This program is designed for you to immerse yourself in the French language (regardless of language ability) while also learning about French culture, politics and society. The program offers classes covering many disciplines, with coursework in history, sociology, political science, business and French culture and civilization. You will study at the international language institute (CIDEF) of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest (the Catholic University of the West), taking courses with US and other international students. During the academic year, you will live with a French family for a fully immersive experience. Students studying in the summer also have the option of living in a residence hall (foyer). Angers is a university community of more than 30,000 students making it a lively city with a prominent youth culture. Angers is also a city with a rich history and is home to a castle and a cathedral dating back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
Ecuador provides an ideal setting for exploring issues related to sustainable development. The course will examine the tensions, challenges, and possibilities for reconciling development and conservation in the dry tropical forest zone, a critically important and globally imperiled ecosystem. Course activities are held in Quito and in Bahía de Caráquez. During the first week of the program, students will stay in Quito to take an intensive Spanish course and visit organizations dealing with sustainable development practices. The following three weeks of activities will be developed in Bahia de Caráquez. In Bahia, students will work closely with staff from Planet Drum Foundation, a San Francisco-based NGO with a long-term presence in the region. At Planet Drum students will engage in service learning through field excursions, discussions with locals, and participation in native forest revegetation projects. Bahia de Caráquez has attempted to rethink its development trajectory after a series of environmental disasters exposed the human toll of unsustainable development practices. You will witness first-hand how the efforts led by Planet Drum and other organizations have made the city more resilient.
This Supervised Internship or Independent Research program is available to qualified students who are committed to gaining a unique perspective into Argentine life. Independent Research Projects integrate theory and practice through planned, supervised field research experience. A key component of a Student’s academic development is the ability to apply what is learned in the classroom to research conducted in the world around them. This course offers students individualized, applied learning opportunities to explore and clarify career goals, apply theory, acquire new skills, gain experience, further investigate topics of interest, and improve Spanish language proficiency.