Language learners rejoice! CIS Abroad has a plethora of opportunities to take courses towards a foreign language major or minor. Immersion is one of the most effective ways to learn a language and is a key component to our programs. Students will find that each campus provides support for international students, engaging community activities, and opportunities to use their language of interest in a practical way, branching out from the classroom setting.
While language courses are available on nearly all of our programs, some host institutions are better than others at offering language instruction at a variety of levels in the local language, or in some cases, that of another country. Below we have broken down the best choices for students of Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and more.
Top semester programs for World Languages
When it comes to semester study abroad for World Language students, we recommend the following programs:
The Sant’Anna Institute is a beautiful Mediterranean setting to spend a semester learning the Italian language. Students have the opportunity to take classes in either English or Italian, and have the added benefit of a more intimate community in the city of Sorrento, where they can practice their Italian with the locals and get involved with community service programs outside the classroom.
For studying French Language, the Institut Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence provides a beautiful, rich semester experience in the South of France. Courses are offered in a variety of subjects, and students have the option of taking their classes either in English or in full French immersion.
Set in one of the richest cultural hubs in Europe, the Barcelona School for International Studies offers the ultimate study abroad experience for students hoping to expand their knowledge of the spanish language. With a fun mix of cosmopolitan culture, as well as excursions outside the city into a variety of communities, students get a fully immersive experience studying and practicing their Spanish.
Known as the “cultural capital” of Japan, Kyoto has an engaging mixture of Japanese history, tradition, and modern culture. Kyoto University for Foreign Studies is a language-focused campus, where globally-minded local students engage in language learning. Students interested in increasing their Japanese fluency will not only gain an immersive experience with the language, but will also fall in love with the culture, the people, and the traditions they encounter while in Japan.
Ranking as the top university in Thailand, Mahidol University offers a high caliber curriculum, as well as a rich surrounding culture for any student interested in exploring Southeast Asian history, tradition, and delicious cuisine! Mahidol offers a wide range of courses in a variety of subjects, but is especially ideal for foreign language students interested in either Thai or Chinese language.
Sogang University is known around the world as one of the authorities on Korean language instruction. In fact, this is where many of the textbooks used to teach Korean are developed. At Sogang’s Korean Language Center students can take part in an intensive language program focused on speaking ability. There is also a Korean for General Purpose Course designed for students who are not Korean Language majors but who would still like to improve their Korean ability.
Top summer programs for World Languages
Language is one of the easiest subjects to find on summer study abroad programs, and many students participate in our programs during the summer months specifically to take language classes towards a major or minor, or simply to improve their speaking ability. Here are a few of our top recommendations for summer language programs:
- Summer in Paris – Institut Catholique de Paris
- Summer in Florence – Florence University of the Arts
- Mediterranean Culture Studies – Barcelona and Sorrento
- Summer in Tokyo – Seisen University
Top intern programs for World Languages
For students studying a foreign language, a customized internship placement is an excellent way to bolster speaking and comprehension skills in a hands-on, real-world environment. While we typically place students in English-speaking placements (even in non-English speaking countries), we can and do regularly accommodate students looking to use their language skills in their internship. To search for internships by career field, click here. Below are just a few of our top intern program locations for students studying a foreign language.
World Language is one of the easiest and best-suited subjects for finding study abroad programs, especially because of the great immersive experiences that many of our partner universities are eager to offer incoming students. To look more closely at the courses available on a particular program, take a look at the program pages that you are interested in, and scroll down to Academics. There, under “Choose your courses” you will find information about course offerings and availability. For intern programs, sample placements can be found on each program page as well.