Experience the Adventure of Studying Abroad

by Diane VanDyke

Would you like to learn another language, experience a new culture or just expand your horizons?  If so, you should consider studying abroad through Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Study Abroad program or through its new partnership program with Delaware County Community College (DCCC).

For the past several years, MCCC has offered the opportunity to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain, for either two or four weeks. Now, starting this year, students may also study in Florence, Italy, through a partnership with DCCC’s study abroad program.

In Spain, students will take language and cultural classes at Academia Mester, a leading language institute in Salamanca, with students from all over the world. After taking courses in the morning, students will have time in the afternoon to go on walking tours, visit museums, take dance classes, participate in cooking demonstrations and attend lectures. As part of the cultural immersion, students will stay in the homes of host families sharing meals and conversation and making lifelong friends.

In addition to attending classes, students will spend three days in Madrid, visiting the sites, including El Prado, Royal Palace, Museo Reina Sofía, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de España, and Parque del Retiro, and enjoy a bus tour of the city. Students will also spend a day in Toledo, touring the city by bus and visiting Synagogue of Transit and Alcazar. During the weekends, students will visit Segovia, Avila and Sierra de Francia. Spanish Assistant Professor Georgina Elórtegui leads this program.

By taking the four-week program, May 21-June 21, students can earn up to six credits, three language and three culture credits, and the cost is approximately $3,644. For the two-week program, May 21-June 7, students can earn three culture credits and the cost is approximately $1,900. The cost includes tuition, medical/travel insurance, and the excursions to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Avila and Sierra de Francia. For more information about the study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain, contact Georgina Elórtegui at 215-641-6343 or email studyabroad@mc3.edu.

For DCCC’s Summer in Florence study abroad program, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Florence through exploring the city, partaking in activities and learning about its history. Through tours and seeing the exquisite architecture and art, students will experience firsthand why Florence is ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. During the stay, students will live in furnished apartments, which can accommodate two to eight students.

DCCC’s Associate Professor of Communication Studies Denise Danford and Professor of English and Humanities Dolores Formichella lead the program. Danford will be teaching Communications Across Cultures; Formichella, The Art and Architecture of Renaissance Florence. Each course is three credits and students may take one or both courses.

By participating in this three-week program, June 1-June 21, students can earn up to six credits, three humanities and three communications credits, and the cost is approximately $2,399, which includes medical and travel insurance plus an Uffizi card that provides entrance to 26 museums. Airfare and tuition are not included in the price. For more information about DCCC’s Summer in Florence program, contact Karen Kurzenski at 610-359-5141, email kkurzenski@dccc.edu or visit dccc.edu/italy.

Make your decision soon—initial non-refundable deposits are due in February (for Florence, Italy) and in March (for Salamanca, Spain). Airfare (which may cost approximately $900-$1,200) is not included in the price for the programs.  Both programs are open to Montgomery County Community College and Delaware County Community College students in good standing, plus visiting students from other universities.

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