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Study Abroad is an academic experience outside the US in which you interact with persons of another culture and participate in programs that are not available to you at A-State. Most study abroad programs allow you to continue working on your current degree program while you are overseas.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures encourages all language minors and majors to include study abroad in their academic study plan. A-State has study abroad opportunities for every qualified student. Study abroad can last from a few weeks to an academic year. Most summer or short term programs have no or only basic language requirements (0-2 semesters); however, semester and year programs tend to require completion of Intermediate I or II prior to study abroad. In addition to courses at the target language, most international host institutions also offer a variety of interdisciplinary courses in English. Students work with both their academic advisor and A-State’s Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that credits transfer back to A-State.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures is primarily familiar with opportunities that lead to German, French or Spanish language regions. Please be certain to meet with the staff at A-State’s Center for Study Abroad to learn about all study abroad opportunities available to you. Visit the Center in Library Room 145, call 870-972-3734, or visit their website.
International Study Opportunities through A-State
A-State offers students a variety of options for study abroad ranging from spring break study tours to summer or semester terms abroad. Short-term programs are led by A-State faculty and provide a focused learning experience in a foreign country. Exchange programs for the Semester or year provide more in-depth experiences in another culture. Below is a list of programs offered through A-State.
If A-State students desire to study in a location or field not covered by the A-State study abroad options, they may elect to participate in a program offered by another university or organization. The Office of International Programs assists students in identifying and applying to the program, maintaining their A-State status while away, and providing information for securing financial aid where appropriate. Opportunities include placement in a wide range of countries as can be seen below.
A-State has developed relationships with universities in the countries below which allow A-State students to attend their institution for A-State tuition. In addition, A-State is a member of ISEP which provides summer, semester and year opportunities at additional sites across the globe. Please see an advisor at the Department of World Languages and Cultures to determine which program is right for you.
FRENCH LANGUAGE DESTINATIONS
The traditional partner for our French program is the Université de Cergy-Pontoise (France) Exchange Program. Approximately 1-3 students from ASU study at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise each year.
Additional opportunities are provided through International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). ISEP’s French language destinations include Canada, France, and Switzerland, offering summer, semester, and academic-year programs. Learn more about ISEP at http://www.isep.org/
GERMAN LANGUAGE DESTINATIONS
- Austria: Salzburg - University of Applied Sciences, Weiner Neustadt - University of Applied Science
- Germany: Düsseldorf - University of Applied Science, Duisburg - Essen University
Additional opportunities are provided through International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). ISEP’s German language destinations include Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering summer, semester, and academic year programs. Learn more about ISEP at http://www.isep.org/
SPANISH LANGUAGE DESTINATIONS
ASU’s Costa Rica Summer Program:
This program is a faculty-led four-week summer program, which provides small group instruction (max. five students per course) at the beginner, intermediate and upper levels. The program provides six credit hours of Spanish study and includes homestay with Costa Rican families and various excursions. The program is led by Dr. Vicent Moreno; approximately 10-15 students participate in the Costa Rica program every year. Program dates typically coincide with first term summer dates. Learn more about the Costa Rica Program here.
The traditional partner for our semester or year exchanges associated with the Spanish language is the Universidad de Huelva (Spain) Exchange Program. Approximately 4-6 ASU students study at the Universidad de Huelva each year.
In addition, ASU exchange opportunities associated with the Spanish language are available in Mexico at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.
Additional opportunities are provided through International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). ISEP’s Spanish language destinations include Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Spain, offering summer, semester and year opportunities. Learn more about ISEP at http://www.isep.org/
FINANCIAL AID, GRANTS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
For most ASU students your current financial aid package will apply to your for-credit study abroad program. However, you may have some additional costs if you choose to study abroad. Please visit ASU’s Center for Study Abroad web site for further information on financial aid, grants and scholarships for study abroad.
If you decide to apply to one of the programs, or have more questions about funding your study abroad experience please contact the Center for Study Abroad and the Office of Financial Aid.
Study Abroad takes planning for all students and can be especially challenging for students with disabilities and for students involved in Student Support Services and Trio programs. The Center for Study Abroad has prepared additional resources for these students, please contact them for more information.