Jumpstart

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The Jumpstart program is an initiative that was launched by the Office of the Vice Provost of International Affairs (OVPIA). Its objective is to support short-term faculty-led study abroad trips with co-requisite one credit language courses. Jumpstarts are designed for students with little or no background in the language (for students with existing proficiency in a target language, Languages Across the Curriculum courses are offered). Their objective is to prepare students for study abroad by giving them a basic grounding in the target language and culture. The content includes an introduction to the language and culture, helpful words and phrases for navigating in the country, and vocabulary and technical terms specific to the program. Some examples of Jumpstart classes are Spanish for Environmental Engineering in an International Context: Agua Clara; Spanish for Molecular Diagnostics: From Lab to Viñedo; Tamil for the Nilgiris Field Learning Center; and Kannada, Spanish, and KiSwahili for the Global Health Program.