IEP students looking to enhance their language proficiency are encouraged to explore the the following programs that offer inexpensive ways to boost language skills.
Chinese Language Flagship Partner Program
The URI Chinese Language Flagship Partner Program is an intensive undergraduate program for highly motivated students preparing for global careers. Flagship Scholars earn a Bachelor’s degree in a chosen academic discipline (engineering, business, political science, textile and fashion merchandising, etc.) while working to achieve Superior language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.
Compiègne Summer Immersion
Where: Université de Technologie de Compiègne (Compiègne, France)
When: Every August
The Université de Technologie de Compiègne offers a four-week French language immersion program during August. The program is tuition free for IEP students, and offers an opportunity to gain experience at our partner university, where they will study abroad during their fourth year. This is not a faculty-led program, so students should be prepared to travel to France on their own. Participants are placed into one of the four language levels courses and take weekend trips. Visit the program’s website for additional information.
German Summer School
Where: University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
Join the German Summer School (Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik) and live, eat and speak German 24 hours A day. Earn 8 URI credits and enjoy a rewarding and fun experience. Scholarships are available. Visit the program’s website for additional information.
German J-Term Study Tour
When: January, over winter break
For students enrolled in the rigorous five-year dual Bachelor degree International Engineering and International Business Programs, it is crucial to get some short-term immersion experience in the country in which they will spend their senior year. This program will allow students to experience the context of the German language and engineering/business studies. Furthermore, it will give students the opportunity to explore the culture, technology environment and communicate with their budding language skills. Visit the program’s website and student blog project for additional information.
Calabria Summer Program
Where: Calabria, Italy
Students can earn 6-9 URI credits through this faculty-led program. Italian language and film courses are offered. No previous Italian language study is required to participate in the program and courses are available in English and Italian. Visit the program’s website for additional information.
Spanish IEP Sustainability Project and Study Tour
Where: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV) (Valparaiso, Chile)
When: August 8 – 24, 2014
This intensive program, taking place in the engineering laboratories of PUCV, gives participants the chance to work as part of an international team on an engineering service-learning project. Under the guidance of engineering faculty from both URI and PUCV, students will study anaerobic energy systems, create portable anaerobic models, and share them with people in rural communities. Students will visit Spanish IEP partner companies as well as spectacular places of interest including the Andes, Elqui Valley and the Atacama Desert.
Visit the program’s website for additional information.
Universidad de Zaragoza
Where: Universidad de Zaragoza (Zaragoza, Spain and Jaca, Spain)
When: Throughout the year (except August) in Zaragoza; August in Jaca.
Open to everyone. Visit the program’s website for additional information.
Universidad de Cantabria
Where: Universidad de Cantabria (Santander, Spain)
When: Every year in summer and also during academic year.
Open to everyone, and free for IEP students during their exchange year abroad. Visit the program’s website for additional information.