Skip to main content

Valencia 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 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.

Click the course title to view course details and description.

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.

Language course options will be limited in Valencia during summer sessions in 2021. Spanish language courses (Elementary to Advanced) are available on request only to students who are also enrolled in a 3-credit business or STEM elective. Students seeking language courses only are encouraged to consider our summer 2021 programs in Alicante or San Sebastián.

Session I and Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

    This track is a combination of three language courses for students have not taken any Spanish courses at the college-level. These courses are 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 and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

    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

    Students will learn to narrate in the main timeframes and use the subjunctive mood in the correct contexts. This course will also focuse on writing, familiarizing the student with the conventions of different types of written genres, such as descriptions, narrations in emails, blogs or journal articles, formal and informal letters, and expository academic essays.

    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 daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer students 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 1 credit Taught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    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

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

    The objective of this course is to teach students the rudiments of windsurfing. Students from all backgrounds and levels of experience are invited to participate in the exhilarating experience of manipulating a sail and standing up on the board.

    This course has an additional fee.

    Science, Engineering, Math and Business Electives

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

    Session I

    • Summer Session I
      Mathematics 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
      Summer Session II
      Mathematics 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

      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.

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

      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.

    • Summer Session I
      English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

      Principles and practices that develop writing and communication skills for professional writing and document design for traditional and new media (letters of inquiry and application, resumes, email practices, social media PowerPoint etc.)

    • Summer Session I
      Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
      Summer Session II
      Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

      The engineering of mankind’s superstructure marvels all started with the basic statics of equilibrium (Newton’s First Law). This introductory course on statics (required of most engineering and architecture programs) includes topics of force decomposition, equilibrium of force systems, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, cables, beams, fluid statics, and work.

    Session II

    • Summer Session I
      Mathematics 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
      Summer Session II
      Mathematics 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

      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.

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

      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.

    • Summer Session I
      Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
      Summer Session II
      Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

      The engineering of mankind’s superstructure marvels all started with the basic statics of equilibrium (Newton’s First Law). This introductory course on statics (required of most engineering and architecture programs) includes topics of force decomposition, equilibrium of force systems, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, cables, beams, fluid statics, and work.

    To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

    Summer STEM Research Assistantship Program

    • Term: Summer Session I & II (8 weeks) Students must complete both summer sessions
    • Deadline: March 15, 2021 (late applications may be considered)
    • Program fee: $8,813 (includes housing)

    Academic Details

    Total Credit

    6 credits

    Required Courses

    Research Assistantship (3 credits, 200/300/400-level)

    • Projects available in the following fields at the Universidad Politècnica de València (UPV)
      • Agrofood and Biotechnology
      • Architecture
      • Sciences: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Health Technology
      • Civil Engineering
      • Industrial Engineering
      • Information Technology
    • 200+ total hours
    • 25 hours required per week

    USAC elective selected from available course offerings (3 credits)

    Pre-Requisite
    • Two semesters of college-level Spanish (some research labs may have a higher language proficiency requirements)
    • STEM majors and minors
    • Students must complete an additional host university internship application in English and 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

    Apply Now

    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 Valencia tour and field study page.

    Internships

    USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Spain, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

    Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

    • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
    • Gain practical, hands-on experience
    • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
    • Build a network of professional contacts
    • Improve your resume
    • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
    • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Spain

    For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

    For more information about placement options, see the Valencia internship page.

    Quick Details

    2021-22 App. Cycle

    Summer Session I (4 weeks): Late application possible; Contact USAC
    Summer Session II (4 weeks): Open
    Summer Session I&II (8 weeks):
    Late application possible; Contact USAC

    Fall/Yearlong: Open

    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

    Summer: 60 students

    Semester: 65 students

    Instruction

    English | Spanish

    Member

    APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

    Passport & Visa

    Passport & Visa Information