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.
AliaAge: 19-24FemaleNorthfield, MNAlia MCDaniel Hecua Review10/02/2015How could this program be improved?
Not at all! I believe that the trip could not be any better than it was!
ElenaAge: 19-24FemaleSt. Paul, MinnesotaHamline UniversityYou Won't Believe It Was Only A Month10/01/2015How could this program be improved?
I would have liked to been given access to the schedule/syllabus earlier. We got it on the second day after arriving to Quito, so when I left the US and even when I first got to Ecuador, I didn't really know what to expect.
JakeAge: 19-24MaleNorthfield, MNSaint Olaf CollegeSpring Semester with HECUA09/28/2015How could this program be improved?
I wish I could have traveled more in the rest of South America. It is hard to plan for extra time after the program because you don't know who you are going to travel with and with airfare you have to plan ahead (just from the United States; in South America you can buy plane tickets just before the trip). Traveling itself will be easy because you will learn how to plan and travel throughout the program, but a large part of the experience is who you go with. If you are into solo traveling or going out on a limb, I recommend just buying your return ticket well after the program ends and just fill in the space when you are in Ecuador and get to know how things work down there (it's different if you haven't picked that up yet).
ElikaAge: 19-24FemaleMinneapolis, MNCarleton CollegeSemester in Oslo09/21/2015How could this program be improved?
The one draw back of the New Norway program is that it can be hard to meet Norwegians (the student housing is with other international students and the classes are with students from the U.S.). While I was in Norway I got a gym membership so that I could swim regularly. Every time I would go to the gym people would approach me and start speaking in Norwegian, which I couldn't understand, but it would always spark a conversation and was one way that I would meet and talk to Norwegians.