Learning through Engagement

Students experience life in Spain

Eleven students spent this past summer earning experiential leaning (ExL) credits as they encountered, first-hand, the culture in Caceres, Spain.

During the four-week trip, each student was paired with a host family, learning daily routines, while attending classes at Universidad de Extremadura.

Myriad of benefits gained

In addition to mandatory school attendance, participants honed Spanish-speaking skills on field trips and also observed the social life of the city.

Another personal take-away for participants was gaining more independence, according to Education Abroad Coordinator Judy Moore. “Education abroad, in general, teaches students a lot about themselves, including being adaptable, learning their own strengths and problem solving,” she said.

Olivia Anguiano in Trujillo, Spain
Senior Olivia Anguiano experienced many lessons during her trip to Spain this summer.

Students gave the trip a ‘thumbs up’

As she evaluated her summer trip to Spain, senior Olivia Anguiano agreed with Moore that, indeed, independence was garnered, as she learned to ask questions and intermingle with the Spanish people. She also was impressed with the dedication of the teachers at the foreign university.

As a major of International Studies for Spanish, Anguiano added that actually living in Spain had become a valuable tool for both her personal and educational goals.

“It was a great experience; I would definitely recommend it to anyone,” she said. “There was a big culture shock, but after a while it goes away; it’s an adventure I’ll never forget!”

Trip to continue each year

The annual trek to Spain has become one of the longest-running programs abroad offered by Purdue Calumet. To ensure student and faculty safety, the same host families are utilized each year; and evaluations of the program, on both sides, continue as a measurement of its success.

To obtain more information about study abroad, call the International Programs Office at (219) 989-2861.

Olivia Anguiano (2nd from left) and friends at Bernabeu Stadium
Olivia Anguiano (2nd from left) and friends at Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain