Since 1962, high school students from the state of Indiana have participated in the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages (IUHPFL), a unique Total Immersion foreign language program with sites currently in Austria, Chile, China, France, Mexico and Spain. This program significantly advances language skills and fosters cross-cultural understanding, while providing students with one of the most valuable and memorable experiences of their lives. IUHPFL greatly values each host country's culture and strongly relies on the cooperation and collaboration of host families in order to fulfill its mission and maintain its high standards.
Much of the student's progress in learning the language and successful acclimation to the culture is due to the help and support of his/her host family. Upon returning to the US, students often claim that they have a second family in the host country.