Pre-College Programs

Global Programs: Segovia, Spain | Course Details

Global Business, Language and Culture

Segovia students enroll in 3 courses: The World in Turmoil, Intermediate Spanish, and Cultural Workshop.

The World in Turmoil: Global Business and International Relations (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?

Brown University Global Program in Segovia, Spain

Students will read about some of the most analytical interventions published by leading economists and political scientists to address these questions. The experts’ points will be illustrated with several documentaries and cutting-edge animations. 

Language Course

Spanish is the second language of the United States and the third most spoken language in the world. Today’s Spanish language learners 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 to become more confident and fluent in speaking and writing so that they may immerse themselves more fully in everyday Spanish life.

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 are 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.


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.

Brown University Global Program in Segovia, Spain


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
  Cultural Workshops
Afternoon Lunch
  World In Turmoil
Evening Site visits/Community Building
  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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