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Study Abroad - Summer 2017

Twenty UTRGV study abroad students were volunteer teachers for a month in Taiwan, in the Changhua Department of Education’s Summer English Camp. The study abroad trip was led by Dr. Ping Xu and Dr. Robert Gilbert, both professors of graphic design in the UTRGV School of Art. (Courtesy Photo)

September 7, 2017
Students captured youngsters’ hearts – and vice versa – when teaching English in Taiwan

Eva Marie Williamson, a Master of Fine Arts candidate at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is excited about the successful teaching methodologies she and her team used when teaching English to elementary and junior high students in Taiwan this summer.

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Sixteen UTRGV students attended study abroad classes in France in August. They stayed in Strasbourg, France, on the Franco-German border, where some students took French classes with Dr. Margarita Isbell and others attended German classes with Dr. John Isbell. Before heading home, the group rode the high-speed TGV train to Paris for a few days. The students in this photo on the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, are, from left: Bethany Guzman, Angel Moreno, Ayana Lozares, Samantha Ramirez, Yeznith Gutierrez, Christopher Alaniz and Karen Treviño. (Courtesy Photo)

August 31, 2017
Students work on language skills in Franco-German city of Strasbourg

Julio Longoria, a philosophy junior at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, traded his typical Mexican pan dulce this summer for the equally ubiquitous French mainstay, pain au chocolat, a puff pastry with a dark chocolate filling.

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UTRGV students participated in a month-long study abroad experience in China, where they studied photography and graphic design with Dr. Ping Xu and Dr. Robert Gilbert. Early in the trip, the group witnessed the sunrise and the sunset as they hiked along the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China, seen here. The group included, front row from left: Cynthia Cantu, Arael Meza, Marcela Terrazas, Michelle Mata, Eufemia Mata and Dr. Ping Xu. Standing, from left: Carissa Leal, Dianella Cantu, Christian Alvarado, Josue Campos, Dr. Robert Gilbert, Manuel Perez, Zhikynah Lamsis, Judy Garcia and Samantha Ruiz. Not pictured: Ariadny Balderas, Rebecca Bui, Aleena Romy and Annsuriya Saji. (UTRGV Courtesy Photo)

August 24, 2017
Students gain artistic, cultural perspective studying graphic design and photography in China

Seventeen students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley witnessed ancient wonders, embraced the present, and likely got a glimpse into their own futures, during a month-long study abroad experience in China.

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UTRGV students spent three weeks in Florence, Italy, in June, as part of the university’s study abroad program. They studied art and film while exploring Florence, Rome, Venice and other locales throughout the country. (Courtesy Photo)

August 17, 2017
Students connect with art, culture in Italy

Art came to life for about a dozen students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley who traveled to Italy this summer as part of the university’s study abroad program.

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New study venues for philosophy and theatre students – lively Dublin and pastoral locales

August 10, 2017
New study venues for philosophy and theatre students – lively Dublin and pastoral locales

Nineteen University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students made their home in Dublin, Ireland, for the month of June to participate in one or both of the UTRGV summer study abroad classes conducted by UTRGV professors at University College Dublin (UCD).

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UTRGV students attending a summer study abroad communications class in Mexico City pause for a photo in front of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in the Zócalo, the city’s main square. The group includes (from left) Esai Torres, Luis Cavazos, Daliarlene Saenz, Vanessa Soto, Ninah Caquias, Lupita Strong, Adriana Gutierrez, Bianca Lopez, Osmara Garcia, Sarah Peña and Yvette Salinas. In the back row is Dr. William Strong, UTRGV communications professor who conducted the class, holding his daughter, Scarlett. (Courtesy Photo)

August 3, 2017
Communications students experience cultural immersion in metropolis of Mexico City

Bianca Lopez, a graduate communications student at UTRGV, sat in the pews of the Basílica de Guadalupe this summer, gazing at the beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture and art, as she expressed her faith in one of the oldest Catholic shrines in the world.

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Ten UTRGV Honors College students challenged themselves mentally and physically during a study abroad trip to Peru. The course, covering alpine biology and pre-Columbian architecture, included a demanding 45-mile trek around Ausungate, a sacred Inca Mountain. The courses were co-taught by UTRGV Honors College Dean Mark Andersen and Honors College Faculty Fellow Dr. Robert Bradley. (Courtesy Photo)

July 27, 2017
UTRGV Honors College students take on Peru’s daunting Ausungate Trek

Ten UTRGV Honors College students pushed their mental and physical limits this June, during the university’s second of two summer study abroad trips to Peru.

