This program is designed specifically by the joint efforts of the faculty of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Villanova and the faculty at the University of Cádiz for students who wish to increase their proficiency in Spanish, complete their major or minor at the Universidad de Cádiz and be immersed in Spanish culture. A minimum of 2 semesters college-level Spanish or equivalent are required as no introductory courses are offered. 3.0 GPA and a record clean of disciplinary issues are also required.
Students may choose from a variety of courses offered at the University of Cádiz. Listed below are a group of popular courses taken by Villanova students in past semesters. Please, contact the program coordinator for more information. The courses below constitute a suggested list based on courses taken in the past.
GROUP A. Spanish as a Foreign Language The courses aim at increasing language proficiency by developing all language skills (understanding, speaking, reading, writing).
SPA1131. Conversation and Composition (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): This course focuses on developing skills in Spanish through all types of oral communication and written compositions. Grammatical points are emphasized to keep the grammar alive as students practice to use it.
SPA1132. Advanced Written and Conversational Spanish (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): The course focuses on developing communicative skills in Spanish through all types of oral communication, literary readings, and written expression, increasing the students’ vocabulary and their ability to handle difficult grammatical structures.
SPA1138. Advanced Specific Studies on Grammar I (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): The course deals with specific aspects of the Spanish grammar: phonetics, morphology, syntax, etc.
SPA3412. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics II (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). This course will introduce the core disciplines of linguistics, the scientific study of language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Additional topics to be addressed include dialects, social aspects of language and language change.
GROUP B. Spanish and Latin American Literature These courses examine works of the most representative writers of Spain and Latin America. At the same time, the courses will help develop the students’ communicative skills through reading and discussion over a range of the literary texts under analysis.
SPA3513. Genres in Spanish Golden Age Literature (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The course aims to provide deep insight into the understanding of Spanish poetry as a dynamic and complex creative phenomenon. The course offers an intertextual approach that tries to relate the world of popular poetry (oral poems arising from folk-songs) and the polished poetry by educated writers. It will determine the origin of poetic genres and how they developed from its origin in European medieval times to the diverse forms in Latin America.
SPA3923. The Origin and Development of the Modern Novel: from Cervantes to Pérez Galdós (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The connecting thread from the hybrid discourse of Cervantes’ Novelas Ejemplares (Exemplary Novels) to the late 19th century novel is essential in understanding the creation and development of the novel features in the Spanish language and in determining the complex relationship between story and fiction in novel writing.
SPA4140. Latin American Poetry and Narrative (3 CREDITS, 45 hours) The start of a genuine Latin American literature in the early 20th century established the conventions and defined the way contemporary modernism developed in the following decades.
SPA3412. The Latin American Avant-Garde Movement (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The experimentation and departure from the canon that took place at the beginning of the last century gave rise to experimentation and continued until it reached maturity in the eighties and nineties.
GROUP C. Sociology, Communication, Business These courses provide deep insight into contemporary cultural practices of Spain, including its literature, art, history, geography, festivities, gastronomy, as well as current affairs, so as to help students shape their own opinion and take part in social and cultural debates.
PS Culture, Ideological Context and Democracy: from the Republican Regeneration to political transition (Spain, 1931-1975) (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). A good grasp of today’s Spain requires good understanding of its political development throughout the 20th century. This course focuses on the understanding of today’s Spanish society organization based on the period from pre-war political and philosophical regeneration and its intermittent stability until the democracy transition period.
SOC4000. Tradition, Identity and Interculturality in Today’s Spain (3 CREDITS, 45 hours) The course aims to reveal the key components underlying a culture, namely the Spanish culture which is built upon three different foundations: traditions and cultural conservatism, the quest for a unique identity but showing overlapping nationalities, and the renewed make up of religions and customs reflected in today’s immigration.
