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Study Abroad Opportunities

The department of Modern Languages strongly encourages all of our students to study abroad, especially those pursuing the Hispanic Studies major or any of our six minors. When studying abroad, we also encourage students to live in a home-stay and/or pursue an internship, both of which will help students improve their language skills as much as possible while abroad.

Bentley University offers a wide range of study abroad opportunities: faculty-led short-term programs, summer and semester programs, and yearlong programs. We also offer multiple programs within single countries. Not all programs are the same, and it is important that students find the right program for their particular needs and goals. Please take time to identify your goals for study abroad and research which program will best allow you to accomplish those goals. Feel free to reach out to Modern Languages faculty and/or advisors in the Cronin Office of International Education for assistance in selecting the appropriate program for you.

We strongly recommend that students take a language class at Bentley as close to their away semester as possible and that they review their language skills before taking a placement test at the away campus. Experience shows that when students have a gap of time between their last language class at Bentley and their away study, they place into a lower-level language class than is actually appropriate for them. If this happens, we strongly encourage students to advocate for themselves and work with faculty at their away campus to enroll in the appropriate level course.

When studying abroad, it is important to understand how the courses you take away will transfer back to Bentley. This is especially true for students who wish to use a course abroad to fulfill a language requirement at Bentley, including students completing the Global Perspectives Liberal Studies Major (LSM), students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, or students majoring or minoring in a Modern Language.

The following guidelines are intended to help students understand how to use a course away to fulfill a language requirement at Bentley. Please remember, these policies only apply to language courses in the 100-200 series. Languages courses beyond the 202 level can be taken out of sequence without a problem.  

Global Perspectives LSM: students are expected to take language courses in order to fulfill the language requirement for the Global Perspectives LSM. Students may receive Bentley credit for taking an ML course out of order, but they cannot use that course to fulfill the language requirement for this program.

Example: A student takes MLFR 201 at Bentley, then goes abroad where she places into French 102. She can take this course and receive credit for an A&S elective; the class can also count as an elective towards the GP LSM. However, this class will not fulfill the language requirement for the Global Perspectives LSM because it is taken out of sequence. Upon returning to Bentley, she will have to take MLFR 202 to fulfill that requirement.   

Example: A student takes MLFR 201 at Bentley, then goes abroad where she places into French 102. She politely but confidently explains to the faculty at her abroad institution that she has already taken MLFR 201 at her home institution and is actually prepared to take the equivalent of 202, despite her performance on the placement exam. The faculty at the away institution sees that she has in fact already taken French 201 and places her into 202, which will then count for her Global Perspectives LSM.

ML minors: Students minoring in a modern language are expected to take all classes in order, whether at Bentley or elsewhere.

Example: A student minoring in French takes MLFR 202 at Bentley, then goes abroad where she places into French 202. She can take this course and receive credit for an A&S elective, but the class will not count towards her French minor. Upon returning to Bentley, she will have to take a French class above the 202 level to continue working towards completion of the minor.  

Example: A student takes MLFR 201 at Bentley, then goes abroad where she places into French 102. She politely but confidently explains to the faculty at her abroad institution that she has already taken MLFR 201 at her home institution and is actually prepared to take the equivalent of 202, despite her performance on the placement exam. The faculty at the away institution see that she has in fact already taken French 201 and place her into 202, which will then count for her French minor.

A & S majors: While away from Bentley, students can take language courses out of sequence as long as they eventually pass the 202 level.

All other students can take ML courses out of sequence while abroad. However, if a student takes ML courses out of sequence while abroad and wants to continue language study upon returning to Bentley, her next class at Bentley must be higher than the last class she took at Bentley.

Example: A student takes MLFR 202 at Bentley and then goes abroad where she places into French 102. She can take French 102 and receive credit for an A&S elective. Upon returning to Bentley, if she wants to take another French class, she cannot take 201, because she has already taken 202 at Bentley. She must take a class above 202.