Donaghey Scholars are required to study a foreign language at least until they are able to pass either 4 semesters of language courses or demonstrate proficiency at the 3000 course-level. All Scholars are required to study abroad and most choose to increase their foreign language proficiency by studying abroad in an intensive immersion program at a foreign university. The Program will subsidize the majority of costs for 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 UA Little Rock or through another academic program approved by UA Little Rock.
The Program has established courses of study in France and Spain, but many Scholars go further afield. Destinations have included Germany, Nicaragua, Morocco, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Rwanda, and China. Many students pursue summer programs, but others stay for a semester or even a year.