Since 1962, approximately 8,000 Indiana high school students have taken advantage of the six-week Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages. That includes dozens of Culver Academies students who have participated in the summer total immersion program; This year, nine members of the Class of 2019 went to Spain, Chile, and China.
Registration is now open for students wanting to plan their summer adventure. Culver juniors and third classmen who either are taking or will have taken Level 3 or higher in Spanish and French by the end of the academic year are eligible to apply. The next China trip will be in 2020. The deadline to register is Nov. 15 and the deadline to apply is Dec. 2. World Languages and Cultures instructors Aaron Bardo and Gabrielle DiLorenzo are in charge of Culver’s program.
The IU Honors Program is built on three distinct pillars: the language commitment, academic instruction, and the host family experience. Together, they create a well-rounded linguistic and cultural immersion setting. This unique combination makes the IUHPFL one of the most proven study abroad programs in the country by challenging students on all levels: academically, personally, socially, emotionally, and physically.
As a total immersion program, students live with a host family and are not to speak English for the entire six-week period. The students are encouraged to take a fourth year of study related to their target language during their senior year of high school.
Each component of the program has been developed to provide students with comprehensive language and cultural learning opportunities. 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 — which are included in the program fees — to historic sites. Each program site offers at least one overnight excursion.
The 2019 trips will include Brest, Saumur, and St. Brieuc, France; Quebec City, Canada; Merida, Mexico; Vina del Mar, Chile; and Oviedo, Ciudad Real, and Leon, Spain.