Gettysburg offers amazing opportunities for students who want to study a foreign language abroad.
Browse the programs that allow students to:
Things students should be thinking about:
- How do I get approval?
For credit to count for a major or minor, you will need the approval of the department. You may also need to meet with the Program Representative.
For elective or language requirement credit, you must seek approval from the registrar's office.
Most approvals occur via the Gettysburg online application in Student Center. However, as noted in their descriptions, in order to participate in certain programs you will need to meet with a representative from a related department.
- What language level am I?
Some programs require one or more "semesters of college-level" language study before you apply. If you have experience from high school, you may already be at this level without having taken any language classes in college. That can be determined by a placement test, which can be taken on campus. You will also likely take one once you get to your off-campus location as well.
Levels of language study at most US universities are as follows:
Beginning: first two semesters, 101 and 102
Intermediate: third and fourth semesters, 201 and 202
Advanced: fifth semester and later, 300 or 400-level classes
International universities may differ from this standard, so you should always research your program choices to see how each level is defined.
- Is the program a good fit?
In choosing an off-campus program, it is always important to get as much information about the program as possible to make sure it is a good fit both academically and personally. Are you interested in the theme of the program and the other course offerings? Are you comfortable with the living situation and the local culture? Does the program fit with your academic goals? Is it relevant to your career goals? How does your family feel about you going to this country for 4 months?
- Whom should I talk to?
The Off-Campus Studies Office, your academic advisor, the heads of relevant departments, trusted professors, family, and friends/acquaintances who have previously gone abroad can all be very helpful in the decision-making process.