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As of March 19, 2020, ASU has canceled all spring 2020 study abroad programs in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; per the Level 4 Global Health Advisory issued by U.S. Department of State. 


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. 

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 global 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.

Post Spring 2020

How do Europe and the United States respond to immigrants and refugees? What do they have in common? How are they different? How can the arts and storytelling help us understand migrant and refugee experiences? This program will engage critically in the history and contemporary experiences of migrants and refugees in Berlin. By working directly with Berlin-based NGOs, activists, policymakers, and migrants themselves, students will get a first-hand account of how Germany, and Berlin, in particular, handle arriving refugees. Additionally, we will examine examples from various art forms, including film and the creative arts, storytelling, media, and social media to help understand migration and immigrants in Germany.
In this course, you will analyze the Mediterranean lifestyle (food and eating practices) in southern Italy, specifically Sicily, from a historical/cultural, scientific, and sociological perspective. In Siracusa, you will experience a regional subculture of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle in Italy through visits to food producers, farms, local markets, a traditional pizzeria, a cooking lesson, a dining experience with a family, and lectures/discussions with two food historians and nutritionists.

Summer | 2020

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 the four-week program, students experience the historical Spanish city of León. Founded by the Romans and later a kingdom in the medieval ages, today León is a city of 140,000 people with innovative and international institutions dedicated to culture and science. León is situated in Castile along the centuries-old Way of Saint James pilgrimage route and combines a long history and rich traditions with forward-looking modernity. The program combines classes with the opportunity to visit cultural sites The time spent in the city of León includes several field trips to cultural sites that attract tourists from around the world, including a visit to a Templar Castle, and to Las Médulas, the most important gold mine in the Roman Empire named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. León is a university town with student ambiance for young people.
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. This is a rigorous and intensive academic program fostering excellence and is not suited for students who do not have a strong interest in and commitment to learning a foreign language. Applicants must be enthusiastic and dedicated students, able to adapt to a French-speaking environment and a different educational model, and serious about immersing themselves in the French language and culture. Please note, classes are scheduled from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, and are taught only in French by native speakers who are specialized teachers of French as a foreign language (FLE).
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 the language for four weeks at the Horizonte Language School in Regensburg, Germany which is an UNESCO Heritage site with a rich history dating back to Medieval and Roman times. Regensburg, a partner city of Tempe, is a small town (approx.160,000 inhabitants) with a world-renowned university.
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 eight excursions to various locations throughout Italy are also included! Discover one of the hidden gems of Italy through this very affordable program. For more information, please visit ASU Study Abroad and type “San Severino” in the search bar.
The Natural Disasters and Italian Language & Culture in Sicily Summer Program is a 4-week session designed to give participants an opportunity to spend the summer in rich historical and cultural surroundings while studying geology and Italian food and culture. Students will learn through experiential opportunities. For example, a weekend visit to the Aeolian islands of Stromboli and Vulcano; a day trip to Catania where students will visit the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), and the 16th-century Benedictine Monastery which was modified by two natural disasters, the 1669 Etna eruption, and the 1693 earthquake; an excursion to Mt. Etna, and a visit to several villages which were greatly impacted by the volcano’s activities during the last thousands of years. Through these experiential learning excursions, students will gain perspectives across disciplinary boundaries and gain an appreciation for the integration of science and humanities.
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.
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.