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2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 1

Fall: May 1

Language Requirement: Open only to High Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior level students. Students must have completed at least 4 semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits (24-30 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = approximately 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 4-5 courses.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universidad Carlos III.

HISPANIC STUDIES PROGRAM

The Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos (Hispanic Studies Program) at Universidad Carlos III is recommended for students with strong preparation in Spanish who wish to learn about various facets of Spanish culture: Literature, History, Theater, Art, Economics, Cinema, Journalism, Politics, Spanish Culture, and more. Classes are taken with American and international students.  

Spanish Language classes are offered at 4 levels: High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, and Superior. It is mandatory to take Spanish Language, unless you are a native speaker.

All students must have 8 COURSES pre-approved by their home institution. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in availability or schedule conflicts.

Courses are worth 3 semester credits / 6 ECTS each.

Course offerings are subject to change.

Cursos de Humanidades – Direct Enroll with Spaniards

This is the liberal arts curriculum that is a general degree requirement for local Spanish students at Carlos III. Its one- and two-credit courses range from Art, Literature, History, Geography, Philosophy, and Political Science to Cultural topics. These courses may extend from semester to semester or be offered at various times during the semester (for example, during the first half, second half, or during fewer weeks with more contact hours). While the Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos course offerings are announced weeks or months in advance, the Cursos de Humanidades courses are scheduled and announced only near the beginning of each semester. The following is a list of course titles in the Licenciatura en Humanidades, 1-2 credit liberal arts courses meant to round out the educations of Carlos III students, whatever their majors.

The most recent Humanidades courses can be accessed through the links at www.uc3m.es/portal/page/portal/cursos_humanidades/hum_denomina_grados. Select ficha and cronograma after each course title to access course descriptions and syllabi.

Engineering Courses in English or Spanish

Students who wish to study Engineering in Madrid may enroll as alumnos visitantes at the bilingual program in Engineering (Ingeniería) at Carlos III (Leganés Campus). ASA students can take introductory and advanced courses in a variety of Engineering fields, as well as fundamental courses in Math, Physics, and Statistics. Through this bilingual program, students may choose to take courses either in Spanish or in English, though certain courses are conducted in Spanish only. Students who wish to take electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to courses in Engineering can arrange to take CEH courses on the Getafe Campus of Carlos III (see above for CEH program details), but must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish language skills to enroll.

Here is a list of the engineering programs that are offered at Carlos III. Visit the links to see program curriculums and obtain course descriptions.  (Courses listed on the website in green are taught in English as well as Spanish)

 

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
UNIVERSIDAD NEBRIJA

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 1

Fall: May 1

Language Requirement: Open to all Spanish levels.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.5. Must be have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits (24-30 ECTS) ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 4-5 courses. Classes are taken with American and international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universidad Nebrija.  

LOCATION

Classes are held at the Madrid-Princesa campus of the Universidad Nebrija, in the centrally located neighborhood of Moncloa/Arguelles. The campus is named for its prime location just off Calle de la Princesa, a popular shopping district. ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It takes most students only about 30 minutes to get to school by subway.

COURSE OFFERINGS

This program is a good fit for students who want to significantly improve their Spanish language skills in just one semester, as well as Spanish majors and Spanish minors.

Students will take a Spanish placement test after arrival. The results of your placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in and, therefore, which classes you can take. Available Spanish levels are from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1 (Beginner), A2 (Elementary), B1 (Intermediate), B2.1 (High Intermediate), B2.2 (Advanced), C1 (Superior), and C2 (Native Speakers). You can approximate your Spanish level using the following:

-Beginner level students are those who have not taken Spanish before.
-Elementary/Intermediate level students have completed 1-2 semesters or 2-3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-High Intermediate level students have completed 3-4 semesters or 4-5 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level students have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

Courses for Beginner Level (A1)

Students at the A1 level will take the following 5 classes.

Courses are worth 3 semester credits / 6 ECTS each.

  • CH1001 SPANISH LANGUAGE
    Taught in Spanish
    Course that aims to start in communication in Spanish under a functional and communicative approach. The students approach and acquire basic communicative contents to develop in simple situations of daily life. During the course also materials of sociocultural content are used.

  • CH1011 SPECIFIC GRAMMAR PROBLEMS 
    Taught in Spanish
    Spanish initiation course with a special emphasis on those grammatical difficulties most common in the level. Basic contents of Spanish grammar are studied to reinforce them while applying the grammatical contents to refer to the present, past and future. The written expression is enhanced.

  • CH1021 SPANISH LANGUAGE 
    Taught in Spanish
    Course of initiation to the Spanish language focused on students learning to carry out transactions of daily life and socially interrelated in their context. This course will help improve listening and reading comprehension in situations appropriate to the level.

