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Education Abroad

Gateway to the world!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literature directs summer language immersion programs in Assisi, Italy and Antigua, Guatemala. Students earn academic credit equivalent to one or two semesters of Italian or Spanish.

Students, alumni, members of the community and students from other universities are welcome to join us on these exciting adventures, which include travel to famous historic sites and total immersion in the target language culture.

These affordable programs will improve your fluency in the most authentic and effective way. As many participants put it: "This is a life-changing experience!"

Antigua, Guatemala


Climbing Pacaya, an active volcano

Students live with families chosen by the school and are provided room and board (6 days per week/3 meals per day). The director of the program has full oversight of each student's living and learning situation. This is a complete immersion both at school and with the families.

For more information on Guatemala, see Guatemala Summer Language Immersion Program or contact Email Link for Professor Katie Golsan Professor Katie Golsan.

Assisi, Italy

In this program, students stay in the beautiful Umbrian hill town of Assisi, home of Saint Francis. They will receive 140 hours of intensive small-group instruction with highly trained native speakers. During their stay, they reside in shared apartments with kitchens.

For more information, see Italian Summer Language Immersion Program or contact Email Link for Professor Katie Golsan Professor Elena Savelieva.

New Summer Immersion Program in China

To enhance students' global experience and competitiveness, a new 6-week program is being offered in Shanghai and Beijing (China) May 15 - June 20, 2014. The program includes two courses taught by faculty from University of the Pacific. It features field studies, cultural activities, visits to major business and finance institutions and interacts with successful American business entrepreneurs and organizations in China. Through the summer program, students can earn 8 units and gain highly valuable global experience in the most economically vibrant and prosperous cities in the world! Download flyer

New Spring Break Trip to Chile

Students from Spanish 135 (Latin American Literature) and Geology 65 (Geology of Chile) trekked to the Chilean Patagonia during spring break 2010  for an experience of a lifetime. The trip was planned as a way to meld studies of culture and geology. Chile is rich in both areas. Dr. Traci Roberts-Camps, who teaches Spanish and Latin American Literature, and Dr. Laura Rademacher from Earth & Environmental Sciences, hope to offer the trip again in the future. Read more about the Chilean-Patagonia trip.

Many other opportunities are available through Pacific's Education Abroad Program.