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Montevideo Courses – 2021-22 Yearlong

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

Semester students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Spanish language plus electives in Latin American studies, business and gender studies. 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 (Both Semesters)

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. All students are required to spend the beginning of the fall and spring semesters taking the first course in a track, which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. All language courses focus on the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

Track I: 8 credits

Prerequisite: None

  1. Elementary Spanish I
  2. Elementary Spanish II

Track II: 6 credits

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Intermediate Spanish I
  2. Intermediate Spanish II

Track III: 6 credits

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Spanish Composition I
  2. Spanish Composition II

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 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: two semesters of college 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 Spanish, or equivalent

      • 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 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 Spanish

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

        These two advanced courses of Spanish have been 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 Spanish

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

        These two advanced courses of Spanish have been 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 Spanish

      Fall Semester

      Spanish Language Electives

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

        The foundation of successful intercultural negotiation is advanced knowledge and usage of various tools. Typical negotiation strategies are not applicable in multi-cultural settings. Students will explore a variety of readings, case studies, and mock negotiations to acquire the theoretical knowledge and skills to successfully negotiate in multi-cultural settings.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Spanish

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

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

      Business and Entrepreneurship

      • Fall
        General Business Management Supply Chain Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students will learn business management principles and quantitative methods and models for decision-making. The course will cover key strategies of operations management such as linear programming, quality control, line balancing, inventory models, and simulation in a culturally diverse environment.

      Latin American Studies | Gender Studies

      • Fall
        History Political Science Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        History Political Science Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course examines the chain of events and situations, including the highly influential panorama of the Cold War years, and the socio-political situation in the region that led to the Peronist Movement in Argentina and its fall, plus the follow up of military “juntas”. It will also analyze the involutionary process of the highly accomplished Uruguayan Swiss style democracy and the complex and dramatic circumstances of the irruption of the armed groups of marxist orientations in the early 60´s, social violence and the gradual influence of the Uruguayan military. The connections between the two processes will be also studied, as well as the influence on them of the Cuban revolution, the Chile of Allende and the Brazilian case in the same period.

      • Fall
        Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course provides an introduction to gender theory and women movements, emphasizing the role of different women’s organizations in local social movements. It constitutes an opportunity to explore Human Rights situation for women in Uruguay. From the dictatorship days until the present, the course will analyze how women organized to participate in political life, society and business. Through inviting some key characters from cultural and political life, the group will have the chance to discuss these topics first hand, with women that were part of these processes. The 14th Latin American and the Caribbean Feminist Encounter will take place in Montevideo on November 23, 24 and 25, and this will be as well an amazing opportunity to get involved with women’s local and regional movements.

      • Fall
        Anthropology History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Anthropology History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The course provides an introduction to the history and culture of the Rio de la Plata region, specifically Uruguay and Argentina, with a focus on recent history. It examines:

        to the 1850s: the pre-conquest native populations; the Spanish conquest and settlement; colonial institutions; Spanish-Portuguese rivalry in the region; the independence movements; and caudillo rule;

        from the 1850s to the 1950s: development of the export economies, rise of oligarchic government; democratization; creation of Latin America’s first social welfare state in Uruguay; and the populism of Juan Domingo Perón in Argentina; and

        from the 1950s to present: the impact of the Cuban Revolution on the Río de la Plata; the Tupamaro urban guerrillas in Uruguay; the “dirty war” in Argentina; and contemporary issues.

        The course also examines the foundation of Buenos Aires and Montevideo and the influences of European populations on the cultural patterns that define “Che” culture of Rio de la Plata. Similarities and differences between Argentinean and Uruguayan culture (religion, sports, cinema, clothing, food, family, music, politics, economy, environment, etc.) will be explored.

      • Fall
        Anthropology Other Foreign Language 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Anthropology Other Foreign Language 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This field study course is designed to provide students an academic and cultural experience of visiting and learning from direct experience. The aim is to familiarize students with the rich culture and history of the region and Uruguay.

