Our undergraduate study abroad program in Austria, in partnership with the University of Salzburg, welcomes students from all accredited colleges and universities. Undergraduates can participate 1) if they have at least one year of college German or the equivalent by the start of the program, and 2) are in good academic standing. Each year, 15–20 undergraduate students participate in the program. It offers a full year’s academic credit as well as a semester and a summer program, which provides an ideal way to spend the summer abroad while making academic progress. There is also a program for graduate students.
This is a first summer session, one month, 6-credit hour cultural immersion program that fulfills the International Studies study abroad, Africana Studies and Service Learning requirements. Students live and eat with local families, and explore traditional and governmental systems and their impact on gender, education, health, employment, the media, and the legal system. There are two courses in the program and students also have opportunities for intercultural learning in the form of excursions and experiential learning through volunteering at cultural, social, and educational sites. Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. There is no prerequisite or language requirements.
The Summer Study in China is an exciting program. Students will take classes in Chinese language and culture for BGSU credit (6 credit hours). This trip will include excursions to sites in and around Beijing. Climbing the Great Wall of China, exploring the traditional alleyways, or hutongs, of old Beijing, and hiking to the top of Jinshan to catch the view out over the Forbidden City are just some of the academic excursions students took part in while earning six credits toward their degree at BGSU. This month-long study abroad program is hosted by the Department of GREAL and is open to all students. Preference is given to those having had at least one semester of Chinese language at the college level.
We have crafted a dynamic yet rigorous cultural and educational visit to Cuba’s capital, Havana and its surrounding neighborhoods, with special emphasis on cultural, civic and language immersion. Students will lodge and share meals in private, State-approved Cuban family homes. They will visit paladares [restaurants] and to travel in almendrones, the now iconic restored American cars used daily by the Cuban people. This project also includes a rigorous academic component with daily lectures/conversations by professors and intellectuals from fields such as architectural history and restoration, the inner workings of private business in a socialist nation, independent press, private cultural initiatives, literature, cinema, and much more. Spring semester; between 7 and 9 days.
(Summer) An ideal program for beginning students hoping to jump-start the fulfillment of the proficiency requirement, or for students who are International Studies majors or minors looking to complete their international experience. There is a range of courses, including classes for more advanced students and candidates for the Graduate Certificate in French for Professionals and Educators. Montpellier, France is 20 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to coursework, students go on several excursions, which vary from summer to summer. The Institut d’Etudes Françaises pour Etrangers places students on campus in residences. students who qualify for financial aid for a semester at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of the summer program.
(Academic year) Located in the south of France near the Mediterranean coast, Montpellier is an ancient university town which bustles with commercial and tourist activity. Montpellier is known for its dynamism, demographic growth, cultural events and bright Mediterranean culture. Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, one of the oldest universities in Europe, emphasizes the arts and humanities. Students have several housing options including dorms, boarding families, and homestays. Because this exchange program is part of Bowling Green State University study abroad options, financial aid that could be applied to study on BGSU’s main campus can usually be applied equally to study in the program abroad.
Classes are conducted at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri (CLIDA) in Italy’s capital city of Rome. CLIDA specializes in the teaching of Italian language and culture. All instructors are professionally trained in teaching Italian to foreign students and you will earn BGSU credit for this program with the possibility of earning internship credit as well. CLI Dante Alighieri is located on the Piazza Bologna. The location is convenient to the historical center of Rome, a lively and cosmopolitan metropolis of 3.8 million people and a center of culture and activity famous throughout the world for the beauty of its art and monuments.
Summer Study in Japan (JAPN 2000 & 3000)
The Summer Study in Japan program offers students an opportunity to study the Japanese language and to acquire the first-hand knowledge of the Japanese people and culture. The Japanese summer program is operated in cooperation from Nagoya University and Hiroshima Jogakuin University. Students are enrolled for 6 credit hours, 3 for language and 3 for culture. One year of Japanese is required. Classes run Monday through Friday. The program includes field trips to Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, etc. There are also home-stays where students get to spend the weekend with Japanese families.
Study abroad in Alcalá de Henares, a 30-minute train ride from Madrid, Spain’s capital. Explore the ancient fifteenth century architecture, walk in Cervantes’ footsteps, and enjoy the modern delights of a thriving city. Journey to the artistic Golden Triangle that encompasses the Prado, the Thyssen Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum. Explore palaces, churches, and convents. Walk in the gardens of El Retiro Park. Enjoy exquisite Spanish cuisine, live with a host family, and experience the vibrant culture that Spain has to offer, all while improving your Spanish and earning BGSU credits. The Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros, affiliated with the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, is a BGSU program.
Study abroad in Moscow in St. Petersburg. Visit landmarks, such as the Moscow Kremlin and the tsars’ summer palace. See the art treasurers in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum and Moscow Tretiakov Gallery. Attend a traditional Russian circus, a ballet performance, concerts, and festivals. Try your hand at folk crafts and travel canals by night. While at Moscow State University, participants have four hours of language and culture classes per day. They live with Russian students and meet people from around the world at the university’s Russian Language and Culture Institute. A pre-departure semester of Russian at BGSU and six credits on the program are equivalent to half of a minor in Russian.