2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog

2008-2009 Catalog

Summer Language Programs and Study Abroad

Summer Language Programs

Summer language programs offer students the opportunity to spend short periods of time studying a language, conducting research and getting to know another part of the world well.

Bryn Mawr offers a six-week summer program in Avignon, France. This total-immersion program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with a serious interest in French language, literature and culture. The faculty of the institut is composed of professors teaching in colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. Classes are held at the Palais du Roure and other sites in Avignon; the facilities of the Médiathèque Ceccano as well as the Université d’Avignon library are available to the group. Students are encouraged to live with French families or foyers. A certain number of independent studios are also available.

Applicants for admission must have strong academic records and have completed a course in French at a third-year college level or the equivalent. For detailed information concerning admission, curriculum, fees, academic credit and scholarships, students should consult Professor Brigitte Mahuzier of the Department of French and/or visit the Avignon Web site at http://www.brynmawr.edu/avignon.

Bryn Mawr offers a six-week summer program of intensive study in Pisa, Italy. Focusing on Italian language, culture, art and literature, the coeducational program is open to students from Bryn Mawr and other colleges and universities. Courses carry full, transferable credit and are taught by professors from institutions in both the United States and Europe. Applicants must have a solid academic background and a serious interest in Italian culture, but need not have previous course work in Italian; introductory classes are offered. Students can make their own travel and housing arrangements, though most choose to stay at a hotel conveniently located in the center of Pisa and close to where classes are held. Information about these accommodations is available through the program. Some need-based financial aid is available. For information, contact Professor Roberta Ricci (x5048) in the Department of Italian.

The College also participates in summer programs with the American Council of Teachers of Russian (A.C.T.R.) in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other sites in Russia. These overseas programs are based at several leading Russian universities and are open to Bryn Mawr students who have reached the intermediate level of proficiency in speaking and reading. Summer programs are 8 weeks in length and provide the equivalent of 2 course units of work in advanced Russian language and culture. Many Bryn Mawr students also take part in the semester (4 units) or academic year (8 units) programs in Russia as well. For further information about the A.C.T.R. programs, students should consult the Department of Russian or ACTR at http://www.actr.org

Study Abroad in the Junior Year

Bryn Mawr encourages eligible students to consider studying abroad for a semester as a part of their undergraduate education, subject to the requirements of their majors and enrollment at the College. Study abroad can enhance students’ language skills, broaden their academic preparation, introduce them to new cultures, and enhance their personal growth and independence. The College has approved about 70 programs in colleges and universities in other countries. Students who study abroad include majors across the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. Last year students studied in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

The Foreign Studies Committee determines a student’s eligibility by looking at a variety of factors, including the overall and major grade point averages, the intellectual coherence of the study abroad experience with the academic program, and faculty recommendations. An applicant must have a declared major and a strong academic record, as well as meet the language requirements set forth by the overseas program where she intends to study. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 should consult the Director of International Programs regarding eligibility. Most non-English speaking programs expect students to meet at least intermediate proficiency level before matriculation, and some require more advanced preparation. The student must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Only foreign language majors may receive a full year of credit for study abroad. In exceptional circumstances, for example, study at Oxford or Cambridge, the Foreign Studies Committee may consider proposals from students in other majors who can demonstrate compelling academic reasons for studying abroad for more than one semester.

All students interested in study abroad in their junior year must declare their major(s) and complete the Bryn Mawr applications by February 11 of their sophomore year. Study abroad students continue to pay Bryn Mawr tuition and pay the overseas programs directly for housing and food. The College, in turn, pays the program tuition and academic related fees directly to the institution abroad. Financial aid for study abroad is available for students who are eligible for assistance and have been receiving aid during their first and sophomore years. If the study abroad budget is not able to support all of those on aid who plan to study abroad, priority will be given to those for whom it is most appropriate academically and to those who have had the least international experience. For details, see the Study Abroad Guide, which is updated and published every year.

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Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer