Study Abroad for Languages
Study abroad is an invaluable way to build foreign language skills as it offers an opportunity to intensively focus on language acquisition in a way that is impossible in a classroom setting. Not only does the language become a part of everyday life, but students also have the opportunity to experience the culture of their host country and combine the two into a meaningful and holistic appreciation of the country in which they are studying.
Many departments in the humanities encourage their students to study abroad. The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures has its own programs in France, Germany, and Spain. The East Asian Studies Department sponsors two of its own programs, Hopkins-in-Nanjing and Hopkins-in-Tokyo, and the Department of Classics is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. And these don’t even cover the myriad of opportunities for study abroad that departments offer during intersession, the period of time between the fall and spring semesters!
For students who wish to study abroad in a program that isn’t affiliated with Johns Hopkins, the Office of Study Abroad maintains a list of pre-approved programs run by other universities. The process for these programs is simple, and many Johns Hopkins students choose this option. All they have to do is fill out an application and determine with their advisor which credits from these programs can be transferred back to Johns Hopkins and counted towards the major.