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Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona

Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona
The Summer Institute in Barcelona, Spain is designed for students with intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish proficiency to earn 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
Highlights: 
  • Spend 6 weeks in Barcelona studying Spanish
  • Live with a host family
  • Program includes cultural activities and excursions
Program Summary: 

The Summer Institute in Barcelona, Spain is designed for students with intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish proficiency to earn 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 has partnered 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: 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: 

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 2018 courses

Intensive Spanish

SPAN 220: Intensive Intermediate Spanish. 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. Six credits. 

SPAN 471: Studies in Spanish-American Culture and Civilization: Conversation. This course will fulfill the Intermediate Spanish Conversation requirement (normally satisfied by SPAN 328). Taught by KU staff. Three credits. 

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 Studies

SPAN 424: Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar OR SPAN 520: Structure of Spanish. 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. Three credits. 

SPAN 440: Hispanic Studies: The Spanish Civil War. This course fulfills a requirement for the major and minor. Taught by KU faculty. Three credit hours. 

SPAN 471: Studies in Spanish-American Culture and Civilization: Conversation. This course will fulfill the Intermediate Spanish Conversation requirement (normally satisfied by SPAN 428). Taught by KU staff. Three credits. 

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

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. Most students will take public transportation (metro or bus) to get to class. Students will receive a transportation pass to use to get to classes 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: 

Professors Jonathan Mayhew and Margot Versteeg are leading the Summer 2018 program. 

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

Announcements

Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu
 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

 

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