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SILC Study Abroad

The ultimate classroom to enhance your language proficiency and cultural awareness? Another country. Through the School of International Letters & Cultures, you have the opportunity for an immersive global experience. Our study abroad programs, directed by world-class faculty, are among the longest-running and most prestigious at ASU. 

In addition, the Fulbright Program provides funding for participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. If you’re ready to study international humanities and learn languages first-hand while earning credit toward a degree, we’re also here to help you plan and finance your program so your only worry will be what to pack.

View ASU's Study Abroad page for specific  exchange and abroad scholarships and grants. Also check out ASU's online scholarship database to find other opportunities.

Spring Break | 2018

Explore globalization and culture in São Paulo, the financial capital of Latin America and the cultural capital of Brazil. Visit different São Paulo neighborhoods, the Modern Art Museum, the Afro Brazilian Museum, the Memorial of Resistance, Brazilian filmmaking companies and other sites as the city becomes your classroom. Portuguese language is not required.
Travel to the Amalfi Coast to experience a regional subculture of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle in Sorrento, Italy. Visit food producers, farms, local markets, and a traditional pizzeria, learn to make mozzarella cheese and Neapolitan pizza and hear a lecture from a local nutritionist. Experience tours of Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast and immerse yourself in the stunning culture of southwestern Italy!

Summer | 2018

Spend five weeks in Mérida, Mexico learning Spanish in the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. Mérida, a pleasant and safe colonial city with a tranquil lifestyle and all modern-day conveniences, is the perfect place to study the Spanish language and Mayan culture. To maximize language immersion, students will reside with local Mérida host families, take classes with ASU instructors, and interact with local Mérida experts in Mayan culture.
During this program, students experience the historical Spanish city of León. The time in the city of León includes several field trips including a visit to a Templar Castle and to Las Médulas, the most important gold mine in the Roman Empire. Students will spend a weekend in Barcelona discovering architecture, painting, and cultural achievements by figures such as Gaudi and Picasso as well as enjoying world-class Spanish cuisine. Adding to the cultural experience, students are housed with carefully selected host families in León.
The Lyon program is a 4-week program focusing on French language and culture. Students are enrolled in language courses with other international students in the Centre International d'Études Françaises (CIEF) at the University of Lyon located on the downtown campus along the Rhône River within walking distance of the city center.
Join us in Québec City and stay cool this summer while earning 6 ASU French credits! You can start your French language requirement or finish it in one summer in a vibrant French-speaking environment. Participants will live in a francophone home while taking French courses at Laval University, one of the oldest Francophone universities in North America. Québec City, the only walled city in North America, is so beautiful that it was declared an official historical monument by the United Nations.
Join us in the quintessential German city of Regensburg for four weeks of language and cultural studies. Regensburg is an UNESCO Heritage site with a rich history dating back to Roman and medieval times and a world-renowned university. With many opportunities for cultural interaction, it is centrally located in Germany and Europe with easy access to major cities such as Munich, Nuremberg or Frankfurt. Enjoy your coffee or pretzel at the many outdoor cafes and try your German skills ordering fresh Brötchen or Bratwurst at the many quaint shops
Students will study for four weeks in San Severino, a beautiful small town nestled in the rolling hills of the region of Le Marche in Italy which has a rich history yet does not attract great numbers of English-speaking students and tourists. This program allows full immersion into Italian language and culture. Over ten excursions to various locations throughout Italy are also included! Are you interested in sustainability? A new offering this year is a practicum on an Italian organic farm.
Spend four weeks this summer in the rich historical and cultural surroundings of Sicily while studying Geology and Italian language and culture! Students will have the chance to visit the Aeolian Islands of Stromboli and Vulcano as well as a day trip to Catania to visit the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and an excursion to the Alcantara gorges and Circumetnea towns.
Study abroad in the city of Fez, the cultural capital of Morocco, for an intensive 6-week language program where students learn Arabic and explore the local culture. Join us as we visit other major cities such as Marrakesh with their famous souks (markets) and the high-rise financial district of Casablanca. Daily interaction in the community provides cultural and linguistic immersion in the local society and exposure to both standard Arabic and the local Moroccan dialect, offering daily practice to improve fluency and enhance cultural understanding.
The “Summer in Costa Rica: Language, Heritage and Culture” program consists of six weeks in one of the most diverse countries in the Hispanic World. As a country surrounded by extensive rainforests, rivers, volcanoes and beaches, Costa Rica also features the most diverse flora and fauna in the world. A rich country in culture and biodiversity, Costa Rica is the ideal place for second language learners and heritage speakers to improve their linguistic skills.
During this program, students will earn 7 credits in Spanish Language or Culture and examine the history and scope of human rights in Argentina with particular attention to the "Dirty War" (1976-1983) and its aftermath. Join us as we visit traditional places of Buenos Aires such as Plaza de Mayo, Puerto Madero, La Boca, Recoleta and Palermo Districts, Teatro Colón, Espacio de la Memoria y Derechos Humanos (ex-ESMA) and Centro Cultural Kirchner. Students will also participate in a tango class while immersing themselves in the Spanish language.
This program will focus on Cuban culture as it relates to students’ career aspirations. Students will have walking tours of different neighborhoods and institutions of Habana and explore the trail of Ernest Hemingway as we survey the interconnections between Cuba and the United States. Join us to discover the colonial architecture and booming tourism industry of Varadero and explore the rural area of Viñales. Our goal is to uncover the many dimensions of Cuban tradition, politics, culture and economic growth that are currently shaping the island.
The program is hosted in Seville, one of most monumental and fascinating cities of Spain. Within its large downtown, the city exhibits the third largest cathedral in the world and its famous tower, La Giralda; the world-class Alcázar, a great Moorish and Catholic palace; a very well conserved Jewish quarter, the General Archive of the Indies, the main administrative office for the American colonies; the Plaza de España, more than 15 museums, and countless churches.