Participant Observation is the Process of Learning by
Observing and Participating in Cultural Life
Language Immersion Programs Abroad
The language immersion programs listed below are typically open to the public at large as well as to students who are seeking academic credit. If you would want academic credit, please consult with your home educational institution regarding procedures for transferring credit. In alphabetical order by language:

Arabic to Greek Italian to Russian Spanish

Arabic

AMIDEAST - Amman, Jordan and Rabat, Morocco
Website: www.amideast.org
Contact: [email protected]
  • For Jordan, students can receive credit from Northeastern University for an extra fee
  • For Morocco, students receive a transcript from Mohammed V University in Rabat, or, for an extra fee, from Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Chinese (Mandarin)

Mandarin House - Beijing, Shanghai
Website: mandarinhouse.cn
Contact: [email protected]

French

Accord - Ecole de Langues - Paris
Website: www.accord-langues.com
Contact: [email protected]

American University of Paris
Website: www.aup.edu
U.S. accredited university

Cours de Langue et Civilisation Francaise at the Sorbonne - Paris
Website: www.ccfs-sorbonne.fr
Contact: [email protected]

France Langue - Biarritz, Bordeaux, Nice, Paris
Website: www.france-langue.com
Contact:
French in Normandy - Rouen, Northern France
Website: www.frenchinnormandy.com
Contact: Go to their website to find the "contact us" link

Institut Catholique - Paris, France
Website: www.icp.fr/en
Contact: Go to their website to find the "contact us" link

Institut Linguistique Adenet - Montpellier
Website: www.ila-france.com
Contact: [email protected]

Institut Linguistique du Peyrou - Montpellier
Website: www.ilp-france.com
Contact: [email protected]

Institute for American Universities Aix Center - Aix-en-Provence, France
Website: www.iaufrance.org

When the student's home institution will not directly accept IAU credit, students may enroll at IAU through one of its program sponsors such as:
  • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT - Christopher Johnson, (203) 254-4332
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL - Jill Vodden, (815) 753-7399
  • Towson University, Towson, MD - Courtney Knott, (410) 704-2451
  • SUNY-Fredonia, Fredonia, NY - Mary Sasso, (716) 673-3451
  • Truman State University, Kirksville, MO - Rosa Virginia Mendez, (660) 785-4076
  • Miami Dade College, Miami, FL Joanne Michaud, (305) 237-3008

German

Did Deutsch-Institut - Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
Website: www.did.de
Contact: [email protected]

Students must arrange for academic credit through the appropriate channels at their college/university.

University of Vienna School for Foreigners - Vienna, Austria
Website: sprachenzentrum.univie.ac.at
Contact: [email protected]

Students must arrange for academic credit through the appropriate channels at their college/university.

Greek

American College of Greece - Athens
Website: www.acg.edu
Contact: Mara Nisdeo at [email protected]

ACG is a U.S.-accredited institution so you will receive a U.S. transcript. This could/will make the transfer of credit process relatively easy.

When contacting these programs, please inform them that you learned about about their program from the Worldview Project's, Participant Observer website!

Also, If you attend one of the above language programs, please share your experience on the in the comments section below.

If you would like to see another school/institute/university for learning a language not listed here, please let us know.


DISCLAIMER:
The above listings are intended for informational purposes only. Although some of the language programs are known personally to the Worldview Project and others have been awarded for quality by professional organizations, no recommendations are intended and students assume all risks inherent in studying at these institutions. The Worldview Project takes no responsibility for outcomes related to individuals participating in or obtaining information from these entities. It is also the individual's responsibility to inquire further regarding program details to determine if it is a good fit in terms of academic, professional, and personal goals as well as, if you are a student seeking academic credit, whether and how classes may or may not transfer back to the your home college/university for major or general education credit.

Italian

AbbeySchool CiaoItaly - Turin
Website: www.ciaoitaly-turin.com
Contact: [email protected]
No agreements with U.S. or Italian colleges/universities

American University of Rome
Website: www.aur.edu
U.S. accredited university

Babilonia - Taormina, Sicily
Website: www.babilonia.it
Contact: [email protected]
John Cabot University - Rome
Website: www.johncabot.edu
U.S. accredited university

Linguaviva - Florence, Milan, Sicily
Website: www.linguaviva.it
Contact: [email protected]

Lorenzo de' Medici Italian Language Institute - Florence, Rome, Tuscania, Venice
Website: www.lorenzodemedici.it
Contact: [email protected]

Academic credit is available from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY (www.marist.edu)

Sant'Anna Institute - Sorrento Lingue - Sorrento, Italy
Website: www.sorrentolingue.com
Contact: i[email protected]

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci - Florence, Rome, Milan, Siena
Website: www.scuolaleonardo.com
Contact: [email protected]

Japanese

Genki Japanese and Culture School - Fukuoka prefecture, Tokyo
Website: www.genkijacs.com
Contact: [email protected]

ISI Japanese Language School - Tokyo, Nagano, Chukyo
Website: www.isi-education.com/english/wp
Contact: [email protected]

KCP International: Japanese Language School - Tokyo
Website: www.kcpinternational.com

Academic credit available through:
Financial aid may be available from these universities

Korean

Korea University - Seoul
Website: isc.korea.ac.kr
Contact: [email protected]

Portuguese

CIAL - Centro de Linguas - Lisbon, Portugal
Website: www.cial.pt
Contact: [email protected]

IH (International House) - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Website: www.ih-saopaulo.com
Contact: [email protected]

Russian

Liden & Denz - Moscow and St. Petersburg
Website: www.lidenz.ru
Contact: Go to their website to find the "contact us" link

When contacting these programs, please inform them that you learned about about their program from the Worldview Project's, Participant Observer website!

