Faculty Led Programs
Each summer, the Department of International Studies offers various faculty-led study abroad programs in order to enrich student learning experiences and cultural knowledge while helping students attain higher proficiency in a given foreign language. See below for a list of our faculty-led programs that have been offered recently:
China Language and Culture
This 10-week summer program offers 12 credits for students to increase their Chinese language proficiency and earn credits towards their foreign language requirement or Chinese minor, while learning about the culture and history of China in Shanghai. In addition to classroom lessons, each student will be paired with local university students as a language partner for further practice. Students will be able to improve their language through interactions with vendors at the market, ordering food in restaurants, and interacting with locals.
Germany Language and Culture
The Germany Culture & Civilization 6-week program offers a fascinating and challenging immersion experience. While living in Bonn with a host family and participating in field excursions, students engage in an interactive investigation of the history of German culture and society from the early Germanic tribes to the 21st-century Berlin Republic. Visits to cities like Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Trier, Aachen, Mainz, Berlin, Dresden, and others, supplement the course and further bring alive the history, politics, art and culture that we study. Students can extend their time abroad for an additional 4 weeks to participate in a for-credit immersive internship opportunity. Germany's 5 week program gives you six credit hours.
Italy Language and Culture
This 5-week program offers students a full immersion experience in Italian language and culture. Students will live with a host family in Bologna, a young, vibrant university city and diverse cultural hub in Northern Italy, and engage with Italy’s rich cultural and artistic history, from antiquity through the Renaissance and the Baroque periods up to contemporary society. Visits to cities like Venice, Florence, and Rome as well as to the Tuscan countryside are integrated into courses and invite a genuine experience of today’s Italy. Students can extend their time abroad to participate in a for-credit immersive internship opportunity. Italy’s program gives you 6 credit hours.
Japan Language and Culture
This summer 10-week program is the perfect opportunity for students who have a strong interest in Japanese language and culture. Students will be able to take a full academic year of Japanese at either the intermediate or upper level during this program. When not in the classroom, students will engage in Japanese culture through organized program cultural excursions and site visits. Some of the places students can visit Asakusa and Senso-ji, Kamakura and the Great Buddha, Akihabara, The Ghibli Museum, Harajuku, and many more. In addition, there will be a four-day break between semesters during which students will be encouraged to explore other parts of Japan. Ten weeks in Japan immerses you in language and culture.
Morocco Arabic Institute
This 10-week intensive program, located in Rabat, Morocco, seeks to bolster the Arabic language and cultural competence of TAMU students by providing a truly immersive experience. Students will go on excursions that emphasize Morocco’s ancient identity, visiting some locations that are hundreds of years old. Although viewing these sites will assist students in understanding Morocco, the program seeks to emphasize the country’s role as a significant player in the modern Middle East. The Arabic Institute in Morocco is ten weeks which includes field trips to historical and cultural sites and museums. Counts as twelve credit hours.