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King University News :: King Students Can Fulfill Foreign Language & Cultural Experience Requirements Through Study Abroad Trips to Costa Rica or France

King University students have a new way to fulfill their foreign language and cultural experience requirements during the spring 2014 semester.  King’s Languages and Literatures Department has planned study abroad trips to Costa Rica and France for May 2014.  

The two trips are part of two courses being taught during the spring 2014 semester: French 2100 and Spanish 2100.  Both courses are four semester hours each.  Students will meet for two semester hours during the spring semester, then in May, students will complete the study abroad component for the remaining two semester hours with trips to France or Costa Rica.

“Students will experience a different culture. They will be able to use everything they have learned in the classroom first hand in a new country,” said Beatriz Macione, associate professor of Spanish and chair of King’s Languages and Literatures Department.  “Through study abroad and cross-cultural experience, King encourages students to be open to new ideas, to new people, to a new culture.  It is one of the most important lessons we as educators can teach our students, to open their eyes to the world.”

Spanish 2100 students will travel to Costa Rica with Ken Oster, lecturer in Spanish, and Gloria Oster, associate dean of the School of Education for King, while French 2100 students will travel with Assistant Professor of French Annie Rémillard.  

In addition to satisfying the foreign language requirement, this will also fulfill the student’s cross-cultural experience requirements.  Part of the common experience section of King’s core curriculum, the cross-cultural experience is designed to confront the student’s presuppositions while broadening their awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. 

During the nine-day trip beginning May 12 to Costa Rica, students will experience coast-to-coast adventures, spending time in the Costa Rican capital of San José, then travelling on to Tortuguero, Sarapiquí, Arenal, and wrapping up the trip in Guanacaste.  Activities will include a canopy tour of the rainforest, whitewater rafting, and kayaking.  Total cost for the trip is $2,344. 

On May 28, the French 2100 students will take off for La Belle, France.  Trip highlights will include excursions to Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Bateaux-Mouches cruise along the River Seine, D-Day beaches in Normandy, Mont St. Michel, Chenonceau Chateau, and Chambord Chateau.  The tour wraps up with a visit to Chartres Cathedral, said to be the most beautiful Gothic structure in Europe.  Total cost for the trip is $3,570. 

Students interested in participating in either the Costa Rica or France study abroad trips should contact Beatriz Macione at, Annie Annie Rémillard at, Ken Oster at, or Gloria Oster at  Students must register for either Spanish 2100 or French 2100 for the spring 2014 semester by January 13, 2014 to participate.  


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