Spotlight on New Programs 2019-2020 – Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific

In the fall of 2019, the Elizabethtown College Study Abroad Office added 14 additional countries to their list of affiliated programs. Students now receive the benefits of an Etown affiliation if they choose to study in Ghana, Mexico, Morocco, and South Africa. Etown has also introduced new program options in New Zealand.

If you are interested in studying abroad in any of these countries, read on!

Accra, Ghana: ISEP, University of Ghana

Accra is the fastest growing city in Africa with a rich history, and ISEP encourages students who are interested in engaging with complex issues and cultural richness to apply. Students at the University of Ghana can take courses from a variety of disciplines, including humanities, basic and applied sciences, education, and health sciences. Those who wish to have a large university experience that is very different from Etown might enjoy the challenge of this university, the oldest and largest in Ghana, where class sizes can exceed 100 students. Study abroad students also have the chance to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities at organizations working to break to poverty cycle, education programs for disadvantaged children, residential facilities for individuals with disabilities, conservation centers protecting endangered primates, as well as hospitals.

Oaxaca, Mexico: SOL Education Abroad, University of Oaxaca

If you’re looking for a highly diverse location to study abroad, look no further than Oaxaca. This city is not only rich in cultural diversity, but it is located in one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Students in this program have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican culture with the aid of a prestigious Spanish language department at the university, while excursions to surrounding areas introduce students to the natural beauty of the region.

Meknes, Morocco: ISA, ISA Meknes Study Center

Students interested in social justice and organizing may find their place in this program, where they will study alongside members of local organizations working to promote equality and human rights. Classes in political science, international relations, and religious studies fit with majors offered at Etown, but students may also take more unique, specialized courses in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. Small class sizes and strong connections with professors means that the classroom environment will not be hugely different from that at Etown. A variety of excursions are also available to students.

Johannesburg, South Africa: ISEP, University of Johannesburg (UJ)

This university has strong programs in STEM fields, which makes it a good choice for students studying those disciplines. However, the multidisciplinary nature of the university means that students of all interests may find their place here. Service learning and internship opportunities are available to students as part of the program cost. International students form a large portion of the study body at UJ, with over 3,000 international students in a total population of 50,000 students.

Nelson, New Zealand: ISEP, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

New Zealand is the ideal location for people who love the nature and the outdoors, and NMIT offers a great balance of coursework in a variety of subjects with excursions and local trips. Students can participate in activities like mountain biking and kayaking, as well as enjoying the beautiful local scenery. If students want a smaller, more nature-filled environment than a big city, Nelson may be a good choice. This program also offers internship and research opportunities.

Wellington, New Zealand: CIS Abroad, Victoria University of Wellington

Studying in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, has a variety of benefits for students: a metropolitan area with easy access to nature, strong academic programs, and cultural experiences, such as connections to Maori culture, all make this location stand out. Students looking for a large university experience may want to study here, as the university has a total enrollment of 22,000 students, including over 3000 international students! Housing assignments are also mixed between local and international students, giving students the chance to meet members of the local community.

If you are interested in more information about any of these programs, visit the hyperlinks or email!

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