August 30, 2013
Paige Baldacci at Parc Guel in Barcelona during her IU Honors stay in Spain.

Paige Baldacci at Parc Guel in Barcelona during her IU Honors stay in Spain.

Eleven Culver Academies seniors spent six weeks in Europe as members of the Indiana University Honors in Foreign Language summer immersion program.

Three students lived in France:  Sina Hartung in Saumur; and Emily Hernández and Bella Lee in St. Brieuc. Eight students lived in Spain:  Rebecca Carballo, Erica Oosterhoff and John Van Duyn in Ciudad Real; Paige Baldacci and Alan Simonini in Valencia; Michael Anthony and Natalie Schurr in Oviedo; and Allison Baker in León.

The IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages 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 challenges students on all levels: academically, personally, socially, emotionally, and physically.

As a total immersion program, students do not speak English and live with a host family for the entire six-week period. The students are encouraged to take a fourth year of study related to their language during their senior year of high school.

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.

Bella Lee (second left) and her fellow IU Honors classmates on an excursion to Mont Saint Michel in Normandy.

Bella Lee (second left) and her fellow IU Honors classmates on an excursion to Mont Saint Michel in Normandy.

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