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Spain in Context Program

Location: Granada, Spain
Term: Spring

The housing situation provided an opportunity for complete immersion into the culture and language. It was an amazing opportunity to enhance my Spanish comprehension and speaking skills.

-Casey Luneva, Spring 2017

 

Advanced Spanish skills, equivalent to SPAN 2001 for Fordham students, are required for this program.

Participants will take five courses, including SPAN 4520: Spain in Context. Depending on their academic interests and language proficiency, students can take courses at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas and facultades (departments) on topics such as Art History, Business, Communications, Culture, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, Literature, Music, Politics, Psychology, and Sciences (Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, etc.). Students can also take advantage of for-credit internships.

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Program Details

Granada

Girls overlooking city

Students by water

Location

The city of Granada, a recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and the world. It is also the hometown of Federico García Lorca and a center of flamenco culture. The Alhambra Palace, the Sacromonte and Albacín neighborhoods, the Cathedral, and the numerous Baroque churches of the city are testimonies of a rich past, which continues to be alive through its vibrant university community.

Academics

Advanced Spanish skills, equivalent to SPAN 2001: Spanish Language and Literature for Fordham students, are required for this program.

Required Course

SPAN 4520: Spain in Context

Focusing on the relationship between creativity and society, the course explores the literature and culture of Spain’s diverse regions. The course comprises the following elements: classes taught by Dr. Lamas, trips, cultural visits, and gatherings/workshops with prestigious Spanish intellectuals and artists (at the so-called tertulias). Students work in groups towards a final project, which will be presented in class as a Podcast, and handled to the instructor as a journal article ready for publication in the magazine Por Granada, available in print and on line. The course is offered in conjunction with Fordham in Granada. Only students enrolled in the Program can register for this class. Granada, a recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the hometown of Federico García Lorca, and a center of flamenco culture. The Alhambra Palace, the Albaicín neighborhood, the Cathedral, and the numerous Baroque churches of the city are testimonies of its rich past, which continues to be alive through its vibrant university community. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

This course is a Latin American and Latino Studies, Communications and Media Studies, Journalism, and Peace and Justice Studies Major or Minor Course and satisfies the Interdisciplinary Capstone Course core requirement at Fordham University.

Electives

Students choose 4 courses in their field(s) of study offered at University of Granada's Centro de Lenguas Modernas offered in Spanish. Following is a sample list of courses typically available:

SPANISH

HISTORY

HISTORY OF ART

COMMUNICATIONS

SOCIOLOGY, POLITICS, AND ECONOMICS

CULTURE

RELIGION

HEALTH & ECOLOGY 

Students with a high level of Spanish also have the opportunity to enroll in courses at one of the facultades (Departments) at the University of Granada in Art History, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Culture, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Politics, Psychology, and Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

For-credit internships administrated by the University of Granada in partnership with local companies and organizations are also available. Students interested in pursuing careers in business, education, health services, and social services are particularly encouraged to apply. Internships require the completion of 45 hours of supervised work, ten hours of seminar instruction, and participation during class. Students will complete a final project and present their experience to their classmates and instructor at the end of the semester. Intermediate or advanced level of Spanish is necessary.

Housing

An integral component of this program is the full immersion living arrangement. Participants will live with a Granadan family for the semester. Homestay families provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a supportive environment for participants to acclimate to their new surroundings. Families are carefully selected by the Universidad de Granada in consultation with Dr. Rafael Lamas, Director of Fordham in Granada.

Student Services

Fordham in Granada is centrally located and close to the Universidad de Granada. Participants are offered individualized tutoring services and can expect their academic progress to be closely followed and guided by program staff. Intercambio (conversation exchange activities) are also coordinated through this office as well as through the CLM. All program participants have Universidad de Granada insurance, and are granted access to all Universidad de Granada facilities.

Participants will engage in a number of cultural excursions within Granada as well as take short trips to other parts of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. In previous terms, students visited Sevilla, Córdoba, Nerja, Ronda, Guadix, Cabo de Gata, Portugal’s Algarve region, and Morocco where they met with local students and lived with Moroccan families.

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Dates

The program runs from approximately mid-January to mid-May.

 

Spring 2020 Dates:

January 21 - Students arrive in Granada

May 22 - Students depart from housing