Alicante, Spain

Course Information

Alicante, Spain | 2018 January Session

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 at least three and up to four credits. At least one 3-credit course is required in all sessions. This list of courses is intended for informational purposes and does not guarantee availability or descriptions. Courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment.

Spanish Language Studies

January language courses are intensive, with three to four credits of Spanish. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

European Studies

Taught in English

These elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies.

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US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professor is also teaching as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Gregory Zaro | University of Maine

Course Offered:

Dr. Gregory Zaro (PhD, University of New Mexico) is associate professor of anthropology and climate change at the University of Maine. A Fulbright scholar, his work centers on long-term human-environment dynamics, urbanization, and landscape change over the past 3000 years in Mesoamerica (Belize), South America (Peru), and the Mediterranean (Croatia).

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

January Session (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

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.

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Elementary Spanish II

January Session (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Spanish II (SPN 112) is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have taken one course of Spanish at college-level or its equivalent before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence. It provides opportunities for the development of the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

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Intermediate Spanish I

January Session (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.

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Intermediate Spanish II

January Session (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Spanish 212 (Intermediate II) is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college Spanish or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

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Mediterranean: Ancient Landscapes, Modern World

January Session (Anthropology; 300-level; 3 credits)

Landscapes represent a dynamic point of articulation between humans and the environment. While often dichotomized, humans are active agents in the physical world and play a pivotal role in its transformation. Consequently, contemporary societies inherit landscapes that are the product of an integrated, long-term relationship between humans and their environment through time. This is of particular interest in the Mediterranean world not only because cultural complexity, urbanization, and the origins of nation-states and empires unfolded over the course of millennia, but also because of the rich historical, archaeological, and paleo environmental records that help to characterize this process. This course introduces the ways in which archaeology and other historical sciences can inform on contemporary issues of resource management, conservation, and cultural heritage in the Mediterranean in the context of global change.

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Spanish Composition I

January Session (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This is a third year couse for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a short novel will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Composition II

January Session (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Composición Española II (SPN 306) es un curso de tres créditos de tercer año de español para alumnos que ya hayan completado dos años de español en la universidad o su equivalente. El peso del curso recae en mejorar las habilidades escritas de los estudiantes con el análisis y la producción de diferentes tipos de textos. Asimismo, se revisarán una serie de puntos gramaticales con objeto de ir ampliando y afinando la competencia gramatical de los alumnos. La lectura extensiva de una novela o colección de cuentos acompañará y hará de refuerzo de la instrucción recibida.

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Survey of Spanish Literature II

January Session (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

A study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period from the 18th up to the 20th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish. (January session)

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