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HACU Receives $8 Million Scholarship for Study Abroad Students


 The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has received an $8 million scholarship grant from Global Learning Semesters, Inc. as part of an effort to send more Hispanic students abroad to study.

Hispanic students comprise 12 percent of the student population, but only 5.4 percent participate in study abroad programs. Some of the reasons for the disparity include accessibility and affordability, limited awareness and institutional limitations.

Dr. Andreas Polemitis, chairman of Global Learning Semesters, says it is important for Hispanic students to understand global issues.

“I have no doubt that the best business executives, teachers, scientists and artists of today and tomorrow will be individuals who have broadened their horizons by studying, living and traveling abroad,” he says. “Hispanic college graduates should not be denied the opportunity to enhance their career and life prospects through study abroad.”

As part of the 10-year agreement, the University of Alcala in Spain will be the first Special Initiative partner to work with HACU students through the Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars program.

“HACU is pleased to add Global Learning Semesters as a new partner to our effort to promote study abroad opportunities for students at our member colleges and universities,” says Antonio R. Flores, president and CEO of HACU. “GLS has generously committed to provide scholarship assistance to eligible HACU member students who participate in their respective study abroad programs.”

Global Learning Semesters will also help in “capacity building initiatives” through training seminars for study abroad office administrators. The initiative will make it more feasible for HACU schools to administer a study abroad office. An Advisory Council will help to guide the development of study abroad programs in Latin America focused on issues important to Hispanic students.

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