Pre-College Programs

Global Programs: Segovia, Spain | Course Details

Global Business, Language and Culture

Segovia students enroll in 3 courses: Global Business, Spanish language (Beginner or Intermediate) and a humanities course.

Global Business (CRN: 10407)

Developed by faculty of the IE Business School in Madrid, Global Business provides students the opportunity to explore undergraduate level business topics while developing a global and multidisciplinary understanding of international economics, finance, entrepreneurship and contemporary culture.

Topics in the Global Business curriculum include:

Language Courses

Beginning Spanish (CRN: 10376) & Intermediate Spanish (CRN: 10377)
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.

Humanities Courses

Space, Place & Moving Image (CRN: 10590)

This studio course focuses on video production and uses a variety of digital media tools for creative practice. This course focuses on ideas of space and place in and uses locations in the city of Segovia as starting points for investigating these ideas. The format for the class includes lectures and discussions, lab time, and technical training in video production as needed. By the end of the course, students will have made several video pieces together and individually that explores Segovia as a site.

The principles and techniques of moving image production are addressed in screenings, readings, and specific production projects. These are then used to investigate ideas of narrative and place when it is represented on screen. We will also look at concepts of site specificity as reflected in a variety of digital media. Locations in and around Segovia will be used as the starting points for developing projects and investigating ideas of place. The course allows students to gain experience with many facets of video production while exploring these themes. Students will have access to professional-level production facilities, providing a high degree of flexibility to engage with the ideas in the course.

Segovia: A Drawing Diary (CRN: 10692)

Explore, remember, and record your impressions of Segovia. First we will learn basics of drawing and watercolor from observation, including contour, shading, composition and color, as well as perspective. Sometimes you will use a camera, although a camera is not required.

Through drawing, you will learn to observe and record in detail. After a foundational week, we will locate interesting places to draw and spend the bulk of our time studying these places through drawing. You may also do some writing. We will work with watercolor and/or markers, using light and shadow to create mood and expression, editing to capture essentials, adding word and collage.

Students will know basics of observational drawing, will know how to design a page, will have some instruction in color, and will have learned how to look at a new place in depth and notice details they would not have seen before. Drawing is a "slow" method of knowing a place or thing. At the end of the course students will have a concrete visual and literary record of Segovia.

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.

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.


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
  Global Business
Afternoon Lunch
  Humanities Course
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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