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February 8, 2017

HACU International Conference announces Student Track Workshops, Student Travel Awards

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced the Student Track workshops for HACU’s 12th International Conference, “Creating New Paths for International Collaboration,” March 29-31, 2017, in San José, Costa Rica. Institutions are encouraged to bring their students to take advantage of this unique opportunity. A limited number of HACU Student Travel Awards are available courtesy of Southwest Airlines. Faculty and staff from HACU-member institutions may submit an online application Feb. 8-17, 2017, for roundtrip student travel to Costa Rica for the International Conference. Six students will receive travel awards. For additional details on Student Track, click here.  

The HACU International Student Track offers workshops for students to learn more about what to expect from study abroad opportunities, including topics in financing, credit transfer and other related discussions. Student-centered campus tours will be part of the agenda and include visits to Universidad de Iberoamérica; Universidad Latina de Costa Rica; Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT); and Universidad Veritas. 

The International Conference will begin with an Opening Ceremony at 5 p.m., March 29, followed by a plenary session and a welcome reception at the Real InterContinental San José Costa Rica Hotel. The detailed agenda for the three-day event and workshop descriptions are available online: click here.  

All student workshops will be offered in English only.

Student Track Schedule at a glance:

Wed., March 29  

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Plenary Session I – “The Role of Foundations and Federal Agencies in Promoting International Collaboration”
  • Welcome Reception

Thurs., March 30  

  • International Student Track Welcome
  • International Student Track Opening Session:“Orientation to Studying Abroad – What to Expect”
  • International Student Track Session: “The Importance of Study Abroad and International Exchange Opportunities”
  • International Student Track Session: “How to Finance Your Study Abroad Experience”
  • International Student Track Session: “Credit Transfer – What You Need to Know”
  • Costa Rica and U.S. Student Roundtable Discussion and Networking Session.
  • Dinner and Cultural Presentation  

Fri., March 31  

  • University Tours – Students will tour universities in Costa Rica. Students will be placed into two cohorts
  • Cohort A to visit to Universidad de Iberoamérica and Cohort B to visit to Universidad Veritas
  • Cohort A to visit to Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) and Cohort B to visit to Universidad Latina de Costa Rica 
  • Lunch and Closing Ceremony

For additional information about HACU International Student Track, contact Gaston Cantu, Director of Student Services.

For a detailed agenda for the HACU International Conference Student Track, click here.

HACU Group rate at the Real InterContinental San José Costa Rica Hotelisavailable until February 28. Online registration for the Conference will be available until March 15. Onsite registration will be available.   

Special thanks to 2017 HACU International Conference Sponsors.