The Three Pillars

Unlike other programs, the IUHPFL is built on three distinct pillars: the Language Commitment which is part of a comprehensive Honor Code, Academic Instruction and the Host Family Experience. Together, they create a well-rounded linguistic and cultural immersion setting. This unique combination has proven successful since the IUHPFL’s inception in 1962 and makes the IUHPFL one of the most proven study abroad programs in the country. The IUHPFL is not for the faint of heart, but rather for the student who wishes to challenge him or herself on all levels: academically, personally, socially, emotionally and physically.

IUHPFL graphic shows the three pillars of commitment

Each component of the program has been carefully developed to provide students with comprehensive language and cultural learning opportunities, leading to a rich, unforgettable experience. Students take classes and participate in daily activities, ranging from sports such as soccer and dance to hiking and yoga. Other activities include choir and theatre. For further enrichment, all students travel on several excursions — included in the program fees — to historic sites and overnight. Each program site offers at least one overnight excursion.

Students interested in the program are encouraged to take the Self-Evaluation as well as review the program’s unique structure and focus. If the program’s objectives of a serious academic learning experience, a 100 percent Language Commitment and the wholehearted integration into a host family are in step with a student’s goals, and s/he feels enthusiastic about the IUHPFL Honor Code, then the program may be a good fit.