For students at Indiana University Northwest who are considering a study-abroad experience, the Sept. 30 Diversity Awareness Wednesday program will be a great first step toward that goal! The program will be held in the Library Conference Center Room 110 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch!
IU Northwest Associate Professor of Spanish Eva Mendieta, Ph.D., who is the Resident Director for the university's Bilbao, Spain Study Abroad Program, will discuss the challenges and rewards of participating in this exciting overseas learning adventure. Students who traveled to Bilbao in Summer 2009 will recount their experiences in that fascinating mecca of European arts and culture.
Students who study in Bilbao at the University of the Basque Country may focus on two specific academic areas: Spanish language and cultural studies or International Business. These fields are not exclusive of one another, and students may combine courses from both areas up to a total of four credits. This allows students to complete one semester of language studies in one session. For students who have already taken Spanish, or for those who wish to study exclusively in English, this program offers courses taught in English.
These academic windows are complemented by the opportunity to experience the culture through personal interaction with local students and field trips to sites of social, historic, artistic, and economic interest.
Since 2005, IU Northwest has developed a strong relationship with the City of Bilbao and with the University of the Basque Country, with the university hosting a major Basque art exhibit in 2006. IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland made a goodwill visit to Bilbao in 2007.
Students interested in learning more about the Bilbao study-abroad program are encouraged to attend the Sept. 30 Diversity Awareness Wednesday program, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity, and learn the many reasons to study in Bilbao from those who already have.