- Classes taught in Spanish and English
- Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
- Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- One official transcript
- Additional supplemental materials
- Entry requirement: valid passport
Dates & Fees
If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.
Students take an online placement exam prior to their arrival and are placed into a level based on the results of this exam.
PRINCIPIANTE – A1 (BEGINNING – LEVEL 100)
Students learn the grammar and vocabulary necessary to progress in the Spanish language and normal daily life. The cultural emphasis of the course helps them acclimate to Spanish society. Beginning level students may take one course in English (see COURSES IN ENGLISH section); however, CH1601 Spanish Language is a required course.
CH1601 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course allows students to study the basics of Spanish grammar and vocabulary from a functional and communicative perspective. Students develop their oral and written comprehension skills, with an emphasis on linguistic practice, in order to acquire a basic command of the language in simple and familiar contexts of communication.
CH1611 Spanish Language and Conversation (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This is an elementary course in Spanish language with a special emphasis on oral communication. The course studies the basic aspects of Spanish grammar from a functional and communicative approach, and helps students to develop an elementary level of comprehension of oral and written expression. Students are able to communicate in Spanish at a basic level in order to better appreciate and integrate into the Spanish way of life.
INTERMEDIO 1 – A2 (INTERMEDIATE 1 – LEVEL 200)
In this level, students begin an in-depth study of the structure of the language, but the use of spoken language is given priority. The acquisition of new vocabulary and of a new knowledge of Spanish life is also a major aim of the course in order for students to obtain a adequate level of survival Spanish.
CH2601 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This linguistics class stresses the basic contents of Spanish grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate in Spanish in different situations of daily life.
CH1651 Conversation and Culture (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This is a practical oral comprehension class that follows the contents and curriculum that are taught in the Spanish language class. There is also an introduction to daily life in Spain and the Spanish contemporary lifestyle.
INTERMEDIO 2 – B1 (INTERMEDIATE 2 – LEVEL 200)
In this level students begin an in-depth study of the grammatical structures and necessary vocabulary in order to use them in different contexts.
CH2611 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
The goal of this class is to increase students’ self-confidence in using the language and their control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis is put on the use of already learned grammatical structures.
CH2651 Conversation and Culture 2 (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This class is based on oral comprehension, although all four aspects of language are used. The general aspects of Spanish culture are studied, as are Spain’s cultural and geographical diversity, and other contemporary Spanish topics.
INTERMEDIO 3 – B2 (INTERMEDIATE 3 – LEVEL 300)
At this level emphasis is placed on the use of vocabulary and language structure. The main objective is to help students reach a high level of competence in oral and written expression while developing an in-depth knowledge of Spanish culture.
CH3601 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
The objective of this course is to work on the oral and written comprehension and expression at a high intermediate level. The goal of the class is to increase students’ self-confidence in using the language and their control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis is placed on the use of already learned grammatical structures. The class also reviews the Spanish syntax from a functional point of view.
CH3641 Spanish Culture 3 (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This class is based on oral comprehension through the use of discussions and commentaries of Spanish society today. The reading of different types of texts is required, and students are expected to develop a high level of oral and written competency.
AVANZADO – SUPERIOR B2.2/C1-C2 (ADVANCED – LEVEL 300/SUPERIOR – LEVEL 400)
The aim of this level is to gain oral and written fluency of the Spanish language, with special emphasis on the use of different grammatical structures, as well as the use of the vocabulary necessary to achieve the natural ability of a native speaker in different situations. Special focus is given to individual student needs and abilities.
CH4601 Spanish Language (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
Students in this course study and use different aspects of oral and written expression from a practical point of view. Analysis focuses on different aspects of the practical use of the language. Students study specific problems of grammar in order to gain oral and written proficiency.
CH4641 Spanish Culture (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
The focus of this course is the study of the major historical events of Spain as well as the most prominent artistic expressions.
