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Alicante Courses – 2022 Spring

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.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of language courses plus language and literature electives and/or courses in Spanish and European/Mediterranean studies. Although enrollment in a language course is not a requirement of the program, it is strongly recommended as it will increase your understanding of Spanish culture and equip you with language and cross-cultural skills that will be of assistance in your day-to-day life abroad. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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Spanish Language Tracks

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Track I: 14 credits

Prerequisite: None

  1. Elementary Spanish I
  2. Elementary Spanish II
  3. Intermediate Spanish I
  4. Intermediate Spanish II

Track II: 12 credits

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Intermediate Spanish I
  2. Intermediate Spanish II
  3. Spanish Composition I
  4. Spanish Composition II

Track III: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Spanish Composition I
  2. Spanish Composition II
  3. Advanced Spanish I

Track III: 9 credits

Unavailable Fall '21

Prerequisite: heritage speaker proficiency

  1. Spanish Grammar and Composition for Heritage Speakers I
  2. Spanish Grammar and Composition for Heritage Speakers II
  3. Advanced Spanish I

Track IV: 6 credits

Prerequisite: 6 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Advanced Spanish I
  2. Advanced Spanish II

Track IV: 6 credits

Integrated

Prerequisite: Placement test required

  1. Integrated Advanced Spanish I
  2. Integrated Advanced Spanish II

Language Courses

  • Fall
    Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    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.

  • Fall
    Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    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-level Spanish, or equivalent

  • Fall
    Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    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-level Spanish, or equivalent

  • Fall
    Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    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 collge-level Spanish, or equivalent

  • Fall
    Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    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, or equivalent

  • Fall
    Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    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-level Spanish, or equivalent

  • Fall
    Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    This course is 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-level Spanish

  • Fall
    Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    This course is 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-level Spanish

  • Fall
    Spanish World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    Spanish World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    The Advanced level course for foreign students of the Centro Superior de Idiomas of the University of Alicante corresponds to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Both the general objectives and the system of evaluation described below follow the general guidelines of the aforementioned European Framework and its scale of levels of competence. In order to be accepted into this class, you will need to pass the online placement test of the University of Alicante. Students will not be accepted into this class unless they pass this test. The course consists of 45 class hours.

    Prerequisiste: six semesters of college-level Spanish

  • Fall
    Spanish World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Spring
    Spanish World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    The Advanced II (Superior) level course for foreign students of the Centro Superior de Idiomas of the University of Alicante corresponds to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Both the general objectives and the system of evaluation described below follow the general guidelines of the aforementioned European Framework and its scale of levels of competence. In order to be accepted into this class, you will need to pass the online placement test of the University of Alicante. Students will not be accepted into this class unless they pass this test. The course consists of 45 class hours.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college-level Spanish

        Language and Literature Electives

        Fall Semester

        • Fall
          Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
          Spring
          Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          Overview of main theories of translation. Extensive practice in translating literary and non-literary texts from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. Students will review a variety of text from topics including sports, advertising, business documents, and medical records.

          Prerequisite: five semesters of college-level Spanish

        • Fall
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          La Lingüística es el estudio científico del lenguaje humano. Este curso es una introducción a los conceptos básicos y las técnicas de análisis de la Lingüística, aplicados específicamente a la lengua Española. El curso analiza la forma, significado y función de las unidades lingüísticas, incluyendo la fonética/fonología, la morfología, la semántica y la sintaxis. Además, se aborda el estudio de las variedades del español y del español en Estados Unidos. Por último, se pondrá en relación con algunos principios básicos de la adquisición y aprendizaje de lenguas.

          Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

        • Fall
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
          Spring
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          Optional three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the three-hundred level Spanish courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

          Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

        • Fall
          Spanish World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          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 12th to 18th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected, which demonstrate underlying ideas, idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

          Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

        • Fall
          Spanish World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          The objective of the course is to become familiar with outstanding Spanish short-story writers and gain an appreciation for their most important literary works. Additionally, students will learn to conduct a literary analysis of the works read. To facilitate your literary analysis, there will be a series of questions that review content and provide discussion and essay topics.

          Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

        Spring Semester

        • Fall
          Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
          Spring
          Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          Overview of main theories of translation. Extensive practice in translating literary and non-literary texts from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. Students will review a variety of text from topics including sports, advertising, business documents, and medical records.

          Prerequisite: five semesters of college-level Spanish

        • Spring
          Education Spanish World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          The goal of this course is to introduce students to the methods and practices of teaching Spanish as a second language in primary and secondary schools, as well as in adult education. Students will be provided with a general introduction to the approaches and methods in communicative language teaching, including the theories of language and language learning that underlie these methods and their principal didactic fundamentals - the learning objectives, the syllabus design, the roles of teachers and learners in the classroom, the role of grammar, the materials, etc. This course will also focus on classroom techniques and practices dealing with the different communicative abilities in Spanish. This includes techniques to promote listening comprehension and stimulate oral interaction in the classroom, to help developing language learners' writing skills, and to teach vocabulary and grammar. Different materials to teach Spanish at different levels will also be analyzed.

          Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

        • Fall
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
          Spring
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          Optional three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the three-hundred level Spanish courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

          Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

        • Spring
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          El curso consiste en un estudio de las nociones fundamentales de fonética (el estudio de los sonidos del habla) y fonología (el estudio de los sistemas de sonidos de las lenguas), al mismo tiempo que describe las características fonéticas y fonológicas de la lengua española en sus variedades europeas y americanas. De igual modo, se consideran las variables dialectales, sociolingüísticas y estilísticas. Asimismo, a lo largo del curso se realizarán dos proyectos en los que poner en práctica la fundamentación teórica expuesta en las clases.

          Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

        • Spring
          Spanish World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          This course is a survey of the most significant works in Spanish Peninsular literature from the 18th Century to the present. We will study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and making comparisons between the most important authors of each period. Texts from different literary genres are studied, which demonstrate underlying ideas, idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people and universal values, and the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

          Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

        • Spring
          Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          In this course, students will learn about the most relevant authors and great masterworks of Spanish poetry, from the last decade of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century in Spain. Students will understand the immersion of the studied poets in their social, political, and historical situations. In addition to reading and interpreting the meaning of a broad selection of works, students will learn familiarity with the different poetic forms, learn to analyze meter, and will gain fluency in interpreting metaphoric language.

          Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

        Spanish, European, and Mediterranean Studies Electives

        Situated on the Mediterranean and home to the "Casa del Mediterráneo" a Government Institution that promotes the cooperation among the Mediterranean countries, and to the "OAMI", the European Union Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market for Trade Marks and Designs, Alicante is an ideal location to study Spanish, European, and Mediterranean studies.

        Fall Semester

        • Fall
          Economics History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
          Spring
          Economics History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

          The subject aims to analyze the past, present and future of European integration, on the basis of historic and economic reasoning. The process of European integration and its effects will be assessed taking into account differences in European Member States economies as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level.

        • Fall
          English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
          Spring
          English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

          The course is designed to develop professional communication skills to enhance your performance in intercultural contexts in the workplace. Effective intercultural communication skills are important in a multicultural society, particularly for those individuals who would be in positions that require effective management of cultural conflicts.

          This course focuses on fundamental conceptual and practical dimensions of intercultural communication in everyday life in social interactions in multicultural environments. It aims at developing an individual’s intellectual appreciation for cultural differences and sensitivity regarding intercultural interactions.

        • Fall
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
          Spring
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          This course will develop student understanding of topics related to contemporary Spanish culture and civilization. Students will build a strong theoretical and historical foundation to effectively analyze life in Spain in the present. This course will first introduce historical events during Franco’s dictatorship, the civil war, and the politics of Spain since the late 1970s. Then, students will have the opportunity to evaluate the changes that have taken place in society related politics, religion, economy, society, and LGBTQ rights. This course will also cover topics related to Spanish traditions, regionalism, and nationalism.

          Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

        • Fall
          Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

          This course examines gender issues within a Spanish/Hispanic context, comparing and contrasting them with those that arise within the student’s own backgrounds. Students will evaluate and critically examine from varying disciplines what gendered representations are, as well as the importance of each individual to establish one’s identity within one’s own social, cultural, and historical background.

