Pre-College Programs

Global Programs: Segovia, Spain | Course Details

Global Business, Language and Culture

Segovia students enroll in 2 courses: The World in Turmoil: Inside the Engines of the Crisis and Spanish language (Beginner or Intermediate).

The World in Turmoil: Inside the Engines of the Crisis (CRN: 10410)

What are the origins of the economic turmoil we are currently experiencing? What explains youth unrest and uprising all over the world in recent years? Why are Europe and America losing ground to emerging markets? How are they reacting to this new reality and what will the repercussions be for young people today? What is a fiscal cliff? How can we better understand the limits of our economic system and how will this affect our career opportunities, our health and our education?

This course will address these questions by reading some of the most analytical interventions published by leading economists and political scientists. Their points will then be illustrated with several documentaries and cutting-edge animations. 

Language Courses

Spanish is the second language of the United States and the third most spoken language in the world. Today’s Spanish language learner can use their language knowledge in personal and professional settings: business, finance, education, medicine and public health, arts, law, politics, diplomacy, and humanitarian and environmental work. The Spanish language curriculum will help students form a good foundation in spoken and written Spanish, as well as be more confident and fluent in speaking and writing so that they may immerse themselves more fully in everyday Spanish life.

Beginning Spanish (CRN: 10376)

The main objectives for this class is to improve the student’s ability to communicate as well as to develop the necessary grammatical skills for writing. To achieve this aim, we will use a learning method based on a variety of spoken activities that will require the student to practice grammar and vocabulary commonly found in contemporary Spanish culture.

Intermediate Spanish (CRN: 10377)

The aim of this course is for students to significantly improve their communications skills in Spanish, particularly their oral expression and listening comprehension, in order that their immersion in Spanish culture during their time in Segovia is successful and rewarding. Daily classes are taught completely in Spanish and focus on proficiency in everyday speech to facilitate interaction with the local communities.

Exercises in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary will be augmented by studies in local dialects and the culture, especially in connection with planned trips to Andalucía and Salamanca. We will also discuss a few aspects of local culture in Segovia, including the poetry of renowned author Antonio Machado and artist Esteban Vicente, who lived in exile in the US and has now an important museum in Segovia.

Students will leave the class with expanded skills in spoken and written Spanish and a greater understanding of the richness of Spanish culture.

Field Trips

Co-curricular excursions are an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture by visiting the historical sights of Segovia and Madrid, in addition to weekend trips to Sevilla, Córdoba and Salamanca.

Madrid

The capital of Spain, Madrid’s cultural and artistic heritage blends seamlessly with its cosmopolitan modernity. The city’s historical legacy is evident in its medieval center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and which houses famous landmarks, such as the expansive Plaza Mayor square and the Royal Palace.

Córdoba and Sevilla

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage City, Córdoba has the second largest Old Town in Europe. This Andalusian city was the capital of an Islamic caliphate and the center for education in the 10th century. That influence is still visible in its architecture, most famously in the Great Mosque-Cathedral, considered the most important Islamic monument built in the West.

After the discovery of the Americas, Sevilla became one of the economic centers of the Spanish Empire, heralding a Golden Age of arts and literature. With more winding, medieval lanes than half of Andalucia’s cities put together and home to flamenco and bullfighting, Sevilla’s heritage of art and architecture is without rival in southern Spain.

Salamanca

Located in the Castile y Leon region west of Madrid, Salamanca is an ancient town and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. The historic center of Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque monuments.

Daily Schedule

Morning Breakfast
  Spanish Language
  World In Turmoil
Afternoon Lunch
  World In Turmoil
Evening Site visits/Community Building
  Dinner
  Study Hall
11:00pm Curfew

Global programs are academically rigorous. Given the intensity of the program, there is minimal free time. 

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