"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness . . .Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Mark Twain
Majoring in a modern foreign language provides students with a broad international perspective. This perspective is especially developed and enhanced when students participate in a study abroad program. In addition to providing students with insights other cultures and customs, and to increasing their proficiency in a world language, study abroad can also be an excellent addition to a résumé; many employers place a high value on international skills such as knowledge of a world language and cross-cultural competence. While not required, many of our foreign language majors take advantage of our approved study abroad programs and spend at least one semester or summer studying overseas.
Through prior arrangement, credit earned through study abroad programs can be transferred to Augustana. Students should consult with their language instructor to receive more specific information regarding the transfer of credit hours. The Department of Modern Foreign Languages strongly encourages a semester, summer, or year of study abroad to complement students' undergraduate foreign language education. Augustana University is affiliated with a variety of study abroad programs in all languages taught at in the Department. Programs are available for either a fall or spring semester, January Interim, summer, or for an entire academic year. Many Augie students have studied at the following locations: Potsdam, Regensburg (Germany); Grenoble, Paris, Rennes (France); Chicoutimi, Quebec City (Québec, Canada); Grenada, Salamanca (Spain).
Faculty-led Short-Term Study Abroad
Our expert faculty also lead occassional courses abroard of shorter duration. Past January Interim and spring-break courses include: Potsdam and Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Morocco and Spain; Chile; Belgium; Ecuador; and Cuba.
Requirements, Forms and Funding
The Office of International and Off-Campus Programs maintains a webpage that lists all of the requirements, policies, forms, and permissions needed by students interested in studying abroad. A separate page provides information on funding study abroad. Students should also visit MDFL's regional and national scholarship page that lists many study abroad scholarships for language majors.