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As part of their core requirement all Foreign Languages majors will earn a minimum of 9 semester hours at the upper level in the language of their concentration in an approved study abroad program. During their stay abroad students will be required to maintain on-line contact with their advisers, keep a journal of their activities, and gather materials to be used in LG 480 Senior Seminar upon their return. Subject to availability of funding, grants covering travel and cost-of-living expenses that majors would not normally incur as full-time residential students will be provided by the department.

The Department offers summer programs in Cuenca (Spain), Dijon (France) and in various other countries.  There are also possibilities for semester- and year-long exchanges in Passau (Germany), Pau (France), or Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia).  For more information check the University's International Education page. The Foreign Language Department also has additional information on programs sponsored by other institutions.

All majors planning to study abroad must submit the intent-to-study-abroad form by the due date since the department needs to know how many people are going in order to distribute the grants accordingly and prepare the students appropriately.


All students who plan to study abroad must first consult with an advisor and in addition register with the Office of International Education in order to receive credit. (Bri Altier, Coordinator of International Education, Meisler Hall Suite 2300 , Main Campus. 251.414 8132).

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Study Abroad Grants

Departmental Grants: Requirements and Procedures

Departmental grants to support student participation in bona fide study-abroad programs are available to all USA students majoring in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French, German, Russian, or Spanish. Subject to availability of funding, grants that help cover travel and cost-of-living expenses that majors would not normally incur as full-time residential students at USA will be provided by the Department up to a maximum of $2000, subject to the availability of funding and the number of eligible applicants. Other departmental scholarships may supplement this amount.

Criteria. To qualify for the study-abroad grants, Foreign Language majors must:

  • have successfully completed the sophomore year at USA at the time of their study abroad or have successfully completed a 300-level language course in the Department of Foreign Languages. Students who have not completed the sophomore year who are planning to attend a foreign-study program may enroll at their own expense and count upper-level courses toward their major.
  • have successfully completed the equivalent of the second semester of the intermediate sequence with a 3.0 or pass a department-approved achievement test in the target language, comparable to language proficiency exams for foreign students at universities in the host country.
  • have successfully completed a two-semester residency requirement at the University of South Alabama.
  • provide evidence of completion of or be currently enrolled in LG 394 and at least two of the following core requirements: LG 110, IS 100, EH 235, EH 236.
  • be in good academic and financial standing at the University of South Alabama.
  • select an approved study-abroad program in which they can earn at least 9 hours of upper­level academic credit.
  • complete LG 394, the 1 credit directed studies course in Pre-Study Abroad, and commit to return to USA after the study abroad program and enroll in LG 480 (Senior Seminar), the department's capstone course, to be taken in the senior year and required to receive a baccalaureate in Foreign Languages.
  • secure the permission of the advisor and the department chair, who will certify that the student is sufficiently prepared academically to undertake the study-abroad experience, which requires at least 9 hours of upper-level credit.

 

Students planning to study abroad on a departmental grant are required to submit the "Intent to Study Abroad" form to the Department Chair by February 1 if they are planning to go abroad in the summer or fall, or September 1 if they are planning to go abroad in the spring. Since sufficient linguistic competency is critical for success in study-abroad programs, students should work closely with their advisor throughout their course of study at USA to decide upon the best time to participate in such a program.

Disbursement of Funds and Financial Aid

All USA students who go abroad must register with the Office of International Education as part of the process and enroll in the 0-credit IS 391 course while they are abroad. The Office of International Education will make direct payments to the specific study abroad program and to travel providers. Items that may be paid out of these grants include tuition for the study-abroad program, USA International Program fee, Council of International Education student identity card, transportation, and living expenses. Money reimbursed for any reason will be returned directly to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Some of the funds may be used to reimburse students directly, but students should be aware that the process takes time, and funds may not be available at the beginning of the program. Because of federal financial aid guidelines, the University is not able to disburse money until confirmation is received that the student has arrived at the foreign institution and enrolled there. Awards for the summer and fall cannot be disbursed until after the spring semester, since the money would otherwise be counted as aid for the current year and might have an adverse impact on loan obligations. Before going abroad, students should clarify disbursement information with the departmental secretary, their advisor, or International Education. Students should budget for the study abroad experience and be prepared to pay for expenses not covered by grants and scholarships.

In submitting the FAFSA to apply for financial aid students should indicate that they will be paying tuition and expenses for the summer, if that is the case. Their need will then be calculated for three semesters, rather than two, and their eligibility will thus be increased.

Students who withdraw from a foreign-study program for any cause other than valid medical reasons will be responsible for reimbursing the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for expenses incurred. Students who choose not to complete the foreign language major will be responsible for reimbursing the Department the amount of the grant. Otherwise the University will place a hold on the student's registration.

Students planning to study abroad on a departmental grant are required to submit the "Intent to Study Abroad" form to the Department Chair in a timely manner (at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the pertinent study abroad program or by the end of January for those wishing to go overseas in the summer). Since sufficient linguistic competency is critical for success in study-abroad programs, students should work closely with their advisor throughout their course of study at USA to decide upon the best time to participate in such a program. It is to the student's advantage to secure approval of the grant as early as possible in the year in order to avoid any adverse impacts on financial aid decisions.


Interested students qualifying for a Departmental grant for Study Abroad should click here to print out an Intent to Study Abroad Application or pick one up from the Departmental secretary and submit it to the Department chair.

For additional information on scholarships provided by the University of South Alabama, visit the Financial Aid office.

  

HELPFUL LINKS

For more information consult the following USA websites, which also contain additional links:

Office of International Education

 

International Studies

  

Additional information about study-abroad progams:

Universidad de Costa Rica: Program of Spanish as a Foreign Language

Goethe-Institute: Study German in Germany

University of Arizona: Study in Russia

Council on International Educational Exchange: Study Abroad 

University of Alabama Study-Abroad Programs

Institute for Study Abroad--Butler University

International Studies Abroad (a study-abroad consortium)

Modern Languages Studies Abroad

 

Other helpful information:

International Student Identity Card

State Department: Passport and visa information, travel warnings, etc.

Student Airfare:       cheaptickets.com          budgetfares.com

International Time Differences/Exchange Rates

The Language Resource Center also maintains files of brochures on study abroad, internships, and graduate study in the media lounge.

 
 
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