Taking their OU education thousands of miles from Norman, students from all majors experienced a great fall semester immersing themselves in new cultures, learning new languages and making memories at OU’s three study centers: Arezzo, Italy (OUA); Puebla, Mexico (OUP); and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (OUR). In Arezzo, OUA students journeyed to the enchanting Italian destinations of Cinque Terre, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri. In addition to making local friendships, the OU students gave back to the community by planning a benefit dinner for more than 150 attendees and raising over $3,000 for victims of the August earthquake in central Italy.
OU in Puebla students spent fall 2016 observing the Puebla art scene and improving their Spanish language skills through non-tourist activities with locals, including musical theater productions and Mexican films at the local theater. To learn about the impacts of migration on communities, these students also visited “La Preciosita,” a town of about 650 inhabitants. Students even took an expedition to Cancun and the beautiful turquoise beaches of the Riviera Maya, a great place to relax and soak up some rays!
Since August, OU in Rio studies incorporated excursions to beautiful colonial structures dating back to the 1600s, which Rio is renovating during a period of modern revitalization. Students learned about the fashion industry – an important sector of the local economy – through participation in a workshop on head wraps hosted by a local government-sponsored fashion school.