PARAMUS, N.J. – Three Bergen Community College students said goodbye to New Jersey and ciao to Italy as they will spend the summer semester in Venice and Tuscania.
Cousins Nathalia Gonzalez and Alejandro Giraldo of Wood-Ridge are attending Instituto Venezia’s language program in Venice.
BCC gave Karli White of Bloomfield a scholarship to study in Tuscania.
Gonzalez, a general studies major who wants to pursue a career in social work, is fluent in Spanish. After a semester of Italian at the college, she developed a desire to travel and learn the language.
“I want to get out of my comfort zone, and learn more about myself as well as different cultures,” she said.
Giraldo, a business management major, wants to eventually live in Europe, where he'd like to coach soccer.
In his downtime from studying, he plans to network with Italy's soccer community.
“You never know what can happen. We could make lifelong relationships while we’re there,” he said.
White is a fine arts major interested in Italy's architecture and art. She also wants to connect with her Italian heritage.
“Going to Italy and experiencing all that it has to offer will have a great impact on how I see things, and maybe I will even find out something new about myself,” she said.
All three students will return in time to start the fall semester.
BCC sends students to study abroad in places such as Argentina, China, England, Japan and Morocco.