The IUHPFL maintains nine Program sites in France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. Approximately 30 students are selected to travel to each site. Site selection is based on matching the student’s needs with the instructor teams and onsite host families to accomplish the most amiable combination. While students stay with their host families for the entire trip, they participate in multiple excursions, including overnight trips. In addition, host families may offer additional sightseeing to regional attractions.
Each site has been carefully selected to provide a well-rounded and safe experience for IUHPFL students. Most Program cities are of medium size and offer many historical, cultural and entertainment venues. Students may travel through their town by bus, train or on foot. Some host families provide occasional or regular transportation. Each site offers retail stores, markets and sports activities.
During the week students typically study until early afternoon and then participate in structured activities, including sports such as soccer and dance, as well as theatre and choir.
Hangzhou, China will be added to the Program in 2014. While 10-15 students will participate in the first year, the Program will eventually accommodate a similar number of students as the European sites and Mexico. Some aspects of the Program will vary for the China Program only, including a modified language commitment and length of stay.
To gain a deeper understanding of their host country and culture, students participate in multiple excursions and overnight trips to major cities, including Paris, Berlin, Tulum, Granada and Madrid. Regional trips include visits to historical monuments, museums and boat rides.These excursions are included in the Program fees. Please keep in mind that some excursions may not be available at all sites and that modifications to the chart are possible, including changes in local schedules, availability and costs.