Students Explore Spanish Culture Through Global Studies 'Maymester'

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 21, 2011 – Several students at High Point University recently had the unique opportunity to travel to Spain to study and explore the country’s history and culture. The trip, part of the Maymester class, “Modern Spain,” gave students the opportunity to experience Spanish life firsthand.
The global studies class, led by Dr. Hayden Carron, professor of modern foreign languages, was a two-week journey composed of visits to six influential cities in Spain, including Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid, Seville, Granada and Cordoba. During the course, students were able to explore the location early in the day, then assemble for class in the afternoon to study the history, sociology, and culture of the area they had just seen.

“Dr. Carron is a great teacher,” says rising junior Colleen Henke. “He continued to teach us outside the classroom, on tours and even during dinner. I enjoyed assignments that required us to explore the city because it allowed us to really see what we were learning about.”

“Maymester,” one of the many ways students receive a value-based education, is a period a few weeks where students can study foreign or domestic cultures and operations in their area of study. Several Maymester trips are held yearly, giving a host of students the opportunity to explore different subjects.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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