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Alicante Courses – 2022 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 and to six credits in Session I and in three to five credits in Session II. At least one 3-credit course is required in all summer sessions. You may add one additional credit in Session I only for the Madrid Field Study. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Click the course title to view course details, description, and availability.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to five credits of Spanish taught in each 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 II.

Session I and Session II

The following courses are typically offered during each summer session.

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

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

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

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in 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 collge-level Spanish, or equivalent

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    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: four semesters of college Spanish, or equivalent

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    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: four semesters of college-level Spanish, or equivalent

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

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

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

    This course is designed to give native or heritage Spanish speakers the opportunity to study the conventions of the Spanish language and to improve their academic writing skills. It provides an overview of the local varieties of the language, emphasizing the idea that there are all equally acceptable and focusing on Spanish as a global language.

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

European, Mediterranean, and Women's/Gender Studies

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

Session I

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

    The course presents an overview of the complex history of contemporary art. It will focus on the various movements of the twentieth and twenty first centuries in Spain, more specifically on the time period between the First and Second World Wars. We will study the works of Gaudi, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tàpies, Gargallo, Antonio López, etc. This course includes lectures, analysis of texts and paintings, and also music and films which correlate with the works of art we will study. We will also visit museums and galleries.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course explores the linguistic construction of gender (masculine and feminine) and its relationship with ideology and society to deconstruct patterns of gender discrimination and examples of sexist language. Students will develop their critical thinking and learn about the topic through course readings, lectures, and assignments. We will explore examples of language and of visual language from a variety of texts and contexts. To supplement published research, students will reflect on their ideology on gender and consider it from a cross-cultural perspective.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college level English composition

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Summer Session I
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish

    This class is co-produced by USAC and “Real Club de Regatas de Alicante”. Students will have several sessions where they will learn the key components of sailing with experienced teachers. The programmed order of sessions is subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, strong rip currents, etc.

    This course has an additional fee for equipment rentals and insurance.

  • Summer Session I
    World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session I
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit 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.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

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

    This course combines classroom learning with a field study experience to provide students an immersive experience of Spanish culture. Classroom lectures on Spanish history, culture, and art will be complemented by visits to the historical cities of Segovia, Toledo, Escorial, the Valley of the fallen, and the Prado museum.

    Corequisite: Contemporary Spanish Art, Madrid Field Study, and Spanish Culture and Civilization

  • Summer Session I
    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

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish

    This class is co-produced by USAC and “Real Club de Regatas de Alicante”. Students will have several sessions where they will learn the key components of sailing with experienced teachers. The programmed order of sessions is subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, strong rip currents, etc.

    This course has an additional fee for equipment rentals and insurance.

  • Summer Session II
    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

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Hospitality Internship Program

  • Term: Summer Session I & II (8 weeks) Students must complete both summer sessions
  • Deadline: April 1, 2022 (late applications may be considered)
  • Program fee: TBD

Academic Details

Total Credit

6 credits

Required Courses

Hospitality Internship (3 credits, 300-level)

  • Placements available with a local hotel or tourism agency
    • 135 total hours
    • 16-20 hours per week

Spanish for Tourism (3 credits, 300-level)

Pre-Requisite
  • Four semesters of college-level Spanish
Optional Credit & Activities Students may register for an additional 1-3 credits of USAC courses and participate in optional program activities as work schedules allow
Cancellation Fee
Cancellation fees will apply for withdrawal after Pre-Approval

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For more information on eligibility requirements and application process see the USAC internship page.

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, see the Alicante tour and field study 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

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