COM3290. Representation, Image and Communication: Today’s Spanish Society (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). Influenced by Romanticism, in the 20th century Spain became an iconographic repertoire which, through time, ended in the portrayal of the Spanish tipismo (portrayal of Spanish society’s customs). The main objective of the course is to provide students with the tools to critically identify the topics and realities of Contemporary Spanish and analyze to what extents today’s Spanish culture has its foundations in the memory of its own history, image and representations created from the foreigners’ perspective.
COM3490 Cross Cultural Marketing & Communication in Europe (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). This course focuses on the analysis and observation of the birth, development and consolidation of the disciplines of Marketing and Communication in the European socioeconomic environment. The course studies both disciplines within a capitalist society that promotes mass communication and the emergence of commercial and management ventures.
COM3390 Designing Tourism Campaign in Media and Film (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). This course centers around the evolution and economic structures of tourism, as well as the functioning of the variables that articulate the business sector. It will also show how Spain and Andalusia extends through images and media beyond our territory. The overall objective of the course revolves around the different phases that define the birth, evolution and consolidation of this process in order to reach the necessary skills to perform the contextual analyzes necessary for the development of touristic plans.
LA 2993/BA 2002. Business Internship (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). Our Internship Program offers several exchanges in a typical Spanish atmosphere. This program is thought to help the students to improve their linguistic skills in a business environment. The most important enterprises at the Bay of Cadiz are involved at the moment in this project. These companies are distributed in different sectors such us: naval one, aeronautic, services, etc.
ECONOMICS OF THE STRAIGHT OF GIBRALTAR (3 CREDITS, 45 hours) (IN THE PLANNING)
GLOBAL BUSINESS (IN THE PLANNING)
GROUP D. History, Art & Cultural Studies. The courses seek to provide the students with an analytical and thoughtful view on the most important landmarks in contemporary history and other disciplines of Spain. They also seek to encourage and promote critical thinking over the aspects that shape Contemporary Spanish society.
HIS3950. Spain’s Cádiz Constitution of 1812 (Constitución Gaditana) and its repercussion on the constitutions of the Americas (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The new period after the French Revolution gave rise to the Constitution of 1812; a Carta Magna that set the basic principles underlying modern democracy and served as a model for the organization of the Americas’ states. The aim of the course is to analyze such a process from a historical, social and political approach.
HIS3950. The Al-Andalus Civilization throughout its texts (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The main objective of the course is to provide students with an insight into the most important aspects of al-Andalus through its texts, both original Arab written texts and their translations that stemmed from this culture.
ART ARTAAHH 3009. History of Spain throughout its artistic manifestations (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The course focuses on the most significant landmarks in the Spanish history and their related artistic manifestations.
CST2100. Spanish Exile: artistic and editorial activities in Latin America (1937-1977), (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The Spanish Civil War and the postwar years interrupted a process of cultural regeneration in Spain. However artistic production kept alive in the exile of many intellectuals, especially in the United States, México and Argentina. This course analizes the artistic and literary legacy of Spanish writers in their American exile in their most representative manifestations: popular and children theater, Spanish oral tradition, journalism, fiction and the fine arts. It will also study the material conditions in which the exile culture developed.
Academic Program Description and Requirements
The academic program is limited to 15 credits. Courses are 3 credits each and are grouped in the four main theme areas above. Regularly students may take five courses of the ones listed, but not more than two courses from one Section.
Other courses not listed may be added upon request and need.
Syllabus. In their first class, students will be provided a detailed syllabus describing the course contents, required text books, objectives and assessment criteria, as well as a schedule of the daily and weekly activities.
Final Exam. At the end of the program students will do a final examination. The percentage awarded is fully explained in the evaluation criteria detailed in the syllabus provided to the students on their first day of class.
Grading. Villanova students will receive a letter grade from A to F from the Instructors at the University of Cádiz. A, B, and C are considered satisfactory grades, while D and F are unsatisfactory. Only satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades for the courses taken abroad will go into the student’s transcript. Upon program completion and transcript elaboration, certificates shall be issued and submitted to the academic coordinator or mailed to the address suggested by Villanova.
