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Course Offerings

Highlights

  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • Housing: local host families, residencias and student apartments
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • University Contact Information Form
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

Dates & Fees

ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2014-2015
Aug 28, 2014 - May 23, 2015
$27,750
SPRING SEMESTER: EARLY START 2014-2015
Jan 3, 2015 - May 23, 2015
$14,980
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Jan 31, 2015 - May 23, 2015
$13,980
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2014-2015
Aug 28, 2014 - Dec 18, 2014
$13,680
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
Sep 9, 2014 - May 23, 2015
$26,680
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
Sep 9, 2014 - Dec 18, 2014
$13,380

Deadlines

ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER: EARLY START 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2014
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
July 1, 2014
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014

Course Offerings – Fall and Spring

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.

The fall program begins a with two-week, 3-credit preparatory Spanish language course; the spring program begins with a four-week, 6-credit preparatory Spanish language course. The Spanish course each term is taught at all levels, and is completed before the start of the semester. Students are required to take at least one Spanish language course. Students then choose up to 4 courses within their language level as well as from the “Open to All Levels” category, which lists courses that are taught in English.

PRINCIPIANTE – A1 (BEGINNER – LEVEL 100)

CH1801 Spanish Language and Culture INTENSIVE (3 – Fall) (6 – Spring) – Conducted in Spanish
CH1001 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This elementary language course is based on a functional approach. Students apply the necessary lexical and grammatical contents to communicate in everyday situations. Material with cultural content is used.

CH1011 Specific Grammar Problems (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This beginning level course places special emphasis on oral communication. It provides a study of the basic aspects of Spanish grammar. Students learn and apply grammar principles to refer to the present, past and future.

CH1021 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

Students in this course learn to complete everyday tasks and socially interact in an immediate context and understand orations and written texts at a basic level.

CH1041 Spain and the Spaniards (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course addresses Spanish customs and traditions in everyday Spain. Students are introduced to short newspaper articles and texts on different aspects of Spanish culture.

CH2001 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This intermediate level course helps students practice their communication skills. Topics include: linguistic functions to be able to get by in everyday life; use of essential vocabulary and grammar; and discussions on current affairs and topics.

INTERMEDIO 1 – A2 LOW INTERMEDIATE – LEVEL 200

CH2801 Spanish Language and Culture INTENSIVE (3 – Fall) (6 – Spring) – Conducted in Spanish
CH1041 Spain and the Spaniards (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course addresses Spanish customs and traditions in everyday Spain. Students are introduced to short newspaper articles and texts on different aspects of Spanish culture.

CH1051 Spanish Language and Conversation (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This intensive introductory course helps students to develop oral and written comprehension skills. Students express their primary needs and learn to communicate in Spanish.

CH2001 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This intermediate level course helps students practice their communication skills. Topics include: linguistic functions to be able to get by in everyday life; use of essential vocabulary and grammar; and discussions on current affairs and topics.

CH2021 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course consolidates grammar lessons and works toward broadening students’ vocabulary. The course involves oral and written grammar and vocabulary exercises.

CH2051 Conversation and Composition (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

Topics covered include: use of everyday language; techniques and strategies to maintain a conversation; acquisition of the necessary fluency to exchange opinions; and discussions on simple newspaper articles and current affairs.

INTERMEDIO 2 – B1 INTERMEDIATE – LEVEL 200

CH2821 Spanish Language and Culture INTENSIVE (3 – Fall) (6 – Spring) – Conducted in Spanish
CH2011 Specific Grammar Problems (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course provides a study of the main problems of Spanish grammar with special emphasis on the uses of the past and subjunctive tenses. Students work to improve their written and oral grammatical skills.

CH2021 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course consolidates grammar lessons and works toward broadening students’ vocabulary. The course involves oral and written grammar and vocabulary exercises.

CH2031 Conversation and Reading (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course’s objective is to obtain good fluency in informal conversations and debates. Students also build their vocabulary and learn different registers of communication.

