30pm - 5:30pm, and January 28, 2017 from 1pm-3pm
Application Deadline:
September 28, 2016
Scholarship Deadline:
October 14, 2016

 

OVERVIEW

Through reflection and interaction with the local Atenas, Costa Rica community, students will continue to develop intermediate Spanish language abilities--speaking, reading, listening, writing, and culture--as well as leadership, critical thinking, and creativity. Students will learn about and from the local Atenas community while utilizing personal skills to assist in the attainment of community goals in a service-learning project. In Spanish, students will complete a guided series of written and oral reflections on these experiences, and they will write and revise individual research papers incorporating observations made in Atenas as well as appropriate secondary sources. This is a great opportunity to represent our university and country positively through consistently respectful and responsible behavior and to enjoy a taste of "pura vida!"

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Faculty-led study abroad application instructions are available at: http://www.k-state.edu/studyabroad/apply/

ITINERARY

January 2, 2017 Travel to Costa Rica; dinner with Host Family

January 3, 2017 Tour of Atenas; volunteer within the Atenas community; meals with Host Family

January 4, 2017 Volunteer within Atenas community; Spanish Class; meals with Host Family

January 5, 2017 Volunteer within Atenas community; Spanish Class; Salsa and Merengue Dance Class; meals with Host Family

January 6, 2017 Spanish class at the market; Community Research; meals with Host Family

January 7, 2017 Morning until lunch in San José; free afternoon in Atenas; breakfast and dinner with Host Family

January 8, 2017 Excursion to Poás Volcano

January 9, 2017 Volunteer within Atenas community; visit wildlife rescue project; cooking class
 
January 10, 2017 Volunteer within Atenas community; meals with host family

January 11, 2017 Volunteer within Atenas community; Community Research; meals with Host Family
 
January 12, 2017 Tour Coffee Co-Op, meals with Host Family

January 13, 2017 Volunteer within Atenas community; free afternoon; celebratory potluck dinner with Host Families
January 14, 2017 Excursion to beach and zipline canopy tour
 
January 15, 2017 Breakfast with Host Family, travel back to U.S
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