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SPAN 306 Experiencing Spanish Abroad: Exploring Dimensions of Contemporary Spain
SPAN 373 Spanish Civilization And Culture
SPAN 374 Literature And Culture Of Spain
SPAN 455 Topics: Spanish Art
SPAN 470 Advanced Oral Spanish: Conversation and On-site Cultural Workshops
SPAN 499 Advanced Studies in Spanish: Writing Workshop
Non-credit: Pewter Workshop
This non-credit course affords students an opportunity to design and create unique works of art to bring home. Taught by local Spanish Artisan.
Honors Augmentation and Independent Study Available on an Individual Basis
Please note: Students should have at least 12 hours of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent) at time of departure. All courses are taught in Spanish unless otherwise stated. Course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer your grades to your home institution approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment.
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A key feature of the KIIS Segovia program is that all students live with carefully chosen Spanish families in Segovia. Homestays afford students the opportunity to develop their language skills as well as experience daily life in Spain. Generally, no more than two or three students will be placed with each family. All meals are taken with the host family, who will also provide towels, bed linens, and laundry facilities. Host families live in or near the city center and relatively close to our classroom building, the Centro KIIS, which is located in the beautiful and historic Plaza Mayor of Segovia.
Please note: Many Europeans smoke, and KIIS cannot guarantee that the housing will be smoke-free, either from the occupants or their guests. Host families will attempt to accommodate special diets and a smoke-free environment, but KIIS cannot guarantee that all requests can or will be met entirely. Students with serious dietary restrictions or acute need for smoke-free conditions should bear this in mind when considering whether the home stay-based program is suitable for them. ?
The KIIS Spring Semester program in Segovia provides an ideal setting for students to study Spanish and to absorb Spanish art, culture, and history. During this 13-week program, students take classes in the heart of Segovia and learn firsthand about daily life in Spain while living with a homestay family.
Only 60 miles north of Madrid, Segovia is an attractive provincial capital in the foothills of the Guadarrama mountains. The city retains the strong, traditional character of Old Castile and has a visible history that dates back to pre-Roman times— Segovia’s world-renowned castles, aqueducts, museums and beautiful environs provide ample evidence. Segovia also offers a weekly open-air market, picturesque plazas and cafes, and beautiful architecture.
Segovia is also ideal for a semester study abroad program. All areas of the city are easily accessible without a car. Train and bus service is exceptional. The city offers a lively nightlife and varied cultural activities. The weather is pleasant and the congeniality of the Spanish people lend a spirit of cordial hospitality to the city. In short, students are warmly welcomed in Segovia and life there is low-cost and low-stress.
Homestays greatly enrich the student’s language skills and understanding of Spanish customs and traditions. Students typically take part in host family activities, going to parties and outing, attending cultural and sporting events, and sometimes taking weekend trips together. The program affords students the opportunity to partake in Spanish holidays like Carnaval and Semana Santa. Not surprisingly, past participants often describe the unique homestay experience as a hallmark of their Segovia experience.
Students take classes five days a week and participate in a number of group excursions, including visits to Madrid, Salamanca, Avila, and Toledo. During open weekends and Spring Break, students are free to travel independently inSpain and beyond.
Please note: Students wishing to participate in the Segovia semester program must have at least 12 hours of college-level Spanish or the equivalent at time of departure. All Segovia courses are taught in Spanish and students are expected to speak Spanish at all times. Courses make use of local and regional resources and are taught by local Spanish faculty and the on-site Program Director.