Student Spotlight: Students Study in Spain

Lauren Fleming, Staff Writer

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This summer, Columbia College students traveled overseas to the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares for study abroad in Spain.

Throughout their four years, students are afforded the opportunity to travel to different countries to spend anywhere from two weeks to a full year taking classes at a partnering university. This summer’s trip took five Spanish majors and minors to a month-long excursion to Spain.

“I wanted to go to Spain to really immerse myself into the culture and to focus solely on my Spanish,” Keyerra

Caitlyn Duffy, junior speech language pathology and Spanish double major, on top of a cathedral in Toledo on an excursion the university of Alcala did; Photo credit: Caitlyn Duffy

Caitlyn Duffy, junior speech language pathology and Spanish double major, on top of a cathedral in Toledo on an excursion the university of Alcala did; Photo credit: Caitlyn Duffy

Anderson, senior Spanish and social work major, said.

Study abroad opportunities are tied into the students’ particular field of study, so they receive Columbia College academic credit towards their major or minor. However, while there, students are encouraged to take part in extracurricular sightseeing and involvement throughout the country.

“My most memorable moment was getting lost on a mountain trail outside of Alcalá de Henares with the other girls from Columbia College,” said Caitlyn Duffy, junior speech language pathology and Spanish double major. “Even though we panicked a little, we eventually found our way back out of the mountains and saw some incredible views along the way.”

During the school year, regular financial aid can usually be applied to the tuition of the partnering university. However, if a student is considering a summer trip, there are grants that can be applied for and used to cover expenses.

“I was very fortunate to receive the Dr. Selden K. Smith Endowed Scholarship for Student Global Experience through the Columbia College Global Studies Program,

Photo credit: Keyerra Anderson; Building designed by Gaudi in Barcelona

Photo credit: Keyerra Anderson; Building designed by Gaudi in Barcelona

which made my experience abroad much more accessible,” Duffy said.

In years past, Columbia College has offered abroad programs in Spain, Northern Ireland, France and Mexico.

Students interested or considering studying abroad should consult their academic advisor first.

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