Students can spend summer in Mexico

NSU offers many opportunities for students interested in studying abroad. For students seeking a shorter commitment, summer study abroad programs offer the same benefits as fall and spring options in a four-week period.

Originally, NSU planned to offer study abroad programs this summer in Angers, France and Chetumal, Mexico. Due to lack of student sign-ups, however, International Student Resource Center graduate assistant Vivian Pedroza said the Angers trip may no longer happen.

Students may still apply for Chetumal, though they are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, as the official application deadline has passed.

“People should consider studying abroad because it offers full immersion in another culture,” Pedroza said. “We have many students return who say they want to go again. This is experience you don’t get in a classroom.”

Students participating in this program are placed with a local host family and spend a month studying at the University of Quintana Roo where they can earn up to six Spanish credit hours.

When not in class, students spend time exploring the area which is near to Cozumel, Cancun, Chichen Itza and other tourist hotspots.

The overall cost is roughly $1,500 and includes tuition, two meals a day, field trips, ground transportation from Cancun to Chetumal and back and hotel costs on arrival and departure nights.

Other costs, such as airfare and international health insurance, are not included.

Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and must have completed at least 24 credit hours, including credits for Spanish 1010 and 1020.

For more information on studying abroad, visit the International Student Resource Center in 227 Russell Hall, or contact Director Telba Espinoza-Contreras at 318-357-5939.

Holly Jenkins

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