  • CH2001 SPANISH LANGUAGE 
    Taught in Spanish
    Course that continues at the level of initiation (beginner-intermediate) of Spanish. It focuses into the linguistic functions necessary to be able to function in everyday life and introduces the communicative contents necessary to cover the entire initial level of language.

  • CH1041 SPAIN AND THE SPANIARDS 
    Taught in Spanish
    Current Spanish customs and traditions in everyday life. Presentation of Spain. Spaniards from day to day. Brief newspaper articles and descriptive texts about diverse aspects of the culture are introduced.

Courses for Elementary Level (A2)

Students at the A2 level will take the following 5 classes.

Courses are worth 3 semester credits / 6 ECTS each.

  • CH2010 SPANISH LANGUAGE
    Taught in Spanish
    Continuation course of the initial level with a functional and communicative approach. The linguistic contents that cover the entire initial level are studied and the student is prepared to begin the intermediate level of Spanish. The acquired knowledge is consolidated and the new grammatical and lexical contents are introduced so that the students can describe personal experiences in the past in different communicative situations.

  • CH1051 SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CONVERSATION
    Taught in Spanish
    Complementary Spanish course to develop comprehension and oral and written expression at the lower intermediate level. Students consolidate grammatical content and practice oral expression to acquire greater fluency and confidence in the development of everyday situations and contact with Spain and the way of life of Spaniards.

  • CH2051 CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION
    Taught in Spanish
    Course to learn how to develop a conversation in Spanish and practice some strategies that allow students to gain confidence in oral expression. On the other hand, it deals with the composition and elaboration of different written texts. Activities are carried out in order for students to acquire the fluency necessary to exchange opinions and comment on journalistic articles on current issues.

  • CH1061 SPAIN AND THE SPANIARDS
    Taught in Spanish
    Current Spanish customs and traditions in everyday life. Presentation of Spain. Spaniards from day to day. Brief newspaper articles and descriptive texts about diverse aspects of the culture are introduced.

  • CH2021 SPANISH LANGUAGE
    Taught in Spanish
    Practice communication in Spanish at an intermediate level. Linguistic uses in order to manage in the real world. Use of essential vocabulary and grammar. Discussions about current events and topics of students’ interest.

Courses for Intermediate Level (B1)

Students at the B1 level must take at least one language class (Spanish Language, Specific Grammar Problems, Conversation and Composition, or Conversation and Reading) plus 4 additional courses of their choosing. You may take more than one language class, if you wish.

Intermediate level students must have a total of 7 courses approved by their home institution in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. 

Courses are worth 3 semester credits / 6 ECTS each.

  • CH2061 SPANISH LANGUAGE
    Taught in Spanish
    Intermediate level course with a functional and communicative approach. The linguistic and functional contents of this level are studied as giving and justifying an opinion, expressing in detail personal experiences in the past or, among other things, being able to request specific information, a complaint or explanation about some point of interest. The development of written and oral expression is encouraged.

  • CH2011 SPECIFIC GRAMMAR PROBLEMS
    Taught in Spanish
    Study of the principle problems of Spanish grammar with a special emphasis on the uses of the past and subjunctive. Application, in oral and written practice, of the grammatical contents. Co-requisite: Student must be enrolled in CH2061

  • CH2051 CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION
    Taught in Spanish
    Techniques and strategies for maintaining a conversation. Acquisition of fluidity necessary for exchanging opinions. Comments on articles and texts about modern events.

  • CH2031 CONVERSATION AND READING
    Taught in Spanish
    Course to achieve greater fluency in informal conversations and debates, applying and developing students’ grammatical knowledge, from adapted readings. The objective of the course is to deepen the acquisition of reading strategies, to expand the vocabulary and to practice its use taking care of the different communicative situations (formal or informal).

  • CH2041 DISCOVERING SPAIN
    Taught in Spanish
    Course in which there is a presentation of the different Spanish regions through an introduction to culture, history, gastronomy, monuments and popular festivals. Students’ cultural content is expanded and written and oral expression is practiced through related activities.

  • CH3181 ART IN THE PRADO MUSEUM
    Taught in Spanish
    A course based on a theoretical and practical part, which brings students to Spanish culture through Spanish painting, taking as reference three of its most representative references: El Greco, Velázquez and Goya. The study of these great painters is done by analyzing the historical aspects of the works, as well as the artistic characteristics of composition and style. The minimum level of Spanish required to attend this course is level A2. The course includes five visits to the Prado Museum outside of class time.

