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Friday, August 23, 2019

WCC Offers Opportunities to Study Abroad

Starting this summer, WCC will offer students opportunities to study in more than a dozen foreign countries. The effort is a partnership between WCC and AHA International, an academic program of the University of Oregon.

WCC students can study in Argentina, Australia, Austria, England, France, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, and Spain. The foreign programs typically offer classes in languages, literature, history, political science, and economics, among other subjects. Students will receive WCC credit for the classes.

Faculty members from American and foreign colleges and universities teach the classes. “What you’re getting is real college courses taught by real college instructors,” said Nancy Ferrario, a Spanish instructor who’s coordinating the program at WCC.

Students get total immersion into a country’s culture, especially since most stay with host families, Ferrario said. “There’s no doubt that this is a potentially life changing experience,” she said. “Students open their hearts to the world in ways they never have before.”

The deadline for the summer session, which lasts four to five weeks, is April 1. Students can apply online at the AHA International website. The programs cost $3,000 to $4,000, which includes tuition, class materials, housing, meals, excursions, a transportation pass, and health insurance. Students must pay their own airfare and personal expenses.

Ferrario said students can use financial aid to help pay for the classes. Students also should check books and online for special grants and scholarships for studying abroad, she said.

More information is available at the AHA website or by contacting Ferrario at . Put “study abroad” in the subject line.

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