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  • Locations: Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Modern Languages & Linguistics, Spanish Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program
Housing Options: Homestay 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.


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
Saturday, July 13, 2019 Arrival in Barranquilla, Colombia
Sunday July 14, 2019 Retreat Day at the beach, Puerto Velero, Barranquilla
Monday, July 15, 2019 Reception, orientation and classes at Universidad del Norte
July 16-18, 2019 Regular classes at Universidad del Norte
Friday, July 19, 2019 Culture, Lifestyle & Language module-activities
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Independence Day in Colombia- No activities 
Sunday, July 21, 2019 Free day
July 22-25, 2019 Regular classes at Universidad del Norte
Friday, July 26, 2019  Culture, Lifestyle & Language module-activities
July 27- 28, 2019 Weekend in Cartagena, Colombia 
July 29-August 1, 2019 Regular classes at Universidad del Norte
Friday, August 2, 2019 Culture, Lifestyle & Language module-activities
August 3 & 4, 2019 Weekend in Santa Marta, Colombia
August 5 & 6, 2019 Regular classes at Universidad del Norte
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2019 Independence Day in Colombia- No activities
Friday, August 9, 2019 Culture, Lifestyle & Language module-activities
Saturday, August 10, 2019 Day trip to Usiacuri
Sunday, August 11, 2019 Free day
August 12-15, 2019 Regular classes at Universidad del Norte
Thursday, August 15, 2019 Group Farewell dinner
Friday, August 16, 2019 Classes and Farewell reception
Saturday August 17, 2019 Departure

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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This program is currently not accepting applications.