Bilbao / Getxo, Spain
Course Information: 2018 Summer Sessions I & II
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 six credits in Session I and in three to four credits in Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the optional Santiago Field Study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.
Spanish Language Studies
Summer language courses are intensive, with three to four credits of Spanish taught each session. Class sizes are small, with an average of five students each.
Session I and Session II
- Elementary Spanish I (SPAN, 100-level, 4 credits)
- Elementary Spanish II (SPAN, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish.
- Intermediate Spanish I (SPAN, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.
- Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish.
- Spanish Composition I (SPAN, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.
- Spanish Composition II (SPAN, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: five semesters of college Spanish.
- Advanced Spanish I (SPAN, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish.
- Advanced Spanish II (SPAN, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish.
- Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills (SPAN/WLL, 300-level 1 credit, Session I only) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.
International Business and Cultural Studies
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies and an international aspect to your degree program. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in Spanish.
- International Management (BUS/MGT, 400-level, 3 credits)
- International Marketing (BUS/MKT, 400-level, 3 credits)
- International Entrepreneurship (MGT, 400-level, 3 credits)
- Santiago Field Study (WLL, 200-level, 1 credit) Co-requisite: Enrollment in the Santiago tour. This course may be taken in addition to the session's 6-credit maximum.
- Surfing (PEX, 100-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee for equipment rentals and insurance.
- Contemporary Spain through Spanish Cinema (SPAN/WLL, 300-level, 1 credit, taught in Spanish) Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.
- International Management (MGT, 300-level, 3 credits)
- International Negotiation (BUS, 300-level, 3 credits)
- Santiago Field Study (WLL, 200-level, 1 credit) Co-requisite: Enrollment in the Santiago Tour. This course may be taken in addition to the session's 4-credit maximum.
- Spanish Culture and Civilization (ANTH/SPAN, 300-level, 1 credit, taught in Spanish)
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Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Santiago Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc). Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will keep a journal and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. Upon arrival in Bilbao, the field study course will be completed with follow-up meetings with a professor and the final exam. The written work for the field study may be completed in Spanish or English.
Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Professor Peter Straus | California State State University, Chico
Peter Straus is a Management Professor at CSU Chico and the director of the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship, where he has helped launch numerous student ventures into the world. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUC, Mr. Straus was owner and CEO of a California-based manufacturer of textile equipment and software with sales in over 90 countries.
Professor Mark McConnell | University of Mount Union
Mark McConnell's teaching career was preceded by more than two decades of entrepreneurial and corporate experience. He owned and managed his own advertising agency for 24 years, and has held a variety of corporate marketing management positions. He has been teaching for more than 20 years (including seven previous USAC appointments) and has extensive international travel experience.
Dr. Jason MacDonald | Boise State University
Dr. Jason MacDonald is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Boise State University. He received his BBA and MBA from the University of New Brunswick and his PhD in International Business from the University of Texas – Pan American. Dr. MacDonald has studied and/or worked in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Poland, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. His research is published in top academic journals and he has consulted for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA).
Professor Amy Kyhos | Loyola University Chicago
Professor Kyhos has a BA and MBA. With 20 years of work experience, she actively brings the outside world in her classroom. She is the Quinlan School of Business Honors Program director and teaches management coursework as a member of the faculty, while having a consulting practice in Chicago.
Advanced Spanish I
Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
The objective of this class is to do a comprehensive revision of the most difficult grammatical points in Spanish. This will be presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those complex grammatical aspects of the Spanish language that require frequent review and further development. Care will be taken, whenever possible, to focus on understanding and practicing their use in both the written and spoken forms of the language. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.
Contemporary Spain through Spanish Cinema
Summer Session II (Art, History; 300-level; 1 credit)
Contemporary Spain through Spanish Cinema will explore social, political, and economical changes encountered in Spain in the course of the last fifty years through the study of twelve representative films. Readings, screenings, and analysis will center on selected works of Buñuel, Bardem, Saura, Almodóvar, and others. Students will read, discuss, and write papers about the selected films applying presented principles of film theory. (Session II)
Elementary Spanish I
Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
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 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 I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
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 I (Management; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course is designed to investigate global entrepreneurship while taking full advantage of the setting of the USAC program in Europe. It will explore the challenges of forming a business that has an international if not worldwide perspective. The course will draw on the instructor’s real life experience and will investigate different mechanisms for delivery of products and services from an online only business through finding agents and/or partner relationships in other countries. The course will include exercises to develop competencies and further understanding of cross-cultural customs and sensitivities. Deliverables to include a multi-part Action Plan.
Summer Session I (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course introduces students to the world of international business and management by studying cultural influences, government, and business structures in the global economy. Topics covered will include trade relations, international finance and legal and labor agreements. Students will be encouraged to think about international issues and their implications for US businesses. In particular, students will address challenges associated with operating in the international economy and the impact of foreign operations and foreign exchange transactions.
This course analyzes the problems of managing in an international marketplace by focusing on cultural differences, political/economic influences, market factors and other contingencies as well as looks at operational considerations such as planning, organizing, communicating, staffing and motivating in a cross-cultural environment.
Summer Session I (General Business, Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)
International Marketing is a course in marketing theory and methods as they apply to world markets. Emphasis is placed on developing the marketing mix appropriate to various international environments.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing
Summer Session II (General Business; 300-level; 3 credits)
The objective of this course is to enable students to understand how national differences (e.g., cultural, economic, legal, and political) affect the way people negotiate. The course also explores various problems encountered in cross-cultural/international negotiations and how these problems can be overcome. Upon the successful completion of the course, students will know how to analyze bargaining and conflict relationships and have greater knowledge of their own individual "bargaining styles". Additionally, they will be familiar with the negotiation tactics used by cultures and nations which are important trading partners of the US and have more self-confidence when initiating international business negotiations.
Santiago Field Study
Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
The Camino de Santiago is the traditional pilgrimage route from France across northwestern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the legendary burial site of St. James. One of the great medieval pilgrimages and the greatest surviving itinerary for medieval monuments and landscapes, it has enjoyed a remarkable revival in recent years, attracting European Union sponsorship, the attention of media stars, and hundreds of thousands of walkers and pilgrims.
This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Camino Experience by encouraging reflection and a different perspective to observe the surrounding reality of the pilgrim. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited and the experiences lived along the way
Spanish Composition I
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 Composition II
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 Conversation and Oral Skills
Summer Session I (300-level; 1 credit)
A course that complements the development of linguistic skills emphasizing the oral mode of the Spanish language. It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.
Spanish Culture and Civilization
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)
In this general civilization course, the customs and lifestyles of the Spanish will be studied, both in their historical perspectives as well as in the present. There is also a general discussion of the most important geographic, historical, social, economic, and artistic aspects of Spain, as well as of the most outstanding individuals in each area. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.
Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
This course is co-produced by USAC and “Quiksilver Surf Eskola”. It is a 1 credit PASS/FAIL course in physical education. The number of meeting sessions will be determined on site considering tides and weather conditions.