CH2041 Discovering Spain (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course provides an introduction to Spain, including its geographical, political, socio-economical and cultural aspects through its regions and Autonomías. It looks at Spanish language and traditions, comparing Spain to other European countries.

CH2051 Conversation and Composition (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

Topics covered include: use of everyday language; techniques and strategies to maintain a conversation; acquisition of the necessary fluency to exchange opinions; and discussions on simple newspaper articles and current affairs.

CH3181 Art in the Prado Museum (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course, based in both theory and practice, aims to bring students closer to Spanish culture through art referencing the most significant figures of Spanish art: El Greco, Velázquez and Goya. The study of these great painters is made by analyzing the historical aspects of the works as well as their artistic characteristics of composition and style. The minimum Spanish level required to attend this course is an A2 level. The course includes five Friday visits to the Prado Museum.

INTERMEDIO 3 – B2.1 HIGH INTERMEDIATE – LEVEL 300

CH3801 Spanish Language and Culture INTENSIVE (3 – Fall) (6 – Spring) – Conducted in Spanish
CH3001 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

The objective of this course is to work on oral and written comprehension at a high intermediate level. Students practice grammar structures and review syntax. This course includes readings, comments and debates on contents from literary texts or newspaper articles to enrich the vocabulary and the use of colloquial Spanish.

CH3011 Specific Grammar Problems (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This applied grammar course focuses on achieving greater confidence in the use of the language and the mastering of complex grammatical aspects. Special reference is given to the practical application of learned grammar structures.

CH3041 Diverse Spain (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course studies the different comunidades autónomas, their nature, economic resources, culture and history, as well as the society and the way of life, main traditions and folklore.

CH3051 Conversation and Composition (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course focuses on improving oral fluency in informal and formal conversations in everyday situations. Writing skills are developed through oral presentations and debates based on compositions and editing texts.

CH3061 Contemporary Spanish Society (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course provides a study of Spanish society: education, work, family, youth, health, leisure, everyday life, preoccupations and values. It uses statistics and authentic materials (newspapers, magazines, etc.) to understand social aspects of modern Spain.

CH 3131 Panorama of Spanish Literature (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

A general review of Spanish literature. Introduction to the major movements, authors and genres of literature in Spain and a social, historical and Psychological analysis of the Spanish society through literature.

AVANZADO – B2.2 ADVANCED – LEVEL 300 • SUPERIOR – C1/C2 PROFICIENCY – LEVEL 400

CH4801 Spanish Language & Culture INTENSIVE (3 – Fall) (6 – Spring) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]
CH4001 Advanced Language (B2.2 ONLY) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course covers oral and written expressions and comprehension at the advanced level. It provides an analysis of the most problematic grammar structures. Special attention is paid to the use of connectors within the language.

CH4011 Advanced Spanish Language (C2 ONLY) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

This course reviews Spanish syntax and specific problems in advanced grammar. The use of prepositions, pronouns and passive voice, as well as idioms and expressions, are also covered.

CH4101 Advanced Spanish Language II (C1 ONLY) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

This course covers the morpho-syntax of the Spanish language. It provides an analysis of specific problems with grammatical structures at advanced levels. Special attention is paid to expressions and idioms.

CH3121 The Spanish Language in the Mass Media (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course studies Spanish in the mass media: press, radio, television, marketing, cinema and the Internet from an oral and written approximation. Students develop of techniques for elaborating news, scripts and advertisements, as well as publication and editing.

CH3031 Spanish for Written Purposes (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course covers general aspects of written Spanish. It analyzes the different registers, e.g., literary language and language in the media. Students broaden and consolidate their mastery of language structures and vocabulary by studying written texts and developing their own literary creativity.

CH3071 Art and Civilization (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course studies the different civilizations that existed in the Iberian Peninsula throughout its history and their contribution to current Spanish culture. Students discover the main historical events that have formed Spanish history and society, and learn about some of the most relevant Spanish works of art.

CH3081 Contemporary Spanish Novel (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course provides a general review of Spanish prose from the post-war period to the present. Principal developments in Spanish literature with analysis and discussion of selected texts and some complete works are also a component of the course.

CH3091 Spanish Theatre in the 20th Century (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course provides a study of the major works of Spanish theater in the 20th century focusing on post-war drama and contemporary theater. The work of García Lorca forms a major part of this course. The course includes reading complete works and visits to the theater, when possible.

CH3171 Spanish Cinema and Society (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course provides a panorama of the socio-political evolution of Spanish society in the twentieth-century through cinema. Each film represents a decade and is intended to establish a debate around the events of that time. The course includes analysis and commentary of films and of the moment they represent, and reviews the latest tendencies in Spanish cinema as well as perspectives for the future.

CH4181 Art at the Prado Museum (B2.2-C1 ONLY) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course studies the great Spanish painters and their works in the Prado Museum focusing on El Greco, Velázquez, Murillo and Goya. Composition and style in their paintings and study of the historical period of the painters is emphasized. The course includes guided visits to the Prado Museum.

CH3201 Literature and Contemporary European Cinema (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course presents a panoramic vision of the main literary movements in Europe during the second half of the 19th century and the 20th century through an analysis of some outstanding works and their adaptation to film.

CH3421 Spanish for Business (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

The purpose of this course is to acquire the knowledge and language needed to communicate in the business world. The contents of the course are developed within a practical framework. Students build their vocabulary in this field as well as improve their oral fluency and reading comprehension skills.

CH4041 Spanish Current Topics (3) – Conducted in Spanish

This course covers different topics in contemporary Spain, taking into consideration political, economic, cultural and social aspects. Written and audio-visual materials are used.

CH4051 Conversation and Composition (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course focuses on improving oral fluency and vocabulary in order to participate in conversations and debates using different registers. Oral practice is developed by using audiovisual material related to sociocultural aspects of Spain.

CH4071 Contemporary Spain (3) – Conducted in Spanish

This course studies the principle historic events of the 20th century: the crisis of the monarchy; the Second Republic; the Civil War; the post-war and Franco period; the consolidation of democracy; as well as the political and socio-economical aspects that have influenced Spanish life.

CH4121 Medieval Literature (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course provides an analysis of the most representative works (throughout reading of some fragments or complete works) and social and cultural aspects of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages.

CH4191 Studies of the Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [PDF]

This course focuses on formal elements of the Spanish language, from a syntactic, morphological, semantic, phonetic and pragmatic point of view. The course ranges from the evolution of the Spanish language, Spanish in the world and applied linguistics, to the teaching of Spanish as a second language.

OPEN TO ALL LEVELS COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

DE1124 International Business (3) – Conducted in English [PDF]

The major purpose of this course is to introduce students to the international perspective of business. The course will examine the international aspects of business and place them in foreign and international contexts. The topics covered include the competitive environment of the international marketplace; international organizations; cultural, political-economic and labour factors affecting international business; and management techniques to deal with foreign factors in the international environment.

DE4554 International Management (3) – Conducted in English [PDF]

This course deals with multiple functions of management, such as organizing, coordinating, planning, and staffing in an international cross-cultural context. It will focus on the complexity of international management, and students will learn how diverse national cultures affect management functions in different ways. Intercultural communication, expatriate compensation, gender issues, and ethical conflicts will also be discussed.

PB1157 International Communications (3) – Conducted in English [PDF]

This course studies communication as it relates to culture, and as it occurs interculturally and internationally. In those contexts, questions and issues are pursued that reveal processes, effects, methods, and critical norms for evaluating interpersonal, group, and mass communication.

CM2124 International Marketing (3) – Conducted in English

This course analyses how, within current market globalization, international marketing is not just a mere exportation technique but a means to systematically establish penetration and consolidation of our business into foreign markets. Analysis from an international standpoint of marketing-mix as well as market information and research systems and marketing strategies.

