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  • Locations: Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Area of Study: Modern Languages & Linguistics, Spanish Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Other Faculty Leader: Milvia Hernandez
Program Description:
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Course Overview:
All courses will be held at the Instituto de Idiomas of the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Participants who successfully completing all the requirements in the two courses will earn a total of seven (7) UMBC undergraduate credits.

 

SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 301, or SPAN 302: (4 credits): Students will earn credits in SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 301, or SPAN 302 depending on their placement in the program. Participants arriving in Barranquilla will take a Spanish placement exam. Students are then divided into different language level groups according to their language ability as determined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Each language level has a modular structure focusing on a particular skill, while also utilizing other methods to improve on existing knowledge.

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MLL 300: Colombian Caribbean Culture in an Intercultural Perspective (3 credits): This course covers representative intercultural topics of the region. Through a series of site visits, visual presentations and lectures, the course provides students with a significant exposure to the society, history, art, literature, and music of the Colombian Caribbean region from colonization until the present. This course gives students the opportunity to sharpen their critical and analytic skills as well as intercultural awareness in order to become more literate global citizens by combining academic and experiential learning.   

The Country:
Located on the northern coast of Colombia, Barranquilla is the largest industrial city and port in the Caribbean region of Colombia; it is Colombia's fourth most populous city. Thanks to its strategic geographical position in the Latin American Caribbean, the city is the cultural epicenter of the entire region. The culture of the city and the region is described as “tricultural” (AfroCaribbean, indigenous, and European), making it an ideal place for living and studying a notably diverse and intercultural population. The city is rich in folk music, art and literature. Further, the warmth and friendliness of its people, its sunny and tropical environment, its growing industry and the high academic quality of its educational institutions make Barranquilla an ideal city for international students to improve their Spanish language skills and develop their intercultural competency.
 
Faculty Overview: 
Mrs. Milvia Hernandez is from Barranquilla, Colombia, and moved to the U.S. after receiving her BA in Educational Psychology. After receiving her MA in Second Language Acquisition and Application from the University of Maryland, College Park, she became a lecturer and language coordinator for Spanish at UMBC. Her passion is teaching and she hopes to bring as many UMBC students as possible to Barranquilla to improve their Spanish skills while experiencing a country that is rich with history and culture. 
 
Tentative Itinerary:
   
Itinerary Subject to Change
Monday, June 5, 2018 Welcome reception at the university and Regular classes.
Tuesday, June 6, 2018 Regular classes
Wednesday, June 7, 2018 Regular classes.
Thursday, June 8, 2018 Regular classes.
Friday, June 9, 2018 Cultural activities and events. 
Saturday, June 10, 2018 Cartagena visit.
Sunday, June 11, 2018 Cartagena visit.
Monday, June 12, 2018 Regular classes.
Tuesday, June 13, 2018 Regular classes.
Wednesday, June 14, 2018 Regular classes. 
Thursday, June 15, 2018 Regular classes.
Friday, June 16, 2018 Cultural activities and events.
Saturday June 17, 2018 Santa Marta and Aracataca visit.
Sunday June 18, 2018 Santa Marta and Aracataca visit.
Monday, June 19, 2018 Regular classes.
Tuesday, June 20, 2018 Regular classes.
Wednesday, June 21, 2018 Regular classes.
Thursday, June 22, 2018 Regular classes.
Friday, June 23, 2018 Cultural activities and events.
Saturday, June 24, 2018 Usiacuri visit.
Sunday, June 25, 2018 A day at the beach
Monday, June 26, 2018 Regular classes.
Tuesday, June 27, 2018 Regular classes.
Wednesday, June 28, 2018 Regular classes.
Thursday, June 29, 2018 Regular classes.
Friday, June 30, 2018 Cultural activities and events.
Saturday, July 1, 2018 Students on their own.
Sunday, July 2, 2018 Students on their own.
Monday, July 3, 2018 Farwell reception at the Instituto de Idiomas.
Tuesday, July 4, 2018 Departing to USA.
   

Cost overview: 
To get a detailed view of the program costs as well as other estimated costs, please see the program budget
  
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For more information contact the
UMBC Study Abroad Office at: sao@umbc.edu




This program is currently not accepting applications.