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Study Abroad Programs with Modern Languages & Literatures

Modern Language students study abroad to perfect their language skills, to develop cross-cultural skills, and to deepen their understanding of cultures, societies and histories of the people who speak the language they study.  

My study abroad experience has opened a door for me into the life in the country whose language and literature I have been studying for years. It heightened my understanding of what I learned back at Beloit.

Haolin Du, Russian State University for the Humanities, Fall 2015

Note: Language programs are open to students in all disciplines.  Prerequisites for language are the minimum required for the program, more language study is highly recommended. Students must be enrolled in an appropriate language course the semester or summer before study abroad.


Chinese – Henan University in Kaifeng or Shandong University in Jinan (Ex)

Students have the options of a year of study in each location, or they can combine a fall semester of study in Kaifeng or Jinan with a spring semester in Hong Kong. 

French – Rennes, Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, La Réunion, Senegal

German – University of Erfurt, Erfurt (Ex)

  • Semesters: Spring, Academic year.
  • Language: German, English.
  • Prereqs: 2 years college German, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Germany.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Intensive German language at beginning of term; university courses in social sciences, humanities, German as a second language with disciplinary focus; no natural sciences; some courses taught partially or fully in English at this bi-lingual university; study with local students; few non-native German speakers in Erfurt; region is historically rich with archives, museums and study centers; travel opportunities in Germany and Central Europe.
  • Scholarships: Available for study in Germany. See the Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website.  
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

Japanese – Akita University, Akita City, Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata City, Osaka, or ISEP: Nanzan University, Nagoya (Ex, D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Refer to information page for Japanese majors.
  • Scholarships: Available for study in Japan. See Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website.

Note:  Students studying abroad in Japan may elect to spend the academic year at one university or combine a semester of study at one with a second semester at a different university.

Russian – Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow  (Ex) 

  • Semesters: Fall, Academic year.
  • Language: Russian.
  • Prereqs: 2 years college Russian, previous course work in Russian history and literature in translation recommended. 
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Intensive study of Russian; small classes with international students; wide variety of courses available at the university with proficient Russian; Moscow in Transition explores trends in society and culture through the study of the city of Moscow; easy access to cultural opportunities, and public transportation, 30 minute walk to Red Square.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

Spanish –Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain (Ex) 

Arabic & French – Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Some competency in French or Arabic required, additional language study strongly encouraged; previous coursework related to the understanding of Morocco and the region.
  • Housing: Single sex dormitory, meal plan.
  • Details: Small private university located in the Atlas Mountains; study with local and international students; many courses with Arab-Islamic culture content; wide range of courses in business, management, international studies, social studies, communications; Arabic and French courses available; well equipped library and classrooms; French or Arabic needed off campus; town is a weekend-ski destination in winter. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

Hungarian – Eötvös Collegium, Budapest (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Academic year.
  • Language: English, Hungarian language class.
  • Prereqs: Hungarian language and culture course strongly recommended.
  • Housing: Live in the Collégium, honors college of Eötvös University, with Hungarian students.
  • Details: Study with program students, courses in Hungarian language, history, art and culture, research seminar and a directed individual research project; museum project possible; option of a literature course in the Anglo-American Workshop; other university courses available; rich cultural environment; orientation to the city.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester.
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 08/2016