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Spanish Language and Culture in Mendoza

Students will take language classes at the Centro de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera (CELE), located at the Facultad de Filosfia y Letras at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo.

The program carries a total of 18-21 quarter units. Students will be enrolled in the courses listed below. Auditing is not an option. Contact your program coordinator to inquire about special course options for graduate students.

Courses (18-21 units)

Level 1 - Total 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) 3SElementary Spanish (5 units)

Spanish (SPA) 21SIntermediate Spanish (5 units)

Spanish (SPA) 22SIntermediate Spanish (5 units)

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

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

Level 2 - Total 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) 22SIntermediate Spanish (5 units)

Spanish (SPA) 23SSpanish Composition I (4 units)

Spanish (SPA) 24SSpanish Composition II (4 units)

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

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

Level 3 - Total 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) 116Applied Spanish Linguistics (4 units)

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

Spanish (SPA) 159SSpecial Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture (4 units)

Spanish (SPA) 170SIntroduction to Latin American Culture (4 units)

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

*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.


This program is open to students who meet the eligiblility requirements


Level 1

Completion of SPA 2 or the equivalent.

Level 2 

Completion of SPA 21 or the equivalent.

Level 3

Completion of SPA 24, 33, or the equivalent.

Equivalents may include: AP credits, a placement exam into SPA 3, 22 or 100, or an interview with the Faculty Program Leader if you are a native speaker of Spanish.

Prerequisite Equivalents for Students from Other UC's