The Department offers Foreign Study Programs in the Spanish language in Madrid, Spain and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Students participating in the Foreign Study Program live with families and take three courses: Contemporary Issues, Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Literature. In Contemporary Issues, students read about, discuss and debate current issues and problems affecting the country of residence. The Cultural Heritage course focuses on historical development in Spain and Latin America through art, architecture, music, and popular culture. In the Contemporary Literature course, students read modern poetry, drama and fiction written by major Latin American and Spanish authors. The courses are taught by local faculty and by the accompanying Dartmouth faculty member. Two major credits are offered in each of the programs.
The prerequisites for the FSP are Spanish 20 (offered every term) and one of the following survey courses: Spanish 32 (fall term only), Spanish 31 (Winter term only), or Spanish 30 (Spring term only). The prerequisite for Spanish 20 is Spanish 9 or the equivalent (those students returning from a Spanish LSA may enroll directly into Spanish 20). The student may apply and be accepted to the program before taking either Spanish 20 or one of the 30-level survey courses, but must complete the prerequisite prior to the FSP into which he or she has been accepted.
Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant, intellectual, and artistic capitals of the Americas. A major cosmopolitan city, Buenos Aires boasts over 50 theaters, a wealth of architectural monuments, numerous active cultural centers, and a lively art world. The program aims to expose students to Argentine literature, history, and society through classroom work as well as excursions, site visits, and personal contact with families. The Argentina program provides the student the opportunity to study Spanish language, Latin American literature and civilization on an advanced level. Classes are taught at the UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) by local faculty as well as by the Dartmouth faculty member. A private university, the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa is a modern institution built on an American model. Its extensive facilities (library, study area, coffee shops, parks, and sports facilities) offer an excellent environment for exchange between Dartmouth students and their Argentine counterparts. The program includes two major excursions (a weekend in Colonia and Montevideo, Uruguay; and a trip to a ranch/estancia). A week-long break also offers ideal opportunity to travel within Argentina.
The Spanish foreign study program features instruction by the Dartmouth faculty member and several Spanish colleagues at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid, capital of Spain since 1561, is a major cosmopolitan city whose wealth of architectural monuments and historical associations, museums and centers for theater, music, and the arts make it an exciting place for the study of Spanish culture past and present. The university, a young and dynamic center for advanced study established in 1968, has a modern campus with extensive facilities and a distinguished faculty, as well as many opportunities for exchange between Dartmouth students and their Spanish counterparts. In addition to a full academic schedule, the term abroad includes a week-long break for travel within the Iberian Peninsula and opportunities for group excursions to sites of artistic and natural beauty. The principal objective is an in-depth experience of the life and culture of contemporary Spain. This goal is approached through the substantive courses as well as through the homestay and social interaction with Spaniards.
Last Updated: 9/29/11