HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs) is an NPO comprised of 18 different liberal arts colleges, universities and associations, all of which are dedicated to education for social justice, offering study abroad programs that address pressing issues in various nations and neighborhoods around the world. HECUA enriches each institution with interdisciplinary programs and activities through cross-institutional cooperation.

Programs from HECUA

Program Reviews

  • Nora
    Age: 19-24
    Washington, DC
    Macalester College
    Fall in love with Derry

    When I applied for this program, I knew I would appreciate the academics and the opportunities provided, but I was surprised by how deeply I fell in love with the people of Northern Ireland. I was always welcomed with open arms in every situation I entered into, and made good friends that I still keep in touch with now that the program is over. Every Tuesday I would grab my bodhran (traditional Irish drum) and head down to a local pub to play in a trad session. Even though I was a beginner, I was always greeted heartily and never felt shy about playing along. The folks at my internship made me feel like I was part of the community, and I always had someone to grab a cup of tea with me. I've never met such thoughtful, warm, and caring people, and I know that when I go back, I'll be greeted as if I had never left.

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  • Emma
    Age: 19-24
    Lexington, KY
    Denison University
    Jump On In!

    This program helped to carve out my passions and love for new experiences and foreign territory, both personal and academic. Through external and internal research, I was able to discover my strengths, weaknesses, and gain a better understanding of what I would like to achieve in the remainder of my time in college and beyond.
    My fondest memory of The New Norway program was one of the first weeks we were settled. The six of us were still a little uncomfortable with each other, so in the interest of getting to know each other better, we decided to take advantage of the fading summer weather and go to Sognsvann to play in the lake. The water was so cold but we all jumped in and swam out to the floating dock where we sat and chatted with each other for hours. Once swimming back and drying off, we decided to have a meal together to continue our bonding. After this day we became a close-knit family that could always count on each other.
    I could not recommend this program highly enough to anyone who's interested. It's truly a life-changing experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    The provisions set in place before the program could use a bit more attention (i.e. food stipends, information regarding the mailing system).

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