Department of Modern Languages Study Abroad Programs

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Mark Twain

Long-Term (Semester, Year) Study Abroad Programs

The following semester- / year-abroad destinationas are available through bilateral agreements. Please contact the Department faculty member listed for further details.

Germany (Universität Duisburg'Essen) / Max Maximov  – Instructor of Modern Languages 
Paraguay (Universidad Católica, Uni. Nacional) / Max Maximov  – Instructor of Modern Languages 
Spain (Universidad de La Rioja) / Dr. Pilar Caballero  – Assistant Professor of Spanish

Current / Upcoming Short Term Study Abroad Programs

The following short-term (1.5 - 4 weeks) faculty led seminars abroad / study abroad programs are offered during the current and upcoming academic terms. Please familiarise yourself with the information provided and contact the faculty member listed for any additional information.

Fall Break 2015: Chiloé (Chile)

Spring Break 2016: Camino de Santiago (Portugal & Spain)

Summer 2016: University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

 

Fall Break 2015: Chiloé (Chile)

About (view trailer)

The Hidden Jewel of Chile: Island of Chiloé: The Island of Chiloé is the gateway to Chilean Patagonia, and its real hidden treasures are the perfect blend of unique culture and unparalleled nature. For ages, the chilotes – the island’s natives – have been living from the land and the sea. The Spanish left their imprint on Chiloé’s architecture, the Jesuit missions built wooden churches one more enchanting than the next, penguins, dolphins and sea lions reside there in abundance and gladly show themselves, and the captivating local mythology is unlike anything we are used to in the Western World. With over 200 varieties of potatoes native to Chiloé and a cold Humboldt Current washing its coast, farming and fishing together make gastronomy a real adventure, and having the opportunity to take part and share in the customs and traditions of the people of Chiloé is a lifetime experience. Breath-taking nature, rich and unique history, culture and traditions: Chiloé is waiting to be explored! Are YOU ready?

"I had such an amazing time in Chile. I felt like I got to see so much and do so many things, it was incredible. My definite top things we did in Chile were walking along the beach (1), going on the hike in the forest (2), seeing the Penguins (3), visiting all of the Churches (4) and Thanksgiving dinner (5). I enjoyed all of the activities we did and had such an amazing experience. 

– Stephanie Gress (Junior), Fall Break 2014

"Chiloé: in one word I can describe it as homelike. I found myself very comfortable there, especially with the people… Not long after getting to my destination, I realized I would be going back! I very much feel I could work on that island, even if just for an internship, for some period of time."

– Ashley Wiles (Senior), Fall Break 2014

"I loved the penguin colony. It was so beautiful with the water hitting the rocks as it was clashing the penguins were walking around in the mountains and occasionally would hop into the water. It was a great Thanksgiving gift for us to be able to share this day with all the children from the school. I have played soccer for many years and getting to do that with kids in another country was a lot of fun!"

– Lizette Avalos (Junior), Fall Break 2014

I’m already ready to go on my next adventure, wherever that will be. This was definitely a great trip to take for my first time out of the country. With one trip under my belt, I’m ready for the next one."

– Stephanie Gress (Junior), Fall Break 2014

Highlights

* Service-learning: spending three days at a local, rural grade school, working and playing with the kids and helping with chores…

* Experiencing the nature: trekking thru virgin forests in national parks, exploring hidden waterfalls and the Pacific coast on foot…

* Exploring marine life: kayaking, hanging out on beaches, viewing diverse sea birds and also penguins, dolphins and sea lions… 

* Agro-tourism:  partaking in rich and authentic local culture – staying with locals on farms, and helping out with chores…

* History: touring the unique, UNESCO-protected wooden Jesuit churches, learning the history of the island and its people…

* Culinary adventure: helping to make – and enjoying together – traditional foods on the farms, exploring the tastes of the freshest seafood, and much more…

* Sustainability and green energy: learning from award-winning experts committed to the future of our Planet. 

Dates

November 18th (Wednesday) to November 30th (Monday), 2015

Costs

$2,400 - including airfare of approx. $1,200, accommodation, activities and some meals.

Course

Department of Modern Languages (MLNG), 3 credit hours. This “Seminar Abroad” Program will comprise a number of Learning Modules to be completed before departure, on location and upon return.

Requirements

* GPA 2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 for graduate students.

* Valid passport for at least 6 months after return date, with several blank pages.

* Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

* Reasonable physical fitness for trekking / hiking.

* Updated copy of immunization record.

* Compliance with all application requirements and passing the selection process.

* If selected – compliance with all subsequent requirements and due dates (e.g., course registration, possible deposits payable, airfare payment due dates, etc.).

