Programs by Country: Spain + Dialogue of Civilizations


Spain and Morocco: Spanish Culture and Language – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Seville, Spain

Faculty leader: Tania Muino Loureiro (t.muino-loureiro@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Wednesday, November 6th 6-7 p.m. in 121FR 

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad
  • SPNS 2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion and Directed Study

Description:

This program is designed to help you improve your language skills and immerse yourself in Spanish culture, also to better your understanding and appreciation of all things Spanish. During the program we will stay in Spain (Seville, Granada and Madrid) and Morroco (Marrakech and Ouazazate).

We will spend most of our time in Seville. Seville is the capital of the southern region of Andalucia and the third largest city in Spain. It is an easy city to get around and all the major historical and culture sites, as well as the student accommodation and the school are within walking distance. The program will be based here and it will give you the opportunity to feel more like a local instead of a tourist. Sevillanos (The people of Seville) are known as being friendly and good humored. The climate is warm and sunny and the pace of life very relaxed. Seville is a city that keeps alive the spirit of its traditions, an explosion of colors and sensations, a city where contrasts between the modern and the tradition are everywhere. Here you will be able to experience Flamenco dancing and music, horse shows, bullfighting, tapas and the traditional fiestas.

While in Seville, students will be taking language classes (grammar and conversation) in small groups (8-10 students per class) Monday to Friday 9:15am until 1pm. Classes will take place at Clic International House Sevilla. After classes you will get to experience the tradition of “siestas”. Spaniards like to relax and enjoy time with their families during lunchtime (1- 4pm), with a nap when possible, during the warmest part of the day and while most shops and establishments are closed. The culture classes and service learning (community service) will be taking place in the afternoon. Service learning will take 3-4 hours per week and the culture course and cultural visits another 3-4 hours per week. There will be different cultural events and activities organized like cooking lessons and Flamenco workshops.

The Spanish Culture course will deal with history, politics, social factors, cultural life and pop culture in Spain from 1936 until present. It will cover the civil war (1936-1939) and the process of transition to democracy that followed Franco's death in 1975. It will also examine the new freedom from censorship after Franco died, the new cinema and the radical changes and modernization in values, family, sex and religion that occurred after the restoration of democracy.

While in Spain we will also visit Madrid and Granada. Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. In Granada, you will experience life in a beautiful city full of history and culture. Granada was the last part of Spain to be under Moorish rule and you will still be able to see the strong impact this has had and still does. We will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful La Alhambra palace, a World Heritage site and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s Tales of La Alhambra.

Towards the end of the program we will visit Morocco where we will spend five days. We will be staying in Marrakech where you will have the opportunity to engage in community service as part of the service learning component of the culture course. From Marrakech we will travel to to Ouazazate, also known as “The door of the dessert” a town inhabited by Berbers and a noted film-making location (Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Babel…)

Medieval Iberia (modern-day Spain) was under Islamic rule from 711 until The Reconquista by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. This had an enormous impact on all parts of Spanish life; the language, architecture, customs, science, music, food and so much more. The visit to Morocco will give us the opportunity to learn and experience how the Islamic rule of Spain and Moorish culture have influenced Spanish culture and language.

Spain 2014 Itinerary


Spain: From the Capital to the Coast – Spanish Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Valencia, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Maria Brucato (m.brucato@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 5th 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Ryder 427

Wednesday, November 13th  6:30 p.m. in Ryder 431

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • SPNS2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description:

Our Dialogue begins with a week in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital, where students will experience an intensive cultural immersion, attend classes and provide service within the community. Next, we head to the Mediterranean coast for 3 weeks where students will lodge in the University's student residence, attend the Costa de Valencia language institute, and engage in Community Service. Finally, students will enjoy a 2-day excursion to the exquisite Moorish city, Granada, located in Spain's southern region, Andalusia.


Spain: Journalism in Spain – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Madrid, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Carlene Hempel (c.hempel@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • JRNL 5360 Global Reporting
  • SPNS 1301/2301 Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion

Description:

Students participating in this program will function as a traveling press corps. As international correspondents, they will find and pitch stories and report and write them (in English) on deadline for an online magazine created to showcase the course material. Students will also be expected to take photos for their stories, as well as provide video and audio when necessary and appropriate. Topics could include articles related to government, politics, religion, arts, sports, business and lifestyle.


Spain: Religion in Spain – From Moorish Rule to Christian Pilgrimage (Honors) – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Elizabeth Bucar (e.bucar@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Tuesday, October 29th: 6-7pm 168 Snell Engineering Center 

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad - The Act of Pilgrimage
  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad -  Islam and Spain

Description:

Much of what we think of as typically “Spanish” has its roots in the tension between Christianity and Islam that came to define Spain. The course provides first hand experiences of role of religion in Spain through two units. First we travel to southern Spain to an area that for centuries was a Muslim country ruled by the Moors and called al-Andalus. Granada, Seville, and Cordoba provide a laboratory to explore how Spaniards and the Christian church have historically dealt with the challenges of religious and ethnic plurality. Second we head north to visit the pilgrimage route the Catholic Church promoted as part of its efforts to push the Muslim Moors out of Spain: the Camino del Santiago de Compostela. For over 1000 years, people of faith have traveled this route, where legends tell us St. James is buried. We will spend two weeks as pilgrims, walking the last 150 miles of the route, and resting in towns that bear vivid material evidence of the popularity of this practice through their ecclesial art and architecture. This unit will allow the student to explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim.

To view the itinerary of this program, please click here: Spain Honors Itinerary