The application for Penn-in-Alicante 2013 is now closed.
Soak up Spanish language, history, and culture this summer on Spain's Mediterranean coast.
All courses in this six-week intensive program offer University of Pennsylvania credits and are taught in Spanish. The program begins with an on-site orientation in Madrid and includes group excursions to cultural sites. Students live with Spanish families to experience linguistic and cultural immersion.
|Depart the U.S. for Madrid||Saturday, June 22, 2013|
|Arrive in Madrid and meet up with group||Sunday, June 23, 2013|
|On-site Orientation||Monday, June 24 & Tuesday, June 25, 2013|
|Travel as a group to Alicante, meet host family||Wednesday, June 26, 2013|
|Classes Start||Thursday, June 27, 2013|
|Classes End||Thursday, July 25, 2013 (at 2 p.m.)|
|Depart Alicante||Friday, July 26, 2013 (by noon)|
All students register for a total of two course units (CUs). Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit required pre-departure documents.
Note for Visiting Students: One CU is generally considered to be equivalent to three semester hours when Penn coursework is transferred to another institution.
Accelerated Intermediate Spanish
SPANISH 134 (2 CU)
Fulfills the Language Requirement in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 120 or 121 at Penn or equivalent (1 year college Spanish)
Spanish 134 is an intensive intermediate-level language course that covers the equivalent of Spanish 130 and Spanish 140 at Penn. The course emphasizes the development of functional language skills within a culturally based context. Class time will focus on communicative activities that combine grammatical concepts, relevant vocabulary, and cultural themes. Major course goals include: the acquisition of intermediate-level vocabulary, the controlled use of the past tense and major uses of the subjunctive, and the development of writing skills.
Advanced Spanish Syntax
SPANISH 212 (1 CU)
Prerequisite: 2 years college Spanish or equivalent
This is a rigorous advanced grammar course that emphasizes the acquisition of a solid knowledge of all important points of Spanish grammar, plus rules governing colloquial usage. The course is required of all majors and minors. It is also useful for non-majors who wish to improve their language skills before beginning advanced courses on culture, or for those who want a practical working knowledge of Spanish for career work. Class work consists mostly of discussion and correction of assigned exercises.
Spanish Culture and Civilization
SPANISH 226/326 (1 CU)
Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite for 226: 2 years college Spanish or equivalent. Prerequisite for 326: SPAN 219 at Penn or equivalent.
A general introduction to the study of Spanish culture. This course is designed to help students understand the historical foundations of contemporary Spanish society, its values and its institutions. The focus is on the principal events of Spanish history and the development of political and social institutions from the Middle Ages to the present, with special emphasis on the major artistic and literary milestones that have marked the Spanish cultural legacy. Through this historical overview, students will also refine their knowledge of the physical and cultural geography of Spain.
Contemporary Spain (from 1868 to the present)
SPANISH 227/327 (1 CU)
Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite for 227: 2 years college Spanish or equivalent. Prerequisite for 327: SPAN 219 at Penn or equivalent.
In this course we study the main events, periods and policies that formed contemporary Spain. In the first half of the course we will study the historical conditions, including a review of the constitutional monarchy (1875-1923) and its dissolution in Primo’s dictatorship (1923-1931), followed by the second Republic and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). At this stage we will pay special attention to the international pressures that resulted in the defeat of the Republic followed by the advent of Franco’s dictatorship. The second part of the course concentrates on the study of Franco’s regime (1939-1975) and the transition to democracy (1979) as well as the consolidation of the monarchy and Spain’s integration into Europe.
Students live with Spanish families in order to experience full linguistic and cultural immersion. Housing is prearranged through the Universidad de Alicante and all students will be asked to complete a host family accommodation form to list any special dietary needs or allergies. Full board (3 meals/day) is included.
Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.
- Tuition for Summer 2013: $6,956
For more information about Tuition and Financial Aid click here.
- Program Fee for Alicante: $2,500
Includes home stay with three meals/day and laundry, hotel in Madrid (breakfast and dinner included) for on-site orientation before leaving for Alicante, transportation from Madrid to Alicante, weekday transportation from home stay to class, group excursions and administrative costs.
- Download estimated cost sheet for Penn-in-Alicante 2013.
The application for Penn-in-Alicante 2013 is now open!
- Rolling admissions until the program is full.
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