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As a Latin@, how will I be viewed if I study in a Hispanic country?

3 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Danilo Bonilla
     
    Danilo Bonilla
    International Programs Counselor
    UCLA Education Abroad Program
  • mentor picture Isabel
     
    Isabel
    Junior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    As a Latina who studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, I felt more comfortable in my environment than...
    As a Latina who studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, I felt more comfortable in my environment than many of my fellow students and was more able to relate to the people of Madrid because of my knowledge of the language. I would definitely say that my Hispanic background helped me become more quickly adjusted and immersed in my surroundings. Because there was a common language, I was able to navigate my way around Madrid more easily.
  • mentor picture Janeth
     
    Janeth
    Junior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    It depends on where exactly you would be studying abroad, but most of the time I still feel you...
    It depends on where exactly you would be studying abroad, but most of the time I still feel you may be seen as a foreigner. It really varies from person to person. Just the way you speak Spanish may set you apart, but I really do not see that as a problem. I studied in Madrid and people knew that I was not Spanish but it was never a problem rather it made people interested in my background. I think you need to realize that even as a Latino in a Hispanic country you may still be considered a foreigner and there is nothing wrong with that.
 
 
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