Experience the Adventure of Studying Abroad

by Diane VanDyke

2009 Study Abroad participants stand in front of the world-famous Segovia Aqueduct

Whether you want to improve your language skills, immerse yourself in a new culture or see renowned historical sites firsthand, studying abroad is an invaluable experience.

Montgomery County Community College offers this unique opportunity to students through its Study Abroad program in Spain. Students take language and cultural classes in Salamanca with other students from all over the world.

“One of the best things about the program is that it benefits students at every level,” Spanish Assistant Professor Georgina C. Elórtegui said. “All of the [previous] students found value in the program, whether it was improving their Spanish speaking skills or gaining knowledge with traveling abroad and learning about a different culture.”

Assistant Professor Elórtegui will host an information session about the Study Abroad program on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 12:20-1:20 p.m. in Science Center room 303 at the Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and via video conference to the West Campus in South Hall room 132, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.  At the session, she provide general details of the trip, outline the requirements and costs and offer ideas for fundraising activities.

“To help students with the cost of the trip, we would like to hold fundraising events throughout the year starting as soon as possible,” she said.

In Spain, students will take courses in the morning, and will have time in the afternoon to go on walking tours, visit museums, take dance lessons, participate in cooking demonstrations and attend lectures. As part of the cultural immersion, the students stay in the homes of host families, sharing meals and conversation and making lifelong friends.

In addition to their courses, students will spend two days in Madrid, visiting the sites, and learning about its history. Optional excursions to different locations, such as Portugal, are available to students during their free time but are not covered in the cost of the program.

To make this opportunity available and affordable to as many students as possible, the Study Abroad program is now being offered as a credit and non-credit program. The four-week credit program runs from May 23 through June 23, 2012, and participating students will earn three language credits and three culture credits, as well as a Certificate of Participation.

The non-credit course is two weeks in duration and includes the visit to Madrid. In addition to taking some language courses, non-credit students will have the opportunity during their two-week stay to visit the same sites and participate in all of the afternoon activities as the credit students. They, at their own cost, may also extend the two-week time to participate in other excursions or activities.

For more information, contact Georgina Elórtegui at StudyAbroad@mc3.edu.

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