Online Summer Program: Granada, Spain

Overview

Two sessions of online programs at the University of Granada, studing Intensive Spanish Language or Spanish Language and Culture, taught by university faculty. This program also includes Spanish conversation practice with one of our Resident Directors.

What’s Included

  • Up to 6 credits from University of Granada
  • Take courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines from all 13 programs
  • A $500 scholarship/grant towards a traditional 2021 AIFS Study Abroad program
  • Courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines
  • City Spotlights of Paris, Rome, Berlin, London and Prague
  • AIFS Around the World cultural events including cooking classes, scavenger hunts and more
  • Career-focused workshops
  • Virtual hangouts with participants from around the country

Credits Available
Intensive Spanish Language: 4 credits
Spanish Language and Culture: 6 credits

Courses

You may choose courses from a variety of subjects and disciplines below and from all 13 Online Study Programs.

Notes: 

Students can choose from two programs in each session (they are repeated).  Intensive Spanish for 4 credits, or Spanish Language and Culture for 6 credits.  If doing two sessions they could do Intensive Spanish in Session 1, followed by Spanish Language and Culture in Session 2 for a total of 10 credits. 

Students have the option to take just one 3 credit course from the Spanish Language and Culture course for a separate fee.

Students who sign up for a Spanish Language course in Granada can also book a one to one conversation session with one of our Spanish RDs.

INTENSIVE SPANISH PROGRAM

SPAN 101 (4) Session 2 only
Spanish Language A1 – Beginner
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 the personal experiences of the learner, with basic language recourses. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: the present tense indicative or 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.

SPAN 102 (4) – Session 2 only
Spanish Language A2 – Elementary
Students who have studied Spanish only in high school, or 1 or 2 semester(s) in college generally place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to the personal experiences of the learner, 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 expressions of cause and excuse.

SPAN 103 (4) Session 2 only
Spanish Language A2+ Pre Intermediate
A bridge level between the Elementary and Intermediate levels, this course concentrates on increasing students’ oral and written skills. Students who have studied 1 or 2 semesters in high school generally place in this level. Students will be able to ask for and give personal information, compare, express opinions, security and insecurity and judgments. Grammar topics include: demonstrative and possessive pronouns, direct and indirect object pronouns, the preterit, the imperative and the imperfect tenses.

SPAN 201 (4)
Spanish Language B1.1 Intermediate
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 1 or 2 semester(s) in college, or students who have 2 or 3 semesters in college, usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific 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.

SPAN 202 (4)
Spanish Language B1.2 Upper Intermediate
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 2 or 3 semesters in college, or students who have four semesters in college, usually place in this level. Focus is on communication skills and grammar. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific content includes: morphology and uses of the future and conditional tenses, morphology and uses of the present subjunctive, giving advice, morphology and uses of the imperfect subjunctive.

SPAN 301 (4)
Spanish Language B2.1 Advanced
Students with at least 5 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 situations not necessarily familiar to them that will require exchanging information and personal opinions with complex linguistic structures. Specific content includes: uses of the imperfect, preterit, conditional, imperative and subjunctive, correlation of the tenses in specific communicative situations—arguments, debates, degrees of possibility, cause, consequence, etc., direct and indirect object pronouns, and the impersonal “se”.

SPAN 302 (4)
Spanish Language B2.2 Upper Advanced
Students with at least 5 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 situations not necessarily familiar to them that will require exchanging information and personal opinions with complex linguistic structures. 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.

SPAN 401 (4)
Spanish Language C1.1 Superior
Students with at least 6 semesters of college Spanish place into this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in situations that are not familiar to them through linguistically complex structures. Specific topics include: specific uses of the infinitive, gerund, participle, conditional and future tenses, particularities in the use of “ser” and “estar” and the passive voice. Cultural content includes themes such as: “20th-Century Spanish History”, “The Cultural legacy: Christian, Jews and Moors”, and “Gastronomy: The Mediterranean Diet”.

