Founded in 1997, the Mid-Continent Consortium counts as its members ten institutions of higher education in Tennessee and Kentucky: Austin Peay State University, Carson-Newman College, Christian Brothers University, 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), the Universidad de Alicante in Spain (4 weeks), and the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico (4 weeks). It plans to open a similar program in Germany (at the Technische Universität Braunschweig) by the Summer of 2005. 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. For more information, please contact
Dr. Paul Crapo, Executive Director
Mid-Continent Consortium for International Education
427 Holt Humanities Bldg.
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38128
Majors & Recognition of Proficiency
Majors in foreign languages are required to complete a language immersion experience as approved by the faculty adviser. A Recognition of Proficiency in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish language and culture entails at least 15 hours of upper-division coursework.
Placement & Retro Credit for Proficiency
Students who entered with two or more high school units of Spanish or French, and who wish to continue in the same language, will take the department's placement exam and, based on the results of that exam, will be advised to enroll in 115 or a more advanced class.