        While visiting different sites in the country, museums, iconic buildings, and classic neighborhoods, and through the rich interaction with local people, students will learn first-hand about history and traditions, and how they can inform our understanding of Rio de la Plata today.

        The places/sites we will visit will be chosen purposely for their relevant historical and cultural significance, in order to provide an authentic and thorough learning opportunity for students.

        Co-requisite: Rio de la Plata - People and Culture.

        This course has an additional fee.

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        A panoramic vision of Latin American literature, from its beginnings to the 20th century. The course will study the evolution of different genre, fundamentally the novel, poetry and theater, through their more important movements, as well as representative key works.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      Spring Semester

      Spanish Language Electives

      • Spring
        Spanish 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.

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

        The foundation of successful intercultural negotiation is advanced knowledge and usage of various tools. Typical negotiation strategies are not applicable in multi-cultural settings. Students will explore a variety of readings, case studies, and mock negotiations to acquire the theoretical knowledge and skills to successfully negotiate in multi-cultural settings.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Spanish

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

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

      Business and Entrepreneurship

      • Spring
        Agriculture Marketing 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Marketing relies heavily on understanding and communicating effectively with people of different backgrounds. In agribusiness marketing, this includes varied populations such as farmers, suppliers, consumers, and legislators – all with different (and sometimes conflicting) concerns and/or goals. Understanding the differing points of view and interests of each group is essential for the successful management and marketing in the Agribusiness field. The objective of the course is to help students understand both the components of the agribusiness market, and the people involved in it. Students will analyze market data, identify changes in demand, and communicate and develop marketing messages for multiple audiences in order to increase demand.

      • Spring
        General Business Management Supply Chain Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the range of issues and pitfalls that must be recognized, assessed, and managed in the wine business industry, all while minimizing production shortfalls and dealing with day to day operational challenges.

        At the end of the semester, students will have a better understanding of wine, the wine industry, and the unique supply chain management protocols. Students will be fully immersed in the community of vineyards and wineries in the region. The course offers in-class lectures, guest speakers, and the opportunity to visit local vineyards and wineries in the countryside. There is also a special harvesting activity in the South Cone scheduled during the course. Students will be offered the opportunity to experience every step of the production process including, growing and care procedures, harvesting, using machinery and technology, bottling, and packaging. There will also be lessons on environmental impacts, and human resources.

        Prerequisite: introductory college-level business course

      • Fall
        Entrepreneurship General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
        Spring
        Entrepreneurship General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The entrepreneurial spirit is within each student and is not something that can be taught. Students will enhance the natural entrepreneurial spirit by providing practical skills training and exposing students to the process of turning ideas into products. Students will explore a variety of frameworks and concepts used for discovery, business, and management. Guest speakers are also scheduled throughout the course to ensure students gain valuable information regarding software, tourism, and the food industries.

      • Spring
        Geography Natural Resources 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The objective of the course is to introduce students to the multifaceted challenges that our environment faces, explore future trends, and possible solutions. The course will focus on the environmental regulations, government actions in Latin America and Actual Intervention Approach. The environment is central to our lives, and maintaining it stands as one of the great world challenges that humanity faces at the present. What are the risks? How do we recognize them? And what are some of the solutions to improve environmental sustainability? Topics include: waste management, waste water management, air emissions, environmental policies, and sustainable businesses.

      • Fall
        Agriculture Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
        Spring
        Agriculture Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Food is central to our lives; and in many more ways than the action of eating to sustain body and brain. Food is embedded in culture and acts as a strong binding link in families and societies and even between societies as food products and recipes travel the world. More importantly, what is less known is that food production and consumption stand at the crossroad of the big world challenges that humanity faces: hunger, poverty, energy, environment, climate change and population growth. Finally, access to food is a condition to the political stability of a country as mass demonstrations against high food prices (known as ‘food riots’) have showed in recent years.

