SAGE

 

Humanities in Spain (HUM 2232)

ESTIMATED PROGRAM FEES BREAKDOWN:

  1. Program Fee: $2,900
  2. Scholarship: $1,450
  3. Extra Program Scholarship (Endowed Chair): $444
  4. Click on the Spain Estimated Fees Breakdown form for details. Note that the information is subject to change.
  5. Notes (if applicable):

PROGRAM OVERVIEW :

In this short-term, faculty-led study abroad-program, students will gain first-hand experience in understanding European and Hispanic culture. Using Spain as a test case, this course provides an examination of dominant ideas in Western culture expressed in art, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. It will focus on the late 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries-specifically the historical and cultural categories known as the Renaissance and the Baroque-and their historical conditions, contexts, and legacies. In this 13-day experience, students will spend several nights in Madrid, Seville, and Granada and take day trips to Toledo, El Escorial, and Cordoba. Students will spend a night in Salamanca too. Students will visit UNESCO world heritage sites, ancient cities, museums, old cathedrals and former mosques, royal palaces, public squares, and much more. We will also see the world's most famous artistic collections and works of art.

Two professors and professional tour guides will accompany students for thirteen days to visit the following cities and sites: Madrid, Seville, Toledo, Cordoba, El Escorial, Salamanca, Granada, Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum, the Alcazar of Seville, the Mezquita of Cordoba, the Royal Palace of Madrid, St. Mary's Synagogue, the Church of Santo Tome, the Old Tobacco Factory of Seville, the Barrio Santa Cruz, the Plaza de Espana, the Seville Cathedral, the Casa de Pilatos, the Archive of the Indies, Alhambra, Albayzin, the University of Salamanca, and more.

In addition to the cultural tours, students will visit neighborhoods with historic significance, see a flamenco show in the caves of Sacromonte, and visit what remains of the former headquarters and prison of the Spanish Inquisition.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this short-term, faculty-led study abroad program, students will gain first-hand experience in understanding European and Hispanic culture. Using Spain as a test case, this course provides an examination of dominant ideas in Western culture expressed in art, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. It will focus on the late 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries-specifically the historical and cultural categories known as the Renaissance and the Baroque-and their historical conditions, contexts, and legacies. Students must demonstrate college level writing skills through multiple assignments. Minimum grade of C is required if used to satisfy Gordon Rule Requirements.

The course has a hybrid format. Students will meet several times in the Spring 2018 semester on West Campus for course content. Students will also work on course content, delivered online, until the travel date. There is a mandatory travel orientation in the Spring as well. Students will have assignments while traveling, and will be required to present research at one of the two re-entry meetings after travel to Spain.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU APPLY:

Students should be prepared to do a significant amount of walking while in Spain. Students can expect to walk at least five miles per day, sometimes more, and at a swift pace. Walking conditions include cobblestone streets and inclines. Accommodations sometimes do not have elevators, so students may be required to carry luggage up and down stairs. It is advisable for students to pack light. Springtime weather in Spain is different than in Florida. The high and low average temperatures of Madrid and Salamanca in May are 72 and 46 degrees. For Seville, they are 81 and 55. You can expect similar average temperatures everywhere else. Days can be warm, and nights can be chilly. Students should pack and dress accordingly. Students must have passports to participate. Passport fees, course tuition, and course materials not included in price. In-country travel will be mostly public transport like trains and subways. Students should expect multiple occupancy in air-conditioned dorm-style rooms in hostels. Students should also pack light, as storage space in hostels will be limited. Students should have extra money (cash and/or debit cards) for some lunches and dinners (see program booklet). Students should be prepared to bring cash for spending money and souvenirs. Students are not allowed to drink alcohol, per SAGE and Student Development rules. Money belts are strongly encouraged. Students must always be in a group of three or more. While vegetarianism is common in Spain, pork is an extremely popular food and is used in many food products. Students with dietary restrictions are required to notify program leaders during the application process.

FUNDING INFORMATION:

  1. The program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office (SDO), the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office which will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation for a limited number of students accepted into the program.
  2. Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover the additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise your financial aid payment may be reduced.

 

DATES:

May 1-13, 2018

Program Leader Contact:

Leader:

  1. Name: Professor Jeremy Bassetti
  2. Phone: 407-582-2364
  3. Room: East Campus, 6-119
  4. Email: jbassetti@valenciacollege.edu

Co-leader:

  1. Name: Professor Lisa Cole
  2. Phone: 407-582-1468
  3. Room: West Campus, 3-146
  4. Email: lsenecal@valenciacollege.edu

HOW TO APPLY:

Apply to Humanities in Spain (3 credits) study abroad program. You will need a Dynamic Forms login.

 

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:

Deadlines:

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017
Deposit Deadline: February 2, 2018
Final Payment (if applicable): March 2, 2018

Pre-departure Meetings:

SAGE Mandatory Orientation Meeting: January 26, 2018, 2-5pm, location East Campus, room 1-347
Meeting 1: 3/2/18, 10am-1pm, location West Campus, room TBD
Meeting 2: 3/23/18, 10am-1pm, location West Campus, room TBD
Meeting 3: 4/6/18, 10am-1pm, location West Campus, room TBD
Meeting 4: 4/27/18, 10am to 1pm, location West Campus, room TBD

Re-entry Meetings:

Meeting 1: 5/25/18, 9 am-12pm, location TBD
Meeting 2: 6/8/18, 9am to 12pm location TBD

Please note that all orientation sessions are mandatory. The number of predeparture and re-entry meetings will depend upon your program.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY:

  • Apply by the application deadline
  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College
  • Completed one semester within last year
  • Completed 12 college-level credits
  • Be at least 18 years’ old on day of departure
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 at application deadline

 

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

ENC 1101/1101 H, or IDH 1110

COST INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Accommodation (12 nights)
  • Airport Transfer
  • All Walking Tours
  • Excursions to El Escorial, Toledo, and Cordoba
  • Visit to Salamanca University
  • 1 Flamenco Show
  • 4 Dinners
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 On-Ground Group Leader

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Course materials
  • Course tuition and fees
  • Airport departure fees and taxes
  • Luggage transport/storage fees
  • Some Meals in Spain (lunches and some dinners)
  • Passport application (if needed)
  • Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  • Immunizations
  • Spending money
  • Tips

PROGRAM PHOTOS & DESTINATION INFORMATION:

DISCLAIMER:

Please note that the program may be altered or canceled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and in many circumstances airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice.

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