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Spain

Dates

June 29 – July 30, 2023

Cost

$4,295 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Intermediate – Advanced Spanish, Advanced Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

For Summer 2023, KIIS Spain I and KIIS Spain II will run concurrently as one program (June 29th-July 30th, 2023). For students at the Intermediate – Advanced Spanish-Language level (e.g. at least 12 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent by June 2023 program departure), Spanish Cinema and Spanish Conversation (see descriptions below) are your best course options. For students at the Advanced Spanish-Language level (e.g. At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent by June 2023 program departure), Spanish Civ & Culture, Theatre in Spain, & Interpreting Spain’s Space… are your best course options. In total students typically enroll in two courses on the program. 

The KIIS Spain program offers you an opportunity to study advanced Spanish language in the charming city of Segovia. Homestays, the highlight of the program, provide you with an environment conducive to improving your language skills and cultural understanding. Segovia offers a weekly open-air market, picturesque plazas and cafes, as well as frequent musical and artistic events. The city´s proximity to Madrid, with its vast cultural offerings, make this location ideal for experiencing multiple dimensions of Spanish life.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

SPAN 306 Experiencing Spanish Abroad: Spanish Cinema

Dr. Itza Zavala-Garrett

This course introduces students to cinema studies and how this medium is used to depict social issues including the Spanish Civil War, domestic violence, physical and mental disabilities, and immigration, among other topics. Through the analysis of film techniques, students will improve upon their listening, written and oral skills, as well as expand their critical thinking skills about film.

At least 12 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 370 Spanish Conversation

Dr. Itza Zavala-Garrett

This conversation class, for students with at least two years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, is designed to develop greater fluency, vocabulary knowledge, and refine grammatical proficiency to master more complex communication skills (including narrating and describing with a variety of verb tenses, providing detailed explanations, expressing and supporting opinions).

At least 12 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 373 Spanish Civilization & Culture

Dr. Melissa Stewart & Dr. Inma Pertusa

In this course, students will become acquainted with the historical and cultural background of Spain and its people from Roman colonization to the present. All class discussions, assignments, and exams will be completed in Spanish.

At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 455 Topics: Interpreting Spain’s Space Through Literature & Audio Visual Representations

Dr. Inma Pertusa

In this course, we analyze and interpret the different representations of the interpersonal, visual, geographical, artistic and literary spaces produced by Spanish artists and writers in their connection to the life, gastronomy, history, geography, and art of Spain.

At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 455 Topics: Theatre in Spain

Dr. Heather Campbell-Speltz

This course will provide an overview of Spanish theatre, from Golden Age comedias to modern dramatic forms of the 20th and 21st centuries. Student will explore different styles, formats and manners of production in the continuum of Spanish theatrical production by reading a variety of texts, exploring performance of those texts and visiting sites of historical significance in the development of theatre and dramatic production in Spain.

At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 470 Advanced Oral Spanish

Dr. Heather Campbell-Speltz

The main goal of this advanced conversation course is to develop greater oral fluency and deeper cultural understanding. The course will emphasize: 1) vocabulary building, 2) review of problematic areas of Spanish grammar for native speakers of English, and 3) meaningful communicative tasks in the community on a variety of cultural, social, economic, and political topics.

At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Farewell Reception

After exams we gather with our Spanish housemothers to enjoy tapas and socialize together at a local restaurant.

Madrid

The group travels by public bus to Madrid and learns about taking the subway to the center of the city. We take a walking tour including the Palacio Real, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Prado Museum, and other key monuments, finishing at lunchtime. You may explore further, go to museums, or enjoy the Retiro Park.

Cuéllar and Coca

We visit two small towns and their castles in the province of Segovia that includes a meal at a local restaurant and a visit to a nearby vineyard to learn about wine production.

Salamanca & Avila

We begin our walking tour in Salamanca with two cathedrals next to the Río Tormes. Other highlights include the university, established in the thirteenth century, and the Plaza Mayor.  The group enjoys free time to have lunch, go to the market or ascend the cathedral tower for amazing views before continuing on to Avila.

Toledo

We visit the cathedral and learn about the architecture and artwork, including many works by El Greco. We then walk through the Jewish neighborhood, visiting the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue. During free time, you can explore more, shop, and try the city’s specialty, marzipan.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,295 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Madrid

Accommodations

3 Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), personal expenses (approx. $400-$800 depending on your spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,500- $1,600

The KIIS Spain II program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Spain with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a roundtrip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville and fly to Madrid, Spain where the group will then travel together to Segovia, Spain.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your individual flight.

