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ADA, Okla. – The Spring 2024 semester brought students back to the East Central University campus from across the state and beyond, including many students returning from abroad while others began their travels to international universities.

Arely Hernandez and Rosie Coleman, both involved in ECU’s Global Education program, have become the first ECU students to venture to Brazil on behalf of the university.

Located in Curitiba, the capital of Paraná Brazil, The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná PUCPR, is a private, not-for-profit Catholic university. The school houses five academic units including the Center for Biological and Health Sciences, the Center for Exact Sciences and Technology, the Center for Juridical and Social Sciences, the Center for Humanities and Theology and the Business School.

“It is very exciting that ECU has added one more continent, one more country, and one more destination to our Global Education opportunities,” said Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, Director of Global Education at ECU. “Opportunities which will allow ECU’s students to expand their knowledge of the world and to prepare for the leadership position in the rapidly changing global community.”

Hernandez and Coleman, from the Edmond and Ada areas respectively, are both students in ECU’s School of Business and were the first students chosen for this program.

“Our exchange program with PUCPR provides students with the opportunity to not only study courses related to their field of study but experience a culture unlike their own.” stated Dr. Michael Scott, dean of the ECU Stonecipher School of Business (SSB). “We are excited that Arely and Rosie are able to represent SSB on our first exchange. ECU and the SSB has been fortunate to host a couple of students from PUCPR while they pursue their Master in Management. The perspective that they brought to the classroom enhanced the learning experience for all. “

ECU offers a number of study abroad opportunities including programs in France, Russia, Spain and Wales, among other locations across the globe.

PUCPR student, Paulo Gortz, is currently attending courses on the ECU campus as part of the exchange.

For more information regarding ECU’s Global Education program, contact Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya at

Pictured: Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, Director of Global Education at ECU, and students Arely Hernandez and Rosie Coleman

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