Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
Fall semester: Upon arrival in Madrid at the end of August, students travel to Salamanca for a 3-4 day orientation program. The orientation introduces students to Spain, prepares them for the courses they will be taking and for the village stays, and enables group members to become acquainted with each other. In addition to daily work in the language and culture, the program includes several cultural visits.
After the orientation phase in Salamanca, group members move to individual villages in the province of Segovia during the two week willage stay students are housed with families, one student per family and normally one student per village. Students participate in the life of the village and complete a program of research, interviews and study assigned by the program director. The group gathers weekly in the city of Segovia for a seminar. At the conclusion of the village stay the program moves to Madrid.
Spring semester: During the first two weeks of the month-long Introduction to Spain course (SPAN 338), students live in towns in the province of Salamanca where they investigate the economic, political and social structure of the area through readings, interviews and detailed personal observation. The second two weeks are spent in Madrid with daily language and government classes and sessions on Spanish art and culture.