The flight to Madrid, Spain is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Spain to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

June 29 – July 30, 2023

Cost

$4,295 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Intermediate – Advanced Spanish, Advanced Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

For Summer 2023, KIIS Spain I and KIIS Spain II will run concurrently as one program (June 29th-July 30th, 2023). For students at the Intermediate – Advanced Spanish-Language level (e.g. at least 12 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent by June 2023 program departure), Spanish Cinema and Spanish Conversation (see descriptions below) are your best course options. For students at the Advanced Spanish-Language level (e.g. At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent by June 2023 program departure), Spanish Civ & Culture, Theatre in Spain, & Interpreting Spain’s Space… are your best course options. In total students typically enroll in two courses on the program. 

The KIIS Spain program offers you an opportunity to study advanced Spanish language in the charming city of Segovia. Homestays, the highlight of the program, provide you with an environment conducive to improving your language skills and cultural understanding. Segovia offers a weekly open-air market, picturesque plazas and cafes, as well as frequent musical and artistic events. The city´s proximity to Madrid, with its vast cultural offerings, make this location ideal for experiencing multiple dimensions of Spanish life.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

SPAN 306 Experiencing Spanish Abroad: Spanish Cinema

Dr. Itza Zavala-Garrett

This course introduces students to cinema studies and how this medium is used to depict social issues including the Spanish Civil War, domestic violence, physical and mental disabilities, and immigration, among other topics. Through the analysis of film techniques, students will improve upon their listening, written and oral skills, as well as expand their critical thinking skills about film.

At least 12 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 370 Spanish Conversation

Dr. Itza Zavala-Garrett

This conversation class, for students with at least two years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, is designed to develop greater fluency, vocabulary knowledge, and refine grammatical proficiency to master more complex communication skills (including narrating and describing with a variety of verb tenses, providing detailed explanations, expressing and supporting opinions).

At least 12 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 373 Spanish Civilization & Culture

Dr. Melissa Stewart & Dr. Inma Pertusa

In this course, students will become acquainted with the historical and cultural background of Spain and its people from Roman colonization to the present. All class discussions, assignments, and exams will be completed in Spanish.

At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 455 Topics: Interpreting Spain’s Space Through Literature & Audio Visual Representations

Dr. Inma Pertusa

In this course, we analyze and interpret the different representations of the interpersonal, visual, geographical, artistic and literary spaces produced by Spanish artists and writers in their connection to the life, gastronomy, history, geography, and art of Spain.

At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 455 Topics: Theatre in Spain

Dr. Heather Campbell-Speltz

This course will provide an overview of Spanish theatre, from Golden Age comedias to modern dramatic forms of the 20th and 21st centuries. Student will explore different styles, formats and manners of production in the continuum of Spanish theatrical production by reading a variety of texts, exploring performance of those texts and visiting sites of historical significance in the development of theatre and dramatic production in Spain.

At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

SPAN 470 Advanced Oral Spanish

Dr. Heather Campbell-Speltz

The main goal of this advanced conversation course is to develop greater oral fluency and deeper cultural understanding. The course will emphasize: 1) vocabulary building, 2) review of problematic areas of Spanish grammar for native speakers of English, and 3) meaningful communicative tasks in the community on a variety of cultural, social, economic, and political topics.

At least 18 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of program departure.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Farewell Reception

After exams we gather with our Spanish housemothers to enjoy tapas and socialize together at a local restaurant.

Madrid

The group travels by public bus to Madrid and learns about taking the subway to the center of the city. We take a walking tour including the Palacio Real, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Prado Museum, and other key monuments, finishing at lunchtime. You may explore further, go to museums, or enjoy the Retiro Park.

Cuéllar and Coca

We visit two small towns and their castles in the province of Segovia that includes a meal at a local restaurant and a visit to a nearby vineyard to learn about wine production.

Salamanca & Avila

We begin our walking tour in Salamanca with two cathedrals next to the Río Tormes. Other highlights include the university, established in the thirteenth century, and the Plaza Mayor.  The group enjoys free time to have lunch, go to the market or ascend the cathedral tower for amazing views before continuing on to Avila.

Toledo

We visit the cathedral and learn about the architecture and artwork, including many works by El Greco. We then walk through the Jewish neighborhood, visiting the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue. During free time, you can explore more, shop, and try the city’s specialty, marzipan.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,295 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Madrid

Accommodations

3 Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), personal expenses (approx. $400-$800 depending on your spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,500- $1,600

The KIIS Spain II program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Spain with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a roundtrip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville and fly to Madrid, Spain where the group will then travel together to Segovia, Spain.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your individual flight.

The flight to Madrid, Spain is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Spain to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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