Classes, Activities

What size are the groups and classes, and what is the staff to student ratio?

We pride ourselves in keeping our summer programs large enough for fun and friendships, yet small enough to have flexibility and promote learning. Most summer programs have between 30 and 40 students in total, and we keep our language classes capped at 12-14. We have a staff to student ratio of 1:8. We believe this is one of our greatest ...

Who will be teaching the classes?

Classes will be taught by Abbey Road faculty and in some cases by local instructors at our partner institutions. Our foreign and American faculty come from the best American and European schools, speak the host language fluently, and in all cases have extensive professional and academic experience in the subject matter they are teaching in ...

If I am traveling for Language Immersion, will my language proficiency improve?

Our immersion programs provide the perfect opportunity to improve your proficiency in French, Spanish or Italian. According to our students, each summer they make significant progress in these languages. Furthermore, many of the most motivated students "skip" a level in their language course after returning home. An effective immersion ...

How will my class placement be determined?

There will be a placement assessment conducted on the first day of class to determine your placement. Placements can be changed should a student and/or teacher feel that a different level would be more advantageous to the learning process. What about other subjects? Many of our programs offer other academic subjects from studio art to ...

Are the classes mandatory? What is the typical workload?

Yes, they are. Students are expected to be on time and prepared for each class. The typical workload (for major subject classes) is 3-4 class hours a day, five days a week, for 3-4 weeks, i.e. 45-80 hours. The workload for other academic courses varies. Optional elective courses run from 2-2.5 hours three days a week. For more specific ...

Is there homework? Are there tests and grades?

The amount of homework varies for each summer program. For most courses, there is some homework, although it is not burdensome. In designing our courses we maximize the use of local communities and resources, making home assignments both fun and educational. Most classes have a final exam or assessment. You will receive a grade for each of your ...

Will I receive an academic transcript or credit?

Students will receive an Abbey Road Transcript upon request indicating the course load, hours completed in his/her course and in their summer program. Credit is awarded on an individual basis through the student’s home institution and the amount of credit varies depending on the policies of the “recipient” U.S. school. Certain pre-college ...

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