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San Sebastián Courses – 2021 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.

Courses

You will enroll in three to six credits during Session I and in three to five credits during Session II. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer sessions. You may add one additional credit to 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 Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to five credits of Spanish taught each session. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills is highly recommended to compliment Intermediate Spanish I through Advanced Spanish II.

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
    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 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-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-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: six semesters of college-level Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    300-level 2 credits Taught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    300-level 2 credits 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

European and Cultural 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
    Anthropology Basque 300-level 3 credits Taught in English and Basque

    This course would touch on the history and evolution of one of the oldest languages in the world, the mythology and symbolism of the Basques, their traditions and culture. General notions of the language will be presented, explaining why this language is of such interest today to linguists and anthropologists. Basic conversational Basque skills will be studied and students will have the opportunity outside of class to interview and practice with local native speakers.

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

    The course presents an overview of the complex history of contemporary art. It will focus on Goya, the first modern artist, and the various movements of the twentieth and twenty first centuries in Spain, including the work of Gaudi, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tapies, A . López Barceló, and others. It includes lectures, analysis of texts and pictures, and visits to museums and galleries.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

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

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Madrid tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the four-day tour of Madrid and surroundings. Requirements include pre-departure readings, a daily journal of the tour, completion of a comprehensive study guide and a final exam which will be given at the program site. The tour will be given in English. The written work may be done in English or Spanish and it must be handed in before the final exam.

    There is an additional fee of $750 to help pay for transportation, entrance fees, guides, lodging and some meals.

    This course may be taken in addition to the session 6-credit maximum.

    Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Madrid tour.

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

    This course will develop student knowledge of significant geographic, historical, social, economic, and artistic events that have taken place in Spain, starting with the settlers of the Iberian Peninsula. Students will develop a solid theoretical and historical foundation to analyze events throughout Spain’s history effectively. Some topics include the Christian-Islamic cohabitation, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Neoclassic period, and significant events from the nineteenth/twentieth centuries and the modern period.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish, or equivalent

  • 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 “Bluemotion Surf and Bodyboard Academy”. There will be 3 two-hour sessions per week for a 5 week period. “Bluemotion” will provide the needed equipment and insurance, as well as showers and a locker room.

    The order of the activities on the syllabus may be subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, dangerous water conditions, etc.

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

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

    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

    This course has an additional fee for the Madrid Tour, which is required for the Field Study.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

    Themes in political, economic, social, and cultural history will elucidate the profound changes that Spain has undergone in the last century. Special attention will be paid to the Franco regime, the post-Franco transition to democracy, and Spain's integration into the European Union. Through the study and analysis of current events in today’s Spain we hope to provide the opportunity for students to gain a greater comprehension of contemporary Spanish culture.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

  • 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 “Bluemotion Surf and Bodyboard Academy”. There will be 3 two-hour sessions per week for a 5 week period. “Bluemotion” will provide the needed equipment and insurance, as well as showers and a locker room.

    The order of the activities on the syllabus may be subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, dangerous water conditions, etc.

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

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

    This course offers the study of selected poems from the most relevant contemporary Spanish poets, from the Generation of 98 to the latest publications of the 21st Century. We will view the poets and their poems in their social, political and historical contexts. Throughout the course, we will study different poetic responses to similar historical circumstances in order to understand not only the poets themselves, but also to understand the aesthetic pleasure of poetry.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

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 San Sebastián tour and field study page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

65 students

Instruction

English | Spanish | Basque

Member

APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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