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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 are available upon request. Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars.  Email to request an e-copy of any report. A hard copy of each report is available in the GPSP Library for current Scholars to read.

  • 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-- Instituto de Cervantes, 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, Intern at High C Consulting, Madrid, Spain
  • BC Paris Internship Program, Intern at Solidarite Roquette & Avocats, 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
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course & Tango Classes, Mente Argentina Program, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Computational Intelligence Group and Advanced Statistics Data Mining Dept., Polytechnic University, 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- Kallarisunchis & Spanish Language Classes, Proyecto Peru (Spanish Language School), Cusco, Peru; and Intern, CECAM Nourish International, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Camino Barcelona Spanish School, Intensive Spanish Language Course, Barcelona, Spain
  • BC Madrid Internship Program, Intern at Hospital Universitario Torrelodones, Madrid, Spain
  • Levantine Arabic Language Course, Safi Institute, And Research Intern, Aztag, And Volunteer at CAHL (a nursing home in Bourj Hammoud a neighborhood in East Beirut), Beruit, Bourj Hammoud, and Kfarabida, Lebanon

Summer 2014
International Perspective & Language Program reports are available upon request.  Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars.  Email to request an e-copy of any report.

  • Arabic Language Course, Spanish Institute in Casablanca and teaching French and English, Ecole Montessori Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco and Volunteer, Transparency International, and Private Arabic Lessons, Rabat, Morocco
  • Global Health Perspectives (BC Program) and Spanish Language Course, Golden Gate Language School, Quito, Ecuador
  • ABCHumboldt School, Intensive Spanish Language Course and,volunteering at Barcelona Centre Medic, Barcelona, Spain
  • German Language & Culture Program, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria AND University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • International Volunteer HQ, Community Center and Daycare Volunteer And Spanish Language Classes, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Hogar Bethel Orphanage, Cordoba, Villa Allende, Argentina
  • Spanish Language/Cultural Classes & Volunteer Opportunity, Academia Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Volunteer Partnership West Africa And Twi Language Courses, Accra, Ghana
  • Research in the field of Chinese and East Asian Security, Sino-US Relations and Military Transformation in the Asia Pacific Region, S. Rajaratnam Graduate School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • IES Abroad Program, Spanish Language Classes, Heredia, Costa Rica And Intern, Live the Osa, LLC, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
  • Study of Asante Twi Language And Research & photography Project - “Ghana Strong:  Portraits of Unrealized Ability” And Education and Intervention Project for children with disabilities in rural areas, Accra, Ghana
  • French Language Class, Community College of Rhode Island And Participation in French cultural activities, Alliance Francaise And On-line French Language Course, Mango Languages, Providence, Rhode Island
  • American Institute for Foreign Study, French Language Classes, University of Paris IV – La Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • Hogar Bethel Orphanage, Cordoba, Villa Allende, Argentina
  • Hub Bog &, Bogota, Columbia
  • Instituto Mexico Americano de Cultura, Spanish Language Classes, Guadalajara, Mexico

Summer 2013
International Perspective & Language Program reports are available upon request.  Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars.  Email to request an e-copy of any report.

  • Intensive Study of Chinese, U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship Program, Suzhou University, Suzhou, China and Intern, United Family Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Spanish Language Course, Apple Languages School, Barcelona, Spain
  • Italian Language Course, University of Milan's campus at Gargnano, Italy
  • German Language Course, Goethe-Institut, Hamburg & Frieburg, Germany
  • Italian Language Course, Sant' Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy and Research Assistant, Paleopathology Lab, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  • Intensive Italian Language Course, Leonardo da Vinci School, Florence & Viareggio, Italy
  • French Language Course, Projects Abroad, Rabat, Morocco
  • Spanish Language Course, American Institute for Foreign Study, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Spanish Language Course, Boston Language Institute, Kenmore Square, Boston, MA and Instituto Cervantes (4 month on-line curse)
  • Spanish Language Course, Instituto de Cervantes and Art History Course in Spanish, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • French Language Course, Temple University's Program at the Sorbonne and Independent Research, Paris, France
  • Boston College Summer Program - Drawing from the Venetian Masters, Venice, Italy and Italian Language Courses, Institute of Venezia, Venice, Italy
  • Volunteer, Hogar Bethel Orphanage, Villa Allende, Argentina
  • Colloquial Tibetan Language Course, Eshukia - Tibetan Language School and Volunteer Teacher, English Classes, Lha Charitable Trust, Dharamshala, India
  • French Language Course, Language Studies Institute and French Cooking courses, L'Atelier des Sens, Paris, France
  • Intern, Induction and Electric Fiberizing Team, Saint-Gobain Isover, Paris, France
  • German Language Course, Goethe-Institut, Munich, Germany
  • Swahili Language Course, Evangelical Lutheran Church Language and Orientation School, Morogoro, Tanzania and English Teacher, Bishop Kisanji's Girls School, Tabora, Tanzania
  • Spanish Language Course, Instituto de Cervantes, Madrid, Spain

Summer 2012
International Perspective & Language Program reports are available upon request.  Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars.  Email to request an e-copy of any report.

  • Language & Traditional Medicine and Public Health, Peking and Capital Medical Universities through Northwestern University's Program, Beijing, China 
  • Italian Language & Culture Course, Summer School Sapienza, Rome, Italy, Research Assistant, Solid State Chemistry Lab with Professor Marco Bettinelli, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  • French Language Course, American University, Paris, France, Comparative Research on the Issue fo Immigration in American and French Courts, Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris, France
  • Intenstive Study in Persian & Tajik-Persian, U.S. State Department, Critical Language Scholarship Program, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Research Assistant, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama - See a video of this experience by clicking here
  • Spanish Language Courses and Program studying Ecological Conservation, Quito, Ecuador and San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador 
  • Urban Course - Venice: An Imperiled City in Comparative Perspective and research on the role that environmental law has played in the Experimental Electromechanical Model project, Venice, Italy
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, Maryknoll Language Institute and research towards thesis on empowering parents to help families cope with poverty, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Writing Course - Writing Out of Place: Creative Writing Workshop, Mussoorie, India
  • Intensive French Language Course, Centre International d'Antibes, Antibes, France
  • Mandarin Chinese Research Project, Center for Chinese Studies, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Clinic Intern, International SOS, Beijing, China
  • Intensive German Language Course, Goethe Institute, Research under Dr. Dorothea Schafer at the German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, Germany and Intern at Go Language Press, Munich, Germany

Summer 2011
International Perspective & Language Program reports are available upon request.  Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars.  Email to request an e-copy of any report.

  • French Language Course, Accord École de Langues and Self-directed creative writing, Paris, France
  • Culinary Course, Cooking School of Mente Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Archaeological Dig, Belize
  • Spanish Language Course, Colegio Espana, Salamanca, Spain
  • Japanese Language Course, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Intern, Implanex (Marketing & Consulting Firm), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • German Language, Philosophy & Theology Courses, Father Rupert Mayer, Dominican Monastery, Vienna, Austria and German Language Course, Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany and Magis Retreat/World Youth Day, Spain and Portugal
  • Intern, Microenfoque, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Environmental Science Intern, Machalilla National Park, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
  • Spanish Language Classes, Romance Language Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Global Health Course, Led by Prof. Joyce Pulcini, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Quito, Ecuador and Research Team Member, Archaeological Excavation, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Medical Intern, Health Clinic, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
  • Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego & the Universidad Iberoamericana, Tijuna, Mexico and Arabic Language Course, Qasid Institute, AMIDEAST Language Study Program, Amman, Jordan