Marquette University South Africa Service Learning Program


PROGRAM NAME: Marquette University South Africa Service Learning Program
PROGRAM LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa

Marquette University’s South Africa Service Learning Program, in conjunction with the University of the Western Cape, offers students the unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the people, history, culture, and traditions of South Africa through integrated academic coursework and direct immersion in the culture through community-based service.

The program’s curriculum accommodates students from all academic disciplines; required courses include Theology of Reconciliation and Forgiveness, Leaders in Grassroots Organizations, and two courses of students’ choice at the University of the Western Cape where students study alongside South African and international students. Lectures in required courses are given by well-known scholars and important community members such as theologian John de Gruchy, literary scholar and author Antjie Krog, and Linda Biehl, founder of the Amy Biehl Foundation, which works to prevent violence among the youth of South Africa through music, arts, sports education and more. Students engage in service work two full days per week at one of over a dozen non-governmental organizations with whom Marquette has established a connection. Service sites include but are not limited to: The Saartjie Baartman Center for Women & Children, Sibanye Economic Empowerment, the Women and Peace Building Programme, Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse (RAPCAN), and many others which have as common themes empowerment and giving voice to the voiceless. Continue reading

Marquette University en Madrid

SpainPROGRAM NAME: Marquette University en Madrid

The Marquette en Madrid program is one of the nation’s oldest study abroad programs in Madrid. Active since 1965, our program offers a wealth of experience. A total immersion program, Marquette en Madrid is ideal for students desiring to increase their Spanish linguistic aptitude while simultaneously learning about the culture as they engage in:

Courses at Reunidas and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. The Reunidas consortium, a group of U.S. universities affiliated with the Universidad Complutense, offer courses for U.S. study abroad students taught in Spanish by Spanish faculty on the Universidad Complutense de Madrid campus. The courses are tailored to meet the typical requirements of a U.S. student’s curriculum. Students are also strongly encouraged to directly enroll in a course or two from the regular Complutense curriculum with Spanish students.

Homestays. Accommodations are arranged for students in Spanish homes throughout Madrid. Students can practice their Spanish skills and gain firsthand experience in Spanish culture.

Excursions throughout Spain. Students gain experience by exploring the streets and sites of some of Spain’s oldest cities through four program-sponsored trips each semester.

Service learning. Students have the opportunity to learn through action with a service learning placement during the fall or academic year by enrolling in the course “Social Change in Current Spain”. Students are connected with a local organization in the community. All students are encouraged to pursue community service. Placement support is offered by the on-site resident director.

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