The Department and the University strongly encourage all students of foreign language to study abroad, both to improve their linguistic skills and to benefit from the experience of living in another culture. To permit students at virtually any level to participate, the Department sponsors a number of programs abroad, in France, Italy, Spain, and Chile. Students can select programs for summer, semester, or year-long study that award Washington University degree credits. Some of the programs are specialized and intended for students in Spanish and Business or French and pre-med. (On the graduate level, the Department participates in two exchange programs based in Paris.) Full information on any of these programs is available from the Department.
The College of Arts and Sciences Overseas Program provides a variety of study abroad options of specific interest to students studying French, Italian, or Spanish (listed below). For a general overview of semester and academic-year study abroad programs, visit the College of Arts & Sciences Overseas Programs homepage.
Within the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, the following 2011-2012 semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs are available:
- The Summer Language Institute in France
- Nice (summer, for pre-med students)
- Dakar, Senegal (French and African Studies Summer Program)
- Toulouse (semester or academic year through Dickinson College...click here for Washington University requirements)
- Paris (semester or academic year, for French Internship, through Middlebury School...click here for Washington University requirements)
- Castelraimondo (Summer Language Institute)
- Padova (semester or academic year through Boston University...click here for Washington University requirements)
Please click here for policies regarding study abroad credits for Spanish majors and minors
- Madrid (Summer Language Institute)
- Puebla, Mexico (not offered for 2012)
- Quito, Ecuador
- Credit and placement guidelines for summer abroad programs in Spanish
Semester or Academic Year
A note about Summer Institute courses:
The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures requires that all Summer Institute courses in Spanish, Italian, and French be taken for a letter grade. Consultation with departmental advisors must be completed prior to departure.
Washington University students who might instead be considering application to a program run by another university or organization should be aware that the credit earned there is not necessarily transferable to Washington University's degree program.
Please Note: The dates of the program are from last year and the 2012 dates will be approximately the same.