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Tech offers many study abroad options

December 18, 2014

 

Michael Hoge
Staff Reporter  

Jonathan Donehoo is the coordinator of foreign studies at Tech. He is in charge of overseeing the study abroad programs offered by the school– Photo by Carter Carroll

Jonathan Donehoo is the coordinator of foreign studies at Tech. He is in charge of overseeing the study abroad programs offered by the school– Photo by Carter Carroll

 

Students at Louisiana Tech who are interested in visiting other countries such as France or Spain while studying have the option of doing so through the Study Abroad Program.

 

All students are welcome to attend the trips, but a cap is set.

 

“We try to limit to about to about no more than 20 and try to keep it small because in many ways, it is topic specific,” said Jonathan Donehoo, coordinator of foreign studies.

 

Jeremy Mano, a senior architecture major, said he took a French class before doing the Paris, France, study abroad program.

 

“Sometimes it was difficult because some of the vendors didn’t know as much English, and I didn’t know as much French,” Mano said, “but I was able to communicate slightly with them.”

 

Each study abroad trip has different focuses, Donehoo said. For example, the Paris trip is art and architecture oriented.

 

“We go to a lot of museums, architectural firms, agencies and other places we want to relate to what we’re teaching,” Donehoo said.

 

Matthew Barkley, a senior architecture major, said he enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the Paris trip.

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“Cross-pollination between the two disciplines was rewarding,” Barkley said. “I’d love to do it again. It’s the kind of thing that’s hard to fit into college more than once, but I’d love to do it again.”

 

Donehoo said the trips allow students to learn a language by immersion into that culture.

 

“Anybody can come and do this,” Donehoo said. “Any student in any major could find a program that could suit their needs.”

 

Interested students can visit with Donehoo at his office, George T. Madison Hall, Room 127A, or email him at jdonehoo@latech.edu. Other contacts for study abroad include Karl Puljak, director of the School of Design, kpuljak@latech.edu, for the Paris program; and Paul Nelson, an assistant professor of modern languages, pnelson@latech.edu, for the Madrid program.

 

The deposit deadline for these trips is today with the full payment due Jan. 12, 2015.

 

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