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Spanish and Portuguese, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Granada, Spain

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Spanish and Portuguese

General Information

Located in Granada, this intensive Spanish program runs from late August to early December, and from January to early May. Granada is located 300 miles south of Madrid, close to renowned ski and beach resorts. The city is noted for its Moorish history and buildings, including the famous Alhambra. The weather is very mild during the fall.

This program offers courses at the University of Granada through API (Academic Programs International) with three different tracks:

A) Hispanic Studies Program

Prerequisites:
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Upper advanced level of Spanish.
  • Classes taught in Spanish.
Courses:
  • Advanced Grammar SPAN 311
  • Business Spanish SPAN 465
  • Linguistic Variety Pluralism SPAN 471
  • A great selection of upper level electives (400 level taught in Spanish), such as Spanish History, Spanish Geography, Spanish Art History, Spanish Politics, Spanish and Latin American Economies, 20th c. Spanish Literature, the Image of Women in Modern Spanish Literature, Spanish Theater and Spanish Cinema, among others.
Description:


Designed for students who wish to acquire a deeper knowledge of Spanish language and culture, the Hispanic Studies program allows students to take an advanced Spanish language course along with several elective courses in Spanish. Students must have completed a minimum of five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Upon arrival, students take a language placement test to verify that they are ready for classes at the high-advanced or superior levels (Granada levels B2.2, C1 and C2 respectively). Spanish majors may use up to two upper level electives taught in English towards their major. Students majoring in Spanish are required to discuss their course selection with their advisor prior to departure.

B) Spanish Language and Culture

Prerequisites:
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Students must have at least 1 semester of college level Spanish to participate in this program.
  • This program is for students who have already started learning Spanish.
Courses:
  • Advanced Grammar SPAN 311
  • Business Spanish SPAN 465
  • Linguistic Variety Pluralism SPAN 471
  • Literary Currents of Spain I SPAN 320
  • Literary Currents of Spain II SPAN 321
  • Culture and Civilization of Spain SPAN 415
  • Culture and Civilization of Latin America SPAN 417
  • A selection of upper level electives (300 level taught in English and 400 level taught in Spanish)
Description:

This program is ideal for students who would like to improve their writing skills and knowledge of upper-level grammar, while also taking culture courses. The program offers culture classes in both English and in Spanish. All students take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival and are placed into the appropriate language level based on the results of this exam. Students who want to take classes in English still must have completed one semester of Spanish. High advanced students (5 or more semesters of Spanish; Granada level B2.2) are encouraged to apply for the Hispanic Studies program. UMass Amherst students who are majoring in Spanish may use up to 2 electives in English as their upper level electives in "areas related to the major".

C) Intensive Language Program

Prerequisites:
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
Courses:
  • Elementary Spanish I SPAN 110
  • Elementary Spanish II SPAN 120
  • Intermediate Spanish I SPAN 230
  • Intermediate Spanish II SPAN 240
  • Spanish Conversation SPAN 301
  • Advanced Grammar SPAN 311
Description:

The Intensive Language Program is designed for beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills over the course of one semester. There are no cultural electives offered within this program; students instead complete a series of intensive Spanish language courses. Students can expect to advance their Spanish a minimum of two levels during the semester. Each student’s language level is determined by a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Granada upon arrival. UMass Amherst students may fulfill their language requirement in one semester in Granada.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Barbara Zecchi
bzecchi@spanport.umass.edu

To apply, please contact:

Cristina Sosa
csosa@ipo.umass.edu

Some relevant web-sites about Granada
 
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