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Spring Semester

("Quad A")


in Morelia
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Spring Semester

("Quad A")


in Morelia
 
  Since 1984, North Park University has been sending students to study in Morelia, Michoacán. Students at the intermediate and advanced levels rapidly improve their language skills while gaining first-hand knowledge of Mexican culture.
 
  North Park works in close cooperation with the Baden-Powell Institute, a long-standing language institute that is housed in a charming colonial residence, complete with courtyards filled with fountains and flowers, and brightly painted classrooms and a sunny roof garden. The institute, which has been hosting American students for 20 years from all over the United States is now also the home of a successful English program for Mexican students. The building is filled with young Mexican and American students socializing daily and working in tutoring pairs.

Morelia, the capital of the state of Michoacán, is located in the beautiful central highlands of Mexico. In winter and spring, the climate is pleasantly warm and dry. Morelia boasts some of the finest colonial architecture in all of Mexico. Students stay with families, travel throughout central Mexico, and visit a Pacific beach as part of the program. Some excursions include:

> Mexico City: Museum of Anthropology, Pyramids, Ballet Folklórico, Covenant Mission

> Guanajuato: Picturesque colonial city

> Uruapan: Tropics, volcano, waterfalls

> Zihuatanejo: One of Mexico's finest Pacific beaches, snorkeling available

> International refuge for migrating Monarch butterflies
  
  In the fall semester, students must take Spanish 2130, the History of Culture of Mexico, which can be used for comparative perspectives in the General Education package. In Morelia, students are placed in intensive classes to earn eight hours of credit toward a Spanish minor or major. Second year students will be taking Spanish 2020, Intermediate Grammar and Reading, and 2030, Intermediate Grammar and Composition, during the eight-week session. Advanced students will take grammar and Mexican literature. After spring break, students return to Chicago to finish their semester hours in the second session of quad courses on campus. Advanced students may choose to remain to complete an internship.
  
  Students register through North Park and receive North Park credit. They pay North Park room, board and tuition, but receive a $250 rebate to buy meals while on excursions. In addition, students must pay:

> Airfare: between $400 and $500

> Spending money: between $400 and $500

While in Morelia, student live with Mexican families, two to a home. All living expenses, food and travel are covered in the fee. Spending money is for recreation and purchases. Financial aid is not affected unless students are on faculty or ministerial discount.

 
  All students will work weekly in a local orphanage and as interpreters for an eye clinic.




  
  If you would like to discuss the program in more detail, contact Cherie Meacham (773-244-5647) or Linda Craft <mailto:lcraft@northpark.edu> (773-244-5645) Applications are available through your Spanish instructor or from the Secretary for Cultural Studies in Caroline Hall. All applicants must be in good academic standing and maintain at least a C+ average in Spanish.

Foreign study is one of the most exciting experiences offered by the college. In this world of NAFTA and general interdependence between nations and cultures, your two months in Mexico will enrich you life immeasurably and prepare you for the future. It will also give you another home, a beloved and comfortable place that will welcome you back again, and again, and again!

  
  > April 1: application deadline

> Early April: interviews with applicants

> October 1:
$250 non-refundable tuition deposit

> November:
purchase plane tickets

> Fall:
observe normal deadlines for spring semester billing; receive recommended inoculations

> January:
depart Saturday before classes start

> March:
return before Spring Break (unless you decided to remain for the break, at your own expense)

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