San Sebastián, Spain
USAC
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I was able to experience not only Spanish culture, but I got a very close look into Basque culture as well. Our excursions around the Basque Country, classes, and activities allowed us to integrate and learn a lot about the people and their culture.

Virginia Allen
University of Nevada

Participant in San Sebastián, Spain

 

Course Information

San Sebastián, Spain | 2017 Fall

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.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of a language track plus language and literature electives and/or courses in psychology, Spanish, Basque, and European area studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks as well as elective language and literature courses. The track courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in the track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it. If you wish to only take part of the language track, you may request this on the Course and Tour Registration Form. Language course sections are kept to a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. All students will enroll in the courses listed for the appropriate language track plus elective language and literature courses and/or courses from Spanish, Basque, and European Area Studies for a total of 12-18 credits.

Track I (14 credits total)—Prerequisite: none

Track II (12 credits total)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

Track III (9 credits total)—Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

Track IV (6 credits total)—Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

Spanish Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

Basque Language Studies

Additional Basque language options are available both semesters, permitting students to enroll in Basque language classes for up to five hours a day, five days a week, for a total of 14 credits. This option begins three weeks later than the regular USAC schedule and must be arranged ten weeks before the start of the semester.

Psychology, Spanish, Basque, and European Area Studies

Taught in English or Spanish
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless noted in Spanish; courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III or above unless otherwise indicated. Many of these elective courses will be shared with local students attending the Universidad del Pa ís Vasco—these courses are noted below with an asterisk.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Host University Courses

Taught in Spanish
Advanced Spanish students may take one 3-credit course offered by UPV in the fields of Teacher Education (including Teaching Language and Literature in Primary and Secondary Schools, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, or Gender Studies. Spanish universities follow a different calendar, with final exams in January (fall semester) and May (spring semester). It may be possible to organize early exams December and May) on an individual basis, but USAC cannot guarantee this.

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Madrid Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) on the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will keep a journal and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. Upon arrival in San Sebastián, you will have follow-up meetings with a professor and take a final exam. The written work may be completed in Spanish or in English.

Internships

USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Students are placed in an environment with high exposure to culture and language. Students working in a non-English speaking environment must be able to communicate at an advanced language level. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Popular internships include teaching English in local schools, working with Surfriders Foundation or BasqueHeritage.com. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility: enrollment in the San Sebastián program; minimum GPA of 3.0 and junior standing at time of internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Advanced Spanish II 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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Advanced Translation

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of translation from Spanish into English and viceversa, through readings and different types of exercises on the translation of different text genres.

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Basque Composition and Conversation I

Fall (400-level; 3 credits)

In Composition I students work on their writing abilities while reviewing important Basque grammar topics, enhance their vocabulary and expand their reading strategies.

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Basque Composition and Conversation II

Fall (400-level; 3 credits)

In Composition II students work on their writing abilities while reviewing important Basque grammar topics, enhance their vocabulary and expand their reading strategies.

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Basque Cuisine

Spring (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

This course is designed to teach Basque and other popular regional recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations.

In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes.

Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

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Basque Folkdance

Fall (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)

USAC encourages students to enroll in this activities class in order to gain greater cultural awareness and to more fully participate in the local fiestas. Taught in Spanish but appropriate for everyone.

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Basque Language and Culture

Fall (Anthropology, Basque; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Basque; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will touch on the history and evolution of one of the oldest languages in the world, the mythology and symbolism of the Basques, their traditions and culture.

General notions of the language will be presented, explaining why this language is of such interest today to linguists and anthropologists.

Basic conversational Basque skills will be studied and students will have the opportunity outside of class to interview and practice with local native speakers.

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Elementary Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (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

Fall (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (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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Emotional Intelligence

Fall (400-level; 3 credits)

This course will describe the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EI), penetrating into its definition and into its historical and empirical constitution. We will study the skills that form the EI ability model as a whole, and the relevance that this kind of intelligence to use emotional information has for people´s daily lives, as well as for the development of groups. In addition, we will analyze the bases that sustain the development of EI, as well as the aspects that favor its suitable development through the different stages of life. Finally, the course includes cases and situations to analyse how EI can be increased in order to promote a person´s adaptation to different circumstances and emotional experiences. In this sense, we will focus on practical orientations to increase emotional abilities, both in oneself and in others

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From Elvis to Rap: 50 Years of History As Seen Through Rock Music

Fall (History; 400-level; 1 credit)
Spring (History; 400-level; 1 credit)

This innovative course will examine the popular culture of the last fifty years of the twentieth century by focusing on the music and lyrics of the most popular rock groups as well as other important signs of the times gleaned from documentaries, slogans, advertising, newspapers and television.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Spanish 212 (Intermediate 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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Internship

Spring (300-level; 1 - 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Madrid Field Study

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (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 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 the day of the exam.

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Myths and Legends

Fall (300-level; 3 credits)

Mankind has eternally tried to explain the world through basic notions such as God, the cosmos, nature, man. Indeed, even today's events such as the new millennium have an impact upon man's collective psyche. This course examines how mankind has created, throughout history and in different cultural areas, a system of myths, legends, symbols and allegories which help interpret phenomenon around him. This course loosely follows the historical development of different myths, from ancient times to the present and examines specific topics such as witchcraft, mythical places and animals, etc. Special attention will be given to Greek mythology and to the myths and legends of the Basques.

