Q: What are the criteria for acceptance?
A: You need not have studied the target language before attending LA@W – true beginners are welcome! The most important criterion is that you are motivated to learn the language, and willing to try to stay in language during the program.
Q: What if I don’t speak the language at all?
A: At the beginning of the program, the immersion is less strict, and students are given the language they need to ask questions. As the program progresses, less and less English is spoken.
Q: What's immersion and why does it matter?
A: Immersion, when talking about a language program like this one, means that you completely surround yourself with the language you are studying and do your best to conduct all your classes, activities, and conversations in that language. Immersion is important in a setting like the Language Academy @ Wofford because of the rate that it improves your language skills.
Q: Why is it important to stay in language?
A: According to experts at the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language the immersion approach to language learning is the method closest to providing students with the intensive language experience they need to become proficient. It's the next best thing to study abroad. Not everyone has the means to study or live abroad, but immersion programs can do a lot to bring the language and culture to the students.
Q: Will I be able to communicate with family and friends?
A: Yes, there is an hour break everyday when you can call home. There is extra break time on the weekend as well.
Q: I have food allergies. Will the campus dining room be able to accommodate my dietary needs?
A: Yes, the dining staff is highly engaged in meal planning, and provides a wide variety of food choices. Whether you want hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries, or are a vegan or vegetarian, you will find tasty options to meet most dietary requirements. Our dining staff can also provide options for students with nut allergies and gluten intolerance.
Q: As an athlete, I have to train during the summer to stay in shape. What options does Wofford offer for exercise?
A: There are many options for staying in shape during the summer at Wofford. You will be able to train in the air-conditioned gym that the NFL’s Carolina Panthers will use later for summer training. The campus is an arboretum, so jogging outdoors is a pleasant way to stay in condition. There are tracks, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a beach volleyball court, golf Frisbee, bocce ball, and a dance studio.
Q: Summer can be very hot in South Carolina. Are facilities air-conditioned?
A: All classrooms and dorms are air-conditioned. For dining, exercise and entertainment, there are both indoor and outdoor options available to LA@W students. Cooler days will find students eating outdoors at Players’ Corner or watching movies at the outdoor Pavilion.
Q: What is the dress code for students?
A: Since it is usually warm in South Carolina, shorts and t-shirts, athletic shoes or flip flops are acceptable as long as you are modest. You may want to bring something dressier for dances and graduation night.