Valencia, Spain
USAC
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I love how the city is so big but it has such a small feel to it. I enjoyed walking around the city and seeing all that the city has to offer and all the history that Valencia holds. All the historical buildings in Valencia are amazing but I also enjoyed how there was different parts in Valencia that felt very modern.

Jaqueline Ocaña
Colorado State University, Ft Collins

Participant in Valencia, Spain

 

Course Information

Valencia, Spain | 2016 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.

Courses

Students must enroll in at least 12 and up to 18 credits. Students may choose from any of the courses detailed below, subject to course scheduling. Course availability may be subject to change for reasons beyond our control, such as student interest.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks as well as elective courses taught in Spanish. 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.

Track I (11 credits)—Prerequisite: none

Track II (9 credits)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

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

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

Culture, Language, and Literature Electives

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.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Courses and Other Electives

Taught in English

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

Host University Courses

Taught in English or Spanish

Enrich your studies by taking advantage of the chance to attend courses at your host university. Opportunities vary. In some cases you will be able to enroll directly as a student and earn transferable credit, in other cases you may earn a letter or certificate of completion along with a grade which may or may not be accepted for credit by your school. Work with your home academic advisor to determine whether such courses will be accepted for credit. Even when they don't, look at the opportunity as a learning bonus.

You may take one host university course; courses taken at the host university are taken in addition to your USAC classes and do not replace USAC credits. Work with your Resident Director to determine your options and to avoid conflicts with your USAC class schedule. Note that UPV academic terms run September-February and February-June; these offerings therefore may be best suited for yearlong or spring only students.

Select advanced STEM courses in English include:

  • Business for Engineers
  • Electronics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Science
  • Thermodynamics

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 Barcelona and Madrid Tours can be taken as Field Study courses; you will be expected to keep a journal and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. Upon arrival in Valencia, 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 rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Students are placed in a Spanish-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language, and 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.

Internship opportunities fall into broad categories; USAC will attempt to place students in a field related to the student's interest. 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. Select opportunities in English may be possible on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility—registration in Track III or above, enrollment in the Valencia program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and preferred junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professor is also teaching as Visiting Professor.

Spring Semester:

Dr. Daniel Durbin  | University of Cincinnati

Courses offered:

Dr. Durbin is a Professor of Architectural Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at UC and also has degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He teaches courses in Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Water Supply and Waste Disposal, and Mechanical Systems for Buildings. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Durbin has several years of consulting experience in the fields of energy and environmental control. He has visited over 80 different countries and has traveled to all seven continents.

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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Barcelona Field Study

Fall (200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Barcelona 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 tour of Barcelona and surroundings.

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Biology I

Fall (100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (100-level; 3 credits)

This course is a survey of fundamental principles in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Developmental Biology, Biotechnology, and Genomics. This course is a part of the majors’ curriculum in Biology, Health Ecology, Pre-Nursing, Animal Science, Biotechnology, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Wildlife Ecology, Forest Management, Chemical Engineering, etc.

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Calculus I

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

This course will include fundamental concepts of analytic geometry and calculus; functions, graphs, limits, derivatives and integrals.

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Calculus II

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

This course is a Continuation of Calculus I; transcendental functions, methods of integration, conics, vectors.

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Calculus III

Fall (Mathematics; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Mathematics; 200-level; 4 credits)

This course is a continuation of Calculus II ; infinite series, three-dimensional calculus.

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Dances of Spain

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

There will be an introduction to the meaning and “spirit “ of the dance, followed by the practice of the steps and movements without music and ending with the addition of music to the previously learned steps.

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Differential Equations

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

Theory and solving techniques for: constant and variable coefficient linear equations, a variety of non-linear equations. Emphasis on those differential equations arising from real-world phenomena.

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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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General Chemistry I

Fall (100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (100-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed for first-semester general chemistry students whose academic plans require advanced study in chemistry. Fundamentals of chemistry including reaction stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, states of matter, intermolecular forces, solutions, and thermochemistry will be covered.

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General Chemistry II

Fall (100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (100-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed for second-semester general chemistry students whose academic plans require advanced study in chemistry. Fundamentals of chemistry including properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry will be covered.

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General Chemistry Laboratory I

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

This course provides the laboratory component to accompany General Chemistry I Lecture. It examines the fundamentals of chemistry including reaction stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, states of matter, and thermochemistry.

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General Chemistry Laboratory II

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

Description not available at this time.

