IUHPFL is a demanding experience on every level: academic, personal, social, emotional and physical. It is not for the faint of heart and it may not be right for everybody.
Accepted students are placed in one of twelve sites in eight countries based on their language of study. Each site has been intentionally selected to offer a well-rounded cultural experience, touching on daily life, history, business nature and entertainment.
Sports and Music While Abroad
Many prospective IUHPFL students are involved in extra-curricular activities, including sports and music. IUHPFL is set up to support students while they are abroad. Accepted IUHPFL students who are athletes or musicians are encouraged to include this in their acceptance materials and IUHPFL will work to accommodate. Any additional fees, however, must be covered by the student or guardian.
Music students have the option of bringing their instrument abroad or renting one onsite. For athletes, onsite instructors will work with host families and local gyms to integrate practice time with IUHPFL-related activities. Students are advised to discuss their summer plans with their coaches to ensure they receive training or practice guidelines.
Life-changing Summer Abroad
Because it is nearly impossible to describe what students experience and how their lives change during and after the summer abroad, this section includes testimonials and visual impressions of IUHPFL.
It is hard to quantify the impact IUHPFL. Successful participants achieve language skills that far surpass those in a regular classroom setting. But this is just one program benefit. Students also gain considerable confidence and maturity while expanding their sense of the world and their place in it. They learn to navigate and communicate in a foreign country. They build friendships that last a lifetime. They truly immerse and live the language.
Teachers report that their students return with a deep understanding of what culture really means. Students come to the realization that there is more than one way of doing things, that humans in other countries often have similar needs and wishes.
The true value of IUHPFL is difficult to measure but one thing is certain; in the global world of the 21st century, fluency in a second language is a highly sought-after skill. No classroom, vacation or camp can provide the meaningful life-changing experience that IUHPFL offers.