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Students can sign up now for study abroad, including five new programs

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University is offering students 15 study abroad opportunities – including five new programs – for summer 2008.

     It is not too early to sign up for the programs in Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and France and Belgium, said Charles A. Dranguet, interim director of the university’s International Initiatives Office.

     “Students who wish to take advantage of a variety of scholarship opportunities should contact us now,” Dranguet said. “The earlier they sign up the better, since limited numbers can be accepted in each program.”

     Dranguet said students can earn up to six hours of academic credit for most of the programs. Scholarships are available for study abroad include nearly 100 scholarships awarded annually by the Southeastern Student Government Association. Regular student financial aid can also be applied to study abroad expenses, he said.

     Students must apply for SGA scholarships by Dec. 7 and to the International Initiatives office by Feb. 29. Students must pay a $100 deposit by Feb. 29 to reserve their place in a program.

     Dranguet said new 2008 programs include special honors studies in Costa Rica and a first-ever spring break (March 21-30) study abroad session to study history, art and architecture in Berlin. New summer programs will also provide opportunities to study Spanish language, culture and literature in Salamanca, Spain; history, political science, art and geography in Austria; and business in Panama and in China.

     “China is the workshop of the world, and has the world’s fastest growing economy,” Dranguet said. “It will be a tremendous advantage to our business students to observe first hand how an emerging Asian mega-giant is organizing its economy in the 21st century.” He said participants will meet with dignitaries such as the Chinese Minister of Commerce and tour cultural and business locations such as the Great Wall of China, Hyundai Motors, and the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

     He said the Salamanca, Spain, trip has been added in answer to many requests from students to study in that country. Also, the biological sciences study program to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands has been expanded to include a four-day river trip into the Amazon rainforest.

     Through 2008 summer programs, Southeastern students can also study Italian language and culture in Rome; tropical ecology in Costa Rica; nursing in Honduras; German language, culture and music in Cologne; business in Costa Rica; French and communication in France and Belgium; literature and culture in Siena, Italy; and sociology, anthropology and criminal justice in Ecuador.

     Program costs include tuition, lodging and some meals, site visits, and lectures by top local experts. The International Initiatives Office and some of the university’s top faculty coordinate the programs, Dranguet added.

     Application packages and information on program dates, courses and fees are available online at and through the International Initiatives Office, East Stadium, room 102, 985-549-2385.

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