An information for those interested in studying abroad in Galapagos, Ecuador, during Spring Break 2011, will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in MA274. The application deadline is November 1, 2010. This tour is open to the first 15 applicants.

Join Professor Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Department of Languages and Cultures at Minnesota State University Moorhead, as she leads a Spring Break Tour to the Galapagos Islands, UNESCO World Heritage Site, during Spring Break 2011. The group leaves Friday, March 11th, and returns Sunday, March 20th.  Participants will visit the colonial city center in Quito, the World Heritage site, and one of the most traditional Indian markets of Latin America — Otavalo. They will experience the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, Seymour North, Floreana, and Isabela. Although the guides speak English, students will have the opportunity to practice Spanish with the Ecuadorian people.

Student applicants should have a minimum of 2.5 GPA and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.  Students must sign up for Spanish 390, a 2 credit course. Dr. Mafla will meet with the students once a week for nine weeks before the trip, and once after the trip.  Students must write a paper after returning from Ecuador. More information about the class will be given in the class syllabus.  Credits earned in this course may be applied towards a Spanish major or minor.

Community members may apply through Admissions as non-degree seeking students. Once admitted, they can register for the course and select audit as the grading type.  Former MSUM students must contact Ivy Thompson in the Records Office to be readmitted.

For more information, come to the information meeting or contact Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, 4055, cmafla@mnstate.edu. An application is available at www.mnstate.edu/studyabroad/Galapagos.cfm