nic at mycenae

LS Major Nic Wine at Mycenae, Greece

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics believes that study abroad is an integral part of the language learning experience. At ISU there are a wide variety of study options that make it possible for almost any student to participate in overseas learning.

LLL Faculty-Led Study Abroad Trips:

Ms. Bisch's Spring 2018 Trip to Italy

DOWNLOADABLE FORMS

Modern Language Requirements

While only Language Studies and Language Studies teaching majors are required to study abroad, the following  requirements should be met by all Languages Studies Minors and Majors. Students may file a Study Abroad Petition Form with the LLL Study Abroad Committee to petition the waiver or change of any of the requirements.

  • Students must meet with their LLL academic advisor at least 1 semester prior to the study abroad program and sign the Study Abroad Contract prior to meeting with the Study Abroad Office.
  • Students studying  French, German or Spanish are eligible for study abroad after completing one 300-level course in the target language. Students studying all other languages (such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese) are eligible for study abroad after completing a minimum of 6 credit hours of the target language,  unless, participating in an LLL faculty-led study abroad program. Please note that in all cases, a student's advisor may recommend completing additional course work before participation in a study abroad program.
  • Students must participate in a program of at least 6 weeks and take a minimum of 6 credit hours of course work in the target language while abroad unless participating in an LLL faculty-led study abroad program.
  • Students are required to sign a “language pledge” promising to use the target language exclusively while abroad. 

Classical Language Requirements

While only Language Studies and Language Studies Teaching majors are required to study abroad,  the following requirements should be met by all Languages Studies Minors and Majors. Students may file a Study Abroad Petition Form with the LLL Study Abroad Committee to petition the waiver or change of any of the requirements.

  • Students must meet with their LLL academic advisor at least 1 semester prior to the study abroad program and sign the Study Abroad Contract prior to meeting with the Study Abroad Office
  • Students studying Classical Languages are eligible for study abroad after completing a minimum of 12 credit hours in classical language, culture, and/or literature courses or obtaining written recommendation/approval of the LLL department's classical language advisor.
  • Students must participate in a program of at least 6 weeks and take a minimum of 6 credit hours of course work in the target language while abroad unless participating in an LLL faculty-led study abroad program

A Language Studies major or minor student concentrating in Latin or Ancient Greek may elect to study abroad in any country. Where it is possible, Classical Language students are encouraged to continue their formal study of Classical Language, literature, and culture while abroad. Classical Language students are also encouraged to take courses that will expand their knowledge of modern languages, literatures, and cultures in the host country.

Study Abroad Requests

While not a requirements of study abroad, the following requests will help you have the best possible study abroad experience that maximizes your exposure to the language and culture.

  1. While we understand the difficulty of being away from home, students are asked to keep phone calls to their family and friends to a once-a-week maximum (unless an emergency situation arises).
  2. Students are asked to change their social media accounts to the target language during their stay abroad to minimize their use of English – it is also requested that students minimize their use of social media in order to spend more time interacting in the Study Abroad environment.
  3. Students are asked to participate in homestay programs where they will be the only English-speaking student with the host family whenever possible.
  4. Students are asked to participate in at least one ongoing activity which promotes community involvement and will allow the student to have greater contact with native speakers.
  5. It is suggested that students keep a reflection journal in the target language about their cultural experiences while abroad.
  6. Students are asked to minimize headphone use during daily activities such as walking to school. In many cases headphones may represent a safety issue; but also, headphones disconnect you from the environment and the immersion experience.

Study Abroad Links

These are links to ISU offices that work with students studying abroad or are organizations with whom ISU has memberships or partnerships.

ISU Study Abroad Office
ISU Center for Global Engagement