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Valencia Courses – 2022 Spring

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.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of language courses plus electives in literature, culture, business or STEM fields. All students must complete a minimum of one language course, although we strongly encourage students to complete an entire language track. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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

Spanish Language Tracks

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Track I: 11 credits

Prerequisite: None

  1. Elementary Spanish I
  2. Elementary Spanish II
  3. Intermediate Spanish I

Track II: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Intermediate Spanish I
  2. Intermediate Spanish II
  3. Spanish Composition I

Track III: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Spanish Composition I
  2. Spanish Composition II
  3. Advanced Spanish I

Track IV: 6 credits

Prerequisite: 6 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Advanced Spanish I
  2. Advanced Spanish II

      Language Courses

      • Fall
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        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.

      • Fall
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        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

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        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

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        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

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        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

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        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

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        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

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        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

      Fall Semester

      Spanish Culture, Language and Literature Electives

      • Fall
        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 Barcelona tour by providing a historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. Students will acquire new knowledge about the physical, cultural, and historical landscape of Spain.

        Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Barcelona Tour.


      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        Optional three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the three-hundred level Spanish courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        An introduction to local Spanish cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes including paella valenciana, lentejas estofadas con chorizo, and semifrío de chocolate y coco will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction.

      • Fall
        Anthropology Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
        Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Anthropology Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits 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.

      • Fall
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        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.

      Business and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Electives

      • Fall
        Mathematics 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mathematics 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Introductory course emphasizing techniques of linear algebra with applications to engineering; topics include matrix operations, determinants, linear equations, vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors, inner products, norms, and orthogonality.

        Linear algebra might be considered a mathematical toolkit for analyzing data and geometry. In virtually every area of human endeavor, data and geometry are or can be used to further understanding and to assist in making predictions. Indeed, linear algebra is behind the majority of technical and scientific discoveries.

        Prerequisites: two semesters of college-level calculus

      • Fall
        Mathematics 200-level 4 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mathematics 200-level 4 credits Taught in English

        This course is a continuation of Calculus II, infinite series, three-dimensional calculus.

        Emphasis in this course will be placed on understanding the underlying concepts rather than memorization: knowing why the key is to knowing how.

        Prerequisite: Calculus II (passed with at least a C-)

      • Fall
        Mathematics 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mathematics 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course will focus on the theory and solving techniques for constant and variable coefficient linear equations and a variety of non-linear equations. Emphasis will be placed on differential equations arising from real-world phenomena.

        Prerequisite: Calculus II (passed with at least a C-) Calculus III recommended

      • Fall
        Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in tow and three dimensions; relative motion; work and energy; impulse and momentum.

      • Fall
        Mechanical Engineering 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mechanical Engineering 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Principles of engineering thermodynamics: a study of the first and second laws, entropy, ideal and real gases

      • Fall
        Chemistry 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course is designed for first-semester general chemistry students whose academic plans require advanced study in chemistry. Fundamentals of chemistry including reaction stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, states of matter, intermolecular forces, solutions, and thermochemistry will be covered.

        The Laboratory Course: concurrent enrollment in General Chemistry Laboratory I is required with General Chemistry I except by prior department approval. These are co-requisites, if one course is dropped, the other must be dropped as well, no matter the level of success in that course.

        Corequisite: General Chemistry I Lab

      • Fall
        100-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This course provides the laboratory component to accompany General Chemistry I. It examines the fundamentals of chemistry including reaction stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, states of matter, and thermochemistry.

        Corequisite: General Chemistry I

      • Fall
        International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course will cover topics related to the challenges of competing in a global economy. Students will acquire knowledge in strategic management in a global competitive environment and develop the ability to effectively analyze how culture impacts motivation, leadership, communication, negotiation, decision-making, HRM practices, and management of a multicultural workforce.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college business

      • Fall
        Physics 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Physics 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This class covers thermodynamics (laws, kinetic theory, states of matter), electrostatics and electrodynamics (charge, fields, force, potential, current, dielectrics, circuit elements), magnetism (fields, forces, sources, materials), and electromagnetic oscillations.

        Co-requisite: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab II

      • Fall
        Physics 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Physics 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

        The purpose of the physics laboratory is to allow students to witness the concepts and physical laws that are introduced in lecture. You will also be exposed to elementary laboratory techniques. Every class will have a short lecture introducing the procedures, concepts, formulas and instructions relevant to the experiment. The lecture will also cover what is expected in your lab-report; don’t be late. Attendance and participation is mandatory. Experiments will usually be performed in groups, but each student will turn in an individual lab report.

      • Fall
        English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        In this class, students will develop writing and communication skills for professional and business settings. Students will also learn traditional and new media design for letters of interest, applications, resumes, email etiquette, social media, and PowerPoint presentation formatting.

      • Fall
        Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The engineering of humanity’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.

        Prerequisite: general physics and one semester of college calculus

      Spring Semester

      Spanish Culture, Language and Literature Electives

      • Spring
        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 historical and artistic foundation for studies of Spanish language and culture. The purpose of this course is to expose students to the physical, cultural, and historical landscape of Spain.

        Co-requisite: enrollment in the optional Madrid Tour.

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        Optional three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the three-hundred level Spanish courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        An introduction to local Spanish cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes including paella valenciana, lentejas estofadas con chorizo, and semifrío de chocolate y coco will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction.

      • Fall
        Anthropology Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
        Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Anthropology Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits 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.

      • Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course examines the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of various literary movements and the study of the most important authors of each period from the 18th through the 20th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected, which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        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.

      Business and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Electives

      • Fall
        Mathematics 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mathematics 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Introductory course emphasizing techniques of linear algebra with applications to engineering; topics include matrix operations, determinants, linear equations, vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors, inner products, norms, and orthogonality.

        Linear algebra might be considered a mathematical toolkit for analyzing data and geometry. In virtually every area of human endeavor, data and geometry are or can be used to further understanding and to assist in making predictions. Indeed, linear algebra is behind the majority of technical and scientific discoveries.

        Prerequisites: two semesters of college-level calculus

      • Fall
        Mathematics 200-level 4 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mathematics 200-level 4 credits Taught in English

        This course is a continuation of Calculus II, infinite series, three-dimensional calculus.

        Emphasis in this course will be placed on understanding the underlying concepts rather than memorization: knowing why the key is to knowing how.

        Prerequisite: Calculus II (passed with at least a C-)

      • Fall
        Mathematics 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mathematics 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course will focus on the theory and solving techniques for constant and variable coefficient linear equations and a variety of non-linear equations. Emphasis will be placed on differential equations arising from real-world phenomena.

        Prerequisite: Calculus II (passed with at least a C-) Calculus III recommended

      • Fall
        Mechanical Engineering 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mechanical Engineering 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Principles of engineering thermodynamics: a study of the first and second laws, entropy, ideal and real gases

      • Fall
        International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course will cover topics related to the challenges of competing in a global economy. Students will acquire knowledge in strategic management in a global competitive environment and develop the ability to effectively analyze how culture impacts motivation, leadership, communication, negotiation, decision-making, HRM practices, and management of a multicultural workforce.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college business

      • Fall
        Supply Chain Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
        Spring
        Supply Chain Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course covers topics related to decision-making concepts of operations planning, implementation, and control. Students will develop a strong theoretical foundation to effectively forecast and analyze customer service inventory management processes, just-in-time productions, supply chain management processes, and quality assessment/improvement in services and manufacturing.

      • Fall
        Physics 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Physics 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This class covers thermodynamics (laws, kinetic theory, states of matter), electrostatics and electrodynamics (charge, fields, force, potential, current, dielectrics, circuit elements), magnetism (fields, forces, sources, materials), and electromagnetic oscillations.

        Co-requisite: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab II

      • Fall
        Physics 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Physics 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

        The purpose of the physics laboratory is to allow students to witness the concepts and physical laws that are introduced in lecture. You will also be exposed to elementary laboratory techniques. Every class will have a short lecture introducing the procedures, concepts, formulas and instructions relevant to the experiment. The lecture will also cover what is expected in your lab-report; don’t be late. Attendance and participation is mandatory. Experiments will usually be performed in groups, but each student will turn in an individual lab report.

      • Fall
        English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        English Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        In this class, students will develop writing and communication skills for professional and business settings. Students will also learn traditional and new media design for letters of interest, applications, resumes, email etiquette, social media, and PowerPoint presentation formatting.

      • Fall
        Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Mechanical Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The engineering of humanity’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.

        Prerequisite: general physics and one semester of college calculus

      To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

      Host University Courses

      Attending a host university course is a great option for students looking to expand their academic experience abroad. By auditing a class at the Universidad Politècnica de València (UPV), USAC students can experience firsthand the academic style of Spain, immerse themselves in the academic community of Valencia, and get to know local university students with similar academic interests. Most courses are taught in Spanish, but English-language offerings may be available.

      While it may be possible to earn academic credit for host university courses, UPV does not provide an official university transcript for courses completed by USAC students. Instead, they may provide a letter verifying participation in the course and the grade received. Be sure to work with your home university academic advisor to determine if host university courses will be accepted for credit. Please note that UPV may follow a different academic calendar than USAC. This means that final exams may take place after the USAC program has ended. It may be possible to arrange early exams, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Additionally, there may be supplementary fees associated with host university courses that are not covered by USAC program fees.

      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.

      Additional Offerings

      Courses

      • Fall
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish Cancelled

        This course will introduce students to a variety of Spanish dances including Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha-cha, and Flamenco. Students will develop an understanding of the spirit of dance, as it is understood by the Spanish community.

      • Fall
        General Engineering 200-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

        Describing the conceptual internal structure of materials, its evolution into the real model of microstructure in order to understand the dependence of properties upon these structures. Connecting properties to the behavior of materials in service and materials selection.

        Prerequisite: General Chemistry I and lab, introductory college-level course in general chemistry for scientists and engineers

      • Fall
        Physics 100-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

        Vectors, one and two dimensional kinematics, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum, rotational mechanics, oscillations, gravitation, fluids, elastic waves and sound.

        Co-requisite: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab I

      • Fall
        Physics 100-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

        The purpose of the physics laboratory is to allow students to witness the concepts and physical laws that are introduced in lecture. You will also be exposed to elementary laboratory techniques. Every class will have a short lecture introducing the procedures, concepts, formulas and instructions relevant to the experiment. The lecture will also cover what is expected in your lab-report; don’t be late. Attendance and participation is mandatory. Experiments will usually be performed in groups of two, but each student will turn in an individual lab report.

      Quick Details

      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: 60 students

      Semester: 65 students

      Instruction

      English | Spanish

      Member

      APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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