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UTRGV summer study abroad students stand outside the home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Front row, from left, are Brittany Ledesma, Odalys Almanza, Clarissa Villarreal, Paola Quijano, Arhyssa Ozuna, Sandy Vazquez, Jennifer Rodriguez and Edith Martinez. Back row, from left, are Stephanie Picazo, Diana Gonzalez, Katrina Capello and Ricky Rendon. Not pictured is Juan Davila. Accompanied by Dr. Bruce Reed, director of the UTRGV School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling in the College of Health Affairs, the students met with rehabilitation leaders at universities and agencies in Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England, in May. (Courtesy Photo)

July 20, 2017
Students observe, compare rehabilitation services and counseling in U.S. and U.K.

Thirteen students from the UTRGV School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling enhanced knowledge of their future career field, during a study abroad course to the United Kingdom.

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UTRGV students rest for a moment in front of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, during their summer study abroad trip to London. The students are, from left to right, Alejandro Castellanos, Jose Saldivar, Darryn Vasquez, Jasmine Rodriguez, Lesley Gomez, Victor Acosta, Josie Fuentes, Diana Hernandez, Maria Ortiz and Isaac Salazar. The group is among the 16 students attending one, or both, courses travelling together: creative writing taught by Marianita Escamilla, lecturer in the Department of Writing and Language Studies, and an introductory communication course taught by Dr. Christina Spinetta, assistant professor in the Department of Communication. (Courtesy Photo)

July 13, 2017
Students find new confidence, cultures, in London study abroad trip

Prior to taking off for her first study abroad trip, UTRGV freshman Lesley Gomez feared she would get lost in her destination city of London, England.

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UTRGV students who participated this summer in a two-week study abroad trip to Costa Rica are seen here after a day of tree climbing. They are, from left, Victoria Mendez, Guadalupe Puentes, Jennifer Millan, Kimberly Latigo, Arlette Segoviano, David Mata, George Longoria. Front: Alejandra Torres. (Not pictured: John Rodriguez.) The course was English composition, “Living, Reading, Writing Nature.” The group lived at the Hacienda Barú Wildlife Refuge and Lodge, 830 acres reclaimed from a cattle ranch and now dedicated to local conservation and education. (Courtesy Photo)

July 7, 2017
Leaving laptops behind, UTRGV students embrace Costa Rica’s natural world

Nine adventurous students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley had the unique opportunity to witness first hand Costa Rica’s abundant and diverse wildlife, during a two-week study abroad course.

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Graduate students from UTRGV’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders traveled to Puerto Rico for a study abroad course, ‘Seminar in Speech Language Pathology: Culturally and Linguistic Diverse Populations,’ which focused on increasing student exposure to the essential diversity that exists in varying populations. During the two-week trip, students visited the cities of San Juan and Ponce. (Courtesy Photo)

June 29, 2017
Students travel to Puerto Rico to observe cultural cues

Graduate students from the UTRGV Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders spent two weeks in Puerto Rico this summer, studying speech language pathology in a cross-cultural setting.

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A group of UTRGV art students spent time in Peru this summer, learning about the country’s history, art and architecture during a study abroad trip. Students traveled and studied with seasoned Peru explorer, Dr. Robert Bradley, associate professor in the School of Art, and Dr. Katherine McAllen, assistant professor in the School of Art. The trip included strenuous treks that put students in the footsteps of Andean people, past and present, including a trek up the Salkantay Trail to arrive at Machu Picchu. (Courtesy Photo)

June 22, 2017
Art students experience Peru as a ‘living classroom’

As Angelica Rodriguez, a UTRGV graduate student and mother of two, hiked up the Salkantay Trek on her way to Machu Picchu, she began to question whether she would be able to make it through to the end.

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Eighteen students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley visited the Gwang Myung Sa Buddhist Temple near Pusan National University, one of the universities that hosted the group, in Seoul, South Korea. The students traveled this summer with Dr. Joo Jung (far right), professor of management in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, on a study abroad business management course that visited South Korea and Japan. (Courtesy Photo)

June 15, 2017
Students experience Pacific Rim business with Project Management in Asia course

Roma native Jessica Serna said a study abroad course – Project Management in Asia – was a challenge in that it took her out of her comfort zone.

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Sixteen UTRGV students led by Dr. Reto Felix, assistant professor of marketing, participated in a study abroad trip to Lüneburg, Germany. The Topics in Marketing course was designed to introduce students to the many facets of working in a global marketplace. UTRGV students utilized the facilities at Leuphana University, and were immersed in the German lifestyle during excursions and field trips. (UTRGV Courtesy Photo)

June 8, 2017
Students say trip to Germany opened their eyes to a culture of living in the moment

Healthier eating. Recycling. Family mealtime. And limited reliance on cell phones. It was all part of the culture shock for a group of UTRGV students who recently spent two

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