Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.
You will enroll in three to five credits in SessionI, and three to six credits in Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the optional Northern Chile Field Study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment is subject to change. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.
Summer language courses are intensive, with three to four credits of Spanish taught in each four-week session. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Spanish I through Advanced Spanish I.
The following courses focus largely on the history and cultures of the Andes region and the country, and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless noted in Spanish; most courses taught in Spanish are appropriate for students with four or more semesters of college Spanish.
Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Northern Chile Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic readings, assignments, and research. Students who choose the field study option will select a particular topic of interest that relates to the history and culture of the region visited and prepare a research paper. Potential field study research topics include: history, art, architecture, geology, ecology, and astronomy of the San Pedro de Atacama, Andean, Altiplain, and Atacama Desert regions.
USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development and are counted as part of your credit load. Students are placed in a Spanish-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language, and must be able to communicate at an advanced language level. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.
Santiago internships fall into the broad categories of education, social welfare, museums, and hotel/hospitality. Previous placements have included: teaching English; communication, broadcasting and design in non-profit institutions; giving workshops to children; and leading spare time activities to children affected by cancer and psychiatric disabilities. Other internship sites are possible. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.
Eligibility: enrollment in the Santiago program, a minimum GPA of 3.0, 300/400-level Spanish proficiency, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.
Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following U.S. professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Dr. Kumar, professor of English literature and writing, has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and North America. She has taught in USA, Canada, China and India and led study abroad to England. She recently completed a USAC Study Abroad to Spain. She values the opportunity that study abroad provides of a living classroom for students to experience and learn.
Dr. Jamie Capuzza works at the University of Mount Union as chair of the Department of Communication and as a professor of Gender Studies. Capuzza has taught for USAC many times before including Cuba, India, Italy, Spain, Germany, and China. Her research, which focuses primarily on issues of social justice, and her teaching have won several awards.
A Survey of Latin American Literature
Summer Session I (English; 200-level; 3 credits)
This course focuses on exploring contemporary/modern literature from Latin America through short stories, poetry, novel and film exemplifying cultures and perspectives from the different Latin American countries. Selections are read in the context of the relevant cultural and historical background of the author and the country we are reading about to better understand how these aspects inform the literature from these
countries. Discussions include some relevant religious, philosophical, political and cultural issues to help understand the literary selections. Classes are structured around interactive literary class discussions, presentations, and written and oral activities.
Advanced Spanish I
Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Este curso de español de nivel avanzado ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso ofrece a los alumnos a la oportunidad de ampliar su vocabulario en ámbitos más específicos y técnicos y de mejorar la precisión gramatical en su producción tanto oral como escrita.
This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.
Advanced Spanish II
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
El curso Español Avanzado II (SPN 411) ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado más de tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso le ofrece al alumno la oportunidad de mejorar la coherencia y cohesión de su producción tanto oral como escrita y su corrección gramatical.
Advanced Spanish II (SPN 411) has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of Spanish and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.
Dances of Latin America
Summer Session I (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to a variety of dances of Latin America. Students will learn the essential steps of a selection of four dances typical of the region. The course is designed to encourage students to acquire a greater understanding and interest in Latin American culture.
This course is taught once a week for four months. Each session lasts two hours and will cover one Latin American rhythm. The rhythms to be covered include Merengue, Salsa, Chachacha, Bachata, and Tango.
Elementary Spanish I
Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of Spanish grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and, above all, speaking skills.
Elementary Spanish II
Summer Session II (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish.
Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
This course emphasizes learning the structure of the Spanish language. Classes are divided into three components: grammar/vocabulary, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related to the themes covered. A review of basic elements, such as the present tense, ser and estar, preterit and imperfect, etc. is included. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
This class continues the learning of the structure of the Spanish language. Classes are divided into three components: grammar/vocabulary, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related to the themes covered. This level is specifically orientated towards functional and social communication, oral as well as written. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish.
