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Valencia Courses – 2022 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, description, and availability.

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

The following courses are typically offered each summer session.

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

    This course is an optional one-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in Spanish classes, emphasizing the verbal mode of the Spanish language. It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as social 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
      Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

      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.

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

    • Summer Session I
      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

    • Summer Session I
      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.

    • Summer Session I
      Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
      Summer Session II
      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.

    • 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 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

    Session II

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

    • Summer Session II
      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.

    • Summer Session I
      Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
      Summer Session II
      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.

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

      The objective of this course is to enable students to develop competence in an area which normally does not constitute a part of language learning. You will become familiar with the terminology and syntax of the world of economics, business administration, markets and related topics, in order to enable you to communicate correctly in the target language. Business writing, correspondence, oral and written translation of business related material is also practiced.

      Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

    • 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 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

    Summer STEM Research Assistantship Program

    • Term: Summer Session I & II (8 weeks) Students must complete both summer sessions
    • Deadline: March 15, 2022 (late applications may be considered)
    • Program fee: TBD

    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

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    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

    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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