        Prerequisite: introductory coursework in college-level psychology or community health sciences

      • Fall
        Horticulture and Viticulture 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled
        Spring
        Horticulture and Viticulture 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This field study course is designed to provide students an academic and cultural experience of visiting and learning from vineyards and local wine cellars in the countryside area. The aim is to familiarize students with the rich wine culture and development of its industry in Uruguay.

        While visiting the locations, students will learn first-hand about the harvest, growing and care procedures related to the grapes and vines, bottling, and the packaging process. Also related, they will learn about the business of winemaking, marketing, promotion, shipping, exporting, operations, logistics, etc. Differences in small and large, family and corporate-run vineyards will be addressed.

        The vineyards / companies we will visit were chosen purposely for their varying sizes, styles, focuses and products, in order to provide an authentic and thorough learning opportunity for students.

        This course has an additional fee.

      Latin American Studies | Gender Studies

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

        Review of the birth of the Uruguayan cinema. Review of most important Uruguayan cinematographic institutions. Analysis of the form, content, directing, editing, social relevance, and history of recent films from or about Argentina and Uruguay. Special emphasis in contemporary tendencies of Art Cinema, Documentaries and Independent Cinema.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Spring
        Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Women’s activism gained strong visibility in the past few years, particularly enhanced by the power of new technologies and the Internet. This course provides an introduction to gender theory and women movements, exploring the more recent strategies of feminists and women’s movements to get together and fight against gender violence of all kinds, using the Internet and social networks as a powerful tool. We will study some international examples, as well as local examples like the #NiUnaMenos movement, that started in Argentina and expanded throughout Latin America to fight against femicide, and other self-organized events like the #EFD (Encuentro de Feministas Desorganizadas) that recently took place in Montevideo. The course will have a strong practical basis, including attending to some of the meetings to organize the 2018 International Women’s day (March 8th), that got together more than 300 thousand people in 2017 (in a 3 million people country). The interaction with some of the local main characters of this new ways of activism will give the students the opportunity to discuss these topics first hand, addressing as well the new forms of ‘Internet violence’ that emerge as a reaction.

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

        The Latin American Dances class is addressed to those students who enjoy dancing and want to learn how to relate traditional Latin American dances like “Cha chachá”, “Son”, “Bolero” “Merengue”, “Salsa”, “Guaracha”, “Cumbia” and so on. At the same time, the students have the chance to practice Spanish and become more acquainted with the Latin American culture.

      • Spring
        Latin American Studies 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course examines the political and social dimensions of health and environment in Latin America, including the influence of poverty, race, gender, and religion. Through topics such as HIV/AIDS, nutrition, climate change, and mental health, students will become aware of the cultural factors that shape understandings of sickness and health and determine our interactions with the environment. We will also examine governmental and private responses to public health and environmental crises in the region. Course includes visits to and from local health agencies and environmental organizations.

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

        The Latin American Cuisine class is intended for students who enjoy cooking and want to learn how to prepare traditional Latin American dishes like “ceviche”, “picadillo”, “empanadas”, “tres leches”, and so on. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice Spanish and become more acquainted with the Latin American culture.

        The program changes depending of the time of the year and the products available in the market. For that reason, the menu will vary every session. The dishes are based on beef, cereals, sea food products, homemade pasta, and dressings.

      • Fall
        History Political Science Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        History Political Science Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course examines the chain of events and situations, including the highly influential panorama of the Cold War years, and the socio-political situation in the region that led to the Peronist Movement in Argentina and its fall, plus the follow up of military “juntas”. It will also analyze the involutionary process of the highly accomplished Uruguayan Swiss style democracy and the complex and dramatic circumstances of the irruption of the armed groups of marxist orientations in the early 60´s, social violence and the gradual influence of the Uruguayan military. The connections between the two processes will be also studied, as well as the influence on them of the Cuban revolution, the Chile of Allende and the Brazilian case in the same period.

