Ball State offers more than 200 exchange and study abroad program options in 65 different countries including France, Germany, Japan, and Mexico.

five women facing the site of an ancient ruinStudents majoring in the teaching of either a world or classical language are required to participate in a language study abroad program, either during the summer or academic year, in a country where their respective language is spoken.

Through our study abroad programs we offer travel to China, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and more.

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Why Study Abroad?

Studying abroad is a learning experience like none other. You immerse yourself in a different culture, environment, and language.

You may at first feel disoriented by commonplace activities of daily life, but you will soon feel at-home with the food, the conversation, and even the mindset. The perspective you gain and skills you develop will be invaluable to you in whatever career you pursue, which is why the opportunity to study abroad plays such an important role in our language and culture teaching program.

Ways to Study Abroad

There are three different ways to study abroad:

  • exchange programs
  • center programs
  • field studies

They vary in duration, ranging from a single semester or summer term to a full academic year.

The cost of most programs in comparable to attending Ball State. Each program suits the different needs of students. Your advisor will help you find one that best matches your personality and goals.

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The faculty of French at Ball State University cooperates in a mutual exchange with the faculty of English at the Université de Lorraine in Nancy, France. Each year students from Ball State may apply for an assistantship at the Université de Lorraine. An assistantship in English permits teaching, residence, and possible study in France for the academic year that extends from mid-September to late June.  Stipends for the academic year approximate $15,000-17,000.  All students who have attained proficiency in French, and who have completed, or will have completed the bachelor’s degree by August 2020, are invited to apply for the lectureship at the Université de Lorraine.

Selection will be based upon the following criteria:  (1)  academic and curricularly related accomplishments; (2)  proficiency in the language; (3) benefit of the program to the respective applicant’s professional goals; (4) character, maturity, and ability to adjust to residence abroad.

Application forms are available online or from the office of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics (NQ 178) and the faculty of French.  Completed forms must be returned electronically to Dr. Ellen Thorington ( by 5:00 P.M., Monday, February 24, 2020. Interviews will take place by arrangement on Wednesday, February 26. For further information, direct inquiries to Dr. Thorington, Dr. Brunet, or Dr. Stegman.

Liability Statement

The University is aware of potential liability which may arise from its students for actions or alleged actions from third parties in the performance of internships or courses that require an external learning experience for academic course credit. This liability may be for property damage, bodily injury, or acts of a professional nature such as those involved with the delivery of medical or allied health services. The University provides liability coverage with limits of $1 million per occurrence, $3 million aggregate to protect against this risk and is able to provide host sites with proof of coverage for internship placement.