Students need to register at least two months before the end of the previous semester, i.e. in March for the Fall semester and in October/November for the Spring semester. They need to discuss their study abroad plans with Dr. Mercedes Juliá, creator and director of the program, or with the faculty in charge of Spanish programs abroad in the RLL Department, Dr. Mercedes Juliá. Also the professors in charge of Semester Programs Abroad in the different Departments and programs where they plan to also take courses, and then visit the Office of International Studies.
Duration and Dates
The program lasts 14 weeks. The fall semester begins on September 13, 2014 and ends on December 14, 2014 . The spring semester begins on February 9, 2015 and ends on May 29, 2015. Students may leave for Cádiz a few days prior to the beginning of the semester to get acquainted with the family and get adjusted to Cádiz. Students attend classes four days a week (Monday through Thursday)
Each semester, students can take five courses, equivalent to 15 credits. a total of 3 credits per course for a total of 15 credits of 45 hours (5 courses), the same way they do at Villanova University.
Recommendations and Academic Requirements
Participating students should be able to demonstrate upon arrival at least an Intermediate college-level Spanish proficiency for successful program completion. As in Villanova, each course consists of 45 hours (42 hours of on-campus learning + 3 hours of guided autonomous learning).
Free Homestays for the Entire Semester!!!
Students may request host family accommodations, full room and board, for the entire semester free of charge (with a Villanova scholarship). The International Studies office is offering this scholarship to students enrolled in the Cádiz semester program. Students may also choose to be in a student dorm, in which case they will be responsible for their room and board. We recommend family stays for the following reasons:
Staying with a family enables students to achieve a high level of immersion in terms of using the language and helps them to form part of everyday life in a Spanish home. There is no doubt about the advantages of residing with a local family for increased integration into the culture and social environment, as well as a comprehensive and practical learning period of the language being studied. This period of family life will provide not only the opportunity to put into practice the Spanish language theory the student is learning, but will also promote the knowledge of the customs, values, food, habits and culture of the Spanish families. Choosing this option will also save money to the students through the VU scholarship.
All students have the option to request family accommodation for the period of their course by filling in a request form, essential for adapting the needs of each student to the characteristics of the families. After the form has been reviewed and enrolment finalized, the student will be assigned family accommodation according to their prior requirements.
If student decide to be in a dorm they can choose between full-board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) or half-board accommodation (breakfast included and lunch or dinner at their choice).
The person responsible for the accommodation will be available to the students throughout their stay for any help that may be required. The accommodation service, and resident director will coordinate the pick-up at the train or bus station in Cádiz with their assigned family. On their arrival, both parties (student and family) will sign the corresponding accommodations agreement.
Optional Extracurricular Activities
This optional program offers several extracurricular excursions to various locations throughout Spain. The cost of these trips is additional.
Trip to Seville: 1-day field trip to Seville. Morning departure from Cádiz. Sightseeing tour of the most emblematic monuments and neighborhoods (barrios) of the capital city of Andalucía: the Jewish quarter of Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Cathedral, La Giralda and the Alcázar.
Trip to Madrid: 1-weekend trip to Madrid. Departure on Friday morning and return to Cádiz on Sunday afternoon. This includes visits to the Prado and Reina Sofía Museums and a tour of the city’s most emblematic parks and neighborhoods (barrios and districts).
Trip to Granada: 1-weekend trip to Granada. Departure on Friday morning and return to Cádiz on Sunday afternoon. This includes visits to the Alhambra Palace, Nasrid Palaces, the Palace of Carlos V, Mirador de San Nicolás (San Nicolas viewpoint) as well as walk tours of the city’s most popular sights and neighborhoods through.
The program has an on-site Villanova resident director, Dr. María Jesús Ruiz Fernández, Profesor titular de la Universidad de Cádiz (Associate Professor at the University of Cádiz). She will serve as a local adviser to students and is available to the students on a daily basis from the day of arrival. You may contact her for information prior to leaving for Cádiz. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact for more information
Dr. Mercedes Juliá, Program designer and director: Mercedes.email@example.com