EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAMS
SPA 350 Discover Madrid - Summer 2013
Professor Susan Larson will be teaching this 3-credit course, conducted in Spanish, from May 5 - June 1, 2013.
This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the history of modern Western cities, using the city of Madrid’s historical, cultural, and social development as a case study. All classes will be held in the Madrid International Study Abroad classroom facility, which is located on Calle Mayor, a stone’s throw from the Puerta del Sol, the very center of the Spanish capital. Contemporary aspects of the city such as its rise to prominence among the capitals of Europe, its role in nation formation, and its representation in a variety of cultural forms are among some of the topics to be discussed. Students will read and view a variety of historical, sociological and literary texts on and of Madrid. Weekly walking tours and field trips to museums as well as visits to nearby cities of interest are an essential part of the course. The class will meet for three hours a day, four days a week and students will be housed with Spanish families.
Cultivating Intercultural Competence through Service-Learning in Seville –Summer 2013
With Professor Francisco Salgado-Robles
SPA 300: Contact Zones: Cultivating Intercultural Competence aims to help students acquire skills and knowledge needed to promote understanding of individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, without reinforcing stereotypes in the name of cultural difference. This course will (1) utilize, as a guide/lead, the concept of contact zones, zones of exchange that divide but simultaneously connect us and them; and (2) have each student conduct a semester-long ethnographic project concerning the contact zone. To that end, the student will serve and explore the community around us, in particular the Spanish-speaking community in Seville (Spain), through academic investigation and service work while abroad.
Course consists of classroom meetings, community projects outside of class, and reflective assignments, through which the student will improve her/his use of Spanish, discover the local community, and help the people that live in that community.
Class objectives and activities include (1) discuss relevant issues to the community, such as immigration, health care, educational, and political and social programs; (2) delve further into the effects of service-learning on the acquisition of second languages; (3) reflect on what we have learned from the community; (4) broaden our knowledge about the Spanish language variation; and (5) improve communicative and intercultural competence in Spanish.
Kentucky Institute for International Studies in Spain and Mexico (http://www.kiis.org)
The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) is a consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to providing quality international education. KIIS is founded on the conviction that an international experience should be part of the education of as many people as possible.
KIIS programs have four primary objectives:
- to establish high-quality, low-cost, academically sound international study programs for students;
- to provide faculty from member institutions a means for professional growth;
- to create language and culture programs for professionals and develop links with their counterparts in foreign countries;
- to promote the study of foreign languages.
KIIS also seeks to develop new opportunities for international experiences which meet the needs of students, faculty, academic institutions, and community organizations, always taking into consideration the changing times and shifting demands of a global society.
The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) offers 5-week summer study-abroad programs in Spain, and Mexico, for which there is UK credit. It also offers semester study abroad programs in Mexico and Spain.
•The KIIS Spain Summer program will take place in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital, and in Segovia, a charming provincial capital in the foothills of the Guadarrama mountains, only 60 miles to the north of Madrid. The locations of both cities make them ideal for excursions, and their diverse natures will provide students with dramatically different experiences of Spain. The pleasantly warm, dry, late-summer weather and the congeniality of the Spanish people lend to both cities a spirit of cordial hospitality. Madrid, on the one hand, is Spain’s most cosmopolitan, culturally varied, and fast-paced city. Segovia, on the other, retains the strong, traditional Spanish character of Old Castile and has a visible history that goes back to pre-Roman times. The cost excludes passport, textbooks, and spending money. The courses will be offered in Spanish language, literature, culture and contemporary affairs. Students should have taken at least two years of college level Spanish.
•The KIIS Mexico Summer and Fall program in Morelia, Mexico includes tuition, airfare, a room, three meals a day, and excursions, but excludes individual spending money, textbooks, and passport. The program is based in Morelia, a colonial city virtually untouched by tourists, but a thriving cultural center. Courses include Spanish at all levels, and Mexican history and culture.
•KIIS Segovia Fall and Spring programs
During the fall and spring semesters KIIS offers a 12-week program in Segovia, Spain. The city of Segovia, only 40 miles from Madrid, offers the comfortable and familiar atmosphere of a small city. The inspiring atmosphere of this medieval city, the peaceful intellectual home for centuries of Jews, and Christians, is an ideal setting in which to interact with a dynamic and upbeat Spanish university population. For more information on these or other KIIS study abraod programs, visit the KIIS web site: http://www.kiis.org
•CIEE in Seville, Spain
For those students wishing to study in Spain another study abroad program is the Seville Program sponsored by The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) which awards UK credit and grades. A variety of courses are offered in Spanish language and literature, political science, history and art. For more information, visit the CIEE web site: http://www.ciee.org
UK Credit is also available for courses taken at recognized universities of Spain and Spanish America. To receive credit, please consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before taking courses abroad. Before departing for your study abroad experience, bring a listing of the course(s) you intend to take, including a course number, the number of credit hours and a brief description of the course. For more information visit the Office of International Affairs Education Abroad web site: http://www.uky.edu/educationabroad/ or consult the Hispanic Studies MAP brochure for a comprehensive description of the many options for Education Abroad.
For further information on the above programs contact:
The Study Abroad Services
Office of International Affairs
105 Bradley Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
Telephone 859- 257-4067
SPA Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Alan Brown
Department of Hispanic Studies
1127 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506
Office Phone: 859-257-7093