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Spanish Language and Culture: An exploration of Spain and Morocco

Students spend three and half weeks in an intensive Spanish language environment, staying with host families and learning about the life and culture in Seville, Spain. They also spend a week in Morocco (Rabat and Fez) staying with host families in order to understand the historical and cultural ties of these two places as part of Al-Andalus.  

Students are immersed in all areas of culture during this program, including observing flamenco and eating Spanish cuisine in Seville. They also explore various religious and historical sites like the Cathedral and the Alcazar, and participate in twoSpanish Language and Culture excursions to Cordoba and the seaside city of Cadiz. In Morocco, students will spend time in Rabat and Fez, visiting the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V and the Medina as well as hiking the Akchour Canyon and crossing the Strait of Gibraltar via boat. They will document their experiences in both a written and photo journal, which will be utilized in the reflection course.

Students with a 3.0 or higher in Susquehanna University Spanish courses may complete the course requirement for Spanish 201 at the Center for Cross Cultural Studies in Seville. More advanced students, including Spanish minors, may take 300-level courses.  Education and psychology majors/minor may take The Psychology of Learning a Second Language (394S) which is taught in English.  Those interested in the medical field may take Spanish 380S- Spanish for Health Professionals and business majors may also take a course on Business and the European Union in Spanish.  

Locations: Seville, Spain and Rabat and Fez, Morocco

Dates: May 29 - June 27, 2015

Prerequisite: Students must have studied through SPAN-104 and must have a G.P.A. in Spanish of at least 3.0.

Academic credit: This program, accompanying preparation sessions and reflection course satisfy the two-credit GO requirement. Students will have the opportunity to earn an additional four academic credits on this program.

Majors of interest: Open to all majors who have taken Spanish though 104, primarily for SPAN-201 students, as well as business majors focused on Spanish speaking countries, and education and psychology majors.

Application: Students apply online through the “apps” section on mySU.

Cost: $6,200; includes accommodation, airfare, activities, and meals

Financial aid: Need-based financial aid may be available for students satisfying the GO requirement.

Program Director: Maria Munoz, Ph.D., assistant professor of history

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