Alicante, Spain
USAC
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I volunteer at Asoka, an animal shelter in San Vicente. It has improved my Spanish a lot, especially in ways that will benefit my major, Pre-Vet. The terms used, such as medicine, would otherwise not be mentioned. It is very hands-on and inclusive. I even talk to los gatitos en español!

Emilie Rabideau
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Participant in Alicante, Spain

 

Course Information

Alicante, Spain | 2017 Summer Sessions I & II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three and to six credits in Session I and in three to five credits in Session II. At least one 3-credit course is required in all summer sessions. You may add one additional credit in Session I only for the Madrid Field Study. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to five credits of Spanish taught in each session. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Spanish I through Advanced Spanish II.

Session I and Session II

European, Mediterranean, and Women's/Gender Studies

These elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in Spanish; most courses taught in Spanish are appropriate for students with four or more semesters of college Spanish.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

Field Studies

USAC helps you explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region with carefully planned tours. If taken for credit, added academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports etc.) deepen your experience. This turns a tour into a Field Study which counts as part of your credit load. The optional Madrid Tour can be taken as a Field Study course, during which you will keep a journal and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. Upon arrival in Alicante, the field study course will be completed with follow-up meetings with a professor and the final exam. The written work for the field study may be completed in Spanish or English.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I

Dr. Adrian Kane | Boise State University

Course offered:

Dr. Kane is a Professor of Spanish and the Chair of the Department of World Languages at Boise State University. He is the author of Central American Avant-Garde Narrative: Literary Innovation and Cultural Change (1926-1936) and editor of the anthology The Natural World in Latin American Literatures. He has also published several articles on 20th Century Latin American fiction. He received his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Riverside and has presented his research in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Panama, Canada, Germany, and hte U.S.

Session II

Dr. Sarah Anderson | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Sarah Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at California State University, Chico.  Her research is focused on Latin American women writers and Spanish and Latin American film studies.  She received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Michigan State University. 

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

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Advanced Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Advanced Spanish II (SPN 411) has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of Spanish and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

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Contemporary Spanish Art

Summer Session I (Art; 300-level; 1 credit)

Without a doubt, Picasso is one of the most important figures in Western Art of the twentieth century, yet many other Spanish artists belong to this elite group. In this course, we will study Picasso, Juan Gris, Miró, Dalí, Antonio López, Eduardo Chillida and other outstanding Spanish painters and sculptors, as we observe Spain's artistic evolution through Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Painting and Avant-Gardes tendencies. Spain's important contribution to twentieth century art will be reviewed and debated. Taught in Spanish. (Session I)

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Cultural Identities Through Film

Summer Session II (Film; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will study a selection of contemporary films from Spain and Latin America in terms of how these productions help create and/or challenge national or regional identities. The following factors involved in the making of these films will be analyzed: regional language variation, sociolinguistic variation, thematic choices, musical scores, and socio-historical contextualization. All of these factors will be considered in tandem with the box-office appeal of these movies; thus, taking into account both their mechanisms of production and their reception in mass culture.

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Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union

Summer Session I (Economics, History, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

The subject aims to analyze the past, present and future of European integration, on the basis of historic and economic reasoning. The process of European integration and its effects will be assessed taking into account differences in European Member States economies as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level.

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Elementary Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Spanish I (SPN 111) is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Spanish courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

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Elementary Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Spanish II (SPN 112) is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have taken one course of Spanish at college-level or its equivalent before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence. It provides opportunities for the development of the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

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Gender and Gaze: Women Behind the Camera

Summer Session I (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this course is to provide a broad understanding of the issues of gender, the gaze, sexuality and identity through Hispanic (Spanish and Latin-American) film, art and photography.

