PATA offers homestay study abroad programs to Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and
Quebec for high school students to earn college credit. For
English students, PATA also offers a literary study tour in Ireland.
Designed to boost student fluency in a short period of time, PATA programs attract
serious students who pledge to use only their language of study during their study abroad.
Because PATA on-site directors are certified teachers of French, German, Italian, Russian
and/or Spanish, the entire program is conducted in the language of study.
PATA Programs Provide:
An itinerary designed to appreciate the many cultural treasures the country has to offer.
A homestay experience for students with an experienced host family.
A bilingual, experienced, on-site director.
A student/director ratio that insures individual attention.
An emphasis on using the language of study within the group.
An extended stay in one city to allow students to live the local culture.
Overnight excursions and day trips to sites of historical and cultural interest.
Pre-departure newsletters and orientation.
COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAMS ALSO PROVIDE: Course work that takes place in an accredited university or a language institute
curriculum is designed to meet university standards.
A detailed transcript describing completed course work.
As a PATA participant immersed in language you
Invest in Your Future! Save on your college costs! College credit earned in high school means you
pay less for tuition,
books, and dorm time.
Accelerate your fluency in a second language.
Living the language is the best and fastest way to attain fluency. Your command of
grows in direct proportion to daily use.
Develop multi-cultural awareness.
Free from your own cultural boundaries, you adapt to a new language an environment, grow
your appreciation of a new culture, develop a greater understanding of cultural
in your won country and come to understand how cultural perspective impacts your daily
Strengthen your Self Esteem Successfully overcoming culture shock, adapting to a new family, and learning
in a second language give you a sense of self-worth, inner strength, and personal
Increase your Career Skills Your multilingual talents will open doors in every field. Employees with the
ability to speak
a foreign language and function effectively in another culture are in high demand in
business and professional world.
Foster International Relationships You establish a network of international contacts through your host family,
and new friends.
Expand your political awareness Abroad, you become a diplomat for your homeland while gaining a global
your nation's role in world politics.
Enhance your appreciation of the arts. Your contact with art, architecture, literature, music, and dance unlocks
the past and gives insight into the marvels of the present.