UC Davis Quarter Abroad


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Spanish Language & Culture in Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Arrival Date: April 2, 2018   End Date: June 8, 2018

Program Overview

Spain—the very name conjures images of sun-drenched beaches, Moorish castles, and a rich cultural and artistic heritage. In Madrid, students will walk through history itself—down stone-paved streets and past countless flowering balconies of 18th-century buildings before arriving in Madrid’s city center, famous for tapas, shopping, and entertainment. The unique spirit of Madrid is both serene and lively, making it a captivating place to learn Spanish and absorb centuries of Iberian culture.

Students will take intensive and accelerated courses in Spanish language and culture, with planned activities and excursions to highlight Spain's incredible history and beautiful scenery. All students will take a Spanish Culture class and an Intercultural Competence seminar in which they have an opportunity to reflect on their experiences in Spain as they unfold. Quarter Abroad partners with ACCENT International, an organization well-known for its high quality study abroad programs in Spain, for in-country coordination of housing and language instruction.

Instructor: Cristina Martínez-Carazo

Taught in: Taught in Spanish and English depending on the language level

Max Enrollment: 30

Program CoordinatorAspen Felt

Courses (17-21 units)

Level 1 - Total Units: 20-21

Introduction to Spanish grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with special emphasis on communication.*

Level 2 - Total Units: 17-18

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

*Students may participate in an optional one-unit internship as a teaching assistant in English classes at a local elementary school and possibly other fields. A limited number of positions are available. Placements will require a minimum of 6 hours per week commitment on the part of the students. There is a cost associated with this option that will be paid directly from the student to the provider.  The 1-unit of internship credit is in addition to the coursework taken through Level 1 or 2.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

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

Co-curricular Activities

Students will participate in an overnight excursion to Barcelona. In addition, ACCENT will plan a series of free or inexpensive activities which may include lectures on local customs and contemporary issues, sporting events, walking tours and dinners. Students will also participate in several cultural activities, including museum visits and bullring tickets.

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