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Spanish Language & Culture in Mendoza

Mendoza, Argentina

Arrive Date: September 24, 2017    End Date: December 9, 2017

Program Overview

Let your adventurous spirit soar in beautiful Mendoza, Argentina. At the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo students will take accelerated courses in Spanish language and Latin American culture. As part of the program, students will participate in many special hikes and excursions, including a trip to Patagonia, visits to regional vineyards, and much more. The program offers three Spanish levels. All students will also take an upper division course in Spanish American culture.

For more information on Mendoza, read The New York Times36 Hours in Mendoza article.

InstructorCecilia Colombi

Taught in: Spanish

Max Enrollment: 30

Program CoordinatorAspen Felt

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Courses (18-21 units)

Level 1 - Total Program Units: 21

Review of grammar sequences and practice of language skills through cultural texts. Develop the grammar, vocabulary and composition through exercises and reading of modern texts. Toward the end of the course students will focus on more difficult grammatical concepts and further practice in composition and language skills. 

Spanish (SPA) 3S. Elementary Spanish (5)

Spanish (SPA) 21S. Intermediate Spanish (5)

Spanish (SPA) 22S. Intermediate Spanish (5)

Spanish (SPA) 98. Directed Group Study (2)

Spanish (SPA) 148S. Cinema in the Spanish Speaking World in Translation (4)*

Level 2 - Total Program Units: 19

Students will focus on difficult grammar concepts, and continue to develop composition skills. Authentic materials, literary texts and videos will be used to develop writing skills. Toward the end of the course students will work on advanced writing skills, with particular emphasis on how to write argumentative prose, essays and papers. 

Spanish (SPA) 22S. Intermediate Spanish (5)

Spanish (SPA) 23S. Spanish Composition I (4)

Spanish (SPA) 24S. Spanish Composition II (4)

Spanish (SPA) 98. Directed Group Study (2)

Spanish (SPA) 148S. Cinema in the Spanish Speaking World in Translation (4)* 

Level 3 - Total Program Units: 18

Study of Spanish American literature and culture, along with the major developments in the arts and social institutions of Spanish America. Readings, lectures, and discussions will be in Spanish. 

Spanish (SPA) 116. Applied Spanish Linguistics (4)

Spanish (SPA) 148SCinema in the Spanish Speaking World in Translation (4)*

Spanish (SPA) 159S. Special Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture (4)

Spanish (SPA) 170S. Introduction to Latin American Culture (4)

Spanish (SPA) 198. Directed Group Study (2)

*Students at all levels will take SPA 148S "Cinema in the Spanish-Speaking World" (GE:ArtHum,Div.), which is taught in English, for four (4) units, and SPA 98/198 for two (2) units.

SPA 98/198 Directed Group Study - Taught by Professor Cecilia Colombi (P/NP grading) (2 units)
This course examines the cultural, academic and personal experience of studying in Mendoza, Argentina through narratives and group discussions. Special emphasis will be given to the language development as well as the cross cultural experience of living with a host family.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

This program is open to students who meet the eligibility requirements and who have taken the necessary prerequisites

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