  • CH3671 SPANISH FOR TOURISM
    Taught in Spanish
    Course that studies and analyzes the Spanish language applied to the touristic sector focusing on specific areas of this sector such as transport, hotels, travel agencies and tour operators. Class work practices communicative situations as well as performing related tasks, which results on an enrichment of new vocabulary on the subject.

  • CH3421 SPANISH FOR BUSINESS
    Taught in Spanish
    Acquisition and development of the language specifically geared towards legal and economical themes. Read and comment on newspaper articles and specific examples of legal and economical documents.

Courses for High Intermediate Level (B2.1)

Students at the B2.1 level may choose any 4-5 courses from the list below.

High Intermediate level students must have a total of 8 courses approved by their home institution in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. 

Courses are worth 3 semester credits / 6 ECTS each.

  • CH3001 SPANISH LANGUAGE
    Taught in Spanish
    Advanced level course designed to practice oral and written comprehension while acquiring the functional contents of the level through the study and practice of grammatical structures. Throughout the course the students make readings and debates on the content of literary texts or journalistic articles to learn the vocabulary. Also, texts of popular and cult character are treated.

  • CH3011 SPECIFIC GRAMMAR PROBLEMS
    Taught in Spanish
    Course of applied grammar focused on achieving more security with the use of the language and the control of complex grammatical aspects. Special reference to practical applications of learned grammatical structures. Co-requisite: Student must be enrolled in CH3001

  • CH3051 CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION
    Taught in Spanish
    Advanced level course aimed at achieving greater oral fluency in informal conversations, debates and everyday situations, and greater progress in written expression, all through practice through expositions and written works. Special attention is given to the acquisition of idioms and sayings.

  • CH3041 DIVERSE SPAIN
    Taught in Spanish
    Advanced culture course in which aspects such as nature, economic sources, culture and history are studied, as well as the society and way of life in the different autonomies that are in Spain. In addition, in a particular way also the main cities and towns characteristic by their traditions and folklore are treated.

  • CH3061 CONTEMPORARY SPANISH SOCIETY
    Taught in Spanish
    Study of Spanish society: education, work, family, youth, health, leisure, everyday life, worries and values. Analyses are based on diverse materials (articles, questionnaires etc.).

  • CH3131 PANORAMA OF SPANISH LITERATURE
    Taught in Spanish
    Course in which an overview of Spanish literature is carried out from the 15th century to the present day. At the same time that the students know the main literary movements, authors and literary texts more representative by analyzing historical, social and psychological aspects of the Spanish society of the different times.

  • CH4181 ART IN THE PRADO MUSEUM
    Taught in Spanish
    A course based on a theoretical and practical part, which brings students to Spanish culture through Spanish painting, taking as reference three of its most representative references: El Greco, Velázquez and Goya. The study of these great painters is done by analyzing the historical aspects of the works, as well as the artistic characteristics of composition and style. The course includes five visits to the Prado Museum outside of class time.

  • CH4421 SPANISH FOR BUSINESS
    Course of acquisition and development of specific vocabulary related to business Spanish. Readings and commentaries of texts related to the area of the company are carried out, in order, in addition, to increase the intercultural competence of the students.

  • CH4151 SPANISH FOR HEALTH PURPOSES
    Taught in Spanish
    Course of acquisition and development of Spanish with specific purposes for the health field. Through this course students receive informative and specialized texts from the area, as well as understand and produce written messages (parts, reports or diagnoses, among others). Also, students will be able to have conversations about them.

  • CH3171 SPANISH CINEMA AND SOCIETY
    Taught in Spanish
    Panorama of the socio-political evolution of 20th century Spanish society through cinema. Each film represents a decade and is intended to establish a debate focused on the events of that time. Analysis and commentary of films and of the moment they represent.

  • CH3071 ART AND CIVILIZATION
    Taught in Spanish
    Study of the different civilizations that occupied the Iberian Peninsula throughout its history and their contribution to modern-day Spanish culture. Study of the major historical events that have formed our history and society. A study of the most relevant artistic works.

Courses for Advanced level (B2.2), Superior Level (C1), and Native Speakers (C2)

Students at B2.2, C1, and C2 levels may choose any 4-5 courses from the list below. 

Students must have a total of 8 courses approved by their home institution in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. 

Courses are worth 3 semester credits / 6 ECTS each.

  • CH4001 ADVANCED SPANISH LANGUAGE I – B2.2/Advanced level
    Pre-advanced level course in which the linguistic and functional contents of this level are studied, such as speaking in detail about hypothetical situations of the present or the past or explaining a point of view about different facts, knowing how to contribute an opinion with nuances. During the course the most problematic grammatical structures are analysed and the spoken language is given special attention.