        Spring Semester

        • Fall
          Economics History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
          Spring
          Economics History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

          The subject aims to analyze the past, present and future of European integration, on the basis of historic and economic reasoning. The process of European integration and its effects will be assessed taking into account differences in European Member States economies as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level.

        • Spring
          Gender, Race, and Identity Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

          The objective of this course is to provide a broad understanding of the issues of gender, the gaze, sexuality and identity through Hispanic (Spanish and Latin-American) film, art and photography.

          This course will raise issues on gender, the gaze, visual and popular cultures, from the perspective and point of view of female Spanish artists, filmmakers and photographers such as Pilar Miró, Iciar Bollain, Isabel Coixet, Cristina García Rodero, Bárbara Allende (Ouka Lele), amongst others.

        • Spring
          Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          This course will cover topics related to the Spanish political system including, the crown, parliament, judicial system, constitutional court, autonomous communities, and the electoral system. Students will develop a theoretical foundation for analyzing current political issues related to the European Union, constitutional protection, post-Franco democratic processes, and the development of autonomous communities.

          Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

        • Spring
          History 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          This course will introduce students to the political, social, and economic reality of present-day Spain. Beginning with a brief introduction of the traditions and historic constants, the course will focus on industrialization, the Civil War in 1936, the Franco regime, and the advent of democracy. The course will conclude with an overview of current political parties.

          Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

        • Fall
          English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
          Spring
          English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

          The course is designed to develop professional communication skills to enhance your performance in intercultural contexts in the workplace. Effective intercultural communication skills are important in a multicultural society, particularly for those individuals who would be in positions that require effective management of cultural conflicts.

          This course focuses on fundamental conceptual and practical dimensions of intercultural communication in everyday life in social interactions in multicultural environments. It aims at developing an individual’s intellectual appreciation for cultural differences and sensitivity regarding intercultural interactions.

        • Fall
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
          Spring
          Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

          This course will develop student understanding of topics related to contemporary Spanish culture and civilization. Students will build a strong theoretical and historical foundation to effectively analyze life in Spain in the present. This course will first introduce historical events during Franco’s dictatorship, the civil war, and the politics of Spain since the late 1970s. Then, students will have the opportunity to evaluate the changes that have taken place in society related politics, religion, economy, society, and LGBTQ rights. This course will also cover topics related to Spanish traditions, regionalism, and nationalism.

          Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

        To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

        Host University Courses

        Attending a host university course is a great option for students looking to expand their academic experience abroad. By auditing a class at the University of Alicante, USAC students can experience firsthand the academic style of Spain, immerse themselves in the academic community of Alicante, and get to know local university students with similar academic interests. Most courses are taught in Spanish, but English-language offerings may be available.

        While it may be possible to earn academic credit for host university courses, the University of Alicante does not provide an official university transcript for courses completed by USAC students. Instead, they may provide a letter verifying participation in the course and the grade received. Be sure to work with your home university academic advisor to determine if host university courses will be accepted for credit. Please note that the University of Alicante typically follows a different academic calendar than USAC. This means that final exams are likely to take place after the USAC program has ended. It may be possible to arrange early exams, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Additionally, there may be supplementary fees associated with host university courses that are not covered by USAC program fees.

        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 Spain. 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, please see the Alicante tour and field study page.

        Service Learning

        Service learning is a particular type of course offering that combines the classroom with the community and academics with action. Prepare to make yourself a part of the city where you study in a way that most visitors cannot experience. It will call for some initiative and a willingness to become involved. Service Learning is a course and counts as part of your credit load. It cannot be taken for audit. Note that non-credit volunteer opportunities may also be available.

        Internships

        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 Spain, 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 Spain

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

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

        Quick Details

        2021-22 App. Cycle

        January session (3 weeks): Open for late applications

        2022-23 App. Cycle

        Summer Sessions: Open
        Fall/Yearlong: Open
        January Session: Opens Jan 2022
        Spring: Open

        Eligibility

        Preferred GPA: 2.5

        Program Type

        Specialty

        Credits

        US Credit

        Program Capacity

        70 students

        Instruction

        English | Spanish

        Member

        APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

        Passport & Visa

        Passport & Visa Information