Center for International Education
124 Gooch Hall
University of TN at Martin
Martin, TN 38238
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Center for International Education - Mid-Continent Consortium for International Education
Founded in 1997, the Mid-Continent Consortium counts as its members eleven institutions of higher education in Tennessee and Kentucky: Austin Peay State University, Carson-Newman College, Lambuth University, Lipscomb University, The University of Louisville, The University of Memphis, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, Union University, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and The University of Tennessee at Martin. The Consortium intends to offer students at member universities study abroad programs which will deepen their understanding foreign cultures and languages. At present, the Consortium sponsors immersion programs each summer at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (3 & 5 weeks), and the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico (4 weeks). It plans to open a similar program in Spain (at the University of Castilla - La Mancha in Toledo) by the summer of 2008. All programs will feature three essential components which will enable participants to maximize their learning experience and to learn to communicate with ease in their target language: (1) Rigorous language and culture courses offered by our partner institutions abroad and taught by native speakers on their staff; (2) a homestay in families who are residents of the host countries; and (3) various supplementary cultural activities and excursions. As part of the admission requirements, students sign a pledge that they will communicate in the target language only for the duration of their program.
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