To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good academic standing and have a cumulative resident GPA of 2.3. You may apply as a freshman but you must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins.
COURSES/ COURSE EQUIVALENCIES
During the semester you will take four courses in total in the Spanish language and Latin American Studies. However, the courses you take depend on your Spanish language level. This 14 week academic program has three distinct parts. You will participate in all three:
Parts One & Three (weeks 1-6 & 9-14):
You will take Spanish courses during Part One (weeks 1-6) and Part Three (weeks 9-14). You will cover the equivalent of 2 semesters of language materials, continuing from your current level. You will also take one or two Latin American Studies focused courses taught in English during Part One & Part Three. The following courses are typically offered:
Spanish Language Courses:
- Span 101: Beginning Spanish I (4 credits)
- Span 102: Beginning Spanish II (4 credits)
- Span 201: Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits)
- Span 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 credits)
- Span 301: Advanced Composition (3 credits)
- Span 302: Advanced Conversation & Composition (3 credits)
- Span 352: Contemporary Spanish American Civilization (3 credits)
- Span 405: Advanced Conversation (3 credits)
Latin American Studies Courses:
- Hist 311: History of Civilization of Central America (GE-IVC; FC ) (Required for all participants)
- Costa Rican Environment and Geography (GEOG 920L Geog upper division elective, GEII).
The classes you take depend on your Spanish language level:
-Students who have not taken 301 prior to departure will take the following track:
1) Two Spanish courses and two Latin American Studies courses (History 311 and Costa Rican Environment and Geography).
-Students who have taken 301 prior to departure have the option of taking one of two tracks:
1) Two Spanish language courses, and two Latin American Studies Courses (History 311, and Costa Rican Environment and Geography
2) Three Spanish language courses (Span 302, Span 352 and Span 405) and one Latin American Studies Course (History 311)
Part Two (Weeks 7-8):
In Part Two (weeks 7-8) you will spend 2 weeks in a rural community, working on service projects identified as important by community leaders. Past projects have involved working with local elementary school students and their parents to renovate school playgrounds, build benches, and paint murals, as well as ecotourism in an indigenous community. No academic credit is awarded, however, the project fulfills the UW-Eau Claire service learning requirement.
This spring program typically begins in the last week of January and ends the first week of May. Exact dates are available the semester prior to departure
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