As a supplement to its Spanish Language curriculum, the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida has developed a study abroad program for Undergraduate students at UCF, who are interested in Spanish language and culture.
This program offers students an excellent opportunity of full linguistic and cultural immersion to enhance Spanish language skills. Students with all levels of Spanish language skills may participate. Participants will be registering for 6 credit hours, which allow students spending time for interactions outside the classroom.
1. The Spanish Study Abroad Program will provide learners with the unique opportunity to study at the University of Alcalá de Henares, located 45 minutes of Madrid and the hometown of Miguel de Cervantes, where several important writers of the Spanish masterpieces studied, such as Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Tirso de Molina to name a few. The encounter of the past with the present will enhance their understanding of the contemporary Spanish society through a well-designed core curriculum and academic activities in one of the oldest and most prestigious universities of Spain.
2. The Spanish Study Abroad Program is an intensive immersion experience, which will prepare learners—of a large number of disciplines—with the integration of the Spanish academic curriculum (language, literature, and culture) to succeed in the twenty first century where internalization and globalization becomes an integral component of job market industry.
3. The Spanish Study Abroad Program will provide to the learners the opportunity to immerse themselves into an intensive academic environment and be part of the Spanish language and culture that is studied in the traditional classroom. In addition, the learners will gain exposure to a diversity of social values and intellectual atmospheres that will foster the development of new language and social skills to interact and function outside of their known environment. These components apply to both, Spanish speaking students and learners of a target language.
4. The Spanish Study Abroad Program will guide students to exam the differences in Spanish idiomatic expressions, accents, and cultural traits in order to avoid generalizations or universal interpretations about the Spanish language studied in the traditional classroom setup. In addition, they will able to exam–first hand–and recognize the differences within the Spanish culture, social values, religious views, and politics present in each society.
5. The Spanish Study Abroad Program offers the option of living with families and being part of their homely environment so both parties involved will learn from each other and will appreciate the cultural exchange.
The program will be hosted by the Instituto Franklin at the Universidad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. All classes will be held in a traditional classroom setting for approximately 3-4 hours each day. Students will be evaluated through regular examinations and class participation.
Students will travel to Alcalá de Henares, Spain for one month of classes. Excursions include a trip to Madrid, as well as visits to sites in and around the Castilla-León area. While in Spain, students are expected to speak in Spanish, remain engaged in the program’s opportunities, and try new cultural experiences.