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Spanish Language, Literature, Culture and Journalism
The Temple in Spain summer program is designed for students with at least one year of university-level Spanish. The program is based at the University of Oviedo in the province of Asturias, a beautiful region of ocean, mountains and Roman ruins in northwest Spain. The program is comprised of coursework in Spanish language, literature, cultural studies and journalism. Courses are taught at the University of Oviedo by native Spanish-speaking professors and by Temple University professors Jaime Durán, Hiram Aldarondo and Lori Tharps. Students enroll in a total of six credits: three credits of language and three credits of literature, culture and civilization, or travel writing. The first five days of the program take place in Madrid, where faculty conduct an orientation program, and where students have the opportunity to explore Spain’s capital city and its environs before traveling to Oviedo to begin classes. The period in Madrid also includes day excursions to such nearby cities as Avila, Segovia and Toledo.
Oviedo is the capital of the province of Asturias, one of the most culturally significant regions in Spain. As the administrative, commercial and cultural center of the region, Oviedo is a lively and vigorous city with a population of 220,000. Just 21 miles from the coast, Oviedo is a gateway for great scenery and beaches.
While the city has an impressive old-town center, museums and significant historic architectural sites, it is also a modern city with an active cultural life featuring concerts, opera, theater and exhibitions. As there are relatively few English-speaking visitors, Oviedo is also an excellent location to improve language skills.
All students enroll in two courses, for a total of six credits.
One of the two courses must be the appropriate level of Spanish language study.
Language classes are given mornings, Monday through Friday, at the University of Oviedo by native Spanish-speaking professors, and are designed to improve students’ understanding of Spanish and to strengthen their speaking and writing skills. Prior to departure for Spain, students enroll in one of the following courses, according to the appropriate level. Upon arrival in Oviedo, students take a placement test to confirm their level and course. In order to be eligible for the program, students are required to have successfully completed at least two semesters of university-level Spanish (Spanish 1002: Basic II at Temple, or the equivalent.)
All students also enroll in one of the following courses, taught in the afternoons by Temple University faculty.
Temple students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.
Dr. Jaime Durán is a native of Oviedo and Asturias. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of Oviedo and obtained his PhD in Spanish from Temple University. He is currently an assistant professor of Spanish at Temple University and directs Temple's spring semester and summer programs in Oviedo.
Dr. Hiram Aldarondo is an associate professor of Spanish and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies at Temple University's Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He specializes in Latin American literature and has had ample experience directing and coordinating study abroad programs in Latin America. He is the current director of Temple's Latin American Studies Semester program.
Lori L. Tharps is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University and a seasoned journalist. She has written for publications including, Ms., Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Essence and The Philadelphia Inquirer. For several years Tharps wrote for the travel magazine, Odyssey Couleur, which eventually led to the publication of her award-winning travel memoir, Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain. Tharps continues to write and publish articles and essays about travel, Spain and Spanish culture. Tharps lived in Spain for one year during college, is married to a Spaniard and is near fluent in Spanish.
Students live either with host families or in a university residence. Host families provide three meals a day. Students living in the university residence have breakfast daily in the university dining hall and are provided tickets for 18 additional meals, which can be used for either lunch or dinner in the university dining hall.
Students will be asked to select their housing preference at the time of application.
Students spend the first several days of the program in Madrid, exploring the capital of Spain and its environs, including Toledo, Segovia and Avila. Program participants often independently visit locations including Gijón and the beach, Santander and Santiana del Mar.
All estimated costs are subject to change. They should be used as a guideline only. Accepted students will receive updated, detailed cost information as soon as it is available after the application deadline.
*Per university policy, Temple students who are considered “upper division” are charged additional tuition per credit in the summer (Pennsylvania Residents: additional $14 per credit; Non-Pennsylvania Residents: additional $48 per credit). “Upper division” is defined as an undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credits, regardless of how obtained. This policy does not affect non-Temple students.
**The Spain fee includes: housing in a university dorm or with a family, all meals in Madrid (except for lunch on arrival day); housing and excursions in Madrid; and local travel from Madrid to Oviedo (but not from Oviedo to Madrid). For students in homestays, the fee includes three meals a day provided by the host family. For students living in the university residence, the fee includes breakfast daily and tickets for 18 additional meals (lunch or dinner) at the university dining hall. Please note that this fee is based on last year's fee and will be updated.
***Applicable to students living in the university residence. For students in homestays, three meals a day are provided.
In addition to the items above, students should budget money for local and personal travel, and any additional personal expenses.
We recommend that students follow the exchange rate prior to and during their summer abroad, either through the newspaper or a currency exchange web site (such as www.oanda.com).
Dates are tentative and subject to change
Note: In 2013, students must depart for Spain before the end of summer session I at Temple. Students participating in this program will therefore not be able to take summer session I courses at Temple.
Please see General Summer Information to read about pre-departure information and orientation, passports and visas, scholarships, costs and payment policies, accreditation, and transfer of credits.
Please see Eligibility and Application Procedures for program eligibility, application requirements, and application procedures that apply to all summer programs. In addition, for the Spain program, the following is required:
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Jaime Durán, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Temple University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Abroad, 215-204-0720, email@example.com
Students with specific questions about the journalism course may contact Lori Tharps, Department of Journalism, Temple University, firstname.lastname@example.org