Tiffany Kwong, a senior with a major in nursing and a minor in French, participated in a study abroad program during summer 2015 with the help of a $1,000 scholarship from the College Language Association (CLA).
Kwong, a native of Pittsburgh, spent four weeks in Aix-en-Provence in southern France, immersing herself in the language and exploring the culture. Kwong lived on the campus of Aix-Marseille University and attended language classes four hours a day, five days a week.
"Only French was spoken in the classroom," she noted. "Because professors knew minimal English and students originated from across the globe, French was often the only commonality."
Three other IUP students, Trish Douglass, Andrea Mowers, and Allyson Null, participated with Kwong in a program offered annually through CEA Global Education and directed by IUP professor Jean-Louis Dassier. "All of the students just blossomed," Dassier stated. "I was really proud that they pushed themselves to use only French, even outside the classroom. Their language skills improved dramatically."
Besides their classes, the students went on excursions that included hiking a mountain, visiting Mediterranean beaches, touring historic sites, and taking part in art and cooking workshops.
"I couldn't have asked for a better program. Studying abroad was the most enriching opportunity I have experienced during my college career," Kwong said.
Department of Foreign Languages