Since the inception of the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language in 1962, thousands of students have been a part of the most proven study abroad program in the country. After a lengthy application process, I was accepted into this rigorous program.
What makes this program differ from others is that it is built on three distinct pillars: language commitment, academic instruction, and host family experience. These pillars create a well-rounded linguistic and complete cultural immersion setting for a serious student.
To be able to take college level courses in grammar and linguistics while living among native speakers the summer before my senior year is truly a fulfillment of a long-held goal. I am grateful for being accepted into this program and plan to take advantage of every opportunity it affords me.
This goal is becoming a reality with help from my friends and family around the globe.
My family and I are working hard at making this trip possible for me, but we are seeking sponsorship to help offset the expenses. I have taken a part time job cleaning houses, and I am saving every penny!
Bonjour! I am a seventeen-year-old homeschooled junior. I live in a little town with my mom and one of my three sisters. I attend Project Ballet where I have been a classical ballet student for the past four years. My passions go beyond ballet. I am also an art student, and I love learning new languages. I have studied French, Latin, and Chinese. The French courses were my idea, the Latin was my mother’s idea, and I tried Chinese, I really tried!
While I may live in a small town, I have had several life experiences that are anything but small.
I traveled to China in 2012 on a mission trip with my family when I was 11 years old. While serving in local orphanages, I was taught humility, patience, and flexibility. I had to trust that I could not solve the problems I encountered while in China, but I could learn to begin to be part of the solution for some of them.
In 2016 I went on another mission trip and traveled to Laos and Thailand where I was enthralled with the culture, language, and people of this remote region of the world.
I wish to expand my knowledge of the French language so that I can work as a translator or study the fine arts in France. While I am only seventeen, and it is highly plausible that my vocation plans may change in the next few years, the life applications I hope to gain from this trip will last a lifetime.
I will have opportunities to form new friendships, attend cultural and historical sites, and learn independence in a unique environment. By removing me from my comfortable surroundings, loved ones, and all that is familiar, I will learn things that cannot be taught in a traditional classroom. They must be experienced.
One must go.
Don't just exist.
By experiencing all that the Indiana University's Honors Program in Foreign Language has to offer, I will obtain the critical growth that everyone person should experience before heading off to college.
Among the benefits that IUHPFL provides are:
· Classes and mentorship from highly educated, well traveled instructors
· Unforgettable excursions to sites of historical and cultural significance
· Significantly increased proficiency in the target language
· Increased clarity about academic and career goals
· Cultural competency and global awareness
· Increased self-confidence and problem solving skills
· Lifelong friendships with peers and host families
· Likelihood of placing into higher level foreign language courses in college
The program fee is $4900 and the group airfare is $1453.
The final payment is due May 15!
I received $1000 of financial aid from IUHPFL
I have applied for a scholarship as well and will update you when I receive any news!
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