  • CH3211 SPECIFIC GRAMMAR PROBLEMS – B2.2/Advanced level
    Pre-advanced level course of applied grammar oriented to promote greater confidence in the use of Spanish and the domain of grammatical aspects that usually generate difficulties in students. During the course, special attention is given to the practical application of the functional contents acquired in the Spanish language course.

  • CH4101 ADVANCED SPANISH LANGUAGE II – C1/Superior level
    Advanced level course in which, in addition to studying linguistic and functional content of the level, deepens in the perfection of the most problematic grammatical structures. Likewise, lexical contents such as sayings or idioms are practiced with intensity.

  • CH4011 ADVANCED SPANISH LANGUAGE – C2/Native Speakers
    Proficiency course in the lexical and formal domain of Spanish that allow students to acquire a knowledge and use of Spanish next to those of a native speaker. In this sense, special attention is given to Spanish through reflection in all its territorial, social and communicative variants in order to be able to understand any type of spoken or written language.

  • CH4041 SPANISH CURRENT TOPICS
    Study of Spanish current topics: youth, education in Spain, women and the family, the work environment and unemployment, leisure time and Spanish values.
    Analyses are based in newspaper articles.

  • CH4051 CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION
    Advanced level course aimed at achieving greater fluency in informal conversations and debates, and progress in written expression. The goal of both oral and written practice is to expand vocabulary and use of idioms and learn to use different communicative registers.

  • CH4191 STUDIES OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE
    Proficiency course focused on the formal elements of the Spanish language from a syntactic, morphological, semantic, phonetic and pragmatic point of view. The course deals with aspects of the evolution of the Spanish language, of the Spanish in the world and of the linguistics applied to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.

  • CH5421 SPANISH FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES
    Course of acquisition and development of specific language for legal and economic topics. Readings and commentaries of journalistic texts and specific examples of legal and economic documents are made. Attention is given to work situations in Spain in order to promote intercultural competence in students.

  • CH4151 SPANISH FOR HEALTH PURPOSES
    Course of acquisition and development of Spanish with specific purposes for the health field. Through this course students receive informative and specialized texts from the area, as well as understand and produce written messages (parts, reports or diagnoses, among others). Also, students will be able to have conversations about them.

  • CH3121 THE SPANISH LANGUAGE IN MASS MEDIA
    A study and analysis of Spanish in the mass media: press, radio, television, marketing, cinema and the Internet from an oral and written approximation.
    Development of techniques for elaborating news, scripts and advertisements, as well as for its publication and editing.

  • CH4071 CONTEMPORARY SPAIN
    Study of the major historical events of the 20th century: crisis of the monarchy, proclamation of the republic, civil war (background and development), post-war, Franco’s regime, and the political transition. Political and socioeconomic aspects that have shaped Spanish life throughout the century.

  • CH4181 ART IN THE PRADO MUSEUM
    A course based on a theoretical and practical part, which brings students to Spanish culture through Spanish painting, taking as reference three of its most representative references: El Greco, Velázquez and Goya. The study of these great painters is done by analyzing the historical aspects of the works, as well as the artistic characteristics of composition and style. The course includes five visits to the Prado Museum outside of class time.

  • CH3171 SPANISH CINEMA AND SOCIETY
    Panorama of the socio-political evolution of 20th century Spanish society through cinema. Each film represents a decade and is intended to establish a debate focused on the events of that time. Analysis and commentary of films and of the moment they represent.

  • CH3091 SPANISH THEATRE IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    A study of the development of Spanish theatre, with a special in-depth study of the following themes: Lorca, the post-war and the present-day period. Students are required to read some complete works and attend theatrical performances whenever possible.

  • CH3081 CONTEMPORARY SPANISH NOVEL
    General view of Spanish prose from the post-war period to the present day. Major movements. Analysis and comments on selected texts. Latest trends. Perspectives of a novel. It is mandatory to read some novels.

  • CH4161 CONTEMPORARY SPANISH PAINTING
    The objective of this course is to know the artistic characteristics of the main contemporary Spanish painters with a work exhibited in the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid. The course focused mainly on the analysis of the works of Gutiérrez Solana, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Antonio Saura. Attention is paid both to the style of the painting and to the period and artistic current to which each of the artists mentioned belongs. The course includes four visits to the Reina Sofía Museum, in addition to the corresponding teaching hours in the classroom.

  • CH5171 SPANISH FOR ACADEMIC AND PRE-PROFESSIONAL USES
    Course that aims to familiarize students with the most common textual genres of academic and pre-professional in Spain. Students will work on different types of written texts while paying special attention to orality.

 
 
Jackie Cimino