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Dates:
09/02/2014 - 12/19/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/08/2014 - 04/30/2014 *
Deadlines:
10/01/2013
Credit:
12 - 15 semester / 18 - 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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10/01/2014
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15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend a semester or a year solidifying your informal and academic Spanish language skills in the charming city of Alcalá de Henares.

Through daily interaction with social and academic communities, rigorous coursework, living arrangements with native speakers, and various cultural excursions, you’ll not only drastically improve your proficiency in Spanish, but develop an understanding of issues relevant to contemporary Spain and its people.

Study abroad in Spain and you will:

  • Perfect your Spanish skills: learn formal Spanish in the classroom and colloquial Spanish in the community; participate in conversation exchanges, intercambios or volunteering
  • Enroll directly in Universidad de Alcalá courses alongside Spanish students
  • Choose between living in a Spanish homestay or a shared room at the University residencia with Spanish and other international students
  • Enjoy free cultural visits to museums, theaters, and fairs in Alcalá de Henares and Madrid; day trips almost every Friday to Toledo, Segovia, Cuenca, Soria, El Escorial, El Pardo, and Castilla Castles; and two overnight CIEE trips to Asturias-Cantabria, La Rioja, Castilla-León, and Extremadura, hidden treasures for the great majority of foreigners where you will can discover the real Spain
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Choose from a wide variety of CIEE elective courses ranging in subject from globalization and business, to literature, history, the arts, and communications. For future healthcare professionals who need to use Spanish in the workplace, CIEE offers a course covering medical terminology, commonly used grammatical structures, and culture aspects that every health care professional should know.

Student with advanced language skills can opt to enroll directly in courses with Spanish students at Universidad de Alcalá.

Excursions

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Enjoy visits to museums, theaters, and fairs in Alcalá de Henares and Madrid, as well as excursions to nearby sites of historic interest such as Toledo, Cuenca, Valle de los Caídos, El Pardo, El Escorial, Ávila, and Segovia. Longer trips may include La Rioja, Extremadura, Asturias, and Castilla-León which are planned to supplement class work and to introduce students to the rich diversity of the geographical, linguistic, and cultural areas of Spain.

Cultural Activities

Conversation exchanges, theater performances, and various clubs (chorus, book club, dance class, etc.), and activities sponsored by the Universidad de Alcalá throughout the semester are designed to bring together American and Spanish University students.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/02/2014
12/19/2014
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, host institution insurance, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,398
Housing ***
$5,050
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,750
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (16 wks)
10/01/2013
01/08/2014
04/30/2014
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, host institution insurance, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,398
Housing ***
$5,050
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,750
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
10/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/02/2014
TBA
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, host institution insurance, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$23,398
Housing ***
$10,100
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,750
Local Transportation
$600
Books & Supplies
$600
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$5,600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 3.0 GPA in most recent Spanish class
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester program is 15 - 18 semester/22.5 - 27 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the academic year program is 30 - 36 semester/45 - 54 quarter hours.

Contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated. A full course load is considered four courses. All courses are considered junior- or senior-level.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

In CIEE and Institute Benjamin Franklin courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and often oral presentations, much like in the United States. In regular University courses, assessment is sometimes based solely on an examination given at the end of the semester, but other times it is a combination of both exams and papers. Grades are given on a ten-point scale.

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About the City

About The City

Alcalá de Henares, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, is located 35 minutes northeast of Madrid by train. Alcalá is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote de la Mancha. It has a population of 270,000 and includes approximately 28,680 university students and a growing number of immigrant groups from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Alcalá’s historic center is a mix of harmonious streets, noble architecture dating back to the 16th century, convents, shops, restaurants, tapas bars, and graceful storks that nest atop buildings.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Cristina Blanco

Cristina Blanco, Resident Director, earned her undergraduate degrees in Filología Hispánica y Educación Infantil, and her M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad de Alcalá. Cristina taught at the International Trade Institute in Taiwan’s Ministry of Commerce, at Kobe Gaidai University in Japan and Middlebury College in Vermont. She is the co-author of a textbook on Spanish for foreigners -Prisma B1- and another about nonverbal communication. Currently she teaches Spanish Advanced Grammar. Cristina has been working for CIEE since 2005 as RD and since 2002 in other positions.