Informational Meeting

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Application Form

Available at the Informational Meeting and to download TBD

Application Due Date

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Notification to the applicants (via email)

On or before: (Date TBD, check here for updates)

First group meeting

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Contact Information

Max Maximov  - Instructor of Modern Languages 

 

Spring Break 2016: Camino de Santiago (Portugal and Spain)

About (view slideshow by Max Maximov)

From Portugal to Spain with a Backpack

A 150-mile-hike from Porto (Portugal) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

From the middle ages, the Way of St. James, or el Camino de Santiago, has drawn millions of pilgrims to the city of Santiago de Compostela to worship at the tomb of Apostle James. This tradition still permeates from the medieval churches and fortresses, from the hills, forests and brooks, the sleepy, tiny villages and ancient towns, which the Camino traverses. Today, the Way of St. James is walked by people of all ages and from across the world. 11 days on foot, with a backpack, staying in traditional hostels.

 

The Camino was the first decision I made for myself and myself alone. I wanted a challenge, but not your ordinary challenge… To say the Camino gave exactly what I wanted and more seems like a cheesy ending at the end of a fairytale, but it is the most honest way I can put it. 

Arin, Camino 2015

The Camino is a magical phenomenon that teaches you what you need, gives you what you need, and provides only that and nothing more, and nothing less… 

Jade, Camino 2015

There are many places I will never see even once, and I have decided I will always seek out such meaningful experiences as the Camino de Santiago in this journey of my life.

Katie, Camino 2015

Once we got to Astorga, ate and were on our way, actually walking the Camino, it was simply unreal. I just didn’t believe I was there: Religiously following the yellow arrows, looking around and trying to take in every little thing. Loving the little towns, and hearing “Buen Camino” was the best thing in the world.

Laura, Camino 2015

I do have to say that this experience was amazing and I will never forget all the life lessons that I learned by simply walking the Camino. I definitely have a different view of how to handle what life throws at me and to know that no matter how tired and ready to give up I am, in the end we will always make it to a great place.

Leon, Camino 2015

Highlights

* Walk the Camino – 1000-year-old Trail of major historical and cultural tradition in Europe;

* Experience and take in the scenic nature and the rich culture of Spain and the genuine hospitality of its people;

* Share your experience with other people on the trail from all over the world;

* Grant yourself a memorable and meaningful Spring Break, and embark on a journey you will never forget!

Dates

March 9 (Wednesday) – March 21 (Monday), 2016

Costs

$1,750 including airfare of approx. $1,200.

Course

Department of Modern Languages (MLNG), 3 credit hours. This “Seminar Abroad” Program will comprise a number of Learning Modules to be completed before departure and upon return.

Requirements 

* 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students, 3.0 GPA for Graduate students;

* Participants must be 18 years of age or older; priority will be given to applicants who are Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students

* Valid passport for at least 6 months after return date;

* Updated copy of immunization record.

* Reasonable physical fitness for prolonged, daily hiking / trekking;

* High level of maturity / independence, disposition for introspection and self-reflection.

* Compliance with all application requirements and passing the selection process;

* If selected – compliance with all subsequent requirements and due dates (e.g., course registration, possible deposits payable, air fare payment due dates, etc.)

Informational Meeting

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Application Form

Available at the Informational Meeting and to download TBD

Application Due Date

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Notification to the applicants (via email)

On or before: (Date TBD, check here for updates)

First group meeting

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Contact Information

Max Maximov  – Instructor of Modern Languages 

 

Summer Study Abroad – Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany    

About (view video by program alumna Noelle Husmann)

Put Germany on your Résumé!

A 4-week* program at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Students study language and culture, and participate in excursions to nearby sights and cities, such as Cologne, Bonn, Aachen and Amsterdam. Free time to travel & explore on your own / with friends. Program includes, free of charge: tuition (5 or 6 credit hours transferable to FHSU), single room with bathroom and free travel within the region. Knowledge of German not required.

Program is FREE to FHSU students, students pay only for air fare and meals / spending money. 

Highlights

- Language and cultural classes in the mornings

- Excursions / trips in afternoons and some weekends

- Free time to explore the city and the area

- Free time to relax with friends in the evenings

- Free time to travel on your own 

Dates

Jule 11 (Saturday) – July 11 (Monday), 2016

Costs

$2,250 including airfare of approx. $1,600.

Course

Department of Modern Languages (MLNG), 3 credit hours. This Study Abroad Program will comprise a number of Learning Modules to be completed before departure and upon return.

Requirements 

* 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students, 3.0 GPA for Graduate students;

* Participants must be 18 years of age or older; priority will be given to applicants who are Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students

* Valid passport for at least 6 months after return date;

* Updated copy of immunization record.

* High level of maturity / independence.

* Compliance with all application requirements and passing the selection process;

* If selected – compliance with all subsequent requirements and due dates (e.g., course registration, possible deposits payable, air fare payment due dates, etc.)

Informational Meeting

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Application Form

Available at the Informational Meeting and to download TBD

Application Due Date

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Notification to the applicants (via email)

On or before: (Date TBD, check here for updates)

First group meeting

(Date TBD, check here for updates)

Contact Information

Max Maximov  – Instructor of Modern Languages 

 

 

 

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