Spain via Virtual Education:
A Language and Humanities Program

Providing unique learning experiences for students since 1969.

Apply By: Aug 31, 2020
Start Date Sept 14, 2020 
End Date Dec 18, 2020

Program Information

Spanish Studies Abroad is pleased to offer a special program for Fall 2020. This program will be delivered virtually from our Seville Center for Cross-Cultural Study. It is designed for students who cannot travel for a study abroad program but still are looking to develop their Spanish language skills and cultural understanding of Spain through an immersive curriculum.

Through this program, students with an intermediate level of Spanish or higher will be able to experience elements of the culture of Seville and Andalucía. 

Students can enroll part time and take as little as one course. Or they can take a full-time semester of 15 U.S. university credits.

An optional “expedition” trip will be held in January, 2021 for participants for 10 days to experience the culture in person. This will be offered at a very special price for participants of the virtual program. Excluding airfare, the cost is US $1,700.

Why choose this program?

  • An online program of 3-15 credits
  • Taught in Spanish by native speaker professors from Spain
  • Delivered through Google Classroom
  • Expedition trip will be held in January, 2021
  • Application deadline: August 31, 2020

Requirements

  • 4 semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent

Pricing On-Line Program

$ 1,400 Individual 3-Credit Course
  • Full Time 15-Credits
    $6,450
  • Additional 3-Credit Course (for a total of 18 credits)
    $1,290
  • Optional Expedition: a 10-day Study Visit Jan 7- 16, 2021
    $1,700
  • Optional Jan Term in Seville (incl. all fees, 4 credits)
    $4,500
NEW

A Cultural Travel Program

January 7-16, 2021

This 10-day trip is meant for students who have successfully completed at least one of these courses in the Fall of 2020.  It’s a great opportunity to practice your Spanish with native speakers and experience first-hand the art, culture and gastronomy the historic and majestic city of Seville has to offer.  Students will also meet and interact with the professors of their online courses.

The program will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Optional Trip Inclusion

  • Homestay with a Spanish family
  • Cultural guided visits to the Cathedral, Royal Palace (Alcázar) and Roman Ruins of Itálica
  • Guided visit to Museo de Bellas Artes
  • Guided visit to Torre del Oro and Archivo de Indias
  • Day trip to the city of Córdoba
  • Weekend trip to Granada (including the Alhambra)
  • Cooking workshop at Mercado de Triana
  • Literary tour of Seville
  • Social activities with speaking partners at SSA’s study center
  • Group Leader and on-site support
  • Health Insurance

Fall 2020 Virtual Programs

Start Date: Sept 14, 2020
Apply by: Aug 31, 2020
End Date: Dec 18, 2020
Cost: $6.450

Class Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12:00-02:00 pm EST SPAN 355VP SPAN 359VP ARHI 443VP SPAN 325VP PSEC 379VP
02:15-4:15 pm EST SPAN 307CVP SPAN 382VP SPAN 347VP

Course Catalog

  • Syllabi will be available at the end of June
HISTORY, CULTURAL STUDIES
SPAN 347VP - FABULOUS FEASTS: A HISTORY OF SPANISH CUISINE
This course explores the history of Spanish gastronomy and its influence in shaping the culture and society of modern day Spain. It is conceived as a tasteful journey that takes students from the beginnings of cooking in ancient cultures to the influence of Mediterranean, Arabic and American civilizations in Spanish cuisine. Students will learn and experience first-hand the most known Mediterranean products, like olive oil, bread and wine, and the importance of the Mediterranean diet in the daily life of Spaniards.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall
HISTORY, CULTURAL STUDIES
SPAN 359VP - TRANSATLANTIC SEVILLE: PORT TO THE AMERICAS AND THE WORLD
In this course, we discover the role Seville played in the first transatlantic culture resulting from the encounter between Europe and the New World in 1492. We will discuss how Seville served as the cultural axis between the New World and Europe for centuries, and how the encounter between the two continents set important precedents for modern commerce. We likewise study the development of the Spanish Empire from its beginning to its decline, emphasizing its role in an increasingly globalized economy. The course will center on Seville, which by 1600 had become the largest and richest city in Spain and one of the wealthiest in Europe, partially due to the fact that it was awarded the exclusive right to trade with the New World and all ships bound to America had to make Seville their one and only point of departure and arrival. We analyze the importance of the House of Trade during the 17th century, with special emphasis on the explorer Amerigo Vespucci, for whom America was named. In addition to exploring the economic importance of Seville to the modern world, we will also learn about local culture and traditions that continue to shape the city’s identity.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall
POLITICAL SCIENCE, HISTORY, SOCIAL STUDIES
PSEC 379VP - SPAIN IN THE 21ST CENTURY: NATIONALISM, POPULISM AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
The present course will focus on the political transformation of Spain and Europe in the first decades of the 21st century. The rise of nationalist and populist forces across Europe is shaping the political landscape, and the holding of electoral contests with more uncertain results than ever has sparked an interest in politics not only in the academic world but also among the overall population in democratic societies. Thus, there is a great demand for expertise in political and electoral analysis. This course emphasizes both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, incorporating a range of contemporary political situations, debates and electoral strategies to help the students understand and analyze current political realities. Study materials for this course will be published weekly on our website, as well as two virtual lectures (or webinars) focusing on the topics studied in each unit. Additionally, students will interact with their classmates virtually, exchanging ideas and debating current political events just as they would in a traditional course on campus. Every week, the student will have access to real case studies via the Internet. Periodic assignments will be sent to students through Google Classroom. In order to maintain regular contact between the teacher and the students and to guarantee the full development of this intensive course, office hours are provided through Google Meet. Likewise, the student will have access to virtual assistance services for all technical questions related to the course.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall
MEDIA STUDIES
SPAN 325VP - CONTEMPORARY SPAIN THROUGH THE LENS OF CINEMA DIRECTORS: BUÑUEL, AMENÁBAR AND ALMODOVAR
Spain’s cinema offers a window to its culture. This course explores Spanish society from the viewpoint of three of its most popular and well-known directors: Luis Buñuel, Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro Amenábar. We delve into their works from the beginning of the century to current times, analyzing movies from 1929 to 2019.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall
ART HISTORY
ARHI 443VP - SPLENDOR BY THE GUADALQUIVIR: BAROQUE ART IN SEVILLE
This course offers a virtual tour of Baroque Seville which takes you back in time through the city’s architectural legacy, its cultural traditions and images and paintings by the masters of the Sevillian school. Through the eyes of these artists, we will study society, culture, politics and daily life of the time. Sevillian Baroque art is presented in 10 lessons, with numerous activities and virtual visits. Students will explore emblematic buildings such as Miguel Mañara’s Charity Hospital and Seville’s historical convents, while becoming acquainted with artists including Martínez Montañes, Juan de Mesa, Zurbarán, Pedro Roldán, La Roldana and Murillo.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall
LITERATURE
SPAN 355VP - READING SEVILLE: A LITERARY JOURNEY
The city of Seville has long been a backdrop and an inspiration for literary creation. From the time of Cervantes to our era, novelists, poets and playwrights have shown their vision of their city and their emotional connection to it. In this course, we will read and analyze the works of these artists to better understand the city through the eyes of classic authors and the lyrical representation of poets as well as the perspective of current literature.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall
LINGUISTICS
SPAN 382VP - MULTILINGUAL SPAIN AND THE ANDALUSIAN COMPLEXITY
This is a Phonetics and Phonology course that covers the linguistic diversity found in Spain and Andalusia, although it also deals with sociolinguistic and dialectal research. Apart from describing and studying the main characteristics of the linguistic varieties of Spain and Andalusia and the pronunciation difficulties that English speakers encounter, special attention will be paid to the sociolinguistic awareness and attitudes of the Andalusian people and the problem of the linguistic norm. This is an interactive course that will be taught through Google Classroom (where all the class materials will be uploaded) and video conferencing through Zoom (for class meetings and discussions).
one semester of advanced college Spanish
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall
LANGUAGE
SPAN 307CVP - ORAL SURVIVAL IN SPANISH
Would you like to communicate in Spanish when you visit our country in the near future? Do you want to get a head start on discovering Spain’s culture and way of life through its language? With this course, you can learn Spanish from home, exploring real-life situations that you may encounter during your stay. The dynamic and conversational lessons and the opportunity to practice with native speakers will help you to express yourself more fluently and use a greater range of vocabulary and colloquial expressions, only used by “sevillanos”.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall

Costs include

Tuition

Application support and course selection advising

A local Spanish speaking partner (intercambio)

Spanish Studies transcript

Ability to add on the international excursion trip to Spain in January 2021

Meet your Resident Director

Michelle Duran 3

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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