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Oviedo Summer Session: Spanish Language, Literature, Cultural Studies and Marketing
The Temple in Spain summer 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 marketing. Courses are taught at the University of Oviedo by native Spanish-speaking professors and by Temple University professors Jaime Durán, Hope Doyle, and Andrés Catalán. Students enroll in a total of six credits: three credits of language and three credits of literature, culture and civilization, or marketing.
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 register for 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 taking Spanish 2002 or 3221 as their afternoon session course are required to have successfully completed at least two semesters of university-level Spanish (Spanish 1002: Basic II at Temple, or the equivalent.) Students who are taking Marketing 2101 as their afternoon course are required to have successfully completed at least one semester of university-level Spanish (Spanish 1001: Basic I at Temple, or the equivalent.)
Temple students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.
Morning Session Spanish Language Course Offerings
Afternoon Session Course Offerings
All students also enroll in one of the following courses taught by Temple University faculty.
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. Hope Doyle is an Associate Professor of Spanish, Instructional Faculty, in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University. She coordinates Introductory Spanish and is advisor for the Language and Professional Studies track of the Spanish Major at Temple University. She specializes in translation and bilingualism.
Dr. Andrés Catalán is an Assistant Professor (Research) and joined Temple's Fox School of Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he recently received his PhD in Managerial Science and Applied Economics, with a concentration in Operations and Information Management. Dr. Catalan’s research interests include retail technology operations and management and network science. He has teaching experience at Wharton at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in supply chain management, operations management, and enabling technologies. He has also served as a lecturer at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, where he earned his Master’s degree in Management and his Bachelor’s of Business Administration. His industry experience includes executive positions with AIESEC, an international nonprofit for the development of young talent, and as a tax analyst and specialist for Garrigues, the largest provider of legal services in Spain and Portugal.
The program offers students housing with a local host family. Students are provided with three meals a day and laundry service. This living arrangement offers the best opportunity to practice the language in a natural setting and have direct access to local lifestyle, gastronomy and social life.
Students spend the first several days of the program in Madrid, exploring the capital of Spain and its environs, including Toledo, Segovia and Avila as a group. Once in Oviedo, program participants often independently visit locations including Gijón, 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 ($21 per credit) in the summer. “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 and excursions in Madrid; all meals in Madrid (except for lunch on arrival day); local travel from Madrid to Oviedo (but not from Oviedo to Madrid); housing with a host family in Oviedo; and three meals a day provided by the host family. Please note that this fee is based on last year's fee and will be updated.
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 2014, students participating in this program will not be permitted to take Summer Session I classes at Temple due to calendar conflicts.
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 marketing course may contact Andrés Catalán, Fox School of Business, Temple University, firstname.lastname@example.org.