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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.
  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student and under the age of 25
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and entry visa

Add on a Volunteer Program!

  • API students completing a study abroad program (particularly in Latin America) may be interested in extending their stay on an API volunteer abroad program. Click on the link below for more information on options and pricing.
  • Volunteer Add-On Options

Dates & Fees

SUMMER 1 2018
Late May, 2018 - Late Jun, 2018
$4,650
SUMMER 2 2018
Early Jul, 2018 - Late Jul, 2018
$4,450
SUMMER 1 & 2 COMBINED 2018
Late May, 2018 - Late Jul, 2018
$7,980

Deadlines

SUMMER 1 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2018
SUMMER 2 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2018
SUMMER 1 & 2 COMBINED 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2018

Course Offerings

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

 

Note: The contact hours for the Summer 1 and 2 courses are different due to different program session lengths. The Summer 1 program is a four-week program, while the Summer 2 program is a three-week program.

SUMMER 1 COURSE OPTIONS (JUNE)

Summer 1 students choose between one of two offered tracks: Spanish Language or Spanish Language and Culture/Cine. Language levels are evaluated upon completion of an on-site placement exam administered by the Universidad de la Habana.

TRACK 1 – SPANISH LANGUAGE TRACK

Summer 1, Track 1 students complete one 90-hour Spanish language and culture course.

Beginning Spanish Language and Culture (90 hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This course is conceived as a brush up course for those who have previously taken some Spanish, but who need to review the basics in preparation for taking intermediate level classes.  Starting with communicative situations that are of immediate use to students who are living in Cuba, they will practice communicative functions including expressions for introducing oneself, asking and giving directions and information about getting around the city. Then students will practice describing and comparing people and places, expressing likes, dislikes, and opinions. The verbs tenses that are reviewed and practiced in cultural contexts are present indicative, present perfect, preterite, imperative and future tenses. Listening, reading, speaking and writing exercises give students practice with the four skills and build confidence in the learner. Additionally, this course includes 10 cultural hours with seminars covering topics such as Cuban identity, music, art, and dance. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, and visits to museums and other relevant sites such as the Museum of Fine Arts, an open air market, the Revolution museum, etc.

Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (90 hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This course begins with a quick overview of essential grammatical constructions 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, the multiple uses of the subjunctive mood, with work on reported speech, connectors, 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. Additionally, this course includes 10 cultural hours with seminars covering topics such as Cuban identity, music, art, and dance. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, and visits to museums and other relevant sites such as the Museum of Fine Arts, an open air market, the Revolution museum, etc.

Advanced Spanish Language and Culture (90 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. Additionally, this course includes 10 cultural hours with seminars covering topics such as Cuban identity, music, art, and dance. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, and visits to museums and other relevant sites such as the Museum of Fine Arts, an open air market, the Revolution museum, etc.

TRACK 2 – SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE/CINEMA TRACK

Summer 1, Track 2 students complete one 45-hour language course alongside one 45-hour culture or cinema course. The cinema course is available for students who have an intermediate/advanced level of Spanish. Language levels are evaluated upon completion of an on-site placement exam administered by the Universidad de la Habana.

Beginning Spanish Language (45 hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This course is conceived as a brush up course for those who have previously taken some Spanish, but who need to review the basics in preparation for taking intermediate level classes.  Starting with communicative situations that are of immediate use to students who are living in Cuba, they will practice communicative functions including expressions for introducing oneself, asking and giving directions and information about getting around the city. Then students will practice describing and comparing people and places, expressing likes, dislikes, and opinions. The verbs tenses that are reviewed and practiced in cultural contexts are present indicative, present perfect, preterite, imperative and future tenses. Listening, reading, speaking and writing exercises give students practice with the four skills and build confidence in the learner. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, and visits to museums and other relevant sites such as the Museum of Fine Arts, an open air market, the Revolution museum, etc.

Intermediate Spanish Language (45 hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This intermediate course begins with a quick overview of essential grammatical constructions 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, the multiple uses of the subjunctive mood, with work on reported speech, connectors, 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. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, and visits to museums and other relevant sites such as the Museum of Fine Arts, an open air market, the Revolution museum, etc.

Advanced Spanish Language (45 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. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, and visits to museums and other relevant sites such as the Museum of Fine Arts, an open air market, the Revolution museum, etc.

TRACK 2 – OPTION 1: Culture Course

Beginner Cuban Culture (45 hours) – Conducted in English

This course aims to provide an overview of the development of Cuban culture, in its richness and complexity, from its origins to the present.  Students will be asked to analyze readings and understand key concepts of historical and cultural processes in the contexts of the Caribbean (general) and Cuba (specific) within universal constructs that have shaped nations all over the world, mainly colonization and nationalism. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, and visits to museums and other relevant sites such as the Museum of Fine Arts (Cuba section), the Museum of Guanabacoa and Santuario de la Virgen de Regla, the Muraleando community project, etc. Upon completion of this course, students will have a general knowledge of the cultural, artistic, economic, political, and social influences that have been decisive in the historical development of Cuba, as well as an understanding of the diverse ethnic and cultural components that embody Cuba.  

Intermediate/Advanced Cuban Culture (45 hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This course aims to provide an overview of the development of Cuban Culture, in its richness and complexity, from its origins to the present. Students will examine cultural, artistic, economic, political and social developments that have integrated an ethnically diverse nation. Teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, and visits to museums and other relevant sites such as the Museum of Fine Arts (Cuba section), the Museum of Guanabacoa and Santuario de la Virgen de Regla, the Muraleando community project, etc.

TRACK 2 – OPTION 2: Cinema Course

Intermediate/Advanced Cuban Cinema (45 hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This course aims to provide an overview of Cuban cinema from the 1960’s to the present. It will explore Cuban culture, language, and history through films, both documentary and fictional narrative. The purpose of this course is to provide students with insight into the Cuban Revolution from its earliest days to the present. Students will learn the vocabulary necessary to critically discuss and analyze films in terms of character development, cinematography, direction, editing, rhythm, and music. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the role cinema plays in relationship to the values and assumptions of the target culture.

SUMMER 2 COURSE OPTIONS (JULY)

SPANISH LANGUAGE TRACK

Summer 2 students complete one 75 contact hour Spanish language and culture course.

Beginning Spanish Language and Culture (75 hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This course is conceived as a brush up course for those who have previously taken some Spanish, but who need to review the basics in preparation for taking intermediate level classes.  Starting with communicative situations that are of immediate use to students who are living in Cuba, they will practice communicative functions including expressions for introducing oneself, asking and giving directions and information about getting around the city. Then students will practice describing and comparing people and places, expressing likes, dislikes, and opinions. The verbs tenses that are reviewed and practiced in cultural contexts are present indicative, present perfect, preterite, imperative and future tenses. Listening, reading, speaking and writing exercises give students practice with the four skills and build confidence in the learner. In addition, there will be seminars covering such topics as Cuban identity, music, art, and dance.

Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (75 hours) – Conducted in Spanish

This intermediate course begins with a quick overview of essential grammatical constructions 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, the multiple uses of the subjunctive mood, with work on reported speech, connectors, 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.  In addition, there will be seminars covering such topics as  Cuban identity, music, art, and dance.

Advanced Spanish Language and Culture (75 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. In addition, there will be seminars covering such topics as Cuban Identity, Popular Religious Practices, The Central Role of Music in Cuban Life, Environmental Issues.