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I look forward to welcoming you to Alcalá de Henares. Alcalá is a unique place that offers you insight into the history and traditions that continue to shape contemporary Spain. 35 Minutes from Madrid by train, the geographical center of Spain, Alcalá is a wonderful location in which to study literature, humanities, economics and social sciences at one of the oldest universities in the country and also enjoy the young university community. Come and learn why the dreams of Don Quixote and the life of Miguel de Cervantes are key influences in today’s Spain; come and enjoy this vibrant, beautiful city where you can interact with many young Spaniards; and finally, come and live in Alcalá to learn how its rich, historical past makes it a cherished jewel of Spain!

Espero darte la bienvenida muy pronto en Alcalá de Henares. Alcalá está ubicada en un lugar único de la historia, literatura y tradiciones y nos ofrece un espejo de la sociedad española. Además, Alcalá ofrece mucho en cuanto a ambiente cultural y social se refiere: teatros, espectáculos, conferencias, cines, tiendas, restaurantes y oportunidades para hacer amigos españoles. Es posible disfrutar a la vez de sus parques y plazas históricas donde leer, o simplemente contemplar a los artistas callejeros. Además, Alcalá está muy cerca de la vida cosmopolita, museos y centro cultural de la capital, Madrid, además de la cercanía al aeropuerto desde donde puedes volar a otras partes de España y Europa con las compañías “low cost.”

— Cristina Blanco, Resident Director

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Fausto Zamora

Fausto Zamora introduces students to the Spanish culture at orientation, assists on CIEE trips, and provides tutoring for students one day a week. He hold a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at Universidad de Alcalá, where completed his undergraduate education as well, and he is currently completing a degree in Law. Fausto taught in Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic), in the International Trade Institute in Taiwan’s Ministry of Commerce, in Kobe Gaidai University and Kioto Gaidai University (Japan).

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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The Universidad de Alcalá was founded in 1499. In 1836 the University transferred to the nearby capital of Madrid, leaving its historic facilities in Alcalá unused until 1977 when the University was re-established. The Instituto Benjamin Franklin offers academic programs in Hispanic Studies for U.S. students. CIEE students can also take courses at the Universidad de Alcalá Schools of Philosophy and Letters, Economics and Business, and Law.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing and meals are included in the program fee. During the program, students live in either Spanish-speaking homes (one student per home) or in University residencias (a furnished apartment with a private bedroom with other students). All rooms in the residencias have Internet access and air conditioning. Students share a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and microwave, and living area.

Students in Spanish homes take their meals at the place of residence. Students in the University residencias receive a meal stipend and take their meals in University-run facilities or prepare their own. The residencias are located outside the historic city center, and students take a 15-minute public bus ride to the Institute. Students who choose a homestay either walk or take a bus to the Institute.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Alcalá de Henares even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important and giving you time to ask questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program and site, as well as your goals for the program, so that you arrive at the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A mandatory two-day orientation session, conducted at the beginning of the program, will introduce you to the country, the culture, and the academic program and provide practical information about living in Spain and Alcalá in particular. Orientation themes include the Spanish university system, banking, safety, how and where to shop, money issues, and cultural adaptation. A language skills diagnostic examination is conducted to identify the linguistic level of all participants so that each student is placed in appropriate courses. Orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access will be available in various areas of the Universidad de Alcalá, in your homestay, and at numerous affordable cafes throughout the city. You'll also have access to computer labs at the University from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 1999, the CIEE Study Center at the Universidad de Alcalá provides an academic program for students with a high-intermediate to advanced level of Spanish. The academic offering consists of a combination of one CIEE Study Center language course and three or four courses offered through the Institute Benjamin Franklin (Hispanic Studies for U.S. students). Students with the necessary prerequisites are encouraged to enroll in one or two courses at the Universidad de Alcalá and learn alongside Spanish students.

Academic Culture

The Institute is housed in a 17th century convent which has been renovated to preserve the building’s beauty and charm, while providing modern office and classroom space. Class size ranges from five to 21 American students. Instruction is in Spanish. Classes at the Institute meet twice a week for 90 minutes, Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for class-related activities, weekend excursions, and field trips to Madrid and surrounding areas or free time.

