Prospective students should understand that this is an intensive language immersion program, covering a year’s worth of course material in 8 weeks. Much of your “free time” will be spent studying. There are required activities most days in the afternoons, evenings, and on weekends. In order to maintain a language immersion environment, students eat all meals together and live in the same residence hall. It is important that you make an honest evaluation of your ability to handle the unique stresses of this intensive immersion experience before attending. Each year there are a small number of students who are unprepared for the relative lack of freedom in their daily routine, the close proximity to the same group of people, or the requirement that they not communicate in English, and it causes them a great deal of frustration and stress.