Also, If you attend one of the above language programs, please share your experience on the in the comments section below.

If you would like to see another school/institute/university for learning a language not listed here, please let us know.


DISCLAIMER:
The above listings are intended for informational purposes only. Although some of the language programs are known personally to the Worldview Project and others have been awarded for quality by professional organizations, no recommendations are intended and students assume all risks inherent in studying at these institutions. The Worldview Project takes no responsibility for outcomes related to individuals participating in or obtaining information from these entities. It is also the individual's responsibility to inquire further regarding program details to determine if it is a good fit in terms of academic, professional, and personal goals as well as, if you are a student seeking academic credit, whether and how classes may or may not transfer back to the your home college/university for major or general education credit.

Spanish (in Latin America)

Antiguena Spanish Academy - Antigua, Guatemala
Website: www.spanishacademyantiguena.com
Contact: [email protected]demyantiguena.com

Spanish credits may be available through Heritage Institute/Antioch University, Seattle.
Centro Panamericano de Idiomas - Costa Rica (Heredia, Monteverde, and Flamingo)
Website: www.cpi-edu.com
Contact: [email protected]

Academic credit is available through:
  • Brookhaven College, Houston, Texas
  • New Mexico State University (NMSU), Carlsbad, NM; Contact Angelina Palumbo-Gomez at (575) 646-4334 for more information.
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
ECELA - Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru
Website: www.ecelaspanish.com
Contact: U.S. phone number (347) 329-5506

Academic credit is available through Brookhaven College, Houston, TX.
Expanish - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: www.expanish.com
Contact: [email protected]

Academic credit is pending through Universidad de Buenos or Universidad Abierto Interamericana.
  • If your college or university has foreign transcript evaluators on staff, the transcript can be evaluated on your campus.
  • If your college or university does not have foreign transcript evaluators on staff, you will have to pay for the services of a Foreign Credentials Evaluation Service to have your transcript evaluated.
  • Credit from a U.S. institution is being looked into. Contact Murphy Scott at [email protected] for more information.
Latin University - Heredia, Costa Rica
Website: www.soleducation.com/costa-rica
Contact: [email protected]

U.S. credit can be awarded by the Costa Rican University or the University of Houston

Universal - Center for Language and Social Communication - Cuernavaca, Mexico
Website: www.universal-spanish.com
Contact: [email protected]

Academic credit is available through:
  • Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN; Contact Ana Lutterman Aguilar at [email protected] for more information.
  • Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA; Contact Kent Yager at [email protected] for more information.
University of Oaxaca - Oaxaca, Mexico
Website: www.soleducation.com
Contact: [email protected]

U.S. credit can be awarded by the Mexican University or the University of Houston

Spanish (in Spain)

Centro de Lenguas Modernas in Granada (Universidad de Granada)
Website: www.clm-granada.com
Contact: [email protected]
  • If your college or university has foreign transcript evaluators on staff, the transcript can be evaluated on your campus.
  • If your college or university does not have foreign transcript evaluators on staff, you will have to pay for the services of a Foreign Credentials Evaluation Service to have your transcript evaluated.
Don Quijote - multiple cities in Spain
Website: www.donquijote.org
Contact: U.S. phone number (800) 518-0412

Escuela de Idiomas (Language School), Nerja - near Malaga, Spain
Website: http://www.idnerja.com?
Contact: [email protected]

International House - multiple locations in Spain including Barcelona, Cadiz, Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, San Sebastian, Seville, and Valencia
Website: www.ihspain.com

Academic credit for the schools in Seville and Cadiz is available from Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas (www.benedictine.edu?)

Pontifical University - Salamanca
Website: www.espanolensalamanca.com
Contact: [email protected]
  • If your college or university has foreign transcript evaluators on staff, the transcript can be evaluated on your campus.
  • If your college or university does not have foreign transcript evaluators on staff, you will have to pay for the services of a Foreign Credentials Evaluation Service to have your transcript evaluated.

When contacting these programs, please inform them that you learned about about their program from the Worldview Project's, Participant Observer website!

Also, If you attend one of the above language programs, please share your experience on the in the comments section below.

If you would like to see another school/institute/university for learning a language not listed here, please let us know.


DISCLAIMER:
The above listings are intended for informational purposes only. Although some of the language programs are known personally to the Worldview Project and others have been awarded for quality by professional organizations, no recommendations are intended and students assume all risks inherent in studying at these institutions. The Worldview Project takes no responsibility for outcomes related to individuals participating in or obtaining information from these entities. It is also the individual's responsibility to inquire further regarding program details to determine if it is a good fit in terms of academic, professional, and personal goals as well as, if you are a student seeking academic credit, whether and how classes may or may not transfer back to the your home college/university for major or general education credit.
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