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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)

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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International Business

Fall (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course examines the challenges facing managers that are competing in a global economy. In particular, we will devote our attention to strategic management in a globally competitive environment and the role of culture in motivation, leadership, communication, negotiation, decision making, HRM practices, and the management of a multicultural workforce abroad or at home. We will cover the process of management based on both the macro (organizational) level of environment and strategy and the micro (interpersonal) level of culture and human resources.

Some of the critical topics to be explored include:

• The international environment.

• Managing international strategic planning and implementation

• Managing people and processes across borders and cultures

• Ethical dilemmas in international management

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Internship

Spring (Internships; 300-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Internships; 400-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Madrid Field Study

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 tour of Madrid and surroundings.

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Mechanics of Materials

Spring (Chemical Engineering; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will provide an in depth study of the mechanics of deformable bodies. The concept of stress will be introduced and the relationship between stress and strain will be examined. The stresses induced by axial, torsional, pure bending and transverse loading conditions will be studied. Transformations of stress and strain will be presented and the principal stresses acting on an element will be determined. Shear and bending moment diagrams will be introduced and the relations among load, shear and bending moment will be studied. The deflection of beams will be examined using both direct integration and moment area methods. Energy methods of structural analysis will be introduced and the design of columns will be studied.

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Operations Management

Fall (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

To introduce students to the decision making concepts of operations planning, implementation, and control; to aid in the understanding of these concepts, and to provide a forum for written communication concerning operations management topics. The topics to be covered in this course include forecasting, customer service and inventory management, just-in-time production, supply chain management, and quality assessment and improvement in both services and manufacturing.

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

Fall (Physics; 100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Physics; 100-level; 3 credits)

Vectors, one and two dimensional kinematics, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum, rotational mechanics, oscillations, gravitation, fluids, elastic waves and sound.

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

Fall (Physics; 100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Physics; 100-level; 3 credits)

This class covers thermodynamics (laws, kinetic theory, states of matter), electrostatics and electrodynamics (charge, fields, force, potential, current, dielectrics, circuit elements), magnetism (fields, forces, sources, materials), and electromagnetic oscillations.

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers Laboratory I

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

Description not available at this time.

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers Laboratory II

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

Description not available at this time.

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Professional Communication

Fall (English, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (English, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

Principles and practices that develop writing and communication skills for professional writing and document design for traditional and new media (letters of inquiry and application, resumes, email practices, social media PowerPoint etc.)

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Sailing in the Mediterranean Sea

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

Students will take ten two-hour sessions where they will learn the key components of sailing with experienced teachers. In order to take full advantage of the mild weather conditions and water temperature all sailing sessions will take place during the warmer weather months of each semester, i.e. from September through October in the fall, and from February through April in the spring. This means that class will sometimes meet two times per week. Also, 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.

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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)

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 I

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

An optional three credit course addressed to students that have already completed a year of Spanish at the elementary level and want to start participating in the oral activities that the immersion setting facilitates.

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Spanish Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet

Fall (200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (200-level; 1 credit)

This course is designed to teach typical Spanish and Mediterranean 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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Spanish Culture and Civilization

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Throughout this course we will try to give a global vision of contemporary Spain considering most relevant sociocultural aspects today. This will address both historical and sociological issues that provide the right tools to understand and assimilate contextually customs and behaviors of diverse Spain today

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Statics

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

The engineering of mankind’s superstructure marvels all started with the basic statics of equilibrium (Newton’s First Law). This introductory course on statics (required of most engineering and architecture programs) includes topics of force decomposition, equilibrium of force systems, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, cables, beams, fluid statics, and work.

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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)

Description not available at this time.

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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. Texts 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)

Description not available at this time.

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Sustainable Energy

Spring (Engineering, Environmental Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course provides an investigation of a number of sustainable energy resources including geothermal, solar,wind, biomass and hydro power. Fundamental concepts of energy production and consumption will be introduced and discussed. Students will gain an understanding of the various types of renewable sources and the environmental impacts associated with each of them. The limits placed upon widespread application of each technology will be discussed and an economic analysis of several proposed renewable energy techniques will be conducted. The feasibility of total reliance on renewable energy sources will be discussed.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer I (4 weeks): Late application may be possible - Contact USAC

Summer I & II (8 weeks): Late application may be possible - Contact USAC

Summer II (4 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Filling quickly

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

40 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

Member

APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España