Learn by doing
Graduates of the International Development Studies program will tell you that the chance to study abroad, put theory into practice and meet and interact with local people is exciting, exhausting and life changing — perhaps the most memorable part of their Dalhousie education.
Andrey Barber, a Dalhousie graduate who majored in Spanish and International Development Studies, returned from Cuba in her third year where she spent three months enrolled in the Cuba Semester Program. Time spent in the classrom was invaluable, she said, and she learned a lot about economic, political, social and environmental issues in Cuba. But meeting local people was educational too.
"I learned so much about the Cuban way through my personal conversations with Cubans on the street and in public places," she remarks.
Over the years, IDS has forged links with educational programs in Cuba to provide these incredible opportunities for students.