The IUHPFL is a unique study abroad program. The program is not for the faint of heart, rather for the student who wishes to challenge him/herself on all levels: academically, personally, socially, emotionally and physically.
"I would like to express how much I enjoyed the program. I had an amazing summer in Oviedo, with fantastic professors and fellow students, and came back with more confidence and independence than I could have imagined. I can't think of a better way that I could have spent seven weeks of my summer, other than in a very awarding immersion program with great people from Indiana. Thanks so much for creating such a great program, and for giving me the opportunity to participate in it!” Lucy L., Class of 2011, Oviedo, Spain
Students should review the Self-Evaluation and answer each question honestly. If a student is able to answer an enthusiastic “yes” to all questions, the IUHPFL could be the right study abroad program for him or her. Students and their guardians are also encouraged to review the Qualifications for Participation before considering making application to the IUHPFL.
The IUHPFL is available to Indiana high school students in their third year of foreign language. Typically, juniors will be best suited to participate. Students should carefully read the Honor Code to make sure that they and their guardians agree with its content. If a student has doubts or may not want to follow the norms of the Honor Code, the IUHPFL is not the right program for them.
All students work together to follow norms and guidelines. Each participant's behavior has an impact on the group's balance and dynamic. A positive and group-focused attitude is a must for successful participation in the program.
Equally important is the student's honest self-assessment of being able to live with a host family. Daily routines, foods, schedules may be quite different from the student's U.S. environment and require flexibility, openness, a sense of humor and a willingness to engage with the host family.