Near the beginning of this semester, I met with a study abroad advisor to talk about different study abroad options for this summer. I am working toward a Spanish minor, and I hoped to finish off that while I was studying abroad. My advisor directed me toward a few different places – Mexico, Peru, and Spain.
While all three places offer great programs at a mostly affordable rate, up until a few days ago, I really struggled to decide which one would be the most beneficial.
- PUEBLA, MEXICO – Gaylord College of Journalism actually offers a program in Puebla, Mexico for 3 weeks. It includes a few excursions, 6 credit hours, and pretty cheap airfare. The program would provide only one elective course for me though, because the other course offered is SPAN 2113, which I’ve long past taken. Also, it was a little too short for my preference, I would like to be abroad for at least a month in the summer. Puebla was the first to get crossed off on my list.
- LIMA, PERU – This program is 4 weeks long, with 6 credit hours that I could direct toward my Spanish minor or my International Studies minor. Like most summer programs, Lima offers housing in hotels or host families. I prefer to immerse myself, so I would choose a host family. A downside to this program is the cost. The flight cost to Lima, Peru are immense and the program fees for this program are very high for a 4 week program. Ultimately, that is why Lima got crossed of my list this week.
- ALCALA, SPAIN – Alcala, Spain is about 40 minutes from Madrid. The summer program is 4 weeks long in either June or July, and I would transfer 6 credit hours. This program has classes that could meet my journalism major elective credits or it could complete my Spanish minor electives. It’s location will allow for many adventures in Spain and in surrounding countries. Though it is the most affordable summer program, the flight cost will definitely be more expensive then the other two aforementioned programs.
I’m thrilled to say I chose Alcala, Spain and I am finishing up my application this week! I can’t wait for this summer’s adventures.