In the fall semester, Institute courses start the first week in September and end in mid-December. Regular University courses run from September through late January. While some professors allow early exams in December prior to the holiday break, CIEE cannot guarantee this for all courses; during pre-departure registration, CIEE will provide a list of classes for which early exams are possible. All semester students interested in enrolling in regular University courses must be prepared to stay until the end of the examination period in late January.

In the spring semester, Institute courses begin in early January and run through late April or early May. Regular University courses begin in late January with exams usually scheduled in May. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the students’ overall study abroad experience, attendance in class is paramount. An early departure for or a late return from vacation is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods, or upon completion of the program.

Nature of Classes

CIEE language courses are with CIEE students only. Area studies courses through the Institute Benjamin Franklin are with CIEE and other U.S. students. Regular University courses immersed with Spanish and ERASMUS (European) students are an option if you hold advanced language skills and are willing to choose from a smaller list of classes or extend your stay (late January for the fall semester and late May for the spring semester).

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In CIEE and Institute Benjamin Franklin courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, much like the U.S. In regular University courses, assessment is based on in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations as well, or sometimes based solely on an examination given at the end of the semester. Grades are given on a 10-point scale.

Language

All the classes are taught in Spanish. Language activities have been developed to enhance the student’s language improvement and cultural immersion. These activities may include language exchange events where our CIEE students can meet Spanish students to speak English and Spanish. Past activities included a Spanish Book Club, university choir, and volunteering.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Alcalá and teaching and research centers of Madrid.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Courses

Students are required to enroll in one of the following CIEE language courses during their first semester of participation in the program. Upon arrival in Alcalá, all study abroad students take a placement exam. If the CIEE Resident Director determines that a student is a native speaker of Spanish, the student will be exempt from the language requirement.

SPAN 3002 ALCA

Advanced Spanish Grammar: From Structure to the Text
This course places special emphasis on grammar and vocabulary in addition to notions, functions, and use of the language in real speaking situations and describes for the students a standard language. Students work with authentic texts, both written and audiovisual, from newspapers, magazines, the Internet, publications, contemporary literary texts, news reports, movies, documentaries, and telephone conversations.

SPAN 3003 ALCA

Advanced Spanish Language Seminar
This advanced Spanish language seminar is a series of interrelated language study activities. Particular attention is given to the difficulties and deficiencies in listening comprehension, composition, phonetics, semantics, and lexicology that hinder the students’ progress toward a sophisticated level of language competency.

CIEE Elective Course

Elective Institute Courses

A final list of Institute courses is not available until a few months prior to the start of each semester. Students should refer to the course registration form in their acceptance materials for a final list of courses. The courses and descriptions listed have been offered in the past and are usually offered each semester, but if there are less than five students enrolled, the course may not be offered.

Analysis of the Economic Relations between Spain and the United States
The main objective of the course is for students to acquire a real insight into the economic relations between both countries. The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, students study the main characteristics and structures of both economies from a comparative perspective. In the second part, past, present, and future bilateral economic relations are analyzed. Institutions which organize and control trade and investment are examined along with strategies of commercial distribution and the impact that these relationships have on people in both countries. Students also develop and improve their fluency in the Spanish language and specific vocabulary is acquired.

Cervantes and His Work
This course examines the literary masterpiece of Miguel de Cervantes, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha. It explores the novel’s place in Spanish and world literature, its importance as a model for the novel and the use of language, and the realities it portrays. A previous class in Golden Age Literature is recommended.

Contemporary Spain (spring only)
This course serves as a window to the social and cultural history of Spain in the 20th century and a projection of where Spain will go in the 21st century. It explores the First Republic, the Bourbon restoration, caciquismo and pacifism, regionalism and regional culture, the crisis of 1898, the artistic vanguard (Picasso, Dalí, Miró, and Buñuel), dictatorship, the Second Republic, the Spanish Civil War, Spain and World War II, Francoism, U.S.-Spain relations, the economic boom of the 1960s, the socialist years after Franco, the center and the Partido Popular, and Spain and the European Union.

