It is strongly recommended that Spanish majors gain an international experience by studying in a Spanish-speaking country, preferably for a semester or year. Besides the enormous improvement they will receive in their speaking ability, the international experience will enhance their career opportunities and cross-cultural competence.
15 credits of the Spanish major may be earned in study-abroad programs. If the student earns 6 of those credits while on a TCU-sponsored summer program, then the student may still apply 9 credits to the major from a semester-long program.
For students in a year-long program: 21 credits of the Spanish major may be earned in study-abroad programs. If the student earns 6 of those credits while on a TCU-sponsored summer program, then the student may still apply 15 credits to the major from a semester-long program.
Our Department sponsors several opportunities for study abroad. In addition, we will help you in affiliating with foreign study programs from other colleges and universities. We work closely with the TCU Center for International Studies in preparing students for their foreign study experience.
A Word about TCU Summer Programs
SPAN 30006, taken in Salamanca or Sevilla, earns 3 credits in language and 3 credits in culture.
The culture component satisfies the Spanish Major requirement of a culture course. When placed at the advanced level, the language component satisfies the Spanish Major requirement of an advanced grammar course. Students that have already taken a culture course of the same name can still receive elective credits for the culture course in the summer program.
The Department sponsors a semester-long program and three summer faculty-led programs.
TCU in Seville (Spain)
TCU students at the Seville program enroll in courses at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) Center for Foreign Students. The UPO Hispanic Studies Program for Foreign Students offers a variety of courses for students of various Spanish language levels and academic majors. It also caters to the needs of those with little or no background in Spanish by offering classes taught in English, both on Spanish culture as well as in the sciences. A placement exam will determine the language level of each student. The Center enrolls about 150-250 Americans students each semester. For more detailed information, go to www.international.tcu.edu.
These faculty-led programs are bi-annual and, except the Ghana program, offer 6 credits in each case. The tentative schedule is as follows: Salamanca and Mérida (2011, 2013…), Sevilla and Buenos Aires (2012, 2014…), Ghana (2012, 2014…).
Spanish Language and Culture in Salamanca is a five-week study of the Spanish language and culture of Spain. Students live with a host family and study at a language school in the heart of this ancient university city. They have the opportunity to practice and improve their language skills and experience Spanish culture first-hand. The culture class takes program participants to famous sites in the area. Several excursions outside Salamanca are also arranged. This program carries a Cultural Awareness (CA) core designation. For further information, contact the program director, Dr. Mary McKinney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mérida was once an important Mayan city later rebuilt in the image of Western Spain. It is now the cosmopolitan and commercial hub of México's Yucatán Peninsula, known for world-heritage Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichén Itzá (one of the new Seven Wonders of the World) and coastal areas on the nearby Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coasts. This four-week program, based at the Centro de Idiomas del Sureste in downtown Mérida, offers an immersion experience in Spanish and in the culture—the music, art, dance, cuisine, dress, history, and archaeology for which Yucatán is so well known. In addition to two formal courses (Spanish Language / Culture), the program includes a comfortable home-stay with select families, numerous cultural and social activities, field trips and special overnight weekend expeditions to ancient Mayan temples (Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam); a jungle educational reserve (http://www.kiuic.org); contemporary cities (Valladolid, Oxkutzcab) and Yucatán's northern coast facing the Gulf of Mexico, with its flamingo nesting grounds (at Celestún) and famous white-sand beaches. The program carries a Cultural Awareness (CA) core designation. For further information, contact the program director, Dr. Donald Frischmann, email@example.com.
Settled in the historical region of Andalusia, Sevilla is a culturally rich city. From awesome architecture to tasty tapas bars to meandering medieval streets, the city offers an ideal location from which to examine the cultural, linguistic, and religious environment of Sevilla and of Spain as a whole. Through the course offerings students will learn Spanish language, understand the religious complexity of a land that has played host to the coexistence of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and grasp some of the literature, art, and architecture of Spanish cultural history. There will be many excursions within Sevilla, including cathedrals, mosques, museums, churches, and various cultural shows. This five-week program carries a Cultural Awareness (CA) core designation. For further information, contact the program director, Dr. Arturo Flores, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
“Spanish and Culture in Buenos Aires” is designed for students to take an intensive Spanish language class in addition to a Culture of Argentina class. By staying with host families, studying at the prestigious Universidad de Belgrano, and having immediate access to the thriving metropolis of the capital city, students will find themselves emerged in the local language and culture. Many excursions in and around Buenos Aires are planned as an integral part of the Culture class. There will also be excursions outside of the Buenos Aires vicinity, highlighted by a three-night visit to the majestic Iguazú Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. This five-week program carries a Cultural Awareness (CA) core designation. For further information, contact the program director, Dr. Steve Sloan, email@example.com
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Ghana Summer Study Abroad
“Understanding West Africa: Ghana” is the title of this three-week summer study abroad sponsored by the Spanish Department. It is an interdisciplinary cultural program aimed at introducing participants to the cultural and socio-political development of Ghana through a three-week intensive study and travel-abroad experience in this West African nation. This 3-credit course consists of the following: an informational session on program details, 2 pre-departure orientations, 2 seminars on the TCU campus, 2 cultural orientation sessions, seminars at the University of Ghana (led by Ghanaian professors and experts), field trips, excursions, and service-learning activities in Ghana. The program carries a Cultural Awareness (CA) core designation. HISTORY MAJORS AND MINORS will receive upper-division credit and RELIGION MAJORS AND MINORS may receive additional credit through a special arrangement. The program is open to faculty, administrators, and students of all majors. Contact the program director, Dr. Komla Aggor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What YOU NEED TO DO
If you are interested in a study-abroad program and seek assistance with program selection and accreditation, do the following:
- Attend the Study Abroad Fair in October. This event provides an opportunity to discuss study-abroad interests directly with representatives of all several study-abroad programs.
- Visit www.international.tcu.edu, the website of TCU’s Center for International Studies.
- Visit the Center in person and speak with the staff about your interests. They will explain the entire process to you. The Center is located in Reed 214. Tel: 817-257-7473. Email: email@example.com.
- Contact Dr. Don Frischmann, the Spanish & Hispanic Studies Department’s study-abroad advisor. In order to receive credit, students must meet with the study-abroad advisor prior to departure to obtain approval for coursework abroad to transfer to TCU. Office: Scharbauer 3107. Tel: (817) 257-6358. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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