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Panorama of Spanish Cinema

Spring (Art, Film, Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course provides a panoramic vision of Spanish cinema as an expression of the evolution of Spanish society. It begins with the cinema of the 1930’s and touches on the cinema of the transition and the new democratic era as well as on the postmodern cinema and the new directors of the 90’s and on the effort to internationalize Spanish cinema. Finally we will examine the Spanish and Basque cinema of the 21st century.

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Psychopathology in Films

Fall (Film, Psychology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course will allow students to get some practical knowledge on psychopathology based on the portrayal of mental illnesses in films. Representations of psychopathological in films do not always depict accurate instances of individuals’ mental suffering. Students will learn to distinguish between the actual characteristics of major mental disorders and modified portraits of such disorders. Stigma and discrimination related to mental illness will be another learning theme.

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Reflections on Diversity in Cross-Cultural Settings

Fall (Anthropology, Sociology; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Sociology; 200-level; 3 credits)

This one credit course is intended to help students to develop an intercultural competence while studying abroad. Living in another country gives exceptional opportunities to learn how to deal and communicate with people of different cultural backgrounds. Reflection on their experiences with the host culture will permit students to acquire a critical cultural awareness and an understanding of cross-cultural encounters. The course will focus on learning basic concepts of Intercultural Communication as well as intercultural skills and attitudes.

The course has two main sections:

1.-The first is comprised of discussions in class from the assigned readings about basic concepts of Intercultural Communication and from reflection activities about their experiences in the host culture. This section will help students to connect the academic topics with the specific events they are living abroad. Students will hand in a one-page reading comprehension questions on the day that the reading is due.

2.-A second section is the Intercultural Exchange Project: students will participate together with Basque students of the University of the Basque Country in an intercultural project with the purpose of developing their abilities for teamwork with people of different cultures. At the end of the project they will hand in a journal which includes critical reflection on the experience on a weekly basis and applies the concepts and theories learned in class. Students will also write final 5-page paper assessing their own behaviors and beliefs (focusing on the detection of egocentric and sociocentric tendencies) in the light of their experiences in the new culture and during the intercultural project.

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Second Year Basque I

Fall (200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (200-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Second Year Basque II

Fall (200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (200-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Seminar in Developing Effective Teaching Skills

Fall (General Education, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (General Education, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)

This course has been designed to meet the specific needs of the USAC students when first teaching ESL in a Spanish classroom. Taking into account that it is the first time teaching for most of the students, s/he will be provided with the background of what to expect and how to deal with such a challenge. The package will not only have the assigned readings for each class session but is also meant to be a useful resource providing the necessary teaching tools for student teachers. After reading these articles students will design two oral tasks and present them to the class, pretending it is a real language class. This is a very intensive course and will only last for a couple of weeks therefore full engagement is required from students as well as being prompt and serious when meeting all the deadlines for the different tasks assigned.

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Seminar: Preparation for the Cervantes Exam at the Proficiency Level

Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Seminar is a course designed for students who have taken at least three years of Spanish at college and want to improve the four skills in a balanced way: speaking, listening, writing and reading, as well as enhance their vocabulary and improve their grammatical accuracy. The final goal of this course is to prepare students to take the exam of Spanish as a foreign language at the Advanced level, C1 level, issued by the Instituto Cervantes. More details on the actual exam and places where it can be taken can be found in the official page: http://dele.cervantes.es/

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Spanish and Basque Cuisine

Fall (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

Students will participate in the preparation of typical Spanish and Basque dishes under the guidance of a chef from the prestigious Basque Culinary Center. Students will get hands on experience: each week, each person makes one appetizer, one main dish and one dessert to take home.

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Spanish Composition I

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Spanish Composition II (SPN 306) is a third year course of three credtis for students who have completed two years and a half of Spanish at the University level or their equivalent. The focus of the course is on improving the learners´ writing abilities with the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and increase learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or a collection of short stories will strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 2 - 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 2 - 3 credits)

Optional two-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the three-hundred level courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

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Spanish Culture and Civilization

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This is a general civilization course, spanning the study of the first settlers of the Iberian peninsula to the present day.. We will discuss discuss 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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Surfing

Fall (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

This class is co-produced by USAC and “Bluemotion Surf and Bodyboard Academy”. There will be 3 two-hour sessions per week for a 5 week period. “Bluemotion” will provide the needed equipment and insurance, as well as showers and a locker room.

The order of the activities on the syllabus may be subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, etc.

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Survey of Art I: European/Western Art

Fall (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course studies the history of Western European Art from Prehistoric times to the Renaissance. The course has a general introduction and six main topics: Prehistoric Art, Egyptian and Western Asian Art, Classical, Roman Art, Gothic Art and arts evolution at the time of the Renaissance.

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Survey of Art II: European/Western Art

Spring (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

A study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period from the 18th up to the 20th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish. (Spring Semester).

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Survey of Spanish Literature I

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

A study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period from the 12th to 18th century. Text from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

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Survey of Spanish Literature II

Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

A study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period from the 18th up to the 20th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Theatre

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this course is to understand the masters of Spanish theater in this century, their interrelationship with the European and American scene and their history-in-progress characteristics. Since theater is a reflection of the circumstances in which one writes, the analysis of the pre and post civil war theater includes discussion of the most important events in the history of Spain during this century. Principal authors to be studied are Benavente, Unamuno, Garcia Lorca, Valle-Inclan, Buero Vallejo and Arrabal. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer I (5 weeks): Closed

Summer I & II (9 weeks): Closed

Summer II (4 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Accepting to waitlist

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

65 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

Member

APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España