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Bilbao / Getxo 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 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.

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

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

  • 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

    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

  • 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: three semesters of college-level Spanish

  • 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

  • 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: five 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: 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 1 credit Taught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level 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.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Speech Communications 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and business relationships across cultures. Students will explore the definition, nature and manifestation of culture while examining their own values, traditions, and beliefs. Through active in-class and out-of-class activities, students will learn about the similarities and differences in communication behaviors and explore language usage, nonverbal actions, and perceptions to see how they influence face-to-face communication between individuals of different cultures in the United States, Europe (in particular Spain) and the rest of the world.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in college-level communication

  • Summer Session I
    International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines the challenges facing managers who are competing in a global economy. In particular, we will devote our attention to strategic management in a globally competitive environment and the role of culture in motivation, leadership, communication, negotiation, decision making, HRM practices, and the management of a multicultural workforce abroad or at home. We will cover the process of management based on both the macro (organizational) level of environment and strategy and the micro (interpersonal) level of culture and human resources.

    Prerequisite: introductory management or business course

  • Summer Session I
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course is designed to enable students to develop marketing strategies and plans in and across a range of different international market environments. While extending students' marketing and strategic skills obtained in earlier courses into a global context, students also develop knowledge and skills in international marketing processes.

    Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing, and Macro/Microeconomics

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

    This course is co-produced by USAC and “Quiksilver Surf Eskola”. The number of meeting sessions will be determined on site considering tides and weather conditions.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Finance General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Besides corporate decision-making from the CFO’s perspective regarding their firm’s financing arrangements—the debt/equity mix, e.g., bonds, loans or stock—, we will evaluate what the retail landscape has to offer the individual investor thinking of retirement and personal portfolio decisions/weights. Business/Financial management topics include the importance of cash flow—especially DCF, the Time Value of Money, Net Present Value and the volatility of returns given past—and recent—market history. Currency (Exchange Rate Risk)—the FX market—will also be considered. Discussion of business ethics will be timely and frequent and well.

  • Summer Session II
    Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course develops students' abilities to effectively analyze the decision-making concepts of operations planning, implementation, and control, aids in understanding these concepts. It provides a forum for written communication concerning operations management topics.

    The topics to be covered in this course include forecasting, customer service, and inventory management, just-in-time production, supply chain management, and quality assessment and improvement in both services and manufacturing.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Summer Session II
    Anthropology 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, and the changes that have taken place in society related politics, religion, economy, and society.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Summer Entrepreneurial Development Internship

Session I and Session II

  • Summer Sessions I & II
    Entrepreneurship General Business 300-level 6 credits Taught in English

    This course forms the first phase of the 6-credit Summer Entrepreneurial Development Internship. Students, organized into two teams of 6-8 members, will create and manage a virtual enterprise in conjunction with the E.U. Europen-PEN project and virtual network of practice enterprises. Under the guidance and supervision of an experienced instructor and through site visits to business incubators, venture capital firms, successful startups, business parks, and public and private agencies promoting new venture creation, each team will develop a business model, write a business plan, and present their idea to a board of investors made up of business faculty at the University of the Basque Country (UPV) and local business professionals in Bilbao. Through this experience, each team member will develop real-world competencies in new venture creation and business plan development.

    The course is composed of two phases:

    Phase I: New Venture Creation

    1. Develop a business concept and write a business plan: In this stage, the team will assign differentiated roles to each member, including Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, Social Media Manager, Office Manager, Human Resources Manager, Finance Manager, Operations and Product Manager, and Purchasing Manager. The team will then identify market opportunities, engage in market research, produce a product or service concept portfolio, design a marketing strategy, and write a financial business plan detailing the business concept, implementation strategy, an explanation of the product or service, and identify financing needs.

    2. Raise virtual funding: In order to raise the needed funds to begin business operations, the team will present their business plan to a Board of Investors comprised of business faculty and local business professionals in Bilbao. The team must convince the Board of Investors of the viability of their concept through a detailed and professional presentation. The Board of Investors will critically examine the business plan and determine the amount of virtual funds to invest in the business based on the persuasiveness of the presentation and viability of the business model.

    Course Objectives: Students will explore the process of new venture creation, including opportunity recognition, determining feasibility, planning, securing capital, and team building. They will assess and develop entrepreneurial capacities and gain practical experience through applied entrepreneurship.

    Phase II: Business Operations Practicum

    Interacting with a network of more than 7,000 virtual enterprises, each member will participate in the management and operations of their virtual firm as an employee with a dedicated area of responsibility; including Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, Social Media Manager, Office Manager, Human Resources Manager, Finance Manager, Operations and Product Manager, and Purchasing Manager. Working with an experienced instructor in a permanent office setting equipped with essential technologies to interact with other virtual firms through the Europen provided database, each enterprise will carry out the critical functions of business operations. such as regulatory compliance, developing advertising strategies, purchasing virtual inventory, managing logistics, marketing products or services, managing revenue and expenses, and maintaining financial records.

    Course objectives: Students will gain practical, hands-on experience in business operations as well as more focused development in their specific area of responsibility. Through this experience, each team member will develop real-world competencies in international business operations, professional communications, leadership, public speaking, and team-building.

    • Phase I: New Venture Creation
    • Phase II: Business Operations Practicum

For more information see the Bilbao/Getxo 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 Bilbao/Getxo tour and field study page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring Accelerated: Open (Nov. 15 deadline)

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 65 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

Member

APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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