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Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona, Spain

Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona, Spain
The Summer Institute in Barcelona, Spain is designed for students with intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish proficiency to earn six to nine credits and improve their Spanish skills. Students will live with host families to further improve their Spanish.
Location: 
Barcelona, Spain
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Spanish
Education--Spanish
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Open to non-KU Students
Faculty Led
Highlights: 
  • Spend 6 weeks in Barcelona studying Spanish
  • Live with a Spanish host family and immerse yourself in Spanish culture
  • Program includes cultural activities and excursions to locations of interest within Spain
Program Summary: 

The Summer Institute in Barcelona, Spain is designed for students with intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish proficiency to earn six to nine credits and improve their Spanish skills. Courses are taught by KU faculty and staff and a local instructor. Students will live with host families to further improve their Spanish. KU partners with IES Abroad, a study abroad program provider with more than 20 years’ experience in Spain, to offer this program. 

Location: 

Barcelona, the capital of the Autonomous Community of Cataluña, is one of the most prosperous and dynamic cities in Europe today. Students are encouraged to explore the cultural riches that this modern, western European city offers such as concerts, museums, theaters, and outstanding architecture. Areas such as the Barri Gòtic and L’Eixample are filled with examples of history and architecture ranging from ancient to modern times.

Academic Information: 

Six to nine hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Students are required to use a personal laptop.

Summer 2020 courses

Intermediate Spanish (6 credit hours)

SPAN 220: Intensive Intermediate Spanish (6 credit hours) The course is an intensive review and continuation of grammar study. The material covered is taught in SPAN 212 and SPAN 216 and is the third and fourth semesters of language study. Taught by KU staff.   

Pre-requisite: SPAN 108, SPAN 111, or SPAN 212.

NOTE: Students who complete SPAN 212 prior to departure will enroll in SPAN 216 (3 credits) and SPAN 270 (3 credits). Regardless of enrollment, the course content is exactly the same. Students enrolled in the 216/270 sequence will not be able to take the course credit/no credit.

Advanced Spanish I (8 credit hours)

SPAN 424: Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar (3 credit hours) Grammar course that will focus on writing with attention to vocabulary, grammar usage, and discourse structure. Enrollment will depend on previous coursework. Taught by local staff.

SPAN 440: Hispanic Studies: Migration in Spain (3 credit hours) This course explores both emigration and immigration in Spain, i.e., the migration of Spaniards to far-away lands and the immigration the various groups of peoples who came to Spain. Among other things, students will be asked to discuss how the Spanish population reacted to these migration phenomena during both the historical and contemporary periods portrayed through readings and movies. This course fulfills a requirement for the major and minor. Taught by KU faculty. 

SPAN 428: Advanced Spanish Conversation (2 credit hours) Taught by KU staff.

Pre-requisite: SPAN 340 or consent of instructor. A grade of "C" or better in SPAN 340 is strongly recommended.



Advanced Spanish II (8 or 9 credit hours)

SPAN 522: Advanced Studies in Spanish Language (3 credit hours) Extensive language analysis and practice on one topic such as stylistics, translation, conversation/spoken discourse, or creative writing. Enrollment will depend on previous coursework. Taught by local staff.

SPAN 440: Hispanic Studies: Migration in Spain (3 credit hours) This course explores both emigration and immigration in Spain, i.e., the migration of Spaniards to far-away lands and the immigration the various groups of peoples who came to Spain. Among other things, students will be asked to discuss how the Spanish population reacted to these migration phenomena during both the historical and contemporary periods portrayed through readings and movies. This course fulfills a requirement for the major and minor. Taught by KU faculty. 

SPAN 470: Studies in Spanish Culture and Civilization: Conversation (2 or 3 credit hours) This is a conversation course that will fulfill a Spanish major required elective only if taken for 3 credit hours. Taught by KU staff.

Pre-requisite: SPAN 424/428

Housing: 

IES Abroad will place students with a host family. Depending on the placement, up to two students will be housed in shared or single room accommodations. Two meals a day are provided, internet access is included, and all host families live within a 30-45 minute metro commute to the IES Abroad Barcelona Center. 

Life Abroad: 

Classes will be held at the IES Abroad Barcelona Center, which is centrally located near the Plaça de Caralunya. Most students will take public transportation (metro or bus) to travel to class each day. Students will receive a transportation pass to use to get to class and to explore other parts of Barcelona on their own. The program also includes welcome and farewell dinners, a walking tour of the neighborhood around the IES Abroad Center, and other cultural activities. There will be two weekend excursions included. 

Eligibility: 

Open to students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities who have completed the required pre-requisites (or the equivalent) of college-level Spanish. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.

Further Reading: 
Program Faculty: 

The Summer 2020 program will be co-directed by Dr. Sean Gullickson and Dr. Antônio R.M. Simões.
 
Dr. Sean Gullickson
Wescoe Hall, Room 2640 
785-864-1130

sgullickson@ku.edu

Dr. Antônio R.M. Simões
Wescoe Hall, Room 2638
785-864-0285
asimoes@ku.edu

Add Course: 
This course is worth six credit hours. The material covered is taught in SPAN 212 and SPAN 216. Students who complete SPAN 212 prior to departure will enroll in SPAN 216 and SPAN 270 instead of SPAN 220.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2016
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Advanced Level: This course must also be taken with SPAN 429.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2017
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Advanced level: This course must also be taken with SPAN 440.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2017
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Students who complete SPAN 212 prior to departure will enroll in SPAN 216 and SPAN 270 instead of SPAN 220.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2016
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2017
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3

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