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Spanish 2203 in Bilbao

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Spanish 2203 in Bilbao

Overview

Program terms: Summer
Restrictions: Vanderbilt applicants only
Type of Program: N/A
Costs: Budget Sheets
Academic Calendar: Summer
Key Dates:
Term Application Deadline Program Dates
Summer 2020 02/03/2020 To be determined

At a Glance

The purpose of this program is to strengthen students' knowledge of Spanish grammar within a functional framework, which will allow them to acquire a greater command of the language. Instructors will utilize texts from newspapers, magazines, and contemporary literature to frame course content. This dynamic form of instruction will emphasize written and oral expression as well as common idioms used by native speakers.

In addition, this program offers an introduction to Spanish culture and civilization in order for students to become familiar with the social, economic, and political structures of Spain.

Studies will focus on specific aspects that make Spain appealing and richly varied: its re-established ancestral monarchy, its organization into autonomous areas, its position as a popular tourist destination, and its prominence as the country of Don Quixote, Don Juan, García Lorca, bullfighting, and soccer. All these features of life, history, and politics will be analyzed through the course.

University of Duesto-CIDE

CIDE Course Calendar - Summer 2019

Academics

The International Spanish Programs of Deusto are intensive courses in Spanish as a foreign language. The CIDE programs form part of the School of Letters at the University of Deusto, which is known for its longstanding tradition in language teaching and by its appointment as a host venue of the Instituto Cervantes.

In the Summer 2203 program, students will take 14 hours of coursework per week. Classes meet, according to the calendar above, for a total of twenty-two days, five days a week. This means a total of 62 classroom contact hours. Built into the program are several excursions, beginning with a study tour of Madrid, Toledo, and Segovia, and including a day trip to the world famous Sanfermines in Pamplona. As a point of reference, the semester-long 2203 course at Vanderbilt meets five hours per week, meaning five hours per week times fourteen weeks, equaling 70 contact hours.

The courses at CIDE are very similar to parallel courses at Vanderbilt in design and requirements. In fact, many of the texts and materials used in both beginning and intermediate level courses are the same. Below are the syllabi of the two courses students will take (an intermediate language course and a Spanish and Basque culture course). These two courses combined will be the equivalent of Spanish 2203. Students will take both the language course and the culture course.

Spanish III (300)
Culture and Politics in Contemporary Spain

Student Life

There are many wonderful and exciting things to see and do in Bilbao. Spain, and especially Bilbao, is considered the capital of modern architecture. Bilbao contains many important works such as the Guggenheim-Bilbao Musuem designed by Frank O. Gehry, which is located directly across from the university and ideal for students to visit. Students also participate in five guided excursions to places like Madrid and Pamplona, which is famous for the running of the bulls.

Housing

Students have a choice between living in a co-ed residence hall, or a family stay. The residence halls include three daily meals and various amenities such free internet access, study rooms, washers and dryers, and a 24 hr reception service. Family stays allow students to experience Spanish family life firsthand, include three daily meals, and washing of clothing. Depending on how involved the students want to be with their host family, they can either choose from a single or shared bedroom.

Vanderbilt students receive direct credit from study abroad programs offered through the Global Education Office. Grades and credits awarded will appear on the Vanderbilt transcript and count toward the GPA. Vanderbilt will use the scale shown here to articulate all grades from the University of Duesto, Bilbao, regardless of the subject area or language of instruction.

University of Deusto, BilbaoVanderbilt Equivalents
A 93–100A
A- 90–92A
B+ 87–89B+
B– 80–82B–
C+ 77–79C+
C 73–76C
C– 70–72C–
D+ 67–69D+
D 63–66D
D– 60–62D–
F 0–59F

 

Location

The University of Deusto is located in northern Spain. It is an area with two official languages of different origins: Spanish and Basque. Since its founding by the Jesuits in 1886, the University of Deusto has granted fundamental importance to its international relationships, and it currently leads numerous international projects which host an increasing number of students every year.

The private university has a strong reputation in Spain and enjoys growing recognition in Europe. Its elegant campus faces the new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Bilbao, long the largest business and cultural city in northern Spain, is also a major international tourist center due to the opening of the Guggenheim-Bilbao Museum. The city hosts annual music festivals, a vibrant art scene, and gorgeous beaches nearby—it is a wonderful place to spend the summer.

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Fact Sheet

Housing: Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum GPA: 2.7
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language prerequisite: Yes
Additional prerequisites: N/A
Costs: Budget Sheets
Student contacts: Peer alumni

Photo: Spain, courtesy of Jingyue Zhang

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