ELECTIVE COURSES FOR HIGH INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED/PROFICIENCY – LEVELS 300-400
These cultural electives are offered for students at the high intermediate, advanced, and proficiency levels. Students may take one elective along with their language course (or they may choose an English elective to take with the language course). Please note that some courses are offered both terms, while others are only offered in one term.
CH3691 Spanish Theatre in the 20th Century – SUMMER 1 ONLY (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
Students in this course study the major works of Spanish theater in the 20th century, specifically focusing on the post-war drama and contemporary theater. The work of Garcia Lorca forms a major part of the course. Students are required to read some of Lorca’s completed works, and whenever possible, to attend a performance.
CH4652 Celestina and Don Juan – SUMMER 1 ONLY (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course studies the two most well-known characters in Spanish literature (La Celestina and Don Juan) by the famous writers Francisco de Rojas and Tirso de Molina, respectively. Comparisons are made with other similar characters from the panorama of Spanish literature.
CH3131 Panorama of Spanish Literature – SUMMER 1 & 2 (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course offers a general perspective on Spanish literature with an introduction to the main literary trends, authors, texts, and different genders. A social, historical and psychological analysis of Spanish society is offered through the literature.
CH3421 Spanish for Business – SUMMER 1 & 2 (3) – Conducted in Spanish
The purpose of this course is to acquire the knowledge and language needed to communicate in the business world. The context of this course is developed within a practical framework. Students extend the vocabulary in this field and improve their oral fluency and reading comprehension skills. Course subject to minimum enrollment.
CH3681 Contemporary Spanish Novel – SUMMER 2 ONLY (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course provides a general view of Spanish prose from the post-war period up to the present day. Contemporary trends and future perspectives are considered, and analysis and commentary on selected texts are provided. Mandatory reading of certain novels is expected.
CH4631 Women in Spanish Golden Age Literature – SUMMER 2 ONLY (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course analyzes Spanish literary works about women and/or written by women. Topics include prototypes and stereotypes and Spanish female authors from the Golden Age. Students read excerpts and completed works.
COURSES IN ENGLISH – ALL LEVELS
These cultural electives are offered for students at all levels. Students may take one elective along with their language course. Please note that some courses are offered both terms, while others are only offered in one term.
CH3021 European Studies: Culture, History and Integration (3) SUMMER 1 & 2 – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
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.
CH3161 Art in Spain (3) SUMMER 1 & 2 – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
This seminar covers both theory and practice of Spanish art over the past 500 years. Focus is placed on the works of Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. This course includes visits to the Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum.
CH3661 Present-Day Spain (3) SUMMER 2 – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
The contents of this course will present the students with a broad panorama of Spanish and Madrid life. Starting form an introduction of Spain, its geography and political system, we will move on to dealing with topics such as population and immigration trends, shopping culture, the fast-growing fashion business, social rights, gender issues, the influence of religion in the Spanish society and its traditional festivities, gastronomy or Spaniards preferred activities. In other words, students will get to know and experience the Spanish way of life from a hands-on approach.
CM2124 International Marketing (3) SUMMER 2 – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
This course analyses how, within current market globalization, International Marketing is not just a mere exportation technique but also a means to systematically establish penetration and consolidation of our business into foreign markets. The course analyzes market information, research systems, marketing-mix, and other strategies from an international standpoint.
DE4554 International Management (3) SUMMER 1 ONLY – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
This course addresses multiple functions of management, such as organizing, coordinating, planning, and staffing, in an international cross-cultural context. Differing national cultures affect management functions in different ways. The focus is on how international management is more complex. Intercultural communication, expatriate compensation, gender issues, and ethical conflicts are discussed.
LM107 Intercultural Communication for Professional Purposes (3) SUMMER 1 & 2 – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
This course describes different factors involved in communication across cultures by discussing cultural variables that enable people to understand each other across group boundaries. The course applies this knowledge to the languages professional setting, focusing on the role that communication has in the creation and dissemination of culture. Students will learn to recognize cultural variables to communicate effectively.