Students in the Huntsman Program are required to study abroad in their target language for at least one semester, normally in the junior year. This requires a high degree of proficiency and at least four advanced language courses in each of the four semesters prior to the study abroad term.
All admitted students are expected to pursue the target language for which they were admitted and to reach near-native proficiency in that language. Typically, students will have already taken prior coursework in their target language. However, students with native or near-native speaker proficiency in Spanish, may apply for Portuguese at the time of admission without having previously taken Portuguese.
In some rare instances, a student may, after being admitted in one target language, petition to change to a different target language. In this case, the Faculty Directors will carefully review the petition. If it is approved, a semester-by-semester plan would be carefully developed to enable the student to achieve near-native proficiency in the new language. The student must sign a contract acknowledging his or her commitment to that plan.