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:
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.
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 6 week program gives you six credit hours.
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.
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 Japanese culture through organized program cultural excursions and site visits to Edo-Tokyo Museum, Kawagoe, and Yokohama. Additionally, students can explore Asakusa and Senso-ji, Kamakura and the Great Buddha, Akihabara, The Ghibli Museum, Harajuku, and other sites. 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.
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.
This 5-week course offers the opportunity to experience Russian culture and study the Russian language. Students will earn 6 credit hours in courses providing an intensive study of Russian culture, history, and language. Students will spend a week in Moscow exploring major monuments and museums, and experiencing beloved Russian music and theaters. Students will visit Red Square, Kremlin, Bolshoi Theater, and Tretyakov, and discover the unique cultural heritage of Russia. Next, the program goes to St. Petersburg for the remaining 4 weeks. Students will stay in central St. Petersburg university dormitory and attend language classes at St. Petersburg State University of Economics, which is located in the center of the imperial capital’s entertainment district. Here students will visit royal palaces, the folk village of ancient Novgorod, and Repino-Penaty. Students will also have the chance to attend performances and festivals. The program can be extended to 10-weeks.