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Study abroad: living and learning in Spain


Many students dream of traveling the world, but many struggle with balancing school and financial needs.

Schools across the country have designed specific study abroad programs to allow students to continue their studies while living and learning in another country. Central Oregon Community College has created a study abroad program to Barcelona, Spain in the fall of 2017.

Students have several requirements before being able to travel with the team to Spain. A few of the requirements for the potential 30 students include: being 18+ years old, having been enrolled in at least 12 credits, while earning a GPA of at least 2.5. Each student must have a background in the spanish language before traveling to the foreign country.

Anthropology professor, Michel Waller, will be the COCC professor traveling to Spain.

I’m hoping to get some really good, enthusiastic students who have that same kind of wanderlust, [and are] looking for new experiences,” said Waller. This would not be Waller’s first time studying abroad, but he is looking forward to the new experiences this trip will provide.

While living in Spain, students will be following a curriculum that will allow them to gain college credits via the school there.

Barcelona will be the city that students reside in for the duration of the program. There will also be chances to see other parts of Spain, such as Morocco and even other European countries like France for example.

Compared to many other schools, this opportunity is more affordable through COCC, with the cost being $8175 plus a $500 refundable deposit. The same program costs about twice as much money if you were to do it through another school, such as Oregon State University or University of Oregon.

        “I guarantee you, that when you’re done with this trip and when time goes by and you look back on it, you won’t care how much you spent, it’ll be that great of a trip,” said Waller.

Deadlines are rapidly approaching, so if this is something that you might be interested in, it is important to visit the COCC website and fully read the “Steps to Barcelona” section.


Larry Farrington | The Broadside

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