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Foreign Language Studies

USAC offers language courses for most proficiency levels from beginning to advanced. Specialty programs offer both intensive and less intensive course structures in some locations.

Intensive language courses are organized to allow you to complete up to 2 years of foreign language courses in just one semester. The language courses are set up in "Tracks". A track is a set of courses that are taught in sequential format. Each course is taught intensively for a section of the semester.

For example: If you are enrolled in Spanish Track I, you will take Elementary Spanish I for the first 4 ½ weeks, followed by Elementary Spanish II for the next 4 ½ weeks, then Intermediate I for the next 3 weeks, and finally Intermediate II for the last 3 weeks.

USAC offers courses in Spanish language at eight program sites in three countries (Chile, Costa Rica, Spain). Given the number and variety of Spanish language courses offered, USAC employs a Spanish Language Coordinator who oversees the design and implementation of the Spanish language curriculum. Click here to learn more about the development and evaluation of the USAC Spanish language curriculum.

See our Foreign Language Options for more information on all language options available on USAC Specialty programs.

Spanish Language Coordinator

Given the number and variety of Spanish courses offered, USAC employs a Spanish Language Coordinator who oversees the design and implementation of the Spanish language curriculum at all USAC programs sites. Dr. Asunción Martínez Arbelaiz (PhD, Linguistics, Cornell University) has been the USAC Spanish Language Coordinator since 2001. Dr. Martínez actively contributes to the field of language acquisition and language pedagogy through publications and participation in professional conferences. Her primary role is to maintain the quality and consistency of the Spanish language curriculum between program sites, and ensure that it complies with US standards. Dr. Martínez also conducts trainings with USAC language faculty on best practices in teaching foreign languages.