During the three weeks of Winter Session in January 2011, Professor Lisa Grobar took three CSULB economics majors to Cusco, Peru, for a short-term study abroad class. The students studied international economics and the economies of Latin America. This was the first study abroad class offered by the Department of Economics. In addition to an intensive course of study, the students got a chance to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. They also went on an excursion with MINKA, a Canadian company that exports Peruvian handicrafts to Europe and North America. The students in the class who had advanced language skills volunteered their time to work with children in local orphanages.
Grobar, who plans to take students abroad again in the future, commented that “Latin America is a great place to offer study abroad opportunities for our students because so many of them have Spanish language skills, and this allows them to really maximize the cultural opportunities offered in a study abroad program.” CSULB short-term study abroad programs are offered through the CSULB College of Continuing and Professional Education and are open to alumni and community members as well as current CSULB students.