Summer language abroad programs

Summer language program

Summer language abroad programs

Looking to fully immerse yourself in a second language? Thunderbird’s summer language abroad programs pair two weeks of intensive language courses on our Phoenix, Arizona campus with six weeks of immersive language and culture experiences in the heart of the countries where these languages of modern global business are spoken.

These unique programs feature:

  • Eight concentrated weeks of intensive, immersive language instruction
  • Instruction by Thunderbird’s world-class language faculty  
  • Small class sizes of 10-12 students, allowing for personalized attention and instruction 
  • Lessons in the culture and business nuances of the country in which the student will study

Mandarin Chinese Language Abroad -  Xi’an, China

  • Attend lectures/presentations by guest speakers on Chinese culture, history and society, and participate in activities such as Tai Chi and Chinese calligraphy

  • Meet with native Chinese speakers (Chinese university students) to practice your language skills

  • Participate in cultural, historical and archaeological tours in Xi’an, one of China’s most fascinating cities rich in over 3,000 years of history

  • Visit such sites as the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Soldiers Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), Shaanxi History Museum, Xi’an City Wall (Chengqiang) and Muslim Quarters



Spanish Language Abroad - Lima, Peru


  • Attend lectures/presentations by guest speakers on real-world aspects of Peruvian business

  • Accompany a native speaker into the community to observe and practice your language skills

  • Live with a Peruvian family to receive real-life, immersive language experience

  • Participate in cultural, historical and archaeological tours in and around the area


Thunderbird ClassroomSummer Language Abroad Programs are open to degree candidates as well as non-degree students and executive participants.

Call: +1 602 978-7100 or 800 457-6966 (U.S. only)


Thunderbird School of Global Management
1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA

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