Contemporary Spain through the Media
The aim of this course is for students to develop a communicative competence through grammatical, cultural, and social-linguistic means, as well as through discourse. The class lectures are supplemented through publicity, radio, television, press, and cinema.

Ethics in the Business World (only Fall)

The concept of ethics has always been important, but during the last ten years it has become even more important, considering all the unethical actions and behaviors which we see in the news. Ethics, being one of the main branches of Philosophy from Old Greece, studies what is moral and acceptable. This course introduces students to the world of ethics and its main theories, trends, and evolution, as well as its application in the business world. Different case studies will be presented which students will analyze and resolve.

Intercultural ethics and its influence in the business world will also be addressed. The diversity we find in norms, rules and concepts, about what is good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable, in different parts of the world, requires some analysis. How employees and managers behave and their culture will be considered.

Globalization of Commerce: Spain
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the areas of business, commerce, and new trends in the world economy—the European Union, NAFTA, and the Pacific Rim. Students make field trips to Madrid to visit institutions involved in world trade, as well as to North American businesses and companies with offices in Spain.

Great Spanish Painters
In this course students learn about instruments for identifying, defining, and situating a work of art in a determined historical context, as well as specific terminology that allows for the definition of the works of the great Spanish painters.

History of Art
This course introduces the historic and artistic monuments most representative of Spain to include the artistic, architectural, and pictorial manifestations of the cultures of the Peninsula and emblematic works that represent those cultures.

International Business: Communication and Culture (spring only)
In recent decades many changes have taken place in the world. The changes relate to communications, the Internet, developments in technology that allow for virtual work environments, globalization, and affordable transportation that require individuals to develop intercultural communication skills. In this course students learn about the attitudes, communication styles, traditions, and cultural differences in other countries. Regions such as Europe, Latin America, North America, and Asia are studied.

Introduction to Latin American Literature
This course offers a panoramic view of Latin American literature and its development from early to present times. Periods of study are from the genesis of literature in Latin America through the literature of Ultramodernismo.

Reading Analysis
The objective of this course is to improve the students’ oral (conversation and comprehension) and written (reading and composition) competencies through reading and analyzing various types of texts. Students are introduced to a variety of examples of texts including narratives, newspaper articles, publicity, job announcements, and forms. They develop linguistic skills through compositions, presentations, discussions, and activities in class specifically designed by the professor for each text.

Service Learning in a Bilingual Context.
This course is directed to students interested in education and bilingualism. In 2004, the Region of Madrid started to implement a bilingual program in 26 public schools. In this program, schools had to teach one third of their classes in English. As of 2011, the program had grown to include 286 schools. It offers an ideal environment for a service learning experience for our American students. Students will be exposed to a working situation and will learn about the challenges and opportunities that bilingual education poses for administrators, teachers, and pupils.

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Spain and the European Union
This course focuses on the political and legal aspects of Spain as an integral part of a larger, international organization with distinct regional characteristics; specifically, the political and legal organization of the Spanish state as a member of the European Union.

Spain in Images: The Spanish Society in Film
This course enables students to understand the evolution of film in Spain through the study of the major works of Spanish cinema. Students learn to understand film as art, and film as the imprint of a people’s reality and fantasy.

Spain: Relations with Latin America
This course discusses the different aspects of the culture and civilization in Latin America from prehistory to present-day. Students learn about the different eras and identify important figures and the politics and culture from pre-Columbian times to the present.

Spanish for Business
The objective of this course is to obtain command of the structures and vocabulary most essential to the fields of business administration and economics. Students work on the language of business practices and communications in business, including banks, marketing and publicity, tourism, labor relations, insurance, industry, and the EU.

Spanish for Health Care Professionals
This course is designed for future health professionals (doctors, nurses, medical assists, paramedics’ EMT, administrators, ect.) who need to use Spanish at their workplace. The course has an especially practical approach that includes learning medical terminology, understanding the most commonly used grammatical structures, and learning culture aspects that every health care professional should know. The objectives of this course are to:

  1. Improve the ability for students to communicate in a medical context
  2. Understand the differences between medical terminology in Latin American and in Spain
  3. Understand the principle cultural differences between the United States and Spain
  4. Finally, guide the student through the health field in Spain

Spanish Civilization
Students gain an ample understanding of Spain’s past and present by understanding contemporary Spain in its geographic and political context. Participants analyze the nation’s intellectual, artistic, social, and human development as manifested in contemporary literature, art, music, folklore, and national and regional celebrations.

