JAN 424: Language & Culture through Study Abroad

Guanajuato This project offers an opportunity for students who would like to explore intensive language study on a study abroad program on a smaller scale or for those who cannot spend a semester abroad because of time constraints. Students in this project can spend Interim in Chile, China, France, or Germany. Through language and culture classes at the host universities the students may have an intensive educational and cultural experience at the language level for which they are prepared, from intermediate to advanced. There will be supervision of Resident Staff throughout the projects. Students will be housed in dorms, with families, in student residences or in family style hotels, and there will be programs of cultural events and excursions. Usually language and culture classes are taught in the morning and early afternoon leaving plenty of time and opportunity for local exploring. This project is graded A-F.

Students must complete a full application to the program. Acceptance by the program and Wofford is required for enrollment. A complete online application and non-refundable deposit of $1000 (deposits can be paid online) is required. Click here for details.


As one of the most diverse, multicultural cities in Chile, Valparaíso’s eclectic communities include British, Italian, Peruvian, German, Colombian and others. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its historical architectural treasures and unique topography. Study abroad in Valparaíso is an excellent opportunity to enhance your Spanish proficiency, acquire valuable intercultural competencies, and discover one of South America’s vibrant and friendly cultures. Pan back and Valparaíso looks like a giant amphitheater, settled into steep hills and flatlands that meet the Pacific. Close in, it’s a bohemian riot of colorful architecture, diversity, and quirkiness. While Chile’s port city is an international hotspot for big shipping, its sister city, Vina del Mar, is a modern resort with beaches, shops, and a residential area. Affordable mass transportation between the twin cities adds to its appeal as a friendly, fascinating place to live and study.

Eligibility Requirements: Completion of Spanish 102 or above. Overall GPA: 2.5 
Application: Click here  

This program, sponsored by CET in Beijing, is designed for students who have studied Chinese for at least three semesters and emphasizes the link between inside classroom study and outside language use. All students live with Chinese roommates and abide by a full-time language pledge. This program is an excellent way to "warm up" for a future study abroad semester program. 

Eligibility Requirements: Completion of three semesters of Chinese
Application: Click here

The setting of this alpine city is what truly makes it unique. For a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains, take a ride on the téléphérique, or cable car, that takes you up to the Fort de la Bastille. From there, explore the hiking trails and the Grottes (caves) that were used as defense many centuries ago. With a student population of 50,000, Grenoble is an ideal place to learn French. The slower pace of the city and the friendliness of the inhabitants make it easy to practice the language with locals. The city has several museums, numerous parks and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activity (skiing, hiking, biking). For the avid traveler, Grenoble is an excellent starting point for exploration, being about 3 hours from Paris by train and very close to Switzerland and Italy. This program is designed for intensive language study at all levels. All students will take a comprehensive course that covers writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. This program is an excellent way to warm up for a longer semester abroad or to improve French language skills within a short time period.

Eligibility Requirements: No language prerequisite. Overall GPA: 2.5 
Application: Click here.  

GERMANY (cities vary; see Intensive 4 list)
Classes meet Monday through Friday and the class size is small. The classroom learning experience can be enhanced by individual study in the media center. Additional culture and leisure programs are included in the formal program of study.

Eligibility Requirements: Completion of German 102 or permission of instructor.  
Application: Click here