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International Experience

During spring break freshman Presidential Scholars travel to a country in Europe, while the sophomore Scholars travel to a country in Latin America during winter break.  These trips are intended to be the starting point in the Scholars' journey on becoming "global citizens".  In their freshman year, they spend a week in a non-English speaking European country, so as to realize skills that meet the challenge of linguistic differences.  In their sophomore year, they have an immersion experience of the social and economic challenges for our neighbors to the South.

In the summer following their sophomore year, they are expected individually to construct a minimal eight-week experience that combines language study with service learning, lab work or some other activity where they can become fully immersed into the culture and country where they are spending the summer.  These summer experiences may be extended into their first semester junior year by studying abroad.

Below is a sampling of International Perspective & Language Program placements.

Summer 2015
International Perspective & Language Program reports will available on-line in early to mid-fall 2015.

  • Research project studying the disparities in social services provided to residents in Quito Abuelitos de la Calle, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador
  • AIL Madrid, Intensive Language Course, Madrid, Spain
  • Spanish and Liberation Theology course & Pastoral Volunteer; Maryknoll Mission Center & Language Institute, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Institute, Moscow, Russia and Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, DC
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course Academia Internacional de Linguas, and Spanish Law, Politics, and Economics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Intensive Study of Urdu; U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship Program; American Institute of Indian Studies, Lucknow, India
  • BC Madrid Internship Program, Madrid, Spain
  • BC Paris Internship Program, Paris, France
  • AIL Madrid, Intensive Spanish Language Course & Salsa Dance Classes; Madrid, Spain, and Intensive Spanish Language Course & Spanish Cooking Classes, Lacunza International House, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Global Health Research Program, Northwestern University's Global Engagement Studies Institute, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Polytechnic University, Computational Intelligence Group, Madrid, Spain
  • ABCHumboldt School, Intensive Language Course and Volunteering at Barcelona Centre Medic, Barcelona, Spain
  • CIEE Alicante Summer Intensive Spanish Language Course, Alicante, Spain
  • Research on Microfinance, Christian Microfinance Organization; Cusco, Peru; and Intern, CECAM Nourish International, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Camino Barcelona Spanish School, Intensive Spanish Language Course, Barcelona, Spain
  • BC Madrid Internship Program, Madrid, Spain
  • Levantine Arabic Language Course, Safi Institute, and Research Intern, Aztag, Beruit and Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon

Summer 2014
International Perspective & Language Program reports are available on-line.-- Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars. Please use your BC username and password to view the reports.

Summer 2013
International Perspective & Language Program reports are available on-line.-- Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars. Please use your BC username and password to view the reports.

Summer 2012
International Perspective & Language Program reports are available on-line.-- Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars. Please use your BC username and password to view the reports.

Summer 2011
International Perspective & Language Program reports are available on-line.-- Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars. Please use your BC username and password to view the reports.