May 17, 2012
Senior Michelle de Vera received a Fulbright Binational Business Grant for advanced study in Mexico. De Vera will graduate in June with a dual degree in Economics and Spanish. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the Department of State, is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students to undertake international graduate study.
Originally a biochemistry major, de Vera went to Panama with the Global Law Brigades, an undergraduate club. That decision during her first year at SU changed her course of study to economics with a focus on pre-law. After working in an indigenous community, she soon realized the importance of language study and enrolled in Spanish classes upon her return. During her junior year, she spent two quarters in the SU Latin American Studies Program at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico.
As a Fulbright scholar, de Vera will spend next year working in Mexico City and, depending on her placement, she will take graduate classes at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey or Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
“Spanish enabled me to enter the global marketplace,” she said. “The Fulbright is a wonderful way for me to study and get experience with a multinational company in another country.”
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees. The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers degrees in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
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