Study Abroad

Lehigh University Modern Languages and Literature - Collage of different study abroad experiences

If you are planning on studying abroad and need course approvals, please see the appropriate faculty member below for review/approval:

Chinese - Professor Cook -
French - Professor Armstrong -
German - Professor Stegmann -
Japanese - Professor Lee - 
Russian - Professor Nicholas -
Spanish - Professor Prieto -
Other languages - Professor Kiri Lee -
Interested in Studying Abroad?
The Language Immersive Study Abroad Grant, Asian Studies Study Abroad Grant, and the CAS Study Abroad Grant! 

Application for Merit-Based Study Abroad Travel Grant

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:   At least one letter must be from an MLL department faculty member/instructor and one letter must be from a NON-MLL department faculty member/instructor. Two letters of recommendation are required.

To support your study abroad summer or semester trips, the MLL department awards merit-based travel grants to qualified students twice a year.
We strongly encourage study abroad as a means of strengthening language skills and acquiring new cultural appreciation and global experience. Spending a summer, a semester, or a full year abroad is an amazing, life-changing experience that you will never forget!
Exchange agreements with partner institutions are continually being developed in collaboration with the Office of Study Abroad. In addition to Lehigh-approved programs, we offer several exciting Lehigh faculty-led winter and summer programs in China, Martinique, and Spain. Lehigh also offers summer programs through the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC). Programs are offered in Bonn (Germany), Seville (Spain), and Panama for eight credits each. A faculty member acting as program director accompanies the students. Courses are taught at the intermediate and advanced levels by qualified instructors from host institutions
Application deadline is February 25, 2022

Applications for Undergraduate Research Grant 

Grant applications require a faculty advisor's support and endorsement. Students are expected to consult with the faculty advisor on the project when drafting the proposal and throughout the (funded) project.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers funding to encourage students to engage in independent inquiry, artistic creation, and scholarship, under faculty supervision. These grants are intended to enhance opportunities for undergraduate research in the college. Funds for this award are generally used for research materials, lab materials, travel costs associated with data collection, other expenses related to research or experiential learning such as fellowship stipends for summer research. Grants will normally fall into a range from $500 to $5,000. 

These grants are designed to increase undergraduate research and creative inquiry in our college. Students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics are encouraged to apply. 

Proposal Deadline for Summer 2022 Projects is Friday, February 25, 2022
Blakemore Foundation: 
The Blakemore Foundation is now accepting applications at for its 2023 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for an academic year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia.  Our application deadline is December 30, 2022. 

The fellowships are awarded to graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students and young/mid-career professionals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States, who are already at or near an advanced level in the language and ready to advance to professional fluency. The grants are highly competitive; we anticipate awarding grants to around 5% of applicants.

The grants provide a stipend for living, travel and study expenses and full tuition for programs in East Asia such as:
● Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan
● International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan
● Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China
● Seoul National University, Sogang University and other language programs in South Korea

In addition to Chinese, Japanese and Korean, Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are also available for advanced language study in:
● Thailand     ● Vietnam     ● Indonesia     ● Cambodia    

Who should apply? The Foundation is looking for exceptional candidates who will make significant contributions to their career field. The ideal candidate is someone with stellar grades, outstanding recommendations, and a demonstrated commitment to the Asian country and language. Beyond commitment, we are looking for a mature purpose: a career path that will require and benefit from fluency in that Asian language throughout that individual's life.
Candidates pursuing careers which will involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language in fields such as academia, STEM, international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, NGO and government service, and similar fields are encouraged to apply.

Don't just take our word for it! This is what Lehigh Students are saying about their study-abroad expereinces:

Kimberly Meija (Madrid, Spain) Spring 2018

"I had a wonderful time abroad in Spain. It was a great opportunity to learn about myself and a different facet of my culture. I enjoyed meeting new people and learning about the history of the country. Without the travel grant, my experience wouldn't have been possible. Studying abroad can be expensive, so receiving the grant definitely helped offset some of the costs associated with the experience. I'm very grateful to the Modern Languages and Literatures Department for helping me make my dream of traveling come true."


Delaney McCaffrey (Capetown, South Africa and Berlin, Germany) Spring 2018

"I spent my semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for six weeks, and Berlin, Germany for 12 weeks through the CIEE Open Campus program. I had the most amazing time while I was abroad! I got to travel to 11 new countries across two continents, and I had so many great opportunities to learn through cultural immersion. The MLL travel grant was essential in helping me to afford these experiences."


Kiana Nieves (Alicante, Spain) Spring 2018

"It was the most amazing thing that I have ever done. I was able to immerse myself in the culture by living with a Spanish family and I traveled on the weekends to many different countries. I traveled through Spain and learned about the history and even visited one of the Seven Wonders of the World!

I was able to use it to pay for my program fees, which included a trip to Grenada, where Queen Isabel and King Fernando are buried (They funded Christopher Columbus to sail the ocean blue!)."