Since 1962, Indiana high school students have been traveling with the IUHPFL to one of nine sites in France, Germany, Mexico and Spain to study seven weeks of French, German and Spanish. China will be added as the 10th Program in 2014.
The IUHPFL’s combination of intensive academic instruction, a mandatory Language Commitment to speak only in the foreign language while abroad and the fulltime integration into a host family allows for students to participate in a total immersion experience. IUHPFL students not only gain an exceptional knowledge and understanding of the host culture while abroad, but also make significant strides linguistically.
On average, 25-30 students are selected to participate on each Program site with the IUHPFL during the months of June and July. In addition to daily academic instruction and afternoon activities, students learn the host country’s rich history through cultural immersion, visiting museums and memorials and participating in regional and overnight excursions.
“My son will attend Purdue this fall and he tested out of 12 language credit hours. This is a HUGE testament to the IU Honors program. Thanks for a fantastic trip and all your hard work!” Amy S., Mother of Mark, Class of 2010, Oviedo, Spain
When students return from a summer abroad with the IUHPFL they have evolved in numerous ways, including:
- Highly advanced language proficiency — on average fifth semester college-language level worth up to 14 retroactive credit hours*
- Greater self-confidence and independence
- Broader world view
- Lifelong bonds and friendships with fellow students, host families and culture
- Profound understanding of the word "culture"
- Greater tolerance for fellow human beings, including peer students, teachers and host culture