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ABOUT US

 

Modern Language Studies Abroad was founded over 30 years ago, by our Director, Dr. Celestino Ruiz, a full professor at Purdue University for 30 years and now Professor Emeritus of Purdue. The company was originally founded in cooperation with faculty members of several universities in the United States and faculty members at the School of Philology at the Universidad de Costa Rica and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Now, over 2,000 universities in the United States have chosen to send their students abroad through MLSA, and over 20,000 students, teachers, and professionals have participated in our programs. In addition, we have expanded our programs to Florence, Italy and Lyon, France. 


From the very beginning, MLSA’s mission was to create the best graduate and undergraduate academic programs available at a price that would make it financially possible for more students to study abroad while providing each participant with an extremely personal experience.  


Our programs allow students to take classes at very prestigious and accredited universities: the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Universidad de Costa Rica, and the Universita di Firenze, with award-winning faculty and scholars. Participants in our programs will be able to take courses toward BA, MA., Ph.D degrees, although a major in Spanish, Italian, or French is not required. Students can choose from both graduate and undergraduate courses in language (all levels), literature, culture, civilization, linguistics, methodology, music, theater, business, and more. 


All our programs represent an excellent value. Despite increases in the cost of study abroad programs and travel, MLSA has aimed to keep expenses low and pass on the savings to our participants by maintaining our program fees. MLSA has been one of the most respected sources for studying abroad for that exact reason, as we have helped thousands of students to study abroad at the most affordable prices. Students can save between $500 and $2,100 by choosing MLSA in comparison with other programs. Although students are saving money with MLSA, this does not mean that services are sacrificed. The program fees includes the same services offered by other companies and more. Our prices include tuition, 4-9 credits depending on length of program transferrable to most universities in the USA, room and board, weekly cultural activities, and on-site staff. Optional excursions are available.


In addition to offering academically strong and affordable programs, MLSA's goal is to provide each participant a personalized and individualized study abroad experience. In order to offer these specialized student services, MLSA has more staff working on site than other organizations, and our primary commitment has always been and will always be to the students. This is reflected by our friendly staff and a strong support system both in the United States and on site.


For general questions, please go to Frequently Asked Questions.

CHECK OUT OUR BROCHURE FOR FULL PROGRAM INFORMATION

MLSA Brochure 2020 (pdf)

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MLSA AMBASSADORS

BENJAMIN BISHOP

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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS



PROGRAM

UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA (UNDERGRADUATE)


TERM

SUMMER 1, 2015


​​"...in Costa Rica, I experienced so many things which inspired awe. I walked into a beautiful, vaulted church. I felt both white black sand between my toes. I watched the sun set over San Jose. I heard waterfalls larger than a skyscraper fall down, its pressure assaulting my ears. I saw tiny leaf-cutter ants carry blades of grass. There is so much beauty to be beheld in Costa Rica that I gush at the thought..." 




PROGRAM

MLSA at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Undergraduate)


TERM

Summer 1, 2016


"During the program in Spain, I had the opportunity to see a number of beautiful sights, from the sprawling and historic city of Madrid to the majestic mountains of Cavadonga. Learning Spanish is wonderful. Learning Spanish when surrounded by such marvels is simply incredible."

SHANNON BARNES

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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE



PROGRAM

UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA (GRADUATE)


TERM

Summer 2, 2017


​"I decided to study abroad because I wanted the opportunity to experience the language I’m studying in a country where it is spoken regularly-in other words, I wanted immersion so that I could improve my Spanish!! I chose to study in San Jose because   of the opportunity to live with a host family. I knew that this would be a great opportunity to speak Spanish all the time. It was an added bonus that my host family was so patient with me and willing to help me learn from my mistakes!"

JORDIN HOWELL

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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS


PROGRAM

UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA (UNDERGRADUATE)


TERM

Summer 1, 2017


​"The trip to La Paz Waterfall and Nature Park was one of the most memorable moments of my trip. I was in awe of these enormous waterfalls and climbing through the different levels. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life. Even the drive there was gorgeous due to the misty mountain views and luscious green landscapes. I loved how many different animals were there as well. I was able to be two feet away from a Toucan. I will never forget any of it for the rest of my life."​

JAWON TURNER

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LAKELAND UNIVERSITY



PROGRAM

UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA (UNDERGRADUATE)


TERM

Summer 2, 2017 & Summer 1, 2018


​"For me, the most memorable and meaningful aspect of my time in Costa Rica were very closely related. The most memorable aspect of my time abroad was the wonderful people I go to meet and the opportunity to experience a new culture. The most meaningful aspect was the how welcoming and loving the family I stayed with were. From the first day to the last day, the family I stayed with made me feel like a member of the family not just a student who was going to be staying there. We ate together, travelled together, went to sporting events, did homework, shared stories, and spent a lot of time together. Through this program and my time abroad I made some life-long friendships and connections."

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​Our programs are tried and true, but that doesn't mean we're content with resting on our laurels. We are constantly trying to improve our programs, and we always request student evaluations; they enable us to make improvements to provide the best program for our students. We love the new ideas we receive and attempt to make changes where necessary. The comments honestly and thoughtfully expressed provide a picture of the experiences of our students. 


In addition, some of our past participants volunteer to be "ambassadors" of the MLSA program. No one else can better explain what it's like to be immersed in the culture in Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, or France while taking courses with our program at accredited universities. If you would like to speak with a past participant, please contact us, and we'll be happy to provide you with references.  

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Modern Language Studies Abroad

Modern Language Studies Abroad PO Box 548 Frankfort, IL 60423 us

(815) 464-1800

Hours

Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 6:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed