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Course Offerings

Highlights

  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution available (Marist College)
  • Round-trip airfare (Miami-Havana) included

Requirements

  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student and under the age of 25
  • Open to intermediate and advanced level Spanish speakers (with a minimum of 3 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent)
  • Completed API application
  • One-page statement of purpose (in Spanish)
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

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Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Aug 30, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017
$14,980
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 3, 2018 - May 12, 2017
$14,980
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Late Aug, 2018 - Late Dec, 2018
$14,980

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jun 1, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 25, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Dec 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 15, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jun 1, 2018

Course Offerings

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

 

REQUIRED SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSE

Students will take a required Spanish Language course throughout the term. This course uses the Cuban experience as a backdrop for discussion and writing assignments. This 4-credit course meets twice a week. It is offered at both the intermediate and advanced levels. Upon arrival in Havana, students will take a language placement test that will place them into the level that will best enable them to progress rapidly in oral and written expression.

Intermediate Spanish Language (64 contact hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This intermediate course begins with a quick overview of essential grammatical construction learned in first year courses. Structures are reviewed through written exercises and communicative activities that require students to use basic grammatical constructions to accurately describe people, places and activities in the present tense and express likes, dislikes and opinions. There will also be a review of preterite and imperfect verb forms, future tense and commands. The course then proceeds with a strong emphasis on past tense narration and the multiple uses of the subjunctive mood, with work on reported speech, connectors, prepositional phrases and comparisons, hypothesis and conjecture. All of the above is presented in cultural contexts and includes vocabulary expansion exercises and ample communicative activities.

The principle objective of this intermediate course is to help students become comfortable and accurate in expressing the following communicative functions: describing, comparing, expressing likes and dislikes, narrating in the past, reacting and recommending, hypothesizing and narrating in the future. Writing activities integrate and recycle the above communicative functions in short essays and opinion pieces with the Cuban experience as the backdrop for creative expression. Sociocultural knowledge will include discussions of the following themes: daily life in Cuba; Cuban Spanish; the formation of Cuba (history, politics, and traditions); tourist destinations in Cuba; health in Cuba and the world; Cuban music (nueva trova and son); and Cuban youth.

Advanced Spanish Language (64 contact hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This course offers an in-depth review and the study of the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar for English speakers. After an overview of the subjunctive and past tense narration rules, the course proceeds with intense work in consolidating the multiple uses of the subjunctive in nominal, adjectival and adverbial clauses and practice in perfecting skills in past tense narration. Other grammatical points include sequence of tenses, passive voice, conditional, prepositions and future perfect. All of the above is presented in cultural contexts and includes vocabulary expansion exercises and ample communicative activities. Writing activities integrate and recycle the above communicative functions in short essays and opinion pieces with the Cuban experience as the backdrop for creative expression. Sociocultural knowledge will include discussions of the following themes: Cuban history; developments in Science and Technology; the Environment and the energy revolution in Cuba; social interaction and relationships in Cuba; linguistic particularities and idiomatic expressions; and ethical values in Cuban culture.

Elective Courses

Students will choose their remaining courses from the following options:

Cine Cubano (Cuban Cinema)
Subject area: Cuban culture; Taught in Spanish
60 contact hours; 4 US credits recommended
Language level required: B1 (Intermediate)

The objective of this course is to characterize the Cuban Cinema of the ICAIC in its different phases within the context of Cuban History, with a special focus on its most representative films and directors. Students will develop oral expression skills through conversational practice, as the dialogues, exchanges and activities are designed within a framework of communicative situations. Thematic units include the following topics: the most representative directors and films of the ICAIC, the appearance of the “Noticiero ICAIC”, the “four classics”, the development of Cuban cartoons, and the cinema of the “Special Period”. Students will watch fragments of the most important films that exemplify their content, with 45 minutes of each class meeting devoted to screening. Visits to sites of cinematic interest will be held to complement the course material, including the Cinemateca of Cuba and some theatres from the “Proyecto 23” of the ICAIC. Cuban Cinema has been an isolated expression of “national” cinematography throughout much of its history, with the work of countries with larger production given greater prominence. The constant tendency beginning in the 1960s (with few exceptions) was for much of Latin American Cinema to ignore its neighbors. Only when film began to be considered as a cultural and aesthetic manifestation by directors, artists, and critics, and to be recognized by a more “cultivated” public, did the idea of cinema in Cuba become real. Cuban Cinema must always be considered to be an expression of national identity and as an educational media, especially in the political, social, and historical realms.

Cultura Cubana (Cuban Culture)
Subject area: Cuban culture; Taught in Spanish
60 contact hours; 4 US credits recommended
Language level required: B1 (Intermediate)

This Cuban Culture course offers a panorama of the process of gestation and development of Cuban Culture, of its richness and complexity, from its origins to the present day. The course will share foundational knowledge about the cultural, artistic, economic, political, and social facts that have determined the historical destiny of Cuba, as well as a vision of the diverse ethnic and cultural components that make up the “mestizaje” of the Cuban nation, heir of multiple traditions. This course is designed for Spanish learners who wish to expand their understanding of the expression and way of life of the Cuban people, while at the same time improving their linguistic skills.

Estudios Lingüísticos – Fonética y fonologia del español (Linguistics – Spanish Phonetics and Phonology)
Subject area: Spanish language; Taught in Spanish
64 contact hours; 4 US credits recommended
Language level required: B1 (Intermediate)

This course aspires to contribute to students’ explicit understanding of the systems of Spanish language, emphasizing the first of its levels. The course will provide the student with the conceptual tools to understand the factors that intervene in the production of articulated sounds, as well as to carry out both segmental and suprasegmental descriptions. During the course, students will also do phonetic and phonological transcriptions, which have proven to be an efficient means of learning, teaching, and research. The teaching process is designed to contribute to the development of communicative competency on the part of students, especially their oral expression. As a result, students must be capable of expressively reading different types of texts. The class will present existing variations in Spanish- speaking countries, emphasizing the Cuban variety of Spanish. Students will read and critically interpret different linguistic materials. In this course, the communicative approach will be used, keeping in mind the characteristics of the topic of study and the students themselves.

Estudios Lingüísticos II – Lexicología del español (Linguistics – Spanish Lexicology)
Subject area: Spanish language; Taught in Spanish
64 contact hours; 4 US credits recommended
Language level required: B1 (Intermediate)

This course aspires to contribute to a more profound understanding of the Spanish language, with students focusing on the lexical level and the units that form it, with special attention to diaphasic and diastratic levels of the Spanish lexicon. Students will develop their communicative competence, not only through a study of the course content, but also through the system of practical classes and seminars, which will demand active participation in all teaching activities.

Estudios Lingüísticos III – Estilística Lingüística (Linguistics – Linguistic Style)
Subject area: Spanish language; Taught in Spanish
64 contact hours; 4 US credits recommended
Language level required: B1 (Intermediate)

This course aspires to contribute to a more profound understanding of the Spanish language. It emphasizes the study of different styles of discourse and contemporary linguistic conceptions of language styles, centering attention on the language in use, its theoretical foundations, and its practical applications in a variety of different texts. Students will develop their communicative competence through an analysis of linguistic examples of communicative situations with differing contexts, with the aim of improving their own skills and developing creativity and cognoscitive independence alongside accuracy and intentionality. It is necessary to clarify that the discursive/functional analysis (or communicative/functional description of a text) rests on the characterization of linguistic approaches used to create meaning in different contexts, requiring a consideration of the relationship between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in discourse analysis.

Literatura Cubana (Cuban Literature)
Subject area: Cuban literature; Taught in Spanish
60 contact hours; 4 US credits recommended
Language level required: B1 (Intermediate)

This course offers a panorama of Cuban Literature from its origins to the 20th century. Students will analyze a collection of works, authors, and tendencies representative of the island’s literary character, also discussing the role these have played in the development of Cuba’s national identity. Through this approach, students will perfect their understanding of the Spanish language and learn more about the expression and way of life of the Cuban people through the study of relevant authors and works that reflect the development of the historical-social reality of Cuba.

Panorama de la Historia de Cuba (Panorama of Cuban History)
Subject area: Cuban history; Taught in Spanish
60 contact hours; 4 US credits recommended
Language level required: B1 (Intermediate)

In this course, students will learn about the most relevant historical facts, institutions, and personalities in Cuban history. The course will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about and relate characteristics of cultural and communicative practices that evolved in Cuba in parallel with political, economic, and social actions.
  • Apply the interdisciplinary approach gained through complementary coursework in the analysis of society and history.
  • Improve communicative competence through the incorporation and development of skills such as: synthesis, explanation, valorization, debate, argument, and exemplification.
  • Develop research skills, properly using the content taught in class, shared outlines and articles, and learning to find bibliographic material corresponding to the course.
  • Identify historical facts, institutions, and personalities related to Cuban history in audiovisual materials, conceptual maps, and other teaching media.
  • Discuss and defend personal opinions and judgments arrived at through the study of the material.