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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, Germany, Italy, or Mexico. 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 permission of the Wofford coordinator is required for enrollment. A complete application and non-refundable deposit of $1000 made out to Wofford College is required by September 22nd at 3 pm. Click here for details.

Valid travel documents are required.

Unless explicitly stated, fees do NOT include travel expenses (airfare and local transportation), some meals and the non-refundable application fee. All prices listed below are tentative and can vary with student enrollment. Fees are subject to change without notice.

VIÑA DEL MAR, CHILE   
The program is located at the University of Viña del Mar in the coastal resort town of Viña, just outside of Valparaíso. Situated on the central coast of Chile, Viña is nicknamed "The Garden City".

Wofford students will study Spanish at the University five mornings a week; they are placed according to an entry interview and grammar quiz, and classes are small and encourage participation. Students take one four-credit course intensively during the four-week program. The Spanish course, offered at an intermediate or advanced level, emphasizes language learning through a critical and constant engagement. Spanish class is held daily for four hours.

Housing and meals are included in the program fee. Students will be housed with a Chilean family (one student per family). The host family will provide a private room, all meals, and moderate use of laundry facilities and telephone. The program will offer a number of activities including possibilities for service learning as well as excursions in the area of Viña, including visits to Pablo Neruda's homes. There will also be optional trips available which include the chance to canopy, kayak and play Chilean paintball.

Eligibility Requirements: Permission of instructor. Completion of Spanish 102 or above. Overall GPA: 2.5.
Dates: January 3-January 31, 2015
Price: $2300 (includes instruction, room and board; but no airfare). See the 21st Century Boarding Pass for information on available funding for Spanish 200 and 201 students; all others, see Wofford Travel Grants.
Additional Expenses: $2475 (airfare, some meals, local transportation, passport, entry fee)
Application: Click here.  

BEIJING, CHINA 
For students of Chinese 101: This project offers an opportunity for students who would like to explore study abroad on a smaller scale or for those who cannot spend a semester abroad because of academic or time constraints. This program, sponsored by CET in Beijing, is designed for students who have studied Chinese for one semester 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 the longer spring term that follows. Valid travel documents and successful completion of Chinese 102 are required.
Eligibility Requirements: Successful completion of Chinese 101, permission of instructor. Overall GPA: 3.0
Dates: January 5-29, 2015
Price: $3490 (Includes tuition and fees, double occupancy dormitory room shared with Chinese roommate, weekday lunches, assistance and supervision provided by CET's on-site staff, excursions, texts, airport meet and greet). See Wofford Travel Grants on information on available funding.
Additional Expenses: $2535 (airfare, meals, visa, local transportation, passport)
Application: Click here.

For students of Chinese 201+: Since 1992, CET has operated the four-week January Term in Beijing for intermediate and advanced students at the campus of the Beijing Chinese Language program. The curriculum, designed for students who have studies at least three semesters of college-level Chinese, 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 the longer spring term that follows.

During the four-week program, students take 25 hours per week of classes, including reading, grammar, small group drill, one-on-one tutorials and language practica. Weekly-themed practica assignments help students increase their contact with local Chinese. Students interview locals or visit certain sites and then report on their findings in the classroom. While speaking and listening skills are emphasized, reading and writing skills are also covered.

Four levels are offered--intermediate, high intermediate, advanced and high advanced--and classes move at a rapid pace, typically covering one lesson per day. Students take daily quizzes and weekly tests, and are expected to spend about four hours per day listening to recorded materials, preparing new vocabulary, reviewing the previous day's material and completing writing assignments.

Eligibility Requirements: Successful completion of Chinese 201; permission of instructor. Overall GPA: 3.0.
Dates: December 30, 2014-Febuary 1, 2015
Price: $4290 (tuition and all fees, dormitory lodging at the host institution, assistance and supervision, provided by CET's on-site staff, excursions, texts, airport meet and greet). See the 21st Century Boarding Pass for information on available funding.
Additional Expenses: $2535 (for airfare, meals, local transportation, passport, visa)
Application: Click here.  

GRENOBLE, FRANCE 
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. Classes are in groups no larger than sixteen students.

Eligibility Requirements: Permission of instructor. Overall GPA: 2.75.
Dates: January 4-January 31, 2015
Price: $3700 (includes deposit, instruction, room with a host family with 2 meals/day and laundry, excursions, but no airfare). See the 21st Century Boarding Pass for information on available funding.
Additional Expenses: $1435 (for airfare, local transportation, passport, books and supplies)
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. Overall GPA: 2.5.
Dates: varies by program
Price: varies by program (includes instruction and room; but no airfare - meals are not included). See the 21st Century Boarding Pass for information on available funding for German 201 students; all others, see Wofford Travel Grants.
Additional Expenses: approximately $1800 but varies by location (for airfare, passport, some meals) 
Application: Click here.  

GUANAJUATO, MEXICO 
The CIEE Study Center at the University of Guanajuato is located in the colonial city of Guanajuato, about 4 hours north of Mexico City. Nestled between hills and valleys, Guanajuato embodies the rich texture of overlapping Spanish and indigenous traditions in its colorful, multi-layered architecture. With a population of 75,000, Guanajuato remains a conservative and provincial city; however it is intellectually richer and more diverse than one might expect, thanks in large part to the vibrant presence of the University of Guanajuato.

Wofford students will study Spanish at the five mornings a week; they are placed according to an entry interview and grammar quiz, and classes are small and encourage participation. Students take one four-credit course intensively during the three-week program. The Community-Based Spanish course, offered at an intermediate or advanced level, emphasizes language learning through a critical and constant engagement with local community members. Spanish class is held daily for three hours.

Housing and meals are included in the program fee. All students live in a Mexican homestay. Everyone has a private room, although some students may share households. Three meals a day are included. The program adheres to a high standard of cultural immersion and expects that students respect and engage the family both affectively and intellectually. Students can expect a more conservative, small-town atmosphere which will call for some adjustments on their part. The opportunity to live with a family is a privilege, and it offers students a unique source of cultural learning, language practice, and personal growth.

After concluding the program in Mexico, students will return to campus for a week of class. We will conduct the re-entry portion of the program and work on a concluding project on intercultural communication.

Eligibility Requirements: Permission of instructor. Completion of Spanish 102 or above. Overall GPA: 2.75.
Dates: January 2-26, 2015
Price: $3550 (includes instruction, room and board; but no airfare). See the 21st Century Boarding Pass for information on available funding for Spanish 200 and 201 students; all others, see Wofford Travel Grants.
Additional Expenses: $1435 (for airfare, local transportation, passport, books and supplies)
Application:Click here.