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Study Abroad

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The Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures sponsors summer study abroad programs in France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Spain (Alicante and Santander).

Students can earn up to six credit hours by participating in these programs. In most cases, the courses will fulfill part or all of the foreign language requirement (completion of the elementary or intermediate level). Upper-division classes in literature, culture, and language are also available for major and minor credit.

Participation in these programs will satisfy the foreign study requirements for the Language and World Business degree. A faculty member accompanies students on the program.

In addition to formal classes held at a major university in the city, group excursions to cultural and historical sites are an integral part of the programs.

Students are also encouraged to study abroad, particularly through participation in the University's International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).

The department is also prepared to recommend summer study programs and year abroad programs for students who are interested in foreign study. Credits from recognized foreign study programs can readily be transferred to the University of Tennessee. For qualified students, the department also offers:

  • Chinese 491 Foreign Study
  • Japanese 491 Foreign Study
  • German 491 Foreign Study
  • Russian 491 Foreign Study

Students should consult the department before registering for the foreign study course.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Students seeking support for study abroad are also encouraged to consult with the Programs Abroad Office in the Center for International Education concerning possible funding opportunities.

Scholarships for international study available through the CIE, can be viewed here.

For a guide to diversity and inclusion abroad, including scholarship opportunities, check out:

Study Abroad Opportunities

Click each country to see what opportunities are available.

Learn Portuguese in Fortaleza

This summer abroad program offers six weeks of Portuguese language instruction and Brazilian culture through a hands-on, cross-cultural educational experience. Students will live with Brazilian host families. The program runs May 26-July 4.

Tentative cost, excluding air travel, UT tuition, Brazil visa and vaccinations, and International Student ID Card is $2100.

For further information click here or contact:

Dr. Dawn Duke
Director of the Brazil Summer Program
Phone: (865) 974-7006

Advanced Spanish in San José, Costa Rica

San José is the capital of Costa Rica. San José is one of the oldest cities in Costa Rica, founded in the 16th century, has a population of about 2 million people, and is rich in history, folklore, and monuments, both pre-Columbian and colonial. Students live for a month with judiciously selected Costa Rican families in San José and take two upper-division courses that count toward a Spanish major or minor.

The classes are taught by UT faculty. Students will earn six (6) hours credit for the two classes they take.

Applications are due each year around Feb. 1. For more information, consult the program page.

Planned program leaders are: 

Service Learning in Costa Rica

Students will engage in Costa Rican culture and society via service-learning. Placements will depend on students' level of language proficiency, personal interest, and availability and will be assigned prior to departure. In addition to averaging 30 hours per week of volunteer service in the San Jose or Cartago area, students will spend two class hours per week at the ISA office in San Jose. The remaining academic component of the course will occur asynchronously online. 

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive 3 credits in MFLL 300 Global Cultures and Texts, Spanish 491 (via petition) or Latin American/Caribbean Studies 491 (via petition). 

Click here for detailed information and samples of service-learning placements by level of language proficiency.

Watch the video of two of the students that completed the Service Learning Course in Costa Rica last summer 2016.

For information about this program, contact:

Dr. Lisa Y.F. Parker
Assistant Director of Language and World Business

Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
Phone: 865-974-9827
Office: 1204 McClung Tower

Learn French in Paris

The UT in France summer study program offers four (4) weeks of coursework, extracurricular experiences, and activities; students earn six (6) hours of college credit while being introduced to French language and culture. Courses are conducted in French.

For further information, click here or contact:

Dr. Mary McAlpin
French Program director

Learn German in Berlin

For more information, please click here or contact:

Maria Stehle
German Program Director
Phone: (865) 974-7001

UT Study Abroad in Bologna

The University of Bologna, also known as UNIBO, is thought to be one of the oldest universities in the world, with a founding date in the late 11th century. UNIBO was central in the development of medieval Roman law and has been both witness and participant to many historically significant movements such as the rise of medicine, the spread of modern languages and the Industrial Revolution.
Cost includes:

Courses offered:

  • Italian Intermediate (211-212)
  • Italian Culture (314)
  • Italian Musical Styles (451): two sections
    • 001: an introductory course (no pre-req; gen ed; taught in English)
    • 002: advanced for music majors (pre-req: Theory 3 preferred; taught in English)
  • Music Theory 4 (undergraduate extended/post tonal)

For more info:

For further information contact:

Dr. Annachiara Mariani
Director of the Bologna Summer Program

Learn Spanish in Santander

Santander is the capital of the Cantabria region located in Northern Spain. The population of the city is around 200,000 inhabitants, but during the summer months, Spaniards look to Santander as a vacation spot and the population climbs. Santander is known for its extraordinarily beautiful landscape and its coastal location on the shores of the Bay of Biscay. The city combines an urban environment with what is essential in Cantabria: countryside, nature, gastronomy, and culture; but it's the beaches in Santander that are the best known and most appreciated city attraction. While in Santander students will visit the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, the Marine Museum of Cantabria, the Magdalena Palace and Park, and enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Bay of Biscay.

While in Santander, students will be housed in double rooms with Spanish families. All meals on non-excursion days are provided as well as laundry service once per week while living with host families. Trips to Madrid, Toledo, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and the Picos de Europa are included.

The program is open to undergraduate students who have successfully completed either Span 112 or Spanish 123 or Spanish 150, or to students who have placed into a 200-level class via the Spanish Placement Exam.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive credit for Spanish 223 (6 credit hours). Classes will be held Monday through Friday (4 hours/day).

For further information contact:

Dr. Álvaro Ayo
Program Director for 2017
Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures

Phone: 865-974-5584
Office: 712 McClung Tower

Learn Spanish in Alicante :: Spanish 300-level and higher

Famous for its miles of white, sandy beaches (the nearby Playa de San Juan) and its palm-lined seafront walkway (the Esplanada), Alicante is a vibrant university town small enough (population 310,000) to be congenial, safe, and accessible yet big and modern enough to offer everything, including unexpected dimensions from the narrow streets of the old quarter (the Barrio de Santa Cruz) to the main commercial avenues downtown.

Alicante is within easy reach of Madrid, Granada, Seville, Málaga, Valencia, and Barcelona, and June is the month of Alicante's ancient "Festival de las Hogueras," in which huge paper sculptures are ceremoniously paraded and then burned in city squares.

Students will live with Spanish host families (one exchange student per family), meet locals and make international friends through organized social and cultural activities, and improve language skills by participating in cultural workshops.

Excursions include a visit to the Costa Blanca, to sites in the interior of the province of Alicante, to Granada, etc.

For more information and application procedures, click here. You may also contact:

Dr. Harrison Meadows
Program Director for 2017
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

Phone: 865-974-0585
Office: 716A McClung Tower

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