There are a myriad of benefits from study abroad besides just exciting travel opportunities. Students who study abroad often gain a better understanding of other cultures leading to increased intercultural sensitivity and a more global perspective. In addition, research has demonstrated that even short-term study abroad programs can lead to increased linguistic proficiency in students who are dedicated to their language studies.
There are several programming options for study abroad offered by the Department of Foreign Languages. Most of our programs are faculty-led, which give both students and parents a direct contact person who has an in-depth knowledge of both the host and the home cultures. In addition, some of these programs cater specifically to our graduate students in the MALT program. For those students who are interested in pursuing other study abroad options, visit UNO’s International Studies and Programs website.
The Department of Foreign Languages alternates our summer abroad programs in French between Besançon, France and Quebec City, Quebec. Contact the Department of Foreign Language for this year’s program option.
UNO Summer Study Abroad Program in Besançon, France.
This is a program intended for students at any level in French.
Students will be exposed to, or pursue their studies in, the four critical components in language learning: speaking, listening, writing and reading. At the beginning of each session, students will receive a placement test. Depending on their level, they also will have the opportunity to take advanced workshops on various topics: cinema, theater, advanced writing, contemporary France.
This program is catered specifically to French teachers and graduate students in the MALT program.
Meet other FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) teachers from all over the world! Learn new teaching strategies. Create oral or written activities for your French classes. Explore new teaching styles. Learn to incorporate cultural artifacts in your teaching. Use technology effectively in your classes. Explore cultural topics (French songs, French cinema, Francophone literature). Learn how to initiate young learners to a foreign culture.
Please contact Dr. Juliette Parnell by email or by telephone at 554-3029, for additional information.
UNO Summer Study Abroad Program in Quebec City, Quebec - Canada
Improve your French skills, participate in extra-curricular activities such as theater, sports, and music, and earn UNO credits during a five-week immersion program at Laval University in Quebec City. The city itself, founded in 1608 by Champlain, has a great deal to offer both culturally and historically. Enjoy the "festival d'été" in July, when hundreds of French musicians give free concerts throughout the city. Join other students on university-sponsored cultural excursions to Montreal, the Laurentide Mountains, and the Saguenay Fjord (whale-watching). Students can live with a French family or choose dormitory accommodations. Courses at every level are offered, with special interest courses in Quebec civilization, cinema, literature, and history for advanced students. Laval University also offers classes specifically for French teachers and our MALT students in French.
Please contact Dr. Patrice J. Proulx by email, or by telephone at 554-4839, for additional information.
UNO Summer Study Abroad Program in Braunschweig, Germany
Students are invited to participate in the six week summer session at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, our sister university in Germany. Students attend daily German language and “Landeskunde” classes as appropriate according to an initial placement test. Advanced students take literature and culture courses. Classes are kept small for greater personal attention. Also included are cultural excursions to Berlin, Hamburg, the Harz mountains, and Wolfenbüttel. Students may earn up to 6 credit hours from UNO. At least one year of college level German is required for participation.
Please contact Dr. Gwyneth Cliver by email, or by telephone at 554-3620, for additional information.
UNO Summer Study Abroad Program in Soria, Spain
This six-week immersion program in Soria, Spain, offers courses for undergraduate and graduate students (and current Spanish teachers). The program includes three components that make full immersion in the Spanish culture and language possible: international service-learning, daily language classes, and homestay.
- Students are matched with a community partner based on their own interests and field of study (e.g., psychology, healthcare, business). The service-learning experience allows students to build their language competence by engaging in authentic linguistic interactions with native speakers while also gaining valuable work experience.
- Students attend classes daily. Coursework is varied and includes topics on film, literature, art, and culture. Classes are designed for intermediate and advanced students, including heritage language learners.
- Each student lives with a Spanish family. Families welcome the student in their home and facilitate the student’s acculturation process. Host families provide three meals a day, seven days a week. Students are expected to learn how to integrate into Spanish family life.
This program includes excursions to San Sebastián, Madrid, and Segovia, among other sites.
The program allows the student to gain 6 transferrable university credit hours.
Next program dates are: July 1 to August 12, 2021.
Estimated cost: $5,700. Financial Aid is available through UNO’s Financial Aid office.
Program requirements: (a) The student must have completed (at least) Spanish 1110 and Spanish 1120. (b) The student must demonstrate ability to adapt to life in a foreign country, culture, and interpersonal relationships.
Please contact Dr. Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch by e-mail for additional information.