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Santiago Courses – 2021 Summer Session I

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.

Courses

You will enroll in three to five credits in Session I, 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.

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Spanish Language and Literature Studies

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.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish

    This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish, or equivalent

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    These two advanced courses of Spanish have been designed for students who may manage in daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, these courses will offer them the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve grammatical accuracy in their oral and written expression.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

    Optional one-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish

    This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish, or equivalent

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of ciollege Spanish

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    These two advanced courses of Spanish have been designed for students who may manage in daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, these courses will offer them the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve grammatical accuracy in their oral and written expression.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

    Optional one-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    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

Latin American Cultures and Cultural Studies

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.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology History Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Film Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Film Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Art Spanish 200-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Film Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Film Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session II
    Anthropology World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    History Political Science Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    Even though Latin America is a very diverse region in terms of geography, politics, development and population, it all possesses a common historical root which has allowed it to establish some shared paradigms such as a related interest for peace and cooperation. At the same time, certain challenges and irregularities still coexist which, along with the lack of political weight when compared to main traditional actors worldwide, have led the region to reinforce its efforts to overcome its common challenges.

    The challenges to overcome cover aspects such as public safety, social concerns, ecological risks and young unstable democracies. It is because of these that International Relations are currently very active in finding mechanisms of integration and cooperation in the political, social and cultural arenas.

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To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Chile. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Santiago tour and field study page.

Internships

In-person internships are unavailable during the Summer 2021 academic term.

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Chile, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Chile

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Santiago internship page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Semester: 60 students

Summer: 40 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

Member

APICH--Associación de Programas Internacionales en Chile AG

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