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Laura Hill: Professor, Former Student and Advocate of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad for Auburn students is often recognized as an excellent opportunity to experience other cultures, while getting a few credit hours out of the way and having fun while doing it. Laura Hill, a Spanish professor at Auburn University from Marietta, Ga., has been on the study abroad program through Auburn and has felt the life changing effects of her trips. Hill, studied Spanish International Trade, while attending Auburn, then got her Master of Hispanic Studies at Auburn as well.

1.  What was your favorite thing about Auburn when you were a student?

My favorite thing would definitely be the people. As an incoming freshman, and throughout my time at Auburn, I really felt welcomed by both the student body as well as the faculty and staff.

2.  What is your favorite thing about Auburn, now that you are a staff member?

I don't think it’s changed from when I was a student here. In fact, I would still say that the people are my favorite thing about Auburn. As a general rule, you see a lot of people smiling around campus.

3.  Where and how many times did you study abroad while at Auburn?

I studied abroad three times while at Auburn, twice as an undergrad and once as a graduate student. In 2006 I went to Salamanca, Spain with Auburn, then in 2008 and 2009 I did Auburn's semester program in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

4.  Where would you go if you could study abroad again?

There are so many places I would love to go! I would love to study anywhere in South America, especially Argentina.

5.  Do you recommend the study abroad program at Auburn to all students?

Yes! I recommend that anyone with the opportunity to study abroad takes advantage of all the wonderful programs Auburn offers. It is really an amazing experience; it will take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you, but you will have a lot of fun at the same time!


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