Valencia, Spain
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Valencia, 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 five credits per session. 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 and Culture Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with one to five credits of Spanish taught in each session. Language courses generally 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

Science, Engineering, Math and Business Electives

Taught in English

The following courses offer a wide range of subject matter to provide a multidisciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus:

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience through the optional Barcelona Field Study, where you will explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will select a particular topic of interest to examine as part of the field study, and complete a research paper drawing from their field study experience as well as from additional readings, research, and written assignments.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session II:

Dr. Michael Lowry | University of Idaho

Course offered:

Dr. Lowry is an associate professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Idaho and an affiliate researcher for the National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology. His teaching and research focuses on capital investment decision-making and transportation planning for bicyclists and pedestrians. Dr. Lowry serves on two committees for the National Academy of Science and twice was selected for expert panel reviews. He was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Young Faculty for excellence in teaching and research. He has worked as a visiting scholar in Spain, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

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Barcelona Field Study

Summer Session I (200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Barcelona 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 tour of Barcelona and surroundings.

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Differential Equations

Summer Session I (Mathematics; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Mathematics; 200-level; 3 credits)

Theory and solving techniques for: constant and variable coefficient linear equations, a variety of non-linear equations. Emphasis on those differential equations arising from real-world phenomena.

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Elementary Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Spanish II is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have taken one college Spanish course before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Spanish I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college Spanish or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to express plans and describe future events.

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Intermediate Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Spanish II is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed three semesters of college Spanish or their equivalent. In this course, the students will learn how to use the language with increasing complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

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International Business

Summer Session I (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course examines the challenges facing managers that 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. Some of the critical topics to be explored include:the international envirment; managing international strategic planning and implementation; managing people and processes across borders and cultures; and ethical dilemmas in international management.

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Operations Management

Summer Session II (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

To introduce students to the decision making concepts of operations planning, implementation, and control; to aid in the understanding of these concepts, and to provide 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.

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Sailing in the Mediterranean Sea

Summer Session I (100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (100-level; 1 credit)

Students will take ten two-hour sessions where they will learn the key components of sailing with experienced teachers. In order to take full advantage of the mild weather conditions and water temperature all sailing sessions will take place during the warmer weather months of each semester. This means that class will sometimes meet two times per week. Also, 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.

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Spanish Composition I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Composition I is a third year course for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a short novel will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Summer Session I (300-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (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.

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Spanish Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet

Summer Session I (200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (200-level; 1 credit)

This course is designed to teach typical Spanish and Mediterranean recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations. In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes. Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

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Urban Transportation Systems

Summer Session II (Civil Engineering; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course examines how transportation systems are designed, function, and evolve through time. We compare the history of urban development in the US with Europe and Latin America. We discuss how federal policy, public opinion, financial constraints, and politics influence transportation planning. We examine how street design and land use policy can create pedestrian and bicycle friendly communities. We explore the role of urban form in providing effective public transportation. Students will analyze roadway capacity, estimate travel demand, and calculate safety and environmental impacts from transportation projects. The course is intended for transportation engineering students as well as anyone interest in urban issues.

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