Study Abroad - Summer 2018

This summer, 12 students in the UTRGV Study Abroad program traveled to London, England, for a course in Advanced Topics in Creative Writing Children's Literature, to study the link between classic children’s literature and the landscapes that inspired those stories. Studying England’s famous children’s authors led the class on an adventure throughout London, with visits to the London Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye, and The Shard, one of the tallest buildings in Europe. (Courtesy Photo)

October 4, 2018
England: Students study children’s literature, celebrate royal wedding in England

In 1926, a children’s story was published about a little boy and his stuffed bear.

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Four classes of UTRGV students took study abroad classes in Spain this summer, focused on immersion in the Spanish language and culture. The 25 students traveled to Girona, in Cataluña – a bilingual region – where their focus was primarily on the language and the multicultural aspects of the area. They had day trips spent perusing the shops and villas of Barcelona; visited Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali; took in the gothic architecture of Barcelona and Montjuic Hill; and visited the largest walled city in Europe, Carcassonne in France. (Courtesy Photo)

September 28, 2018
Spain: Students become immersed in the culture and language of Spain

From day trips spent perusing the shops and villas in Barcelona, to examining world-renowned art at the Salvador Dali art museum, UTRGV’s Study Abroad in Spain groups had a full and busy summer.

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UTRGV students studying abroad in Belize this summer explored one of the most famous dive sites in the world – the Great Blue Hole, part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere – during the Ocean, Coastal and Earth Sciences course on coral reef ecology. Students used data collected during the dives for their individual research projects. The course, led by Dr. David Hicks, director of the UTRGV School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences, also took them to a tropical education center in the rain forest. (Courtesy Photos)

September 20, 2018
Belize: Students dive into their research in Belize

UTRGV students studying abroad in Belize this summer explored one of the most famous dive sites in the world - the Great Blue Hole.

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Merida Yucatan

September 13, 2018
Mexico: Students learn about global change during life changing trip to Merida

Nine students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley spent a week in Mérida, on the Yucatán peninsula in México, as part of a study abroad trip focused on global change.

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A group of students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley spent two weeks in Costa Rica as part of a study abroad English course called “Living, Reading, Writing Nature.” The course, a special topics class taught by Pamela Herring, a lecturer in the UTRGV Department of Writing and Language Studies, is in its eighth year and centers on assigned readings, two written by Jack Ewing, co-founder of the Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge, where the students stayed. Hacienda Barú, a private nature reserve with 830 acres of protected forest, mangrove and seashore, allows students to participate in hands-on activities like swimming near the base of waterfalls, tree climbing, overnight camping in the jungle, and the “Monkey Challenge,” an obstacle course in the trees. (Courtesy Photo)

September 5, 2018
Costa Rica: Trip to wildlife preserve a truly immersive experience

Eight students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley spent two weeks exploring the scenic wilds of Costa Rica as part of a study abroad English course, and brought home some valuable lessons about the earth and the environment.

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Fourteen UTRGV students took study abroad courses in Florence, Italy, this summer, as part of a multidisciplinary curriculum led by Donna Sweigart, a UTRGV associate professor of art.

August 30, 2018
Italy: Trip to Italy creates lasting impressions

UTRGV junior Suzanne El-Haj’s return from her study abroad courses in Italy left an unexpected feeling.

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UTRGV students tackled a physically and mentally challenging study abroad curriculum in Peru this summer that included art, architecture, history and biology – and an extreme, rigorous trek in the Andes. From June 5-28, UTRGV graduate and undergraduate students in three courses of study were in Peru at the same time and followed roughly the same itinerary. Dr. Mark Andersen, dean of the UTRGV Honors College, led a biology class that highlighted Peru’s alpine and cloud forest flora and fauna. Dr. Katherine McAllen, assistant professor in the School of Art, College of Fine Arts, led a class that covered the colonial art and architecture of Peru. And a course led by Dr. Robert Bradley, associate professor in the School of Art, College of Fine Arts, emphasized the region’s history of Inca art and architecture. Here, UTRGV students receive instruction in traditional weaving techniques in the village of Huilloc. (Courtesy Photo)

August 23, 2018
Cuzco, Choquequirao, Salkantay: Students embrace extreme Andean travel

UTRGV students tackled a challenging study abroad curriculum in Peru in June that included art, architecture, history and biology – and an extreme, rigorous trek in the Andes.

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A group of 14 UTRGV Study Abroad students spent three weeks in the United Kingdom in June, traveling to key locations in Scotland and England. Their course of study was Family and Disability (REHS 3320) under the direction of Dr. Bruce Reed, UTRGV professor of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling and director of the School of Rehabilitation Services & Counseling. It was assisted by Dr. Joan Reed, lecturer III within the UTRGV. Aside from their studies, students were able to visit some of the United Kingdom’s most acclaimed points of interest, such as the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh Castle, Loch Ness, Glasgow, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare), Buckingham Palace (shown here) and, of course, Stonehenge. (Courtesy Photo)

August 15, 2018
Traveling in U.K. help students broaden awareness of people living with disabilities

After a 30-minute hike through the Scottish countryside, Jaquelin Duenez, of Hidalgo, made it to Arthur’s Seat, the highest point in Scotland that overlooks the gorgeous city of Edinburgh.

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Eleven UTRGV students traveled to Germany this summer as part of a two-week study abroad course, ‘Topics in Marketing,’ led by Dr. Reto Felix, assistant marketing professor in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship. The students studied at Leuphana University, in Lüneburg, in northern Germany, but also had opportunities to visit important landmarks, to interact with the people from the region, and to gain critical cultural experiences. (Courtesy Photo)

August 8, 2018
Marketing students gain first-hand global perspective on sustainability practices

Eleven students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley traveled to Germany this summer as part of a two-week study abroad course in marketing.

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Sixteen UTRGV students had the experience of a lifetime this summer, during a study abroad trip to South Korea. From learning to cook traditional Korean dishes to practicing Taekwondo, UTRGV students spent two weeks studying the language and traditions of a culture previously unfamiliar to them. Led by Mijin Oh-Villarreal, a lecturer in the UTRGV Department of Writing and Language Studies, they participated in the Beginning Korean Studies II mini-semester course, but report the lessons reached far beyond language. (Courtesy Photo)

August 2, 2018
From food to fashion, trip to South Korea provides world of experiences for students

From learning to cook traditional Korean dishes to practicing Taekwondo, UTRGV students who studied abroad in South Korea this summer got the experience of a lifetime wrapped into a two-week course.

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Five UTRGV students at Dublin, Ireland

July 25, 2018
Students find new, valuable perspective on theater and culture diversity

The flight to Dublin, Ireland, was a long one, but once the UTRGV students touched ground on the Emerald Isle they found the countryside breathtaking.

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Nine UTRGV students traveled to Brazil this summer for a study abroad course in cross-cultural psychology. The class, led by Camilla Montoya, UTRGV psychology department lecturer was in southern Brazil, focusing on the broad mix of cultures in that region, including German and Italian and Portuguese. In addition to classes, the trip included experiences to include sightseeing, ziplining and rafting. (Courtesy Photo)

July 16, 2018
Students embrace living in the moment

Linda Torres, a graduate student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, ziplined over the mountains of Brazil this May.

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