- Two study-abroad programs scheduled by The University of
Southern Mississippi this summer offer unique opportunities
to learn the Spanish language and culture during five-week
stays in Spain or Mexico.
in Spain" and "Spanish in Mexico" programs
set for May 16-June 22 and May 17-June 23, respectively
-- were designed jointly by the Southern Miss Department of
Foreign Languages and Literatures and the College of International
and Continuing Education. Both offer six semester hours of
credit, but application deadlines loom in April.
participating in the Spanish in Spain program will be able
to make important progress learning the language, interacting
with Spanish people, living in their homes, seeing and appreciating
their ways of life and enjoying visits to historical
sites such as Sevilla, Toledo, Madrid, Segovia, Barcelona
and Cordova," said Dr. Rafael Sanchez, associate professor
and chair of the Foreign Languages Department and director
of the program in Spain.
said classes would be held at the ENFOREX-Spanish Language
School in the heart of Madrid, Spain's capital, with easy
access to bus lines and the city's subway system. He said
classes meet in small groups and are led by qualified teachers
who emphasize communication skills and linguistic competence
from the beginning to the advanced levels.
that students would live with Spanish families in Madrid during
their five-week stay, Sanchez added, "Living with a family
is an essential part of any good overseas language program
because it provides a real cultural immersion and added conversation
practice. In addition, you will make friends that will last
in Mexico program, led by Dr. Yvonne Unnold, Southern Miss assistant
professor of foreign languages and the program's director
in residence, will be held at the Universidad de las Americas
located in the state of Puebla between the state capital
of Puebla and Cholula, the oldest city on the American continent.
The scenic high-plateau region in central Mexico is only about
70 miles from Mexico City and is surrounded by four of the
tallest volcanoes in the country Pico de Orizaba, Popocatepetl,
Iztaccihuatl and Malinche.
said she has worked closely with the Mexican university's
International Center for Language and Culture to shape a "unique
program with great care to meet rigid academic standards in
a culturally and linguistically stimulating, productive and,
quite simply, fun and entertaining setting."
workshops and sporting activities are a part of the program
for students, who are housed in suites at any of four residential
colleges Cain Murray, Ray Lindley, Ignacio Bernal and
one comes to explore the archaeological treasures, wander
through the colonial cities or simply relax on the beautiful
beaches, rest assured, one will take home memories and some
of the magic of Mexico as well," said Susan Steen, Southern
Miss' director of international programs.
and deposits will be accepted until April 2 for the Spanish
in Spain program and until April 14 for the Spanish in Mexico
program. The costs range from $3,399 to $3,999, depending
on country selected and whether the participant is an undergraduate
or graduate student. To participate, students must be enrolled
in an accredited U.S. university and have a 2.0 overall grade
point average in all work taken to date.
information, contact the Southern Miss College of International and
Continuing Education at (601) 266-4344, Unnold at (601) 266-4226
or Sanchez at (601) 266-4964.