Over $8 million in scholarships available for HACU study abroad students

San Antonio, TX—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)— HACU (the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) and Global Learning Semesters, Inc. are undertaking a 10 year partnership to address the factors hindering Hispanic study abroad with the goal of reducing the gap in Hispanic participation in study abroad by 50%. Hispanic students study abroad at about half the rate of all college students due to issues related to actual and perceived affordability, limited awareness and home institution capabilities.

This multi-faceted partnership draws upon the deep expertise of HACU in Hispanic higher education and Global Learning Semesters in study abroad administration to address the root causes of the gap in study abroad participation.

1. Financial Support: Global Learning Semesters has committed to making available over $8M in scholarships during the next 10 years to HACU students through the Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars program and to working with HACU on Special Initiatives to further increase available scholarship funds. The University of Alcala in Spain has generously agreed to be the first Special Initiative partner.

2. Capacity Building: Global Learning Semesters is making its expertise in study abroad office administration available to HACU member institutions through training seminars and free use of its patent-pending software for study abroad office administration. This capacity building initiative will make it more affordable and feasible for HACU schools to administer a best practice study abroad office.

3. Program Development: HACU and Global Learning Semesters have formed an Advisory Council to guide the development of Global Learning Semesters’s study abroad programs in Latin America focused on issues important to Hispanic students

Dr. Andreas Polemitis, Chairman of Global Learning Semesters said: “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. Hispanic college graduates should not be denied the opportunity to enhance their career and life prospects through study abroad.”

The Hispanic Study Abroad Scholarship will be available to students attending HACU member institutions for a 10 year period starting with the Spring Semester 2007.

Students or Advisors interested in applying for the scholarship programs should visit: http://www.StudyAbroadScholars.org or call (877) 300-7010, ext. 6.

University Administrators or Advisors interested in participating in the Hispanic Global Alliance should complete the registration form at: http://www.HispanicGlobalAlliance.org.