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Course Offerings

Highlights

  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • International excursion (summer 2 and 3 sessions)

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • 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 Requirements: Valid passport with Student visa (for programs over 90 days)

Dates & Fees

SUMMER 1 2018
May 31, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
$4,680
SUMMER 1 & 2 COMBINED 2018
May 31, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
$7,980
SUMMER 1 & 3 COMBINED 2018
May 31, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018
$9,280
SUMMER 2 2018
Jun 23, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
$4,680
SUMMER 3 2018
Jun 23, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018
$5,880

Deadlines

SUMMER 1 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
SUMMER 1 & 3 COMBINED 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 3 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2018
If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.

 

Summer 1 Courses Offerings

BEGINNING LEVEL

REQUIRED COURSES

Beginning level students are required to take Spanish Grammar and Spanish Vocabulary.

Spanish Grammar – Conducted in Spanish (45 hours) [Beginner]

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Particular attention is given to the difficult parts of speech that foreign students encounter.

Spanish Vocabulary – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Beginner]

Students learn vocabulary words grouped by semantic meanings. Practice of vocabulary in this arrangement allows students to learn not only the words, but also to be able to recognize and understand them in context.

ELECTIVE COURSE OFFERINGS

Students may choose to take either or both of the following classes.

Activities for Communication – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Beginner]

This course provides students with practical situations in order to use their knowledge of the Spanish language. The focus is on sentence structure and the correct usage of grammar.

Language Lab – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Beginner]

In this course, students practice basic useful Spanish sentences, as well as the sounds or sequences of sounds which are especially difficult for foreign speakers. The goal is to improve pronunciation.

INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED AND SUPERIOR LEVEL

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students are required to take Spanish Grammar.

Spanish Grammar – Level 200 – Conducted in Spanish (45 hours) [Intermediate]

This course gives a general view of the most important grammar points in Spanish, reviewing the basic verb tenses and adding the subjunctive and conditional forms. Vocabulary expansion is stressed as an important aid to fluency.

Spanish Grammar – Level 300 and 400 – Conducted in Spanish (45 hours) [Advanced] [Superior]

These courses offer a systematic review of all verb tenses and moods and help students to further develop and improve their writing skills. Vocabulary acquisition is a key component in both advanced and superior levels. Courses are taught at the appropriate level (advanced or superior) and are similar in structure.

ELECTIVE COURSE OFFERINGS

Students choose 2-3 additional classes from the following list. Students at each level have the same course topic selection; each course, however, are taught at the different language levels.

Conversation and Composition – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

Students learn how to make clear and detailed descriptions, narrations and oral presentations. Students be taught how to understand and summarize oral texts (radio, television, films) as well as how to read and understand written texts (press, advertisements, magazines, books), and also give oral presentations in class. Students receive guidelines on how to develop their ability to write clear texts, using a coherent organization, proper distribution of ideas, and distribution of the ideas and an appropriate use of the connectives and the vocabulary.

History of Spain – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This class focuses on the history of Spain in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include the Spanish Civil War, Franco, the transition to democracy and the present political situation. It is helpful to have a general idea of concepts such as fascism, republics, monarchies, and modern world events.

Spanish Art History – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is dedicated to the history of art in Spain. It includes the study of architectural styles (Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque), painting by important Spanish artists, and the study of major artworks and monuments in Spain. It is helpful to have some background in art history terminology.

Spanish and Latin American Literature – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with some of the most representative Spanish and Latin American authors of the twentieth century, as well as their links to the sociocultural context of each time period. Students review relevant literary trends through a selection of texts of different genres: poetry and theater from the first decades of the century and the novel from the 1940s to the present day.

Spanish for Business – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course focuses on the business world in Spain. The class also includes helpful vocabulary related to business, “how to” information, and common business practices and formalities that are useful to know, such as how to write a formal business letter in Spanish. It is helpful to have some knowledge of the business world, economics, or general concepts related to these topics.

Spanish Culture – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course presents a wide variety of information about Spain and its people. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of Spanish geography, history, politics, art history, and popular culture (bullfighting, flamenco, and music). This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

Spanish Communication – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This class is designed to work on the ability of students to express themselves in Spanish. This is a very good option for advanced level students who want to work on their speaking skills.

Spanish and Latin American Cinema – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

In this subject students explore the narrative mechanisms that make film a special artistic medium. The class views a variety of Spanish and Latin-American films from a cinematographic point of view. Students learn how different aspects of the Hispanic culture are shown and analyze the aesthetic and social issues. Students conduct reviews, critical analyses and comparative studies which allow them to develop their communicative skills and their ability to draw conclusions.

Spanish Writing – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This is a seminar on written Spanish expression. It is designed to improve writing skills. Exercises include writing papers, essays, and other genre of the written word in Spanish. This course is helpful for students who already have a strong verbal ability in Spanish and want to increase their written ability.

