Beginning Spanish Language and Culture
Home-stay living arrangements in the friendly beach town of Comillas, on the northern coast of Spain, offer students an ideal situation in which to practice their language skills through social interaction with a Spanish family. The focus of the program will be to develop communicative language proficiency through a variety of contextualized communication activities. Students will also be provided with a panoramic vision of the history and culture of Spain as a modern nation, integrated in the European Union, facing challenges which both resemble and differ from those facing the United States. Students will visit the cities of Santander (candidate for the Cultural Capital of Europe 2016) and Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum, as well as Guernica, the Basque town that inspired Picasso's painting. Other excursions will include a visit to the small town of Puente Viesgo to see prehistoric cave paintings, a tour of the spectacular "Soplao" cave and biking a portion of the Camino de Santiago. Classes will be imparted in a newly renovated facility that was once the Pontificate University of Comillas, located within walking distance from the town in a spectacular park-like setting overlooking the Cantabrian Sea. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a language exchange with students from the University of Cantabria.
Dates: June 3, 2015 – July 14, 2015
Total Cost** $5,259 - $5,583
Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for details. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.
* Program fee includes room, three meals a day, excursions and other program-related costs. For estimates of these costs, and to discuss how they factor into financial aid, please call Summer Sessions and speak to one of our Study Abroad program advisors.
** Total cost does not include round trip airfare, textbooks, extra meals or personal expenses.