International Perspectives on Gender
Summer Session II (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 200-level; 3 credits)
This course examines cultural constructions of both gender and sexuality including how they interact with systems of power such as ethnicity, race, colonialism, globalization, militarism and slavery. Within the frameworks of human rights and transnational feminisms, this course focuses on contemporary global debates regarding a variety of topics such as violence against women, reproductive rights and other women’s health issues, sex trafficking, poverty, access to education, political participation, among other key issues that affect women and LBGTQ communities. Special attention will be paid to analyzing conditions that promote and inhibit the status of and rights of women and LBGTQ persons including the work of governments, international non-governmental organizations and local activists. Special focus on gender relations in Chile.
Latin America and its Cultures
Summer Session I (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)
This course provides an overview of Latin American Culture, focusing on Chilean realities, encompassing diverse cultural contexts, from the ancient Pre-Columbian cultures, to latest expressions of Latin American popular culture. This course will introduce basic notions on cultural studies; including prehistory, religion, art, economy and social organization; how they integrate to form different cultural identities and how they face modern challenges in the light of a globalized world.
Latin American Art and Society
Summer Session II (Art, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
This course is an introduction to the main elements that converge in the formation of a mixed society in Latin America. Students will analyze the esthetic production in the region, focusing on the historical context behind these productions.
The course covers Latin American prehistoric times (BC 2000 to AD 1492) to the present. Students will be participating in lectures held by the professor in addition to field trips to local museums to view the work of Chilean and Latin American artists.
Latin American Cinema
Summer Session I (Film, Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Film, Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)
The purpose of this course is to provide a Pan-American vision of Latin American cinema from the 1980s to the present. The course will focus on the relationships established between societies and cinema, observing how the links are made in different aesthetics, expressing different cinematographic language and content. Therefore, through the analysis of every film, the course will unveil the diverse cultural imagery which has been part of the artistic tradition of the continent.
Latin American International Relations
Summer Session I (Political Science, Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
During its independent life, Latin America has been a live performer in the international scenery. Nevertheless, its behavior has been plenty of times only a reaction to external factors, ensuring its own interest and rules. Political treaties from Europe and United States towards this region are one of the many factors that Latin-American international relations have usually had to deal with.
This course covers international relations as from a Latin-American perspective and how, as from the early XXI century, these have projected themselves worldwide in several arenas such as the political, social and the cultural ones. Along with the formerly described, it is proposed to discuss the projection of international relations in terms of the interests that matter to this region in particular.
Native Cultures of Chile
Summer Session II (Anthropology, Other Foreign Language; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course provides an overview of Chile’s native cultures and languages, encompassing diverse contexts from the north to the southern region.
It will also analyse the present situation of the native peoples as a reflection of a long history of resistance against colonization and foreign influences.
The course will introduce important aspects of the native cultures, including history, religion, economy, and social organization. It will also analyse how these elements combine to form cultural identities, and how these identities are conveyed through language and other ways of expression.
Northern Chile Field Study
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
At the conclusion of Session I and the beginning of Session II, you'll have the extraordinary opportunity to explore some of Northern Chile's historical sites and nature. USAC encourages every student to participate in this tour; however, the segment is optional. To participate on this Field Study, students must register for the Northern Chile Tour which has an additional fee.
Peace, Conflict and Democracy in Latin America
Summer Session II (History, Political Science, Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
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Spanish Composition I
Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Classes revolve around compositions, which the student writes almost daily. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises that the student does outside of class. New advanced grammatical topics are also introduced and exercises reinforcing the use of that element are done in class. Also, part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.
Spanish Composition II
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Classes revolve around compositions which the student writes almost daily. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises that the student does outside of class. New advanced grammatical topics are also introduced and exercises reinforcing the use of that element are done in class. Also, part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.
Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills
Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)
Optional one-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences. This 300-level course focuses on developing Spanish oral skills.
Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Latin American Poetry
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Presents a clear and thorough study of Latin American poetry from the period of the Vanguards (20's) until the present, taking into account its diversity and experimentation. Students will study the texts within the historical context in which they were written. A variety of authors from Central and South America will be discussed. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.