PERU: Spanish Language and Peruvian Culture

Lima, Peru

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Dates

  • Summer 1 Semester - May 15 - June 23, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.

Description

Faculty Leader: Prof. Yanet Canavan (y.canavan@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • SPNS 1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1

Description:

Spanish Language Immersion (SPNS 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302): This Spanish immersion program will take place in Lima, (the capital of Peru) and Cuzco. The course consists of 4 hours per day of instruction focusing on developing all the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), cultural visits museums, cathedrals, historical places in the city, etc.) and activities. The Spanish immersion program will offer intensive Spanish language training to solidify the students' knowledge of Spanish grammar and to teach them to speak the language fluently. During this 5 week program students will speak Spanish, participate in cultural activities and interact with local people. It is an exciting way to explore the Spanish language and to experience another culture's people, ideas, customs and beliefs. Students will sample all that the cities of Lima, Ica and Cuzco have to offer using the Spanish language. Students will complete a service project (Air Force schools) in which they will help Peruvian high school students to practice speaking English and also explain the typical day in the life of a student at an American University. Students from Northeastern will participate in an immersion language program at the Private University UNIFE “Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon” http://www.unife.edu.pe (Translation and Interpretation Academic Program- Translation/Interpretation and Communication Science School). Studentswill have language partners to share their own culture and to learn Peruvian culture. Students will experience life in Peru as a local Peruvian. Students will stay at Peruvian host families, learning the culture and using the Spanish language in everyday activities.

Peruvian and Hispanic Culture (CLTR 4944): This course will introduce students to the broad spectrum of Peruvian and Hispanic culture through different activities. This Spanish culture class is based on experience-based learning and practicing Spanish. Students will acquire a new understanding of the culture of Peru and the Hispanic World. Students will be immersing themselves in the language and cultural opportunities presented through the in-country immersion experience. About 50 % of the class will be lecture and theory. The remaining 50% will be interactive activities, student participation and visits to historic sites in Lima, Ica and Cuzco. Among the sites included is Machu Picchu (one of the Wonders of the World). This Peruvian and Hispanic Culture class will be held in 3 different cities of Peru: Lima, Ica and Cuzco.

For more information: Contact Prof. Yanet Canavan (y.canavan@neu.edu)

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Courses

SPNS 1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion

This Spanish immersion program will take place in Lima, (the capital of Peru) and Cuzco. The course consists of 4 hours per day of instruction focusing on developing all the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), cultural visits museums, cathedrals, historical places in the city, etc.) and activities. The Spanish immersion program will offer intensive Spanish language training to solidify the students' knowledge of Spanish grammar and to teach them to speak the language fluently. During this 5 week program students will speak Spanish, participate in cultural activities and interact with local people. It is an exciting way to explore the Spanish language and to experience another culture's people, ideas, customs and beliefs. Students will sample all that the cities of Lima, Ica and Cuzco have to offer using the Spanish language. Students will complete a service project (Air Force schools) in which they will help Peruvian high school students to practice speaking English and also explain the typical day in the life of a student at an American University. Students from Northeastern will participate in an immersion language program at the Private University UNIFE “Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon” http://www.unife.edu.pe (Translation and Interpretation Academic Program- Translation/Interpretation and Communication Science School). Studentswill have language partners to share their own culture and to learn Peruvian culture. Students will experience life in Peru as a local Peruvian. Students will stay at Peruvian host families, learning the culture and using the Spanish language in everyday activities.

CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1

This course will introduce students to the broad spectrum of Peruvian and Hispanic culture through different activities. This Spanish culture class is based on experience-based learning and practicing Spanish. Students will acquire a new understanding of the culture of Peru and the Hispanic World. Students will be immersing themselves in the language and cultural opportunities presented through the in-country immersion experience. About 50 % of the class will be lecture and theory. The remaining 50% will be interactive activities, student participation and visits to historic sites in Lima, Ica and Cuzco. Among the sites included is Machu Picchu (one of the Wonders of the World).  This Peruvian and Hispanic Culture class will be held in 3 different cities of Peru: Lima, Ica and Cuzco.