      • Spring
        Political Science Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course will cover topics in modern Latin American society, including social justice, drug trafficking, and structural corruption. Students will develop the ability to identify specific events that have taken place in Rio de la Plata in the last twenty years, analyze these events through various theoretical perspectives, and hypothesize its impact on future generations.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Anthropology History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Anthropology History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The course provides an introduction to the history and culture of the Rio de la Plata region, specifically Uruguay and Argentina, with a focus on recent history. It examines:

        to the 1850s: the pre-conquest native populations; the Spanish conquest and settlement; colonial institutions; Spanish-Portuguese rivalry in the region; the independence movements; and caudillo rule;

        from the 1850s to the 1950s: development of the export economies, rise of oligarchic government; democratization; creation of Latin America’s first social welfare state in Uruguay; and the populism of Juan Domingo Perón in Argentina; and

        from the 1950s to present: the impact of the Cuban Revolution on the Río de la Plata; the Tupamaro urban guerrillas in Uruguay; the “dirty war” in Argentina; and contemporary issues.

        The course also examines the foundation of Buenos Aires and Montevideo and the influences of European populations on the cultural patterns that define “Che” culture of Rio de la Plata. Similarities and differences between Argentinean and Uruguayan culture (religion, sports, cinema, clothing, food, family, music, politics, economy, environment, etc.) will be explored.

      • Fall
        Anthropology Other Foreign Language 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Anthropology Other Foreign Language 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This field study course is designed to provide students an academic and cultural experience of visiting and learning from direct experience. The aim is to familiarize students with the rich culture and history of the region and Uruguay.

        While visiting different sites in the country, museums, iconic buildings, and classic neighborhoods, and through the rich interaction with local people, students will learn first-hand about history and traditions, and how they can inform our understanding of Rio de la Plata today.

        The places/sites we will visit will be chosen purposely for their relevant historical and cultural significance, in order to provide an authentic and thorough learning opportunity for students.

        Co-requisite: Rio de la Plata - People and Culture.

        This course has an additional fee.

      • Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        A broad view of the evolution of the different literary genres of Spanish-speaking Latin American countries during the 20th century. Several key works will be studied as well as many literary fragments in order to provide a well-rounded vision of this century, including García Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Borges, Vargas Llosa and others.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college 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 Uruguay. 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 Montevideo 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 Uruguay, 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 Uruguay

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

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

      Cultural Enrichment Workshops

      Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Uruguayan life and culture.

      • Fall
        Spring

        Museums are story capsules. Not only are they places where artists' work live, but they are also spaces where different stories are told. Sometimes that includes the history of country (recognizing that perspective and position are important), or the life of an artist. Museums are educational institutions as much as cultural institutions. This workshop will consist of visiting different museums and understanding the goal/mission of each museum. We will explore questions such as, "what is a museum's relationship and/or duty to society to provide accurate and inclusive information?" We will talk about the different types of museums that exist in Uruguay - from artistic, to cultural to social and political, and the way they bridge that connection through their exhibitions.

        (non-credit opportunity)
      • Spring

        This workshop will encourage students to photograph all around the city of Montevideo. Each student can choose a type of photography that they are interested in. This includes, but is not limited to: Portraits, landscape, building landscape, street activity. Based on that theme, we will travel to different places together and document our experiences. Each student is encouraged to post at least one photograph per location.

        (non-credit opportunity)
      • Fall

        This workshop will encourage students to photograph all around the city of Montevideo. Each student can choose a type of photography that they are interested in. This includes, but is not limited to: Portraits, landscape, building landscape, street activity. Based on that theme, we will travel to different places together and document our experiences. Each student is encouraged to post at least one photograph per location.

        (non-credit opportunity)

      Additional Offerings

      Courses

      • Fall
        300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Description not available at this time.

      Quick Details

      2021-22 App. Cycle

      Spring: Open (Nov. 1 deadline)

      2022-23 App. Cycle

      Summer: Open
      Fall/Yearlong: Open
      Spring: Open

      Eligibility

      Preferred GPA: 2.5

      Program Type

      Specialty

      Credits

      US Credit

      Program Capacity

      50 students

      Instruction

      English/Spanish

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