You can complete your study of a language and culture in the best possible way by spending an academic year in a country where that language is spoken. Single-semester and summer programs are also available. One obvious advantage of such a program is the gain of language fluency, but other advantages of equal importance are the experience of living in another culture, becoming comfortable in surroundings unlike any in your experience, and making new, lifelong friendships. Reading about life in other countries is fine, but actually living it will teach you more than you can imagine if you never have been in the midst of an unfamiliar culture.
Students planning on studying abroad should notify their advisor as early as possible, preferably during the first semester pre-registration period, in order to plan the courses adequately. The student should also visit the webpage of the Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) and attend one of their Open Houses to receive important information about study abroad.