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UGA en España

UGA en España, through the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, offers study abroad programs in sites across Spain--Valencia, Cádiz, Sevilla, and Madrid--as well as the Perú Medical Maymester.  Each program offers students a unique opportunity to develop a stronger background in Spanish language and culture and to complete coursework required of Spanish and Romance Languages majors and minors as well as the International Business major.  The various programs differ in terms of the courses offered, the cultural activities and excursions included, and the particular characteristics of the locations, but all share a common goal of globalizing the UGA undergraduate degree and enriching the educational experience of students from UGA and beyond.  By providing for contacts abroad that deepen linguistic and cultural understanding of both the target country and of the world at large, it is our belief that study abroad greatly enhances not only the educational experience per se but also the formation of the student as a person and world citizen in ways that cannot be replicated in the conventional classroom.

  • Valencia

    The Valencia Program includes a 15-week spring semester as well as a 7-week summer option. Students take four courses for the spring or two courses for the summer, choosing between language, culture, literature, and film courses. Courses are taught on the campus of the University of Valencia by native UV faculty, and students live at the Colegio Mayor Rector Peset, an official UV residence hall located in the heart of the city’s casco antiguo.
  • Cádiz

    Students in the Cádiz program take two SPAN courses (6 academic credits) taught on the campus of the University of Cádiz by UCA faculty. Courses offered include intermediate and advanced conversation and composition, topics in Spanish culture, and introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. The program features a homestay in local homes with full board and weekly laundry. Activities include a weekend trip to Granada to visit the world-famous Alhambra, as well as shorter excursions to Sevilla and Córdoba. Participants in this program therefore visit what are among the most storied and historically important of the cities of Andalusia—Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada—and Jerez and Tarifa are right around the corner.
  • Peru

    The Peru Medical Maymester is an intense, one-month adventure in the big country of Peru designed for future medical professionals who intend to integrate the use of Spanish in their careers. The program involves both coursework in medical Spanish and a strong practical component in which students shadow Peruvian doctors in their rounds and consultations in local medical facilities. Students observe emergency room and operating room procedures as well as other fields including orthopedics and pediatrics. SPAN 4003, a course in Medical Spanish, is taught by an experienced Peruvian native in the afternoon; mornings are dedicated to the shadowing experience and special lectures on medical and health challenges in Peru at our partner university's Trujillo campus, for which students receive an additional 3 hours of credit through SPAN 4190. Students live in local homes with full board, and transportation to and from classes and hospitals is also included.
  • Madrid

    The Madrid-Barcelona Maymester is an intense, four-week experience built around SPAN 4120, a special topics in Spanish culture. Based in Spain’s two premier cities, Madrid and Barcelona, the program affords students an array of cultural activities running the gamut from the high art and sophistication of such world-class museums as the Prado and the Reina Sofía to the more popular (but no less stimulating) worlds of Spanish fútbol and cinema. In between students also get inside looks at Spanish politics and history through guided visits to the Spanish Senate and the Palacio Real, and sample some of the country’s most emblematic cuisine, from common tapas to roast suckling pig. Side trips from Madrid include historic Toledo, a winding maze of stone streets on a hilltop overlooking the Tajo River, and Segovia with its unforgettable aqueduct and castle. In Barcelona, students tour the most famous barrios of the city, see world-famous Gaudí architecture, and experience the particular rhythms and beauty of what is arguably Spain’s most European city. The program includes full room and board for the entire stay in local homes in both cities, all in-country transportation, entry fees to included cultural visits, and an intensive Spanish course during the first week to jump-start participants’ spoken and written skills.
  • Sevilla

    The Sevilla program is a seven-week stay in Spain’s storied cultural capital and the undisputed heart of Andalucía. This vivid and vibrant city on the Guadalquivir River has a color and a heat all its own. Rivaling Valencia as Spain’s third largest city, Sevilla is both a pulsing urban center and a place of sprawling gardens and lazy patios, where modern streetcars glide past the gothic Cathedral and the Moorish architecture of the Giralda while green-minded sevillanos zip along the bike lanes that thread the entire city. Sevilla’s long and brilliant history is written in stone: the 13th century Torre del Oro that guards the river, the vast Cathedral and the fortress of the Reales Alcázares, and a stupendous collection of Roman statues and other antiquities in the Archeological Museum are among the treasures that students can see on a daily basis in this program. A veritable micro-culture unto itself, Sevilla also offers amazing food and a thriving summer nightlife that awakens as the cool of the evening sets in. Students have guided tours of Sevilla’s historic barrios and world-famous Golden Age and Moorish buildings, soccer matches and tapas outings, as well as the chance for a first-hand view of the world of tauromaquia, bull-fighting. Daily classes on Spanish culture, language, and business are taught by local academics from the universities of Sevilla and Pablo de Olavide, and students live and have three meals a day with local families.

Program Contact Information

UGA en España
spain@uga.edu

Director, UGA en España
gkbaker@uga.edu
Asst. Director
spain2@uga.edu