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Comments from recent graduates and current students

"This program is worth every penny you put into it!"  --Sharon Shipley, graduate 2009

"I have benefitted immeasurably from the intimate nature, collaborative colleagues and rich diversity of course offerings over these three years.  Thank you!" --Reed Skoug, graduate 2009

"What I so APPRECIATE about the program is the intimate and supportive camaraderie that develops between students and faculty as we all work towards our common goal: Mastery of Spanish.  The authentic language and culture experienced in the homestay and outside the classroom walls is a valuable and unique learning experience.  To live it is to learn it." --Victoria Melton Foster, graduate 2009

"SLI has been one of the best experiences I have had with graduate courses for teachers of languages.  I have so many artifacts that I will be able to use in my classroom when I return to school in September! I would never have been able to create so many in such a short time. Thanks to all of my classmates who have been so dedicated to this program!" --Cheryl Wood

"I have just spent the most amazing three weeks of my life in Guanajuato at SOU's summer institute.  Top-notch professors, intense and challenging coursework, and bright, motivated fellow classmates make this program truly special.  What I learned this summer has forever changed the way I teach. 

Guanajuato reminds me of Florence, with its winding narrow streets, friendly people, beautiful churches, good restaurants, and great shopping. The weather is wonderful, with low humidity and breezes even in late July." --Laurie Barry

"Guanajuato, la familia, los colegas, los profesores ... ¡Son unas de las mejores experiencias de mi vida! Aunque tuve que trabajar mucho, he encontrado más confianza en mí misma aquí".  --Sarah Carranza

"I love this program because I get the best of both worlds.  I am getting my Master's in teaching Spanish while living in a Spanish speaking country. Living with a family has given me many great opportunities to learn about the culture and better my Spanish speaking skills." --Chantal Richardson

"Southern Oregon University offers an exceptional program that combines caring, knowledgeable professionals, individual attention, and engaging, unique classes. This summer I have gained not only a deeper understanding of teaching Spanish but useful knowledge that I can easily apply in the coming school year.  I can't wait to come back!"  --Tracy Poole

"The vibrance of Guanajuato is the perfect backdrop for the program. I had an amazing summer!" --Liz Miller

"Estudiar en Guanajuato ha sido una gran experiencia. Como mexicana es todo un orgullo saber que hay tantas personas que están estudiando mi hermoso idioma y fascinante cultura. SLI es un programa de nuevas ideas y bellas experiencias". --Guadalupe Meza

"SLI allowed me to share and learn from fellow teachers with experiences from all over the country. That, along with re-immersing myself in a Spanish-speaking country and picking up authentic materials for my students made this an incredible summer." --Rebecca Blumenfeld

"This program was exactly what I was looking for: an opportunity to become a better Spanish teacher and to do so in Mexico.  I have been overwhelmingly pleased with my first summer with SOU's Summer Language Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico!" --Lori Luna

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at SOU's institute in Guanajuato, Mexico. The standard and quality of teaching is always outstanding. I really appreciate the fact that we are expected to be disciplined, serious, and show up prepared to "go to work." Being in Guanajuato is a lot of fun too. It's such a beautiful city and the people are the friendliest in all of Mexico. Finally, it's such a pleasure and hone to work side-by-side with such a highly dedicated group of teachers who, we shouldn't forget, willingly give up their summers to be here and work toward being better teachers for their students.  Also, let's not forget the faculty that works so hard each year to put on great courses and find such outstanding professors to teach the courses. You will not find a friendlier, harder-working, better-qualified, or dedicated group of faculty anywhere."  --Elliott Smith