Qualifications for Participation

Participation in IUHPFL is available to schools and high school students from Indiana. 

High School Qualification

IUHPFL is open to all public, private, and parochial secondary schools in Indiana, as well as homeschooling institutions in Indiana. 

To be eligible to participate in IUHPFL, a high school must offer or plan to offer four or more years of instruction in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish. Upon returning from their programs, students are required to actively support their foreign language department and contribute to the classroom. If your school would like to participate in IUHPFL, but is not able to offer four years of a language, please contact the IUHPFL office at iuhpfl@iu.edu for alternative suggestions to meet this eligibility requirement.

Participating IUHPFL high schools are also asked to cooperate in the various steps of the program application, selection, and pre-departure process. Teachers and counselors should encourage participants to join school or community clubs and organizations that incorporate their language and culture of study and to provide participants with any other resources to further their study of the language.

Student Qualification

IUHPFL limits its application pool to residents of the state of Indiana who attend and complete the program cycle's school year at an Indiana high school. Students who are residents of the state of Indiana who attend institutions outside the state may apply and will be considered on a space-available-basis.

Prospective applicants must be in level 3 or higher of the language to which they are applying at the time of application to IUHPFL. For Chinese and Japanese students, they must be in level 2 or higher at the time of application. Sophomores and seniors may apply to IUHPFL, but it is important to note that high school juniors are given priority for selection.

A student’s acceptance into the program is contingent upon completion of Acceptance Materials by their deadlines, payments of Program Fees and Airfare fees by their deadlines, and attendance at the mandatory Student/Guardian Orientation on a Sunday in April accompanied by one guardian.

Participants are required to continue the study of the language after their summer abroad, either at their high school or at a local university, and also pledge to help the school’s language program in any way possible. If the opportunity to continue classes in the foreign language is unavailable at the student’s school or in the local community, the student is asked to contribute to the school’s language program to the best of his or her ability.

The personal qualities that distinguish successful participants of IUHPFL include a profound desire to learn, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, a willingness to adjust to new customs and habits, and a sincere commitment to adhere to the Honor Code, a set of norms all students are required to follow.




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