Spanish Phonetics
This course presents the basic principles of Spanish phonology and phonetics designed to help the native speaker of English improve their Spanish pronunciation. Class discussion focuses on the articulation of the sounds of Spanish compared to English, the intonation patterns and stress system of Spanish, the learning of correct articulation, and dialects.

Survey of Literary Analysis
Based on analysis and commentary of major texts of Spanish and Latin American literature, this course emphasizes the practical issues of textual commentary as opposed to the study of critical theory alone. Students literary texts and all conclusions must be based on solid references to the text.

Survey of Spanish Literature
This course offers a panoramic view of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present and serves as a foundation to the future study of Spanish literature. It explores the importance of particular works and authors as creators of their time and as sources of influence on future generations of literary artists. This course carefully views literature in the context of the 15th, 17th, 19th, and 20th century genres.

The Global Dimension of the European Soccer
Soccer is not only one of the most important sports, but also a social, cultural, business, and media phenomenon. This course introduces students to the fascinating world of soccer and its international influence. Soccer clubs go beyond national borders and have acquired a global dimension due to the international type of players they hire and the millions of global followers and fans they have. The course will analyze the importance of soccer from different perspectives, using different European clubs as case studies. The following subjects will be studied:

  • Origin and evolution of soccer
  • Soccer and business: how much money does soccer move?
  • Business model: can other companies learn from soccer clubs?
  • Transnational phenomenon: the world dimension of soccer
  • The media and soccer: love-hate relationship?
  • Technical and strategic aspects of soccer: learning and practicing soccer in the field

Theory and Practices of the Theater
Students in this course study the basic concepts of the theater and its practical applications through the analysis of works by several Spanish playwrights. Students also explore the basic concepts of acting and technical theater techniques that actors use to present a correct interpretation of the texts.

Traditions of Spain
The analysis of different aspects of Spanish civilization and culture serves to stimulate the students to develop linguistic abilities through compositions, presentations, and debates. Students attempt to write different types of texts (descriptive, expository, argumentative, essays) and to speak in different registers, but also to learn to manage grammatical concepts at an intermediate level, such as the past, the historical present, the future, and the present subjunctive.

Translation
Students learn both direct and inverse translation of diverse styles. There is an emphasis on grammatical, syntactic, and lexical problems. Interpretation of oral texts from Spanish to English and English to Spanish are performed.

Writing Techniques
This course, which is geared toward the higher-level student, emphasizes the construction of both written and spoken Spanish. Intense practice is achieved through analyzing and discussing readings, presenting individually and in pairs, and writing essays.

Universidad de Alcalá Courses

Students with advanced language skills can take one, two, or three University courses from the Schools of Philosophy and Letters, Business and Economics, and Law. Students who choose to partake in regular University classes should note that fall courses end in late January and spring courses end in May. Please visit www.uah.es/filosofiayletras/index.asp , www.uah.es/derecho/ , and www.uah.es/economicas/ to review course listings as GRADO COURSES at the Universidad de Alcalá.

Below are examples of the types of courses that will be available for students to take with final exams in December. CIEE cannot guarantee course availability. Final schedules will be available on site.

School of Arts
Archaeology
Cervantes
Creative Writing (Hispanic Studies)
History of Contemporary Thinking
Spanish Literature II
Teaching the Spanish Language (Hispanic Studies)
Workshop in Cinematography Writing I

School of Economics and Business
International Economic History of the 19th and 20th Centuries
International Economic Organization II
Socio-Political History
Theory of International Business

School of Law
Business Statistics II
Conflict Resolution and Mediation Techniques
Constitutional Law
Fundamental Law and Constitutional Justice
Introduction to Law
Political Science and Administration
Socio-laboral Politics: Characteristics and Development

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