Achieve higher levels of proficiency in a shorter amount of time! The UM Language Initiative is offered through the Department of Modern Languages at The University of Mississippi. Students in the program build their fluency in one of several languages through on-campus study and intensive language study in an international location. The program begins the summer before a student’s freshman year at the University of Mississippi. Students who are currently enrolled at The University of Mississippi are also encouraged to apply.
Languages: German • Japanese • Russian
Course Information: No prior language experience is required. In fact, students with no prior language experience are preferred as the students will embark on the language learning experience together. The program is structured so that you can complete your minor in the language of your choice in 2 years. Enjoy smaller class sizes and a collaborative language-learning environment.
BASIC PROGRAM FORMAT: Summer I (prior to Freshman Year). This on-campus intensive language immersion offers six hours in the language of your choice. Housing is available on campus in residence halls and classes will be taught by a University of Mississippi instructor. Fall Semester I (of Freshman Year). Students complete the first intermediate-level course. Spring Semester I (of Freshman Year). Students complete the second intermediate-level course. Summer II (following Freshman Year). Students participate in the approved 4-week study abroad program, earning six hours of credit. Fall and Spring Semester II (of Sophomore Year). Participants complete their remaining upper-level credits to earn a minor in the intended language. If available, interested students may continue on in their language study to earn a major.
“One month in the initiative program passes by in an instant, and in that instant, you take in a vast amount of information, but the challenge is made doable thanks to fantastic professors who are always willing to lend a helping hand. The month I spent learning Japanese in the initiative program was incredible, and the subsequent trip to Osaka, Japan, was equally spectacular. Definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my life.” —Garth McClure, Studied at Osaka Gakuin University, Summer 2010.
For more information on the UM Language Initiative, contact Modern Languages at email@example.com or 662-915-7298. Applications for UM Language Initiative must be postmarked by May 1st and submitted to: Department of Modern Languages, C-115 Bondurant Hall, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.
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