Business & Professional
programs is a collection of total immersion
language programs that besides focusing on
language acquisition, also focus on the
development of professional vocabulary while
addressing typical cultural and
international issues for particular professional fields. Most programs are
stand-alone programs but often participants take regular language courses
before/after the program while others opt for professional internships following
Who can participate?
are open to professionals as well as
students (undergraduate and graduate)
students who are studying or working in that
particular field, or are looking to get some
relevant skills to make a career
change. Some programs have minimum
language requirements, so be sure you meet
the minimum level or plan to take additional
language classes prior to the start of the program.
What would my day be like?
run Monday-Friday. The actual schedule
of classes depends on which program you are
signed up for. Class hours range from
20-40 hours per week based on the program.
Classes may either be in the morning,
afternoon or a combination of the 2.
Based on your class schedule and the program
you have chosen, you may be able to
participate in additional cultural
activities and/or activities that are
specific to your program.
Can I schedule my classes around my
If you know in
advance what your availability will be,
sometimes there is flexibility to arrange
for classes at set times. Make a note of
this on your application. However,
generally speaking, class schedule is
arranged on site and cannot be guaranteed in
advance. It has worked out much better
for participants who are able to schedule
their business meetings around their classes
Do I need to know a foreign language to
Check the requirements
listed for each program. In some
cases, no prior language level is required.
However, some programs do require a specific
level in order to get the most out of the
program. If you are concerned
about going with a low language, you should
register for an additional 2-3 weeks of
in-country classes prior to the
program start date.
Can I bring my own materials related to
what I need to learn?
If you are
enrolled in a program that has private
lessons as part of the course, you may
certainly bring your own materials.
Unfortunately, this request cannot be
accommodated in a group class environment.
Will I have any free time to sight see?
You will have most evenings free during the
week. During some weekends, excursions are
planned to popular destinations, and are
included in the program cost, so you will
also be able to sight see on these
excursions. During other weekends, you will
have free time to explore or relax as you
What out of pocket expenses will
Depending on location,
either 2 or 3 meals per day are included in
the cost. You will be responsible for any
meals not included in the program.
Additionally, snacks, souvenirs, drinks,
transportation during your free, etc. are
also not included in the program cost. For
most countries there is an airport departure
tax (usually about $20). You should also
plan to pay for a taxi to return to the
airport after the program. Pick-up upon
arrival can be scheduled for most programs
at an additional cost.
Can I be guaranteed to visit or meet with
people my field?
We do our best to meet our clients'
specific needs and interests. If this
is something that is important to you,
please make a request on your application
form. Depending on the particular
course and time of year, we may be able to
make arrangements for this (particularly
with the Executive Intensive
What type of clothing should I
bring to wear to on-site visits?
Business-casual will be appropriate for the
site visits. However, you should also bring
comfortable weekend and evening wear.
Classes at school are generally very casual.
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