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Posted: January 27, 2011

What better way to study Italian, than in Perugia, one of central Italy’s most beautiful and historic towns? Or learn Spanish by immersing yourself in the language, culture and food of San Miguel de Allende, a colonial mountain town in Mexico? Or learn Japanese amid locals in Kyoto, the ancient city of Japan?

If you love to explore new places, experience new cultures and learn to speak another language, just say yes! (or si or hai) to Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) study abroad program. The College offers four opportunities to live and learn in a foreign country:

Depending on the program, students live in apartments, hotels or with host families. Instructors may come from MHCC, or from local faculty at each location. Classes generally cover conversation, grammar, writing, history, cooking and culture.

Application deadlines and costs vary for each program. Financial aid may be used for study abroad, although students are encouraged to check with Financial Aid as soon as possible.

In addition, Paul Eckhardt, director of MHCC study abroad, recommends students apply for admission to the program of their choice as soon as possible. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Eckhardt, 503-491-7497.

Opportunity of a Lifetime 

MHCC has offered study abroad programs for a number of years and added the Italian experience two years ago. Here’s what one student wrote about her month in the region of Umbria.

“Beautiful pictures and lovely stories capture the idea of Italy, but nothing quite compares until you experience and see for yourself the reality of this country.

“I am staying in a charming studio apartment with tile floors and inlaid wooden ceiling painted in Tuscan yellow and blue. French doors open to a small balcony that overlooks the beautiful university building, churches and neighboring villages in the distant hills.

“I am situated in the ‘old’ part of town. Perugia has narrow, ancient gray stone streets that climb and descend between matching stone buildings.

“My day starts with the sounds of crowing roosters, street sweeper and garbage trucks, and the sound of progress and construction on the adjacent 17th century ‘palazzo’ building. On the way to class, cooing pigeons, ringing church bells and Italians conversing all add to the contentment I feel just being here.

“I frequently stop by a nearby ‘pasticceria’ for a morning cafe and pastry, attend class, then head home for lunch where I whip up a delicious meal in the comfort of my own kitchen. The latter part of the day, I meet up with classmates from literally all over the world for late dinners or we gather on the steps at Piazza IV Novembre (the main plaza) where we discuss our adventures of the day. We conclude each evening by talking about how much we love living and learning here and our excitement at what the next day will bring. Besides studying, we spend our spare time exploring, sightseeing and shopping!!”

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