 

Host University

The language school “El Sol” is situated in Miraflores and students will live close to the school. They will share time with their host families’ relatives and friends. Also, my NEU students will meet different people through trips to four different states in Peru. For that reason they will live as locals not as tourists.  The most successful experience last year was the cultural exchange project held at the Peruvian Air Force and at the UNIFE “Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón”, where my NEU students had access to discuss interesting topics with the teachers and authorities of the school and of the University mentioned. Another advantage of this dialogue is the opportunity for NEU students to have a language partner that becomes a friend. This friendship might continue forever. NEU students are also involved in a project with the students of the Air Force School and from the UNIFE University. NEU students have to teach different levels of English to the senior students of the Air Force School.  They will have language partners at the UNIFE University.

I will set up lectures by different guest speaker. This will provide NEU students a huge opportunity to converse using a high level of the Spanish language and become more fluent using it.

We will visit different institutions such as schools, companies, banks and even the Government Palace where the students might be able to meet Peruvian congressmen. Students will be engaged in different activities sharing experiences with locals. We will also attend dinners and join different neighborhood celebrations.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA is recommended
  • At least 2 completed terms at Northeastern
  • Students need to have Spanish language experience to fully take advantage of their time in Peru. Students should have taken SPNS 1101, 1102 or equivalent.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Cost

Tuition: $10, 634

DOC Fee: $2,750

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

Accommodations

This Dialogue of Civilization provides the students with the chance to live with host families that belong to a strong community in Miraflores, one of the most well known cities in Lima, Peru. The host families´ houses are close to the Language School where students take Spanish language lessons. Host families´ houses are in the city center close to great restaurants, cultural centers, theaters, museums, historic places, entertainment areas and beaches. Along with accommodation, breakfast and dinner is included.

Each student will also receive a pre-paid cellphone.

Destination

  1. Miraflores (Lima Peru) Miraflores is a district in Lima, Perú. It’s well known by its gardens, historic places, entertainment areas and beaches. It's the perfect scenario in Lima to practice different kinds of sports and have fun in a friendly environment with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miraflores_District,_Lima

  1. Historical Center of the Lima city

The Historic Centre of Lima has been a leading city in the New World from its foundation in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The center covers both banks of the river Rimac (after which the city was named). It holds numerous religious and public buildings that date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Its first university, Saint Mark University, was established in 1551.

http://www.go2peru.com/peru_guide/lima/historical_center.htm

  1. Ica/ Paracas/ Ballestas Islands

Ica and surrounding areas are the traditional source of Pisco brandy. Ica is the site of theMuseo Regional de Ica, a regional museum with exhibits ranging from prehistoric artifacts to the Spanish colonial era. On display are pre-Columbian funerary bundles and mummies, whose elongated skulls from the Paracas and pre-Inca cultures suggest ritual deformation, perhaps a mark of the elite. Some skulls also bear evidence of trepanning, a kind of early brain surgery to relieve internal pressure or remove damaged skull matter suffered in battle. There are also furniture, paintings and artifacts from the Spanish colonial era.

Ica's location in the desert provides unique opportunities for tourism, such as the nearby Huacachina oasis, located in the midst of sand dunes. You can practice sandboarding; or travel the dunes in sand buggies.

Paracas is located in the department of Ica in the Province of Pisco 260 km south of Lima, Peru. Paracas is a small town and district, but is best known for the Paracas national park and wildlife reserve. It is one of Peru's largest attractions for both foreign and Peruvian tourists.

The tourist attractions include the Ballesta Islands (birds, sealions, Humboldt penguins and occasionally dolphins), the national reserve (museum, Paracas culture, wildlife and beautiful coastline) and adventure sports such as diving, dune buggies and hang-gliding

The Ballestas Islands are spectacular, eroded into numerous arches and caves which provide shelter for thousands of seabirds and sealions. The Ballestas Islands are known as “The Galapagos of Peru

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