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September 8, 2006

ULM students study in Peru and Spain

Two new study abroad programs, one in Peru and one in Spain, are providing ULM students with the chance to experience the amazing culture they merely read about in textbooks.

Seventeen students, accompanied by Christian Rubio, assistant professor of Spanish, lived with Peruvian families for over two weeks in June.

“This total immersion allowed them to practice everything they learned in the classroom as well as in Peru. All of our students were able to appreciate a different culture, which not only included the language, but music, living environments, food, and religious ceremonies,” Rubio said. “Also, they were able to see one of the most ancient cultures of the Americas—Cuzco, which the UN considers the archeological capital of the Americas.”

Students also visited the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, where they hiked the Inca Trails. United Nations calls Machu Picchu a Heritage Culture, which means it is protected and preserved by the government. Students also journeyed to the Sacred Valley and the ruins of Saccashuyaman.

Rubio is planning a trip to Spain where students will live with local families for two weeks in June 2007. Students will spend a week in Madrid and a week in Barcelona, where they will visit museums, theatres, beaches, and forts.

The study abroad trips are funded through individual students, department fundraisers, and SGA. Any student is eligible to participate in the study abroad programs. For more information, call Rubio at 342-1539 or

The Foreign Languages Department also offers study abroad trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, and an opportunity to go to France and Belgium.

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