Duke in Alicante

A 6-WEEK SUMMER SPANISH LANGUAGE INTENSIVE PROGRAM

EARN CREDIT FOR TWO SEMESTERS OF LANGUAGE STUDY IN ONE SUMMER SESSION

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Duke’s intensive language institute for elementary and intermediate level Spanish provides you the opportunity to combine two semesters of study into one summer session. The course is designed to meet the needs of both beginners (no prior Spanish experience) and intermediate students (have completed two semesters of college-level Spanish).

The program is taught in Alicante, Spain, a city whose rich culture is attributable to the importance of its port throughout history. The picturesque Mediterranean architecture is complemented by Roman and Arabic influences. Today it is the eighth largest city in Spain and a popular area for tourism.

PROGRAM FAST FACTS

Location: Alicante, Spain

Term: Summer

Dates: May 18-June 30, 2018

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Academic Theme(s): Spanish Language

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Open to all majors. No previous Spanish experience necessary for beginner level. Two semesters of college-level Spanish or placement interview required for intermediate level. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by Duke’s Department of Romance Studies

Housing: Homestay Families

GEO Advisor: Abigail Grubbs

ACADEMICS

Based on your level of experience, you’ll enroll in one of the two intensive Spanish courses offered, each worth 2 Duke course credits. Duke faculty members and local instructors teach four hours of daily instruction. Afternoon workshops highlight Spanish culture and history and help students get to know the city.

You’ll enroll in one of the following courses:

SPANISH 140A
Intensive Elementary Spanish

FL, CZ 2.0 Credits

Prerequisite: None. Students in this course should have had no or minimal exposure to Spanish. If you have had more than two years of high school Spanish, please contact the director to determine your eligibility. 

A combination of Duke’s SPANISH 101 and 102.

SPANISH 240A 
Intensive Intermediate Spanish

FL, CZ 2.0 Credits 

Prerequisite: Completion of SPANISH 102 or SPANISH 111 or any of the following:

  • An AP Spanish score of 3 (language or literature)
  • An SATII score of 460-580
  • At least 2 years in high school in which material pertaining to Spanish 102 was covered

A combination of Duke’s SPANISH 203 and 204.

    EXCURSIONS

    In addition to coursework, students will participate in cultural workshops in Alicante, such as a cooking class and a dance class. Students will also go on a day trip to Valencia, and ravel on two long-weekend trips. Possible locations for these trips include Madrid/Toledo and Granada.

    HOUSING & MEALS

    You will stay with carefully selected local homestay families, which will help enrich your linguistic and cultural experience. You will have your own bedroom with a bed, desk, closet, and wi-fi. Families will provide three meals per day and laundry once per week. Most families are located within walking distance of the classroom facilities.

    PROGRAM FACULTY & STAFF

    The Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante program co-directors can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the Global Education Office.

    Joan Clifford

    Assistant Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

    Melissa Simmermeyer

    Senior Lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies

    Abigail Grubbs

    GEO Program Coordinator / Advisor

    COSTS

    These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

    Summer 2018

      Duke Students Non-Duke Students
    Tuition $6,780 $6,780
    Program Fee $1,500 $1,500
    Transcript Fee N/A $40.00
    Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
    TOTAL (Estimated) $11,420 $11,460

     

    Explanation of Costs

    Financial Aid

    Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

    Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

    Scholarships

    This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:

    Dates

    Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

    • Arrival: May 18, 2018
    • Departure: June 30, 2018

    Detailed Itinerary: A detailed program handbook including the program itinerary will be provided during the Pre-Departure Orientation meeting held at Duke in April.

    Flights

    You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

    Housing Before/After

    You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.

    • VISA & PASSPORT

    VISA & PASSPORT

    Visa

    No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program.

    Non-U.S. citizens—Pay special attention to the visa requirements for your specific citizenship by contacting your country’s embassy. GEO can provide a letter that may be required as part of the visa application process. Please begin the visa process as soon as you have been admitted to the program to ensure you receive your visa in time for the program start date.

    Passport

    All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

    ADMISSIONS

    Deadline: December 1, 2018

    This program does NOT have rolling admission. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.

    Decision: Due to winter break, you will receive an admission decision before the end of the Spring semester add/drop period.

    Eligibility: See the Academics section above to determine which track is best based on your previous experience learning Spanish.

    Physical Demands: The program includes at least two multi-hour bus trips to large cities. During these trips, students will walk for some extended distances, in which the terrain can be hilly. Apart from some moderate climbing in cities such as Toledo and the Castle of Santa Bárbara in Alicante, there is no strenuous physical exertion required during the program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the program director.

    Priority: Priority is given to applicants who submit all materials by the deadline and meet the language prerequisite.

    Non-Duke students: This program is open to all majors and applicants from accredited colleges and universities. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

    APPLY

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    Please start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

    To apply to this program, please submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

    1. Online application
    2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.*
    3. One academic letter of recommendation, preferably from a language professor noting your linguistic and academic abilities. If you have not taken a language course at Duke, please request a letter from a Duke professor who knows you well. Letters from high school teachers will not be accepted.
    4. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining:
    • How this program will complement your studies.
    • Your experience learning Spanish to date (how many years of Spanish, any tests taken (AP/SAT II) and their scores, what kinds of readings you have done in Spanish, the length of papers you have written). You do not need to answer this question if you are currently taking (or have taken) a Spanish language course at Duke.

    *First-Year Students: By the application deadline, you must send a transcript request to the Registrar’s Office, but ask them to wait until fall grades have posted to send it to us. All other components of the application must be complete by the deadline.