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Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Abby Hall Grubbs
Minimum Class Level: Freshman Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 2 course credits Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: Good standing
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Arts & Humanities, Arts and Media, Global Cultural Studies, International Comparative Studies, Literature, Social Sciences, Spanish and Latin American Studies
Duke Administered Program?: Yes
Program Description:

This 6-week Duke summer program, hosted in the capital city of Madrid, is designed to offer its participants an introduction to the history and culture of Spain through a combination of course work, lectures, visits to cities, villages, and landscapes, and other on-site experiences (serious flamenco events, concerts, nightlife, gastronomic experimentation). It also provides an ideal opportunity to hear and speak Spanish in a number of cultural environments. Academic guidance is provided by Duke Department of Romance Studies Visiting Assistant Professor, Marcos Canteli Vigón. In addition, Spanish professors and lecturers will expose participants to a rigorous understanding of the unique historical experience of Spain both in its imperial history and as a modern nation. Special attention will be paid to examining the cultural ties of Spain with Europe. 

 

Class instruction complements other program activities that include three overnight trips to other cities and areas of Spain (please see course descriptions below); guided visits to the Prado and other museums; nights spent at Casa Patas, redoubt of traditional flamenco music; tours of El Escorial Palace and Segovia; cultural walks through Madrid (to the Retiro Gardens, the Austrian and Bourbon quarters; Malasaña); and an excellent introduction to Spanish cuisine. Students will also be encouraged and given guidance to travel in small groups to areas not already covered in general program activities.