Tips for Guardians
Upon a student's return, guardians may find that s/he suffers from reverse culture shock. Students may speak in the foreign language and have trouble adapting back to family life in the U.S., including speaking English! This phenomenon is normal and will pass with time.
All students are required to complete a mandatory exit survey post-Program. This survey takes 30-60 minutes and asks students for feedback about the entire Program experience. The survey results help the IUHPFL determine areas of concern and lay the groundwork for improvement.
Once students have completed the survey, they receive a final evaluation of their study abroad. This evaluation encompasses all areas of the IUHPFL experience, including the academic involvement, Honor Code, host family stay, afternoon activities and excursions. All students receive a rubric at the beginning of the Program which details exactly what performance is required to achieve the highest evaluation. In addition, all students self-evaluate twice during the Program.
Depending on their performance and adherence to the Honor Code, students will receive one of three certificates:
- The Award of Excellence for outstanding performance
- The Award of Distinction for very good performance
- The Award of Completion for participating in the Program.
These documents plus any Program-specific materials, i.e. a journal created by a group, are mailed to the student by the end of September, provided the student has completed the exit survey.
Promoting the Program
When students return to their school for senior year, they are required to contribute to the foreign language classroom and support their foreign language teacher and department to the best of their ability. Many students whose language skills have vastly improved mentor other students. Finally, all IUHPFL alumni help promote the Program by sharing their experience with classmates and younger students. They can utilize the Program's PowerPoint and add their own materials, including photos and video.
Students who attend Indiana University may consider study abroad through one of 250 Overseas Study programs in 17 languages and 52 countries. Students may build on their IUHPFL experience and spend a summer, semester or academic year abroad. The choices are endless and study abroad is available for most fields of study.