Spanish Club Study Abroad Discussion


At our final Spanish Club meeting, we brought in a speaker to talk about study abroad opportunities through OU. Quite a few people showed up, and we discussed the Journey to Peru, OU in Puebla, and the fact that we have so many other options through university exchange or affiliate programs. One student, very intent on learning Spanish, questioned the difference between learning Latin American or ‘Spain’ Spanish, and the speaker smiled, as he had begun his initial Spanish studies in Argentina but had also studied in Spain. He said that Latin American culture and people are the reasons why he recommends that students study abroad there. Days tend to be more laid back and comfortable and vastly different from the United States. In Spain, European influence has given the country its own flair, one very different from the authenticity of Latin American countries, and for those reasons, he strongly pushed his recommendation.

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