SPAN 402 (4)
Spanish Language C2 Proficiency
Bilingual students generally place into this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in situations that are not familiar to them through linguistically complex structures. Specific topics include: prepositional patterns of verbs; problematic prepositions; proverbs and sayings; lexical adaptations on different socio-linguistic levels and varied conversational recourses. Cultural content includes themes such as: “The Family Structure”, “Principle Political, Cultural and Ideological Tendencies in Today’s Spain”, “Bullfighting” and “Flamenco”.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE – taught in Spanish

SPAN 203 (3)
Spanish Language B1 Intermediate
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 1 or 2 semester(s) in college, or students who have 2 or 3 semesters in college, usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific 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. This course meets for 45 hours.

SPAN 204 (3)
Spanish Language B1.2 Upper Intermediate
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 2 or 3 semesters in college, or students who have 4 semesters in college, usually place in this level. Focus on communication skills and grammar. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific content includes: morphology and uses of the future and conditional tenses, morphology and uses of the present subjunctive, giving advice, morphology and uses of the imperfect subjunctive. This course meets for 45 hours.

SPAN 303 (3)
Spanish Language B2.1 Advanced
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 2 or 3 semesters in college, or students who have 4 semesters in college, usually place in this level. Focus on communication skills and grammar. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific content includes: morphology and uses of the future and conditional tenses, morphology and uses of the present subjunctive, giving advice, morphology and uses of the imperfect subjunctive. This course meets for 45 hours.

SPAN 304 (3)
Spanish Language B2.2 Upper Advanced
A complete study of Spanish grammar for students at an Intermediate level. Tenses, constructions and usages. Regular and irregular verbs, imperatives, the indicative versus the subjunctive and active and passive constructions.

SPAN 403 (3)
Spanish Language C1 Superior
Students with at least 5 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 situations not necessarily familiar to them that will require exchanging information and personal opinions with complex linguistic structures. Specific content includes: uses of the imperfect, preterit, conditional, imperative, and subjunctive, correlation of the tenses in specific communicative situations - arguments, debates, degrees of possibility, cause, consequence, etc., direct and indirect object pronouns, and the impersonal “se.” This course meets for 45 hours.

SPAN 404 (3)
Spanish Language C2 Proficiency
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

ART HIST 303 (3) - taught in Spanish
History of Art in Spain
Follows the development of Spanish art from its Arabic origins to the present including Islamic, Visigothic, Mozarabic, Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic, and the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Emphasis is placed on the Spanish masters: Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Dalí. After a brief introduction to Spain’s history, this course covers aspects of contemporary history of Spain. It reviews the political, social and economic problems from 1900 to 1975: Alfonso XII, the Civil War, and the Franco regime. This course also covers the post-Franco transition to Democracy including the Constitution of 1978.

LIT 303 (3) - taught in Spanish
Spanish and Latin American Literature
Traces the major movements and principal authors of Spanish literature. Movements and periods studied include: Medieval romances, the Siglo de Oro, Romanticism, 20th century. Genres such as drama, poetry and novels are studied. Authors and works such as La Celestina, El Lazarillo de Tormes, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote, Lope de Vega, and García Lorca are studied. This course pursues literary trends of Latin American countries throughout the 20th century. Authors and portions of works such as Azuelo’s “Los de abajo”, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borge’s “Ficciones”, Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel are studied.

REL/SOC 310 (3) - taught in Spanish
Spanish and Islamic Civilization and Culture
Discusses the importance and the effect of Islamic rule on Spain’s history, tradition, language, and culture. Topics include: the concept of Islam, the message of the Koran, Andalucía under Islamic rule, North African dynasties in Andalucía, the Nazari dynasty of Granada, cultural, literary, and artistic aspects of Islam, and Islamic architecture and symbols as exemplified by the Alhambra. Spanish civilization and contemporary society are examined through themes such as the relationships between professional, labor and cultural sectors, the aging of the population, gypsies, bullfighting, holidays, gastronomy and Flamenco. Audio-visuals, newspapers, magazines and texts are used. 

SOC 311 (3) - taught in Spanish
Spanish and Latin American Civilization and Culture
Spanish civilization and contemporary society are examined through themes such as the relationships between professional, labor and cultural sectors, the aging of the population, gypsies, bullfighting, holidays, gastronomy and Flamenco. Audio-visuals, newspapers, magazines and texts are used. Basic elements of Hispano-American culture are addressed to provide an understanding of its complexity. Topics include: the American geographic environment, racial distribution and historical evolution, demographics and problems of growth, family structure and daily life, social groups and their behavior, political tendencies, current ideologies, dependence, underdevelopment, external debt, art and folklore.

Career Focused Workshops

Readying Your Resume, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn
Preparing your professional documents and online presence is an essential piece of your career search. This session will cover best practices for connecting the dots from your experiences on-campus and abroad to the job description as well as address common hurdles in composing cover letters. Participants will be invited to schedule a 1:1 review of their resume and LinkedIn profile with Angela Manginelli, AIFS Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives following the group session. 

How to Ace the Interview
Interviews can be stressful, so it’s important to be prepared to put your best self forward in the process. This session will review what employers are looking for in new hires, interviewing etiquette, tips for structuring responses to common interview questions, and provide information on how to craft your personal elevator pitch. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice mock interviews with their peers during the session and will receive resources to continue preparing following the session. 

Navigating the Transition from College Student to Career Professional
Unlike college, your career does not come with a syllabi and that transition can be challenging. This session will help students know how to successfully make the switch to post-graduate professional, including tips on working in a multicultural and multigenerational workforce. We will address how to consider multiple job offers, budgeting for life after college, and knowing how to advocate for yourself throughout your career.

Career Guidance for Working in Education Abroad
Interested in working in education abroad but don’t know how to get started? Join our panel of AIFS alumni and staff who will share their expertise on what it’s like to work in the field and tips for leveraging your cross-cultural experiences into a career. This session will include information on working in various roles at a university and an international education organization as an Admissions Officer, Field Staff member, Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives and many more. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions and set up 1:1 informational interviews following the group session.

AIFS Around the World

Italian Excellence
Do you know that Italy is the country with the greatest number of Unesco Heritage sites?
Do you know that Italy the 4th world’s largest producer of jewelry?
Do you know that Italy has 140 wheat crop varieties, while the US has 6?
Do you know that the Italian automotive sector numbers 3200 companies with some of the best brands in the world?
Do you know that Italy is the undisputed world leader in the production of superyachts?
Learn about this and much more, while participating in interactive webinars.

Virtual Italian Buddy
If you are interested in learning Italian, do not just sit and study. Interact with an Italian student who can help you with your homework and tell you a lot about local amenities while regularly chatting with you.

Sweet Ideas from Italy
Learn how to prepare a Tiramisu or a Sorbetto, or maybe discover how to make the typical Florentine Cantuccini cookies. The secrets and recipes that we would like to share with our American friends are so many!

Spanish Conversation Practice
Have you signed up for any of our online Spanish classes in Madrid or Granada?  If so we would like to offer you the chance to book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Resident Directors based in Spain.  Gaye in Salamanca, Inma in Barcelona, Edu in Seville, Barbara in Madrid and Noelia in Granada are all eager to meet you and to assist you with your language learning.  Online classes are great for language but a one on one session with one of our team live from Spain should help you reach the next level.  Sign up today to book an appointment. 

Spanish Cook-Off!!
You may think Spanish food is the same all over the country, but you would be wrong. AIFS has programs in six different locations in Spain - Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Valencia – and each region has its own cuisine that they are rightly proud of.  Sit in with our wonderful Resident Directors as they discuss the merits of their regional dishes, it may get quite animated, and then tune in for some actual cooking demonstrations. Learn how to make an authentic tortilla from Gaye Michaels in Salamanca and pan con tomate from Inma in Barcelona, as well as more insights into life in each location. 

Italian Wine Tradition
Wine is a big tradition Italians have always been proud of. Meet Marco, AIFS Rome staff, to get introduced to the world of Italian wines. Classes are meant to introduce inexpert users to a correct and functional approach to the very complex culture of wine consumption. By tasting a different wine variety in each single class, topics such as wine tasting and food pairing methods, wines and grapes geography, table manners and drinking etiquette, and wine seen as cultural trait d’union between cuisine and local Italian traditions will be covered. 

A Taste of Italian Cuisine
While home, how many of us have spent (at least!) some hours in the kitchen trying to duplicate some tasty special recipes? Join Luigi and Riccardo, our talented Roman chefs, to discover the secrets of Italian cuisine. Get the recipes, be ready with the ingredients required and have fun! You will learn how to cook two traditional Italian recipes while you practice from home. Buon appetite!

Parliamo Italiano?
Would you like to practice your Italian skills with a native? Book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Italian staff: meet Rosanna, Chicca and Marco in Rome for a fast and fun way to improve your language skills!

Prague: Interactive Cultural Quiz and Scavenger Hunt
Follow the clues and answer questions on the many cultural and historical sites in Prague. Our staff will introduce you to some fascinating historical figures, buildings and sites – the stories behind them and experiences you can enjoy in Prague. Play against fellow students and win a prize while learning about one of Central Europe’s most iconic cities.

London: History and Diversity
Home to over 9 million people, with over 300 different languages spoken per day, London is one of the most diverse cultural capitals of the world, renowned for its creative industries including fashion (London Fashion week alone generates over £100m of orders), art, theatre and media. It boasts of over 200 museums and galleries, including the world-renowned British Museum (home to the Rosetta stone) and the Tate Modern Art Gallery, along with the main residence of Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace, and picturesque parks such as Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Richmond Park. Yet, despite all this, tradition is not the driving force behind London’s creativity – rather it is the diversity of its people that fuels and shapes London’s formidable cultural landscape. London professor Nicole D’Adamo Moody will introduce you to London’s rich cultural past and present.

A Study Abroad Journey: AIFS Student to AIFS Coordinator
Meet Gina and Trung, Coordinators on our Florence, Italy program.  But before that they were both AIFS students on our Florence program.  Learn about what drew them to Florence, how the program influenced their academic choices and the path that led them to later come back to AIFS as part of our team.  Who better to guide our students than staff who were previously in their shoes. 

Practicing Advocacy in Daily Life
It used to be that advocacy work just involved protest signs, sit-ins and rallies. But we’re now living in a time where your voice can be just as powerful from home. From registering fellow students to vote to learning about how you can support local, national and international policies that matter to you, Advocacy 101 is the place to get a basic understanding of the legislative process and how best to move forward and be heard in the digital age. This non-partisan session will explore opportunities to take action for international education and global engagement, and you’ll learn how to work with and educate your elected officials and their offices.

Coronavirus Around the Globe - Lockdown Lowdown
How is the pandemic affecting people in different countries?  You can see reports on the news but the only way to really know what is going on is to talk to the people living there.  Some of our wonderful Resident Directors have come together to discuss how things are where they live, how it has impacted their lives, but also to discuss the positive things they have seen and heard during this crisis.  Please join Edu in Seville, Deniz in Budapest, Nele in Berlin and Miranda in Grenoble as they discuss the situation.  

City Spotlights

Paris Virtual Tour
Discover areas of Paris with our local staff member Jane.  Jane is our Assistant Resident Director and her specialty is arranging all of the cultural activities for our students and accompanying them on the excursions to they get the most out of them.  Join her as she explores some of Paris’ classic districts and she shares her knowledge as only a local can.

Berlin Virtual Tour
Nele is our Resident Director in Berlin, and when she is not assisting our Berlin students with all elements of the program she is also a registered tour guide. Join Nele as she takes us on a tour of her favorite sites in Berlin.

Prague Virtual Tour
Join our Prague staff as they guide you around the beautiful city of Prague, the tour will include sites such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the Old Town and a particular focus on the Jewish history with a tour of the Jewish Quarter. Join Renata, Jenny and Zdenek, our wonderful Prague staff, as they lead you on a tour of this beautiful city.

From Rome with (Remote) Love
Meet Christiaan and Lavinia, our professional and super friendly certified tour guides, as they virtually walk you through the wonderful streets of our beautiful Rome. Two appointments for two highlights of the Eternal City: Bernini vs. Borromini, or how the magic role of water, and the new impact of contemporary street art on the walls. Roman art has something for everyone!

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