The IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages (IUHPFL) has been providing language-intensive summer study abroad programs for Indiana high school students since 1962.
Participants have opportunities to further their language studies through "total immersion" programs in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Students spend five or six weeks in their respective host countries during the summer after their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.
IUHPFL's unique Four Pillar structure — a combination of intensive academic instruction, mandatory language commitment to speak only in the target language while abroad, community engagement activities, and full-time integration into a host family — allows for students to participate in a total immersion experience.
IUHPFL participants not only make significant strides toward mastering their target languages, but they also gain exceptional knowledge and understanding of their host countries and communities. In addition to daily academic instruction and afternoon activities that focus on sports, theater, and music, students learn about the area’s rich history and culture, while participating in community-based activities and projects and enjoying daytrips and overnight excursions.