This course will raise issues on gender, the gaze, visual and popular cultures, from the perspective and point of view of female Spanish artists, filmmakers and photographers such as Pilar Miró, Iciar Bollain, Isabel Coixet, Cristina García Rodero, Bárbara Allende (Ouka Lele), amongst others.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course emphasizes learning the structure of the Spanish language. Classes are divided into three components: grammar/vocabulary, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related to the themes covered. A review of basic elements, such as the present tense, ser and estar, preterit and imperfect, etc. is included. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

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Intermediate Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Spanish II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college Spanish or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

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Language, Ideology and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Summer Session I (400-level; 1 credit)

This course explores the linguistic construction of gender (masculine and feminine) and its relationship with ideology and society in order to deconstruct patterns of gender discrimination and examples of sexist language. Students will do some readings and will answer some questions in order to develop their critical thinking and to learn about the topic by reading some bibliographical references. We will explore examples of language in general and of visual language in particular from a variety of texts and contexts. To supplement publish research, students will reflect on their ideology on gender and consider it from a cross-cultural perspective.

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Madrid Field Study

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Madrid tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the four-day tour of Madrid and surroundings. Requirements include pre-departure readings, a daily journal of the tour, completion of a comprehensive study guide and a final exam which will be given at the program site. The tour will be given in English. The written work may be done in English or Spanish and it must be handed in before the final exam. There is an additional fee of $750 to help pay for transportation, entrance fees, guides, lodging and some meals.

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Sailing

Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

This class is co-produced by USAC and “Real Club de Regatas de Alicante”. Students will have several sessions where they will learn the key components of sailing with experienced teachers. The programmed order of sessions is subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, strong rip currents, etc. This course has an additional fee.

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Spain in the American Literary Imagination

Summer Session I (300-level; 3 credits)

This is a literature class in which we will read novels and poetry about the history and culture of Spain written by major authors from the Americas who have lived in Spain. Some of the authors that we will likely study include Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Pablo Neruda, César Vallejo, José Martí, and Washington Irving. Topics covered in the works studied will range from the Alhambra to the Spanish Civil War and bullfighting to transnational migration.

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Spanish Composition for Heritage Speakers

Summer Session I (300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Spanish Composition I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This is a third year couse for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a short novel will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Composition II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Composición Española II (SPN 306) es un curso de tres créditos de tercer año de español para alumnos que ya hayan completado dos años de español en la universidad o su equivalente. El peso del curso recae en mejorar las habilidades escritas de los estudiantes con el análisis y la producción de diferentes tipos de textos. Asimismo, se revisarán una serie de puntos gramaticales con objeto de ir ampliando y afinando la competencia gramatical de los alumnos. La lectura extensiva de una novela o colección de cuentos acompañará y hará de refuerzo de la instrucción recibida.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 2 credits)

A course that complements the development of linguistic skills emphasizing the oral mode of the Spanish language. It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

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Spanish Culture and Civilization

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)

In this general civilization course, the customs and lifestyles of the Spanish will be studied, both in their historical perspectives as well as in the present. There is also a general discussion of the most important geographic, historical, social, economic, and artistic aspects of Spain, as well as of the most outstanding individuals in each area.

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Topics in Spanish Culture

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This innovative course will combine classroom learning with a field study experience to make Spanish culture come alive for the students. The traditional study of Spanish history, culture and art will be complemented by visits to the historical cities of Segovia and Toledo, the Escorial and Valley of the Fallen as well as the Prado Museum. Artistic, political, historical and cultural events will be analyzed and interrelated for a complex and complete vision of the greatness of Spain. In Session I this course will be comprised of the Madrid Tour Field Study, Contemporary Spanish Art and Spanish Culture and Civilization.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Poetry

Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

A study of the most important authors and movements from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, including Unamuno, Garcia Lorca, Damaso Alonso, Cernuda, Celaya and more.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Short Story

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

The objective of the course is to become familiar with the more outstanding short story writers and gain an appreciation for their most important literary works. You will read the best writers in Spain today, and you will learn to do a literary analysis of the works read. To facilitate your literary analysis, there will be a series of questions which review content and provide discussion and essay topics. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer II (4 weeks): Contact USAC

Fall: Waitlist

Yearlong: Waitlist

Spring: Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application opens 9/1:

Summer I (5 weeks)

Summer II (4 weeks)

Summer I & II (9 weeks)

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

70 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

Member

APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España