The Arab World in Hispanic Culture – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This class analyzes the Moorish influence in Hispanic societies and cultures and studies the role Arab language, literature and arts, together with other cultures, have had in the development of the Hispanic identity. The contents of this course are divided into four sections: the Moors and the Hispanic world through History; the Arabic language as a key element for the development of the Spanish language; medicine, philosophy and sciences; and Moorish architecture in Spain.

Women in the History of Spain – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This class explores the role women have played throughout Spanish history. Students study the history of Spain from the beginning of the 20th Century, taking a look at the Second Republic (when women obtained the right to vote), the Civil War, Franco’s regime, the Transition, and finally, the current situation. The history of women in Spain is analyzed through the study of the most important figures of literature (Emilia Pardo Bazán, Carmen Martín Gaite), politics (Clara Campoamor, Dolores Ibarruri), philosophy (María Zambrano, Calia Amorós) and the arts (María Blanchard, María Casares).

Summer 2 Course Offerings

BEGINNING LEVEL

REQUIRED COURSES

Beginning level students are required to take Spanish Grammar and Spanish Vocabulary.

Spanish Grammar – Conducted in Spanish (45 hours) [Beginner]

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Particular attention is given to the difficult parts of speech that foreign students encounter.

Spanish Vocabulary – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Beginner]

Students learn vocabulary words grouped by semantic meanings. Practice of vocabulary in this arrangement allows students to learn not only the words, but also to be able to recognize and understand them in context.

ELECTIVE COURSE OFFERINGS

Students may choose to take either or both of the following classes.

Language Lab – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Beginner]

In this course, students practice basic useful Spanish sentences, as well as the sounds or sequences of sounds which are especially difficult for foreign speakers. The goal of the lab is to improve students’ pronunciation.

Activities for Communication – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Beginner]

This course provides students with practical situations in order to use their knowledge of the Spanish language. Focus is on sentence structure and correct usage of grammar.

INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED AND SUPERIOR LEVEL

REQUIRED COURSES

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students are required to take Spanish Grammar.

Spanish Grammar (200 level) – Conducted in Spanish (45 hours) [Intermediate]

This course gives a general view of the most important grammar points in Spanish, reviewing the basic verb tenses and adding the subjunctive and conditional forms. Vocabulary expansion is stressed as an important aid to fluency.

Spanish Grammar (300/400 level) – Conducted in Spanish (45 hours [Advanced] [Superior]

These courses offer a systematic review of all verb tenses and moods and help students to further develop and improve their writing skills. Vocabulary acquisition is a key component. Courses are taught at the appropriate level (advanced or superior), and are similar in structure.

ELECTIVE COURSE OFFERINGS

Students choose 2-3 additional classes from the list below. Students at each level have the same course topic selection; each course, however, are taught at the three different language levels. All courses are taught in Spanish at the appropriate level.

Analysis of Literary Texts – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is a combination of literature and writing. Coursework includes reading and studying texts, commenting on them, and producing a written review.

Contemporary Spanish Literature – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is a literature class focused on the turn of the century and 20th century authors. Possible authors include: Miguel de Unamuno, Lorca, the Generations of ‘98 and ‘27, and many others. This course requires good reading and writing skills.

Conversation and Composition – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

Students learn how to make clear and detailed descriptions, narrations and oral presentations. Students be taught how to understand and summarize oral texts (radio, television, films) as well as how to read and understand written texts (press, advertisements, magazines, books), and also give oral presentations in class. Students receive guidelines on how to develop their ability to write clear texts, using a coherent organization, proper distribution of ideas, and distribution of the ideas and an appropriate use of the connectives and the vocabulary.

Economy and Society in Present-Day Spain – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course challenges the common assumptions about Spain and its place in the modern world. Topics addressed include rapidly developing industries in Spain and a look at the continuously improving economy. Also to be addressed is the role of society within the framework of a modernizing and improving Spain.

History of Contemporary Spain – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course has three primary objectives: to help students analyze and put into context the main spatial and temporal events that shape the history of contemporary Spain; to understand, from the most relevant historical events of the twentieth century, the historical, social and political life of recent Spain; to focus on the importance of contemporary Spanish history within the European and international scene.

Spanish Art History – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is dedicated to the history of art in Spain. It includes the study of architectural styles (Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque), painting by important Spanish artists, and the study of major artworks and monuments in Spain. It is helpful to have some background in art history terminology.

Spanish for Business – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course focuses on the business world in Spain. The class also includes helpful vocabulary related to business, “how to” information, and common business practices and formalities that are useful to know, such as how to write a formal business letter in Spanish. It is helpful to have some knowledge of the business world, economics, or general concepts related to these topics.

Spanish Culture – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course presents a wide variety of information about Spain and its people. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of Spanish geography, history, politics, art history, and popular culture (bullfighting, flamenco, and music). This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

Spanish Communication – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This class is designed to work on the ability of students to express themselves in Spanish. This is a very good option for advanced level students who want to work on their speaking skills.

