This program is open to all academically eligible undergraduate students. You must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative resident GPA of 2.3 or higher. You may apply as a freshman, but must be at the sophomore level or above at the time of departure. No prior Spanish language study is required.
During the semester you will take four courses in total: two or three courses in the Spanish language and one or two courses in Latin American Studies. The courses you take depend on your Spanish language level. This 15 week academic program has three distinct parts. You will participate in all three.
Part One (weeks 1-6) and Part Three (weeks 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 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 351: Central American Culture and Civilization (3 credits)
Span 367: Survey of Spanish American Literature (3 credits)
Span 405: Advanced Conversation (3 credits)
Latin American Studies Courses:
History 311: History & Civilization of Central America, GE-IVC; FC (Required for all participants)
Sociology 314: Race, Ethnicity & Social Class; (GE-IIIF)
The classes you will 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 Sociology 314).
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 Sociology 314)
2) Three Spanish language courses (Span 302 and either Span 351, Span 367, or Span 405) and one Latin American Studies Course (History 311)
EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION Part Two (Weeks 7-8):
You will spend two weeks on a community service project and live with host families. You will work on a very hands-on project identified by community leaders as having value to the residents. No academic credit is awarded, however the project fulfills the UW-Eau Claire service learning requirement.
This fall program begins in early September and ends in mid-December. Exact dates are available during the semester prior to departure.