This summer eleven TTU students went on French immersion in Reims, France under the direction of Dr. Carole Edwards. On top of their classes, they went to Epernay and took a balloon ride over the entire Champagne region after visiting the Mercier Champagne cellars. At the Chaparral Institute they learned about the process involved in Champagne making and the terroir in which it is grown.
Their visits included the Musée de l'Ardenne, the Arthur Rimbaud museum, a private tour of Notre Dame of Reims towers, the Palais du Tau and the treasures of the cathedral, many museums in Paris (Louvre, Orsay, Pompidou etc). They attended two plays at the Reims theatre (Opus) and Portées de femmes in which they played an active role. They participated in an historical treasure hunt throughout the city of Reims. Students also attended a concert (Les Divalala) over the Crypto archeological site. Nine students went to Normandy to visit the D-Day beaches. The highlight of everyone's trip was partaking in a workshop with a producer in which they all wrote their own scenario in French and then filmed it!
I had such an incredible study abroad experience .... In the first week or so I felt my language skills improve exponentially. It was a great feeling to pick up the language quickly and realize that I'm not as clueless as I thought. After about the first two weeks though it did seem to plateau, I was still learning a lot more than it felt like, but it was less tangible and I felt more clueless. I started to realize how much I still had to learn since I crossed a thresh hold in my language learning and that caused this feeling. The excursions were wonderful... The film was one of my favorite aspects of this trip. I had no idea how much I enjoyed the filmmaking process until now... it also increased my language knowledge through all the terms we learned. Overall, this was an exhausting but amazing and educational experience which I will never forget. - Julia Anderson
My learning experience in the Reims Study Abroad program was amazing in general. While it is obvious it only lasted for a month, I noticed some improvements in my French. Prior to the trip, I avoided using or barely used numbers while speaking during French class in the U.S but, when I was in Reims, numbers were an everyday thing so that forced me to use my numbers more- which I'm grateful for. I realized how accomplished I was in formal/professional French when I bought tickets at the train station and communicated with strangers. My favorite culture shock of France was how dogs are allowed almost everywhere including restaurants. I saw more dogs than children. My favorite excursion was when we went to Epernay because we learned about Champagne, wine tasted, went on a hot air balloon and I found a beautiful park with a mini rose garden. Lastly, I loved working on a film project we had in class. It was nice to use film equipment. - Ejura Unwuchola
My study abroad in Reims, France was an extremely educational experience that ranges from cultural education and appreciation, as well as my personal academic study of the language itself. To begin with a slight culture shock with the lack of air conditioning but one gets used to the mild weather...the lack of English was frightening but I was able to grasp a better comprehension of French. The excursions throughout the study abroad were eye-opening experiences...each with a different emphasis on French culture... In general, my experience in France was amazing and I have genuine wishes to return to Reims in the future. - Brandon Lopez
The vast cultural richness of Jordan and the beautiful study of Arabic language during the faculty-led study abroad program under the direction of Lecturer, Rula Al-Hmoud, left the students with one of the most “amazing life experiences.” Students spent the month of June exploring the culture, history, and language of Jordan. The following student testimonials and images say it best.
“My trip to Jordan was a life-changing experience for me, and I felt lucky to be able to live and learn somewhere so rich in culture. I would recommend to anyone interested in in continuing learning Arabic, or anyone interested in history to go to this study abroad.” - Latimer Kuykendall
“The trip was not only amazing life experience, but it also changed my mindset on the world and my relationships with those around me. Furthermore, it gave me a second family. I could not endorse this study abroad more!” - Gabriella Ghandour
“This trip was an incredible experience and I learned so much. I loved getting to experience the culture and all that Jordan has to offer. Some of my favorite highlights were Petra, Wadi Rum and the Red Sea.” - Meg Schmitz
“The trip has been absolutely incredible and has helped me figure out more about what I want to do with my life. It felt like a dream.” - Gray Bertram
“The month I spent in Jordan was one of the best of my life. It changed the lens I view the world, as well as myself, through.” - Katelyn Lilley
Both this summer and fall, a total of 67 Texas Tech students studied Spanish abroad at the Texas Tech campus in Seville, Spain. The students enrolled in Spanish language classes and participated in excursions to grow in cultural competence from visits to beautiful cathedrals to Córdoba, Granada, Mérida.
As part of classroom activities, students took part in tiles workshops.
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