January 28, 2016 // posted by Sherrie Voss Matthews
Mary Bockman, a Teaching English as a Second Language master’s student, was looking for a way to improve her Spanish language skills.
|Mary Bockman, right, and one of her PEPE instructors, during a cultural trip in Guadalajara.|
She was invited to apply for a scholarship for a month-long intensive Spanish language program at the Universidad de Guadalajara. She only had to pay for her plane tickets.
“PEPE is great!” Bockman, who attended the 2015 summer PEPE program, said. “The staff was always there to help us.”
The Universidad de Guadalajara offers an intensive Spanish program, with six levels of courses for beginners through near-fluent speakers. The program includes 60 hours of Spanish, 20 hours of workshops and 20 hours of history and Mexican culture courses.
“The Universidad de Guadalajara’s PEPE program is a great opportunity for our students who are interested in immersing themselves in language and culture in Mexico,” said Dr. Rene Zenteno, Vice Provost for International Initiatives. “Guadalajara is a great city and Universidad de Guadalajara has an outstanding language program that can open many doors for UTSA students.”
Bockman spent three weeks in Guadalajara on campus and one week in a variety of locations in Jalisco state. With 30 other students, who came from around the world, Bockman improved both her understanding of the language and the culture.
“As a teacher, I encounter people who only speak Spanish,” she said. “I wanted to communicate better. PEPE also gave me an understanding of the Hispanic culture, which is really useful when teaching.”
Bockman chats with her professors and fellow students on Facebook and Skype.
“I would like to do it again,” Bockman said. “I hope to go back to the Universidad de Guadalajara and teach English someday.”
Application for PEPE Summer 2016 is now open. The cost to enroll is $2,000, plus plane tickets. Credits may transfer to UTSA, but students should speak with their academic advisor.
Students interested in applying should visit http://www.cgci.udg.mx/pepe2016 and discuss possibilities with the staff in Education Abroad Services, MB 1.204.