Intensive Language Study Quarter Program

Providing unique learning experiences for North American university students since 1969

Program Information

Spanish Studies Abroad offers program options in Seville for those students that are on the Quarter system. Students enroll in two intensive language courses and complement their studies by pursuing an Independent Research Project (IRP). Courses are taught at our Center’s historic mansion in downtown Seville, and includes numerous cultural activities, day trips and excursions. In addition to living in a Spanish home, cultural events and social activities enhance the cultural element of your experience. At the Center, you also benefit from the expertise of our staff, who guide you to more fully immerse yourself in the sevillano community.

Why choose this program?

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History, Politics and Culture Courses
SPAN 312J - FOUNDATIONS OF SPANISH CULTURE
This course focuses on the historical and cultural development of Spain today, from its foundations into the 21st century. Students study Roman colonization and Moorish conquest, through the passage from the dictatorship of Franco to today’s democracy. Using the unique resources of Seville and her surroundings, students experience Spain’s past and present in music, art, architecture, and popular cultural expression, including flamenco and film. Multiple excursions throughout Seville illustrate the topics and themes discussed in class.
Pre-requisites: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
January
Language
SPAN 301J - ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPREHENSION
This intensive short-term course reviews Spanish grammar, with a particular emphasis on listening comprehension and oral communication skills. This course may be taken in preparation for the Spring semester.
Pre-requisites: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
January
Language
SPAN 204J - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Pre-requisites: Minimum of one semester of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent. Successful completion of SPAN 204J permits entry into Advanced Spanish Studies for Spring.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
January
Intensive Period Language
SPAN 403 - ADVANCED STUDIES IN SPANISH
This intensive course is designed for native and near-native speakers of Spanish. In addition to a thorough review of challenging grammatical aspects of Spanish, this course incorporates preparation for the DELE (Diploma de Español de Lengua Extranjera). Course materials may also include films, music, selections from the press, as well as literary readings. The performance of short excerpts of plays, combined with advanced work on oral expression and phonetics, will help students increase their fluency and ease of expression. This course is taught in the Intensive Period.
Pre-requisites: Entry into SPAN 403 is based in part upon performance on the online placement test, and therefore acceptance into this course takes place after arrival in Seville.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Intensive Period Language
SPAN 402 - SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS
This intensive language course is intended for students who grew up listening to and speaking Spanish in their homes, but without receiving formal training in the language. Course includes a review of complex grammar structures, spelling and punctuation, with a special emphasis on reading and writing skills.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 307A - ADVANCED PRESENT - DAY SPANISH USAGE
The vocabulary and structures current in Spain today are practiced in realistic situations, focusing on the practical functions that language must fulfill in speech and written communication. Emphasis on the appropriate use of different degrees of formality using multiple resources. An extensive review of Spanish language. Oral drills, role playing, conversations, and practical exercises with attention to underlying structures are reinforced with readings, writing exercises, and vocabulary building. Intensive Language Course taken during the Intensive Period (first 3 weeks).
Pre-requisites: One course in advanced college Spanish, the equivalent, or January Term SPAN 301J.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall
Language Modules
SPAN 305A - ADVANCED SPANISH EXPRESSION AND GRAMMAR I
An intensive review on the Spanish language. Oral drills, conversations, and practical exercises with attention to underlying structures are reinforced with readings, writing exercises, and vocabulary building. Intensive Language Course taken during the Intensive Period (first 3 weeks of semester). This course has a mandatory module SPAN310E: Practicum Encuesta
Pre-requisites: Completion of one year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent; the January Term course SPAN 204J fulfills this prerequisite.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Experiential Learning
IRP 490 - INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT
Independent research on a subject of the student’s choice.
Pre-requisites: Separate application required. See www.spanishstudies.org/irp.
Fall, Spring

Options for experiential learning

Independent Research Project

Service Learning

What are you spending your program fee on?

For a specific price for this program please reach out to us, as fees vary depending on the destination.

What does the program fee include?

Tuition

Double occupancy room & full board

Laundry

Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities

Orientation

Health Insurance

Spanish Studies transcript

Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

How much spending money should I budget for?

These costs are merely orientative*

This plan estimates personal and miscellaneous expenses at approximately $175 per week. 

If you need to travel to a consulate for the purpose of obtaining a visa before your program abroad (semester students only), remember to budget for that travel expense.

Some students will spend more and others will spend less, of course. Consider your lifestyle and budget accordingly. 

The “Short Term” estimate is for one 3.5 week program; if you are participating in two, multiply by two.

Meet your Resident Director

Dr. Michelle Durán, a native of Puerto Rico, is both the Resident Director for Seville and the Director of Academic Affairs for Spanish Studies Abroad. She is responsible for course development, assessment and overall academic quality of Spanish Studies programs in Spain, Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Prior to assuming her duties as Academic Director, Michelle served as both faculty member and Resident Director of the Spanish Studies Seville Program. In that capacity she has been responsible for the introduction and implementation of new methods of assessment on-site in Seville. She did her undergraduate work at Amherst College, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University.

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