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Kelsey and Rachel, Granada, Spain
International Studies Abroad
Summer 2011

Minot natives Kelsey and Rachel spent 5 weeks during mid-summer in Granada, Spain through an International Studies Abroad (ISA) intensive language and culturel program. It was immediate immersion for Kelsey and Rachel, with placement exams for their courses waiting upon arrival. The girls each took two courses during the program, which were determined by their individual language skill level (intermediate, advanced, or superior). One course focused on Spanish culture and the other on Spanish language and grammar.

Even with challenging classwork facing them each day, the girls were able to find time to join some of the many local and regional excursions organized by ISA to places such as Cordoba, Nerja beach, Alhambra, flamenco dance shows, and trips to the cities of Madrid, Toledo, and Sevilla.

Culture and language learning continued outside of the classroom, as they chose to live with a host family rather than in university housing. In fact, they were placed by ISA with a host mother who could only speak one word of English. Once during a conversation with her, the students were amazed to learn that there are at least four different words for ‘soup’ in Spain. The two shared a room, while two other foreign exchange students stayed in another room down the hall. Kelsey and Rachel said it was marvelous to live with a local from Granada; someone who was able to teach them much more about Spanish and culture, and someone with whom they could build a personal relationship.

Kelsey and Rachel believe that their study abroad experience in Spain will be very helpful for the future, especially while both continue to study the Spanish language at MSU. The girls learned to be on their own while in Spain, and enjoyed the exciting city of Granada.

Learn more about study abroad options through International Studies Abroad!