Parents and guardians play a key role in helping a student consider study abroad options, as well as to prepare for and then participate in study abroad. In this section, IUHPFL aims to help prospective guardians understand the program and its demands.
Parents understand the importance of education and supporting a child on the journey to adulthood. Few experiences are more life-changing for high school students than participating in IUHPFL. Over its 50+ year existence, IUHPFL has provided more than 8,000 students with the opportunity to immerse in a new culture, to learn and really live the language, and to create lifelong friendships. According to guardians of our alumni, these students return as stronger, more mature, world citizens. Many have found confidence in themselves and bonded with their classmates and instructors. Many have found a second family abroad. All have lived the language in all its components. Guardians of alumni comment that their students return from a summer abroad with the IUHPFL changed—in ways large and small.
IUHPFL is not a typical study abroad experience — and that is a good thing! IUHPFL is an "Honors" program and best suited for highly motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are studying a foreign language in their third year or higher. Participation in the program is dependent on a stringent application process that includes several appraisals. Guardians should visit About the Program and How to Apply for a comprehensive review of IUHPFL.