Course Offerings | API Study Abroad
Course Offerings

Highlights

  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Teach internships and volunteer opportunities (no credit)
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to juniors and seniors
  • Open to advanced and superior level Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Additional application materials
  • Entry Requirements: valid passport with student visa(for programs over 90 days)

Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Sep 21, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017
$10,400
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2017-2018
Aug 31, 2017 - May 5, 2018
$21,980
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Sep 21, 2017 - May 4, 2018
$20,600
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 4, 2018 - May 4, 2018
$11,400
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2018
Late Aug, 2018 - Mid-Dec, 2018
$12,280
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2017-2018
Aug 31, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017
$12,280
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Late Sep, 2018 - Mid-Dec, 2018
$10,400
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2018-2019
Late Aug, 2018 - Early May, 2018
$22,280
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Late Sep, 2018 - Early May, 2019
$20,600

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018

Course Offerings

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

 

TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

All students with 3-4 semesters or more of college-level spanish (equivalent to the intermediate or B1 level) are able to participate in a teaching internship program. Students spend 5 hours per week for 8 weeks observing local primary school classes, and assist the teacher with classroom tasks as needed.

There is an additional fee of 50 Euros to participate in this option. Students will receive an official certificate from the University of Salamanca detailing the hours and nature of their participation upon completion of the program.

VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS

All students with 2 semesters of college-level Spanish (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in a volunteer teaching program. Students assist professors one hour per week, teaching English to Spaniards (ages 18 and up). Students will be able to apply for these opportunities on site, and placements are limited. This is a unique experience for API students in Salamanca to get to know Spaniards and Spanish life.

SPRING

REQUIRED COURSES

Lengua española (Spanish Grammar)  (3)  – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course is designed to increase and improve students’ linguistic skills in the Spanish language. In order to do so, the grammatical and lexical aspects are studied from a communicative and functional approach. Many different tasks are used in order to put the students in real communicative situations so that they are able to understand and assimilate how to use the concepts already learned in the new language.

Literatura hispanoamericana (Latin American Literature) (3)  – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to introduce the work of some of the most important writers of contemporary Latin American literature and their connection within the sociocultural context of their time. The course includes a review of the most important literary trends of the time studied through a selection of texts corresponding to the different genres: poetry, theater and novel. The analysis of the different varieties of Spanish are carried out by using selected texts of specific writers.

Historia de España (Spanish History) (3)  – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

The period of the history of Spain studied in the spring starts at the beginning of the 17th century, when Felipe III was king, followed by Felipe IV and Carlos II (they are known as Austrias Menores). The key reasons for the decline of the Empire are analyzed. The course reviews the Bourbon dynasty, after the War of the Spanish Succession up until the end of the 19th century, and the important year of 1898, when Spain lost its last colonies. The last period studied in this subject covers the analysis of the most important events of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century (crisis in the monarchy, II Republic, Civil War, Franco’s regime, Transition and democratic normalization) and the settlement of the socioeconomic and cultural context of current day Spain.

ELECTIVE COURSES

STUDENTS SELECT 2 OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

Arte Español (Spanish Art History) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

Spanish Renaissance art is the departure point for this semester. The main examples of this artistic period and others (Baroque, Neoclassicism) are analyzed. The most important figures of Spanish contemporary art, and especially of the development of the artistic Avant-Garde, are Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Students analyze the time in which they lived as well as their most important works and how that reflects the Spanish Art of the 20th century. Students also study the works of other important figures of contemporary art in all mediums: painting, sculpture, architecture.

Cine, prensa y televisión (Spanish Cinema, Newspapers, and Television) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

In this subject students analyze the importance that media (press and television) have had in the dissemination of Spanish reality, as well as the influence they have had on the political and cultural opinion. A review of the different media outlets in Spain, their trends and importance are carried out. In addition, students study the cinema as an artistic and cultural expression of a society. This helps students to understand the evolution of this genre in Spain. The most interesting films and the work of the most important movie makers of contemporary Spanish cinema are studied.

Economía de España (Spanish Economy) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course is designed for the student to acquire the basic tools needed to understand, interpret and discuss economic issues in Spain. Each of the topics studied in this course (e.g., general situation of Spanish citizens according to the different groups of population, Spanish public and private institutions’ management) explains the meaning of the most important economic concepts, as well as the basic relations existing behind the analyzed concepts. Students should understand the existing relations between the economic elements and the main economic magnitudes. A particular emphasis is placed on the close link of the country’s economy with the social and political context.

Geografía humana (Human Geography of Spain) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

Students study how the population is distributed today and how was it distributed in the past, according to the existing population and to the specific forms it adopts. Changes in the demographic behavior of the Spanish population and their definition in variants such as birthrate, mortality rate and natural growth are analyzed. The evolution of the domestic population movements (migration from the rural areas to the city, from the less developed regions and provinces to the most developed ones, etc) and international population movements (migration in the past, migration in the last years, etc.) can be monitored by analyzing the higher or lower level of growth and economic development. The recent strong urbanization of the country are also studied in contrast with the deeply rooted rural habitat of the country that lasted until the mid-20th century.

FALL

REQUIRED COURSE

Lengua española (Spanish Grammar) (3)  – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course is designed to increase and improve students’ linguistic skills in the Spanish language. In order to so, the grammatical and lexical aspects are studied from a communicative and functional approach. Many different tasks are used in order to put the students in real communicative situations so that they are able to understand and assimilate how to use the concepts already learned in the new language.

ELECTIVE COURSES

STUDENTS SELECT 3 OR 4 OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

Arte español (Spanish Art History) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course takes a tour around the Spanish History of Art, from its beginning until the Renaissance. Cave art, from prehistoric times and illustrated in Altamira Caves (Cantabria), is considered the departure point of this tour. Students analyze in chronological order the different cultures and their corresponding trends, and their most important examples: Pre-Roman Art, Roman Art, Muslim Art, Mozarabic Art, Romanesque Art and Gothic Art.

Geografía descriptiva de España (Descriptive Geography of Spain) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course begins with a brief introduction to Spain within the international framework, especially within the context of the European Union. The second section deals with natural and environmental aspects of Spain as well as its bioclimatic factors and natural resources. The third section is a survey of the population and its variables, as well as the forms in which this population is distributed (urban vs. rural). Students also study the economic activities in Spain, their dynamics, and their capacity to transform the territory. Lastly, students study the political and administrative organization in the regions, provinces and councils as this allows us to learn how is the territory managed and administered and to consider the highest and lowest quality conditions of the different regions of the country.

Historia de España (Spanish History) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This class begins in the Middle Ages where students analyze the most important events (the Moorish conquest, the Reconquest, the settlement of the first Christian Kingdoms, etc) as well as the economic and social context (feudalism, coexistence of cultures, etc). Then, students focus on the 15th century and on the time of the Catholic Monarchs, putting a special emphasis on the beginning of the Modern Times and especially on certain events, such as the conquest of Granada or the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World. The time of the Austrias Mayores (Carlos I and Felipe II) was the beginning of the Hapsburg dynasty and it is a time in which the Spanish Empire was enlarged. It is also the beginning of the Golden Age, a cultural label gathering important people of the Spanish art and literature.

Literatura española (Spanish Literature) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course offers, above all, a general overview of the Spanish literature of the 20th century, focusing on the introduction of the different literary trends in chronological order and on the development of the different literary genres, studying the most important writers and works. Special emphasis is given to the figures of the speech and of the literature which are characteristic of the Spanish language for each of the most important genres covered in the course: poetry, narrative, theater. At the same time, the course takes into account the social, cultural and ideological aspects that may arise from the different topics.