Intercultural Programs for
High School Students
Study Abroad in Spain

SEMESTER – FALL 2014

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Spanish Language & Culture

Courses Language Credits Hours
Spanish Language Spanish 4
8
12
14
16
18
20
26
40
80
120
140
160
180
200
260
Spanish Culture & Civilization Spanish
English
4,5 45
Spanish Cinema English 4,5 45
Architecture & Painting in Madrid English 4,5 45
The Culture of Food Spanish 4,5 45
Madrid, the European Leisure Capital Spanish 4,5 45

Intercultural & International Studies

Courses Language Credits Hours
Spanish Language Spanish 4
8
12
14
16
18
20
26
40
80
120
140
160
180
200
260
Comparative Culture I: Japanese & Spanish Cultures Spanish 4,5 45
Intercultural Competence in Humanitarian & Development Cooperation English 4,5 45
Global Competence English
Spanish
4,5 45
International Business English 4,5 45
International Marketing English 4,5 45

Spanish Language

Courses are designed considering the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Spanish Civilization & Culture

This course offers a survey of Spanish Culture and Civilization. It is based on key topics that built contemporary Spanish society, those that will provide students with fundamental concepts and ideas to understand the historical, sociological and anthropological development of Spanish population.

Starting with those that place Spain in today’s world, it gradually increases complexity through the analysis of those civilizations that crossed the Iberian Peninsula, focusing on the diverse influences on Spanish identity.

Spanish Cinema

Spanish cinema provides an excellent opportunity to discover Spanish society and political changes in the last few decades. The most relevant directors such us Buñuel, Berlanga and Almodóvar will be analyzed through their works and will allow students to reflect on evolution of the country and the possibilities of creation in every political context. Some of the young directors such as Amenábar or León de Aranoa will also be presented to discuss the new trends of cinematography in Spain.

Architecture & Painting in Madrid

This course will analyze some of the main artistic manifestations in Architecture and Painting in Madrid. Students will have the opportunity to learn by seeing the art and its expressions in Madrid, both in the streets and in the most important museums of the city, including the Prado Museum and Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía. Some of the greatest painters such as Goya, Velázquez, Dalí and Picasso will be discovered in depth and walks will include the Habsburg and Salamanca quarters and Modernist Gran Via.

The Culture of Food

This course will introduce you to the extraordinary world of Spanish food. The relevant and complex meaning of food requires an interdisciplinary approach, so the course is enriched with the contributions of anthropology, sociology, contemporary history and chef’s reflections. Food is one the main diacritic symbols of regional differences in Spain. Students will analyze how these foods are related to identities. We will also examine the myth or reality of globalization through the food and the conflict between traditional cuisine and the new creative cuisine.

Madrid, the European Leisure Capital

This course takes the student to one of the most dynamic capitals of Europe. As a meeting point for all Spanish people, Madrid will help you to understand Spanish culture as a whole and its diversity. Besides its famous museums, as Prado or Reina Sofía, its architecture and theatres, many other cultural and social offerings provide uncountable chances to enjoy yourself whenever you wish. In fact, Madrid is also known as a city that never sleeps.

Comparative Culture I: Japanese & Spanish Culture

This course will provide the students with a multi-facetted approach in order to better understand the similarities and differences between Japanese and Spanish Culture. The main emphasis will be on patterns of culture, values, behaviours, rituals, etc. Cultures will also be studied and compared in some of their most relevant artistic expressions, including painting, literature and film.

Intercultural Competence in Humanitarian & Development Cooperation

Why don’t people take the medicines prescribed by our qualified doctors? Why do they fail to fulfil agreements signed by their representatives? Why are professionals of great academic background who possess excellent technical resources frequently unable to be efficient with people from other cultures?

The world of development cooperation and social voluntary work is quite limited because of the unawareness of the people they are meant to aid. An in-depth knowledge of the main cultural and social challenges is needed in order to start accomplishing the agreed objectives. Supported by an extensive work experience in the development cooperation field, this course provides the student with the most useful knowledge to be efficient in different cultural environments.

Global Competence

The complex art of social relations and negotiations can become an odyssey when it is to be carried out by people from different cultures. A large number of human relations and great business opportunities have failed because of the incapacity to understand the other. Good communication requires much more than just the use of lingua franca or the acceptable knowledge of the other’s language.

International Business

The globalization process makes it necessary to achieve a good understanding of the complexity of international business activities. Many businesses are now affected by multi-cultural marketing requirements. This course introduces the student to the field of international management. The students will understand how the phenomenon of globalization and the national and cultural differences are related in this economy. It will also analyze the key factors that must be considered in the development of a global business plan.

International Marketing

In a mere few years, globalization of customers and producers has changed international marketing strategies. Every company involved in this global process must be adapted to the needs and preferences of customers that have different levels of purchasing power as well as different cultures. This course will provide you with necessary knowledge to understand how to implement marketing practices across national boundaries.