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Study Abroad

Donaghey Scholars are required to study a foreign language at least until they are able to pass an oral proficiency exam administered by the UALR Foreign Language faculty. This emphasis on language is enhanced by immersion through Study Abroad.

The benefits of total immersion study in another culture include the following:

  • Students gain an increased understanding of other cultures and global perspectives
  • Interpersonal and communication skills are sharpened
  • Students develop an enhanced sense of independence and self-confidence
  • Competency in a foreign language is increased and reinforced through daily usage and necessity

Donaghey Scholars are expected to have a foreign study experience either through a program administered by UALR or through another academic program approved by UALR. The Program will subsidize the majority of costs for Study Abroad.

Most Donaghey Scholars choose to study Spanish, French, or German. The language chosen usually determines the location for study abroad. Students enroll through UALR, but take courses at the appropriate sister universities for their language:

  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Salamanca, Spain
  • Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Orleans, France

Students are required to participate in a five-week summer study program, though some students choose to stay abroad for a semester or academic year.