Qualifications for Participation

The personal qualities that distinguish successful participants of IUHPFL include a profound desire to learn, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, a willingness to adjust to new customs and habits, and a sincere commitment to adhere to the Honor Code, a set of norms all students are required to follow.

Student Eligibility

Any student who is interested in a total immersion study-abroad experience and meets the eligibility criterial listed below may apply to IUHPFL. 

At the time of application (the fall before the summer they intend to study abroad) IUHPFL applicants must:

  • Attend an Indiana High School
  • Be between 15 and 19 years old
  • Be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Be in Level III (or higher) if studying French, German, and Spanish (or equivalent*)
  • Be in Level III (or higher) if studying Chinese or Japanese (or equivalent*)
  • Have the correct documentation to travel to the host country and return to the US

* Heritage Speakers and high school students taking language courses outside of their high school may also be eligible to apply

  • Previous IUHPFL participants may also be eligible to apply for a program in a different language on a case-by-case basis

Exceptions to any of these criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more detailed descriptions for each eligibility category see below:

Indiana High School

Only students who attend a high school within the state of Indiana are eligible for IUHPFL. This includes students who attend high school in Indiana, but whose parents/guardians may reside permanently in another state or country (e.g. students attending an Indiana boarding school).

Homeschool students are also eligible to apply, but may have to complete extra steps during the application process to verify their language level.

Age of Student

Students must be between 15 and 19 years old during the program dates (while they are abroad). In other words, a student must turn 15 before the start of the program (early June), and must not turn 20 before the end of the program (late July).

Grade Levels

High school students are eligible to participate the summer after their sophomore, junior, or senior years.

Freshmen are only eligible in rare circumstances, when the student is technically a freshman, but is older than other students in their class. Examples include a student who may have been held back due to a childhood illness or their family moved to Indiana from another country and they had to learn English before advancing grades.

Languages and Level/Years of Study

Students studying French, German, and Spanish are eligible to apply if they will have completed Level III by the time the program begins. In other words, student should have completed at least three full academic years of study in the target language, or the equivalent, by the end of the school year. Students who have studied the language for more than three years or are Heritage Speakers are also eligible to apply.

Students studying Chinese or Japanese are eligible to apply if they will have completed Level II by the time the program begins. In other words, student should have completed at least two full academic years of study in the target language, or the equivalent, by the end of the school year. Students who have studied the language for more than two years or are Heritage Speakers are also eligible to apply.

College-level classes

Occasionally, a student’s target language is not taught at their school. High school students who take language classes online, at the local university, or with a tutor may also be eligible to participate. However, students who take language classes outside their high school may have to complete extra steps during the application process to verify their language level.

Heritage Speakers

Heritage speakers are eligible to apply. A heritage speaker is a student who speaks the target language at home.  If a heritage speaker who is not studying the target language at their high school wishes to apply, IUHPFL will require verification of their language level in the form of an interview and/or appraisal from a teacher of the language in their school.

Passports/Country of Origin/Nationality

Students must have a passport that will be valid three to six months after the program (depending on the requirements for that host country) in order to participate. Students do not have to give their social security numbers to IUHPFL, but every participant must have a valid passport and, if needed, the corresponding visa, and copies of these documents must be submitted to the IUHPFL Office by the beginning of April.  It is the responsibility of every student’s parents/guardians to determine what is needed and to obtain the necessary permissions, visas, and/or other documents necessary to travel to the host country and return safely to the US.  IUHPFL does not require participants to be US citizens, therefore students holding a valid foreign passport can apply if other eligibility criteria are met and if they will be able to return to the US after the program.

Previous Participation

IUHPFL alums who study more than one target language and who are still eligible for IUHPFL may apply a second time, however they cannot participate in the same language twice.

If you have a question about whether or not a student is eligible to participate, please email iuhpfl@iu.edu.

 

High School Qualification

IUHPFL is open to all public, private, and parochial secondary schools in Indiana, as well as homeschooling institutions in Indiana that offer instruction in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish.

Participating IUHPFL high schools are asked to cooperate in the various steps of the program application, selection, and pre-departure process. Teachers and counselors should encourage participants to join school or community clubs and organizations that incorporate their language and culture of study and to provide participants with any other resources to further their study of the language and prepare them for complete immersion abroad. 

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