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April M. Rojo
Staff Writer

Many University of La Verne students and advisers are preparing for their January interterm trips. The students will go to Belize; Guatemala; Cuernavaca, Mexico; and Italy.

The benefits on studying abroad include learning or improving in a foreign language, learning about a different culture and gaining international work experience.

This is an opportunity to travel, and depending on how ones takes advantage of this opportunity, there are many other benefits from studying abroad.

The trips are open to all majors, but there are some requirements. One main requirement is that a student must be at least a sophomore and have a minimum grade point average of a 2.6.

Biology majors may find their interest studying abroad in Belize this January. The group will be doing a research project that will benefit biology majors. However, the trip, titled “Natural History of the Tropics” is open to any major.

“We will spend two weeks in Belize, one week in a rainforest and one week in a small coral island,” said Professor of Biology Jeffrey Burkhart.

There are 11 students that have signed up for the trip and there is space for four more students.

“We will be doing research on the how sea horses are affected by diver activity,” Burkhart said.

“We found that diver activity actually helps seahorse population because the population density was high in areas where there were divers, three times more than the areas not used and now we want to find out why,” Burkhart said.

One of the students going to Belize is basing her senior project on the research.

Contact Jeff Burkhart at Ext. 4599 if you are interested in going to Belize and doing this type of research.

A different group of 18 students have been preparing to go to Italy since March.

Students are required to do their homework on Italy before going on this trip.

“The students begin their homework in the summer and you can’t go to Italy without studying, you just won’t understand,” said Ken Scambray, professor of English.

The students are also required to make a personal itinerary in preparation for their trip and read different textbooks and travel books.

“I encourage them to make a large itinerary so that if they do not complete it they can always keep it and go back to complete it,” Scambray said.

The students who travel to Italy are also required to visit all sites that are named in their six page syllabus.

More days have already been added to the trip to allow a longer stop in Rome.

“Some of the students expressed an interest in attending a soccer game while in Italy,” Scambray said. “If not prepared, students who are thrown into foreign environments will be completely overwhelmed.”

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