Spanish Writing – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This is a seminar on written Spanish expression. It is designed to improve writing skills. Exercises include writing papers, essays, and other genre of the written word in Spanish. This course is helpful for students who already have a strong verbal ability in Spanish and want to increase their written ability.

Translation Course – Conducted in Spanish (20 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is a study of the main similarities between English and Spanish according to sentence structures. Students analyze the errors commonly made, and identify the means to recognize and avoid such errors.

Summer 3 Course Offerings

BEGINNING LEVEL

REQUIRED COURSES

Beginning level students are required to take Spanish Grammar and Spanish Vocabulary.

Spanish Grammar – Conducted in Spanish (65 hours) [Beginner]

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Particular attention is given to the difficult parts of speech that foreign students encounter.

Spanish Vocabulary – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Beginner]

Students learn vocabulary words grouped by semantic meanings. Practice of vocabulary in this arrangement allows students to learn not only the words, but also to be able to recognize and understand them in context.

ELECTIVE COURSE OFFERINGS

Students may choose to take either or both of the following classes.

Language Lab – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Beginner]

In this course, students practice basic useful Spanish sentences, as well as the sounds or sequences of sounds which are especially difficult for foreign speakers. The goal of the lab is to improve students’ pronunciation.

Activities for Communication – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Beginner]

This course provides students with practical situations in order to use their knowledge of the Spanish language. Focus is on sentence structure and correct usage of grammar.

INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED AND SUPERIOR LEVEL

REQUIRED COURSES

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students are required to take Spanish Grammar.

Spanish Grammar (200 level) – Conducted in Spanish (65 horus) [Intermediate]

This course gives a general view of the most important grammar points in Spanish, reviewing the basic verb tenses and adding the subjunctive and conditional forms. Vocabulary expansion is stressed as an important aid to fluency.

Spanish Grammar (300/400 level) – Conducted in Spanish [Advanced] [Superior]

These courses offer a systematic review of all verb tenses and moods and help students to further develop and improve their writing skills. Vocabulary acquisition is a key component. Courses are taught at the appropriate level (advanced or superior), and are similar in structure.

ELECTIVE COURSE OFFERINGS

Students choose 2-3 additional classes from the list below. Students at each level have the same course topic selection; each course, however, are taught at the three different language levels. All courses are taught in Spanish at the appropriate level.

Analysis of Literary Texts – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is a combination of literature and writing. Coursework includes reading and studying texts, commenting on them, and producing a written review.

Contemporary Spanish Literature – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is a literature class focused on the turn of the century and 20th century authors. Possible authors include: Miguel de Unamuno, Lorca, the Generations of ‘98 and ‘27, and many others. This course requires good reading and writing skills.

Conversation and Composition – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

Students learn how to make clear and detailed descriptions, narrations and oral presentations. Students be taught how to understand and summarize oral texts (radio, television, films) as well as how to read and understand written texts (press, advertisements, magazines, books), and also give oral presentations in class. Students receive guidelines on how to develop their ability to write clear texts, using a coherent organization, proper distribution of ideas, and distribution of the ideas and an appropriate use of the connectives and the vocabulary.

Economy and Society in Present-Day Spain – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course challenges the common assumptions about Spain and its place in the modern world. Topics addressed include rapidly developing industries in Spain and a look at the continuously improving economy. Also to be addressed is the role of society within the framework of a modernizing and improving Spain.

History of Contemporary Spain – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course has three primary objectives: to help students analyze and put into context the main spatial and temporal events that shape the history of contemporary Spain; to understand, from the most relevant historical events of the twentieth century, the historical, social and political life of recent Spain; to focus on the importance of contemporary Spanish history within the European and international scene.

Spanish Art History – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is dedicated to the history of art in Spain. It includes the study of architectural styles (Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque), painting by important Spanish artists, and the study of major artworks and monuments in Spain. It is helpful to have some background in art history terminology.

Spanish for Business – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course focuses on the business world in Spain. The class also includes helpful vocabulary related to business, “how to” information, and common business practices and formalities that are useful to know, such as how to write a formal business letter in Spanish. It is helpful to have some knowledge of the business world, economics, or general concepts related to these topics.

Spanish Culture – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course presents a wide variety of information about Spain and its people. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of Spanish geography, history, politics, art history, and popular culture (bullfighting, flamenco, and music). This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

Spanish Communication – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This class is designed to work on the ability of students to express themselves in Spanish. This is a very good option for advanced level students who want to work on their speaking skills.

Spanish Writing – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This is a seminar on written Spanish expression. It is designed to improve writing skills. Exercises include writing papers, essays, and other genre of the written word in Spanish. This course is helpful for students who already have a strong verbal ability in Spanish and want to increase their written ability.

Translation Course – Conducted in Spanish (30 hours) [Intermediate] [Advanced]

This course is a study of the main similarities between English and Spanish according to sentence structures. Students analyze the errors commonly made, and identify the means to recognize and avoid such errors.