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Study Abroad in Barcelona: Courses

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Please refer to the academic overview for course selection guidelines. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. A minimum of 10 students is required to confirm a course.

Students will be placed in the appropriate Spanish language level determined by a placement test and course registration will not be finalized until after arrival on campus.

3-WEEK INTENSIVE SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

Students take one language course for 4 credits.

Spanish Language Courses

Spanish 101 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Beginner A1

This level is for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to personal experiences. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: present tense of regular and irregular verbs, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, pronunciation and intonation, uses of “ser”, “estar” and “hay”, frequent reflexive verbs and definite and indefinite articles.

Spanish Language 200 (4)(6) | Intermediate Spanish

Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with one semester in college, or students who have 2 to 4 semesters in college, usually place into this level. It concentrates on overall communicative skills: perfect tenses, preterit versus imperfect, telling stories, the future and the conditional, the uses of the present subjunctive mood, positive and negative imperative, extraction of information from documents, dictation, formal letter writing (verb tenses).

Spanish 102 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Elementary A2

Students who have studied Spanish only in high school or one or two semester(s) in college generally place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to personal experiences, with basic language recourses. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: forms and uses of the gerund; forms and uses of “gustar”, “encantar”, “interesar”, the differences between “ser” and “estar”, the preterit perfect tense; positive imperative and expression of cause and excuse.

Spanish 201 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Intermediate B1.1

Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with one or two semester(s) in college, usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the exchange of information and show personal attitudes about many themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Content includes: contrasting uses of the indefinite and the indicative perfect, morphology and uses of the indicative imperfect, “hace”, impersonal “se”, “parecerse”, and possessive adjectives and pronouns, making hypothesis.

Spanish 202 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Upper-Intermediate B1.2

Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with two or three semesters in college, usually place in this level. The course is similar to Spanish 102, however focus is on communication skills and grammar plus the future and conditional tenses are covered. Content also includes: morphology and uses of the present subjunctive, giving advice, morphology and uses of the imperfect subjunctive.

Spanish 301 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Advanced B2.1

Students with at least five semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in multiple and unfamiliar situations that will require exchanging information with complex linguistic structures. Content includes: uses of the imperfect, preterit, conditional, imperative, and subjunctive, correlation of the tenses in specific situations–arguments, debates, degrees of possibility, causes, consequence, etc., direct and indirect object pronouns, and the impersonal “se”.

Spanish 302 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Upper-Advanced B2.2

Students with at least five semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. The course is similar to Spanish 301 but with greater emphasis on the subjective. Specific content includes: use of the subjunctive in forming opinions, values and attitudes, marginal uses of the imperfect: dreams, fiction, virtuosity, use of the compound conditional in the formulation of hypothesis and phonetic characteristics of Spanish.

Spanish 401 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Superior C1.1

Students with at least six semesters of college Spanish usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in unfamiliar situations through linguistically complex structures.

Spanish 402 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Upper-Superior C1.2

Students with at least six semesters of college Spanish usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in unfamiliar situations through linguistically complex structures.

Spanish 403 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language-Proficiency C2

Bilingual students generally place into this level. The course is similar to Spanish 401 but with greater emphasis on prepositional patterns of verbs, problematic prepositions, proverbs and sayings, lexical adaptations on different socio-linguistic levels, and varied conversational recourses.

4- AND 6-WEEK SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

Spanish Language Courses

Spanish Language 100 (4)(6) | Elementary Spanish

Students with no previous Spanish study or with only one semester in college usually place at this level. Focus is on functional uses of the language as well as grammar, lexicon and cultural themes. Included are introductions, giving and receiving information, daily routine, expressing likes and dislikes, indicative (both regular and irregular verbs), past perfect and preterit tenses, reflexive verbs and reading text aloud.

Spanish Language 200 (4)(6) | Intermediate Spanish

Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with one semester in college, or students who have 2 to 4 semesters in college, usually place into this level. It concentrates on overall communicative skills: perfect tenses, preterit versus imperfect, telling stories, the future and the conditional, the uses of the present subjunctive mood, positive and negative imperative, extraction of information from documents, dictation, formal letter writing (verb tenses).

Spanish Language 300 (4)(6) | Advanced Spanish

Students with at least 6 semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place at this level. Grammar work is to refine and develop communicative skills: the impersonal “se”, adjectives, nouns and verbs, indicative and subjunctive tenses, spelling and accents, arguments/debates, expressing degrees of possibilities, cause, consequence and mode of action, formal and informal letters. Cultural topics include the post-Franco transition to democracy, present Spanish society, a newspaper workshop, Gaudí and the “streets of Barcelona” and reading “Sin noticias de Gurb” by Eduardo Mendoza.

4- AND 6-WEEK PROGRAM CULTURE COURSES (TAUGHT IN ENGLISH)

Culture Courses

Business 301 (3) | Business in Europe

By the end of this course, students will have a greater understanding of the political and legal framework of Europe as well as knowledge of the economic and institutional environment. Policy making in the E.U. and its repercussions in the European business environment will also be covered. The course aims to help students understand the functions of the E.U. and the regulations within which companies must operate.

History 305 (3) | Understanding Barcelona: the City and its History

This course explores the history of Barcelona from past to present by examining the changes in the physical landscape of the city. A broad approach is taken which not only focuses on written text, but also includes the visible historical identity in buildings and traditions.

Religious Studies/Sociology 307 (3) | Religion and Identity: Islamic and Jewish Culture in Spain

Discusses the importance and the effect of the Mediterranean’s three civilizations (Muslim, Christian and Jewish) on Spain’s history, tradition, language and culture. The course highlights these societies’ methods of interaction and mutual influence. The focus of this course is on cross-faith communication and how this is portrayed by modern historians depending on contemporary concerns.