If you haven’t heard, USAC just launched our Summer 2021 Comparative Studies Program that will take students to both Montevideo, Uruguay and La Habana, Cuba for an eight-week immersive study abroad experience. The opportunity to study in two Latin American locations in just one summer while comparing the vastly different cultures of these locations seems like a dream come true, right? We think so! Here are the types of students we think should submit their applications, like, yesterday.
Health-Minded Majors and Minors
We know how difficult fitting study abroad into your busy college schedule can be, especially for STEM and health-related majors. A summer session is a great solution for those who are eager to head abroad but are short on time. And the good news is that the Comparative Studies program offers lots of health courses to keep you on track toward your degree. Explore the comparisons and differences between the healthcare industries in Montevideo and La Habana through courses such as Health and Environment in Latin America, Spanish Language and Spanish for Medical Professionals and The Cuban Health Care System. (P.S. – this program also offers courses in business, gender and Spanish language).
The Academic Enthusiast
You’re probably already weighing the pros and cons of experiencing two different cultures, but what about studying in two unique academic systems? Any student looking to step outside of their academic comfort zone (we know you’re out there!) will love experiencing the different academic styles of Montevideo and La Habana. Regardless of your major and what you choose to study during your time abroad, the opportunity to embrace two different academic styles is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (not to mention the experience will look great on your resume).
The Student Looking for Culture Clash
No matter where you choose to study abroad, you’re likely to experience a bit of culture shock. However, some students desire a bigger change of pace than others. The good news is that this program offers you a little of both by taking you to two widely different Latin American cities. Students will experience Uruguay’s vibrant, progressive and thriving culture and contrast it with Cuba’s political and historical complexities and its evolution. Living in two different countries over the span of eight weeks means you’ll never feel bored or too settled — something the most adventurous traveler likely dreams about.
People Interested in Deeper Immersive Opportunities
It might seem intimidating to truly immerse in one culture during a summer abroad, let alone two, and trust us when we say that you’ll likely experience more cultural opportunities than you expect. First off, this Comparative Studies program includes exciting cultural opportunities to supplement your degree-related classes and improve your Spanish language skills. On top of that, field trips to Palacio Legislativo, Terrazas Eco Community and Santa Maria del Mar Beach, and an optional tour to Iguazu Falls all give students a chance to explore the history and traditions of each country even further.
Anyone Who Just Can’t Decide
The hardest part of the study abroad process is deciding where to go. We get it, we have some awesome programs out there. If you’ve done your research, flipped your coins, prayed to the study abroad gods to send you a sign and you still can’t choose one location, then don’t! This program allows you to immerse into two different cultures in two different cities — what could be better than that?