The Department, in cooperation with the Center for International Programs and the respective host institutions, offers summer, semester, and yearly academic programs in several countries. Study abroad is the most stimulating, comprehensive and effective means of adding an important international dimension to the study of a foreign language. It is also one of the quickest and best ways of learning a foreign language. Many students returning from an overseas academic program report that it has been the most enriching and exciting experience of their lives. New Paltz Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department programs are: