The prerequisite for this program is successful completion of SPAN 203 or 301, or placement into SPAN 301, before the start of the program. Students who have completed SPAN 302 or above are not eligible for this program.
January 30 and February 20, 2019, 3:30 pm (LOW 117)
During Autumn Quarter 2019, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies will take a group of motivated Advanced Level students to León, Spain to live with local families and study Spanish language and literature at the newly renovated Palacio Conde Luna Study Center.
This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.
Participants in this Spanish language, literature, and culture program will take SPAN 301/302 OR 302/303, SPAN 321, and a SPAN 394. In addition, students will participate in 1 credit of Service Learning (SPAN 392), which will give them the opportunity to work with English teachers in local schools. Most classes will take place in the Palacio del Conde Luna, a 14th century palace that houses the UW Leon Center. Two classes will be taught by Samuel Jaffee, and the other classes will be taught by local faculty from the University of Leon Language Center. Outside of class, students will have the opportunity to participate in cooking classes, and to go on excursions to nearby cities and provinces, thereby allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the culture in which they are immersed. León is a cosmopolitan city of about 137,000, located in the Northwestern part of Spain. It is known for its 13th century Gothic Cathedral and monumental buildings, as well as for its fiestas. Every year people from all over the world visit León to see and participate in its many processions and colorful traditions. The region of Castile and Leon is the birthplace of the Spanish language, and will provide students with unlimited opportunities to practice their oral, aural and written skills in Spanish, as they will be living in Spain and staying with Spanish families with whom they will speak only Spanish.
The students' primary housing will be with home stay families, who will provide students with a room of their own and 3 meals a day. No more than one native English-speaking student will be placed in a home. Students will fill out a form indicating their preferences for characteristics of the family, as well as any allergies.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
The prerequisite for this program is successful completion of SPAN 203 or 301, or placement into SPAN 301, before the start of the program. Students who have completed SPAN 302 or above are not eligible for this program. No
19 UW Quarter Credits
SPAN 301: Grammar & Lexicon (5 credits) VLPA
This course is an advanced Spanish language class that puts an emphasis on oral communication in addition to reading comprehension and writing. Several types of oral and audiovisual texts will be analyzed in order for students to learn the techniques and strategies necessary to successfully understand and communicate orally in academic and professional settings.
Learning goals include:
The goals of this course are: for students to be able to understand various types of oral discourses, for students to be able to participate in debates and discussions on a variety of topics, for students to be able to give an academic presentation, for students to be able to express their opinion about history, politics, and cultures in the Hispanic World, for students to have expanded their vocabulary, and for students to be more self-sufficient in their learning of the Spanish language. These goals will be assessed through daily homework, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.
SPAN 302: Grammar & Lexicon (5 credits) VLPA
This course is an advanced Spanish language composition course whose primary objective is to develop students' techniques and strategies for producing academic and professional written texts in Spanish. Several types of written texts will be read, analyzed and discussed in order hone students' writing skills in the language.
Learning goals include:
The goals of this course are: for students to be able to read, analyze and discuss a wide variety of written texts, for students to be able to write academic and professional texts, for students to be able to express their opinion about history, politics, and cultures in the Hispanic World both orally and in writing, for students to have expanded their vocabulary, and for students to be more self sufficient in their learning of the Spanish language. These goals will be assessed through essays, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.
SPAN 303: Introduction to Sylistics through Composition (5 credits) VLPA
This course is an advanced Spanish language composition course whose primary objective is to develop students' techniques and strategies for producing literary criticism and cultural analysis essays. The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare students to successfully handle academic texts in university level Hispanic literature and culture classes.
Learning goals include:
The goals for this course are: for students to be able to read, analyze and discuss a wide variety of literary and cultural texts, for students to be able to participate in an academic discussion about literary and artistic works in the Hispanic world, for students to be able to write analytical essays about literary and artistic works, for the students to be able to undertake research and identify relevant secondary source materials, for students to be able to review their peers' work and give constructive feedback, for students to have expanded their vocabulary, and for students to be more self-sufficient in their learning of the Spanish language. These goals will be assessed through essays, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.
SPAN 321: Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies (5 credits) VLPA
This course acquaints third-year students with elementary techniques of literary analysis, as applied to examples of narrative, poetry and theater, within the context of the Spanish and Latin American literary traditions.
Learning goals include:
The goals for this course are: for students to be able to critically analyze various genres of literature, such as short story, novel, poetry, and theatre, for students to have expanded their vocabulary, and for students to be more self sufficient in their analysis of Hispanic literature. These goals will be assessed through essays, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.
SPAN 394: Special Topics (Spanish Culture, Literature, Film, and Art) (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to history and literature of the Iberian Peninsula, from medieval times to present day. Through the reading of a selection of poetry, legends, and short stories; the study of art, film, photographs, and other visual texts; and perhaps a field trip to the Prado and Reina Sofia museums in Madrid, students will become familiar with key moments in the history of Spain. The course will also include a community-based learning component, in which students will explore the city of León and make contact with local organizations, service providers, or cultural spaces. Students will use the city as a classroom to learn more about contemporary Spanishness while developing their oral proficiency skills.
Learning goals include:
The goals of this course are: to learn to understand and appreciate the cultural richness of the cultural history of Spain and its connection with world and European history; to increase practical and critical capacities for understanding literature of various genres; to hone structured and free-writing abilities, as well as reading and speaking skills; to improve oral and written expression; and to expand students’ vocabulary in Spanish. These goals will be assessed through essays, projects, presentations, quizzes, and/or tests.
SPAN 392: Service Learning (1 credit)
In this service learning experience, students will assist English teachers in local schools in Leon and help them teach English to children and teenagers. Students will keep a journal during the experience, and must turn it in at the end of the program to get credit. The class is graded on a CR/NC basis.
Learning goals include:
The goals of this course are for students to learn about the educational system in Spain, and to become more integrated into life in Leon. These goals will be assessed by reading what the students write in the mandatory journal.
Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
Food (about $5/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019
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A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
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UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.