LAC111 Intercultural Communications for Professional Purposes (3) SPRING ONLY – Conducted in English

This course describes the variety of factors that enable people to understand each other across group boundaries and explains how to apply this knowledge to the languages professional setting, particularly the educational and business one. The aim of this course is to make the student aware of the variety of factors involved in communication across cultures by discussing different cultural variables. Furthermore, it focuses on the role communication has in the creation and dissemination of culture, as well as the need of recognising different cultural variables so as to communicate effectively. Finally, difficulties encountered in interpersonal exchanges abroad will be analysed and discussed, trying to learn some useful strategies that can be applied in professional settings.

HISTORY AND POLITICS

HU1172 The European Union: Culture, History and Institutions (3) – Conducted in English

The course will provide students with a working knowledge of the structure and major institutions of the European Union as well as with an understanding of the cultural and historical tren

CH3021 European Studies: Culture, History, and Integration (3) – Conducted in English [PDF]

This course covers relevant political, economic, and social aspects of European history and culture by examining the interaction among nation-states and their impact on other parts of the world. The format helps students acquire basic intellectual skills through emphasis on critical thinking and discussing, considering not only the who/what/when of events, but more importantly, questions of why and how events occurred. Topics include European expansion, Political Revolutions, Industrialization, Nationalism, Colonialism, European Wars and the European Union.

CH3141 International Relations (3) – Conducted in English [PDF]

This course seeks to analyze from different perspectives (political, economical, sociological, etc.) the foreign policy of states within the international system, including the roles of international and national organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multinational corporations and public opinion.

CH2171 Spanish Civilization and Culture (3) – Conducted in English [PDF]

This main objective of this course is to offer an interdisciplinary exploration of the Iberian Peninsula’s civilizations and cultures as reflected in its history, literature, people, politics, and arts. Topics have been established from a comprehensive perspective with the general objective that the students obtain a collective view of Spanish in its diverse manifestations.

GEC101 Contemporary World (3) – FALL ONLY – Conducted in English [PDF]

The reading material is focused on the history of the 20th century, together with an analysis of the contemporary world from a multicultural perspective. The course helps the student to analyze and understand historical processes from different perspectives (cultural, political, economic, sociological). It examines the principal developments and events from the beginnings of the twentieth century until the present time. Students study the political changes and cultural tendencies following the great conflicts of the century along with the processes of decolonization and social development. Students study the factors which have shaped the contemporary world: clashing ideologies, new social and economic norms, technological developments and cultural changes.

ART AND ART HISTORY

CH3101 European Cinema: A Reflection on European Identity (3) – Conducted in English

Cinema constitutes a significant force in the construction and expression of cultural identity: it powerfully portrays its nation and provides profound insights into the heart of its people. This course on European Cinema, with a broad geographic sweep, offers students an understanding of European culture, society, politics and history through the medium of cinematographic expressions. The aim of this course on European Cinema is to understand European identity through its cinema and make the students aware that despite its economic unity, Europe is characterized by its cultural, social, political and historical heterogeneity.

CH3191 Fundamental Aspects of Spanish Art (3) – Conducted in English [PDF]

This course provides an introduction to art in Spain over the past 500 years, focusing on certain key topics and periods that help to map out the particular nature of Spanish artistic culture. Special emphasis is placed on the works of artists as Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. This course includes visits to the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen-Borzemisa Museum.

CH3261 Modern Art and Architecture in Spanish Cities (3) – Conducted in English

This course is an introduction to modern architecture through the study of great buildings and city development in Spain, mainly Madrid and Barcelona. Based on a framework of knowledge about the development of modern world architecture, focussing on outstanding architects and works from the last few decades of the 19th century to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed on the works of Gaudí, Saenz de Oiza, Moneo and Calatrava, and other projects built by famous European and American architects.

GENDER STUDIES

CH2161 Women’s Roles in Present-Day Spain (3) – Conducted in English

This course analyzes the roles that Spanish women have played for the last 30 years. From a very “officially” conservative society to their present social situation, Spanish women’s roles have changed tremendously. From the “house mother” of 3-4 children some 35 years ago, to a new modern professional woman with 1.2 children today, Spanish women are very active and influential in every single area of Spanish society. This course deals with these new roles in the areas of politics, literature, economics, education, family…and the impact that this has had in the entire Spanish society.