Study Abroad


Study Abroad in Alicante, 2009


In the MFLL upper-division Alicante (Spain) summer program, fifteen students were enrolled in Spanish 423, Advanced Conversation and Composition, and 461/491, Women Writers in the Hispanic world. Students lived one-per-household in Spanish homes, participated in cultural events and excursions, and attended Alicante's annual Fiesta de las Hogueras, the traditional fair in which four days of parades and celebrations of local culture culminate in the ritual burning of gigantic paper statues in public squares. The beach was splendid, and students alternated conscientious study with much-needed seaside recreation. Classes, taught by Dr. Luis C. Cano, started on May 25 and ended on June 27. For information on the 2010 Alicante program, contact Dr. Bryant Creel (bcreel@utk.edu).


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Study Abroad in Paris, 2009


The June 2009 UT in Paris program once again took the City of Light by storm with a contingent of twenty-three undergraduates. A stately classroom building across from the Jardin du Luxembourg, where an intermediate French course and one on contemporary France were offered, served as the academic home for the group. Dr. John Romeiser and Graduate Teaching Associate Kodjo Adabra accompanied the students and led the classes. Students lived and took their meals with French families and also were responsible for giving short lectures during our site visits in and around Paris.

Weekend trips took the group to the châteaux in the Loire River Valley, where students and program leaders sampled wine and visited such castles as Amboise, Chambord, and Chenonceau, and also to St-Malo, Mont-St-Michel, and the Normandy Beaches. For the first time in its history, the students and instructors got to make the crossing to the Mont on foot. En route they learned about the estuary's plant and marine life, as well as the infamous quicksand in the Mont-St-Michel bay. No lives were lost during the crossing, although several of us learned that the quicksand was more than just a legend.

Plans are currently underway for the fifth UT in Paris program, tentatively scheduled for June 5-26, 2010. For further information, contact Dr. Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu).


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Study Abroad in Spain, 2009


Dr. Gregory Kaplan led the UT in Spain lower-division program to Spain, which took place in Santander from May to June. In addition to completing Spanish 211-212, the sixteen students visited the cities of Madrid, Toledo, Bilbao, and San Sebastián, and hiked in the Picos de Europa. For information on the 2010 UT in Spain program, which will again be held in Santander at the prestigious Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, contact Dr. Álvaro Ayo (aayo@utk.edu).