The USAC programs in Spain open an academic window on the Spanish and Basque people, introducing you to the rich diversity of the Iberian Peninsula. As a USAC student you have the opportunity to study intensive Spanish or Basque and to take elective courses in English or Spanish in a variety of subjects such as European Union, Spanish Culture and Civilization, Art History, International Environmental Health, Contemporary Spanish Cinema, and Foundations of Western Culture. The USAC program is located at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, a beautiful city built on three hills surrounding a crescent shaped bay known worldwide for its beaches. The programs include field trips for USAC students to areas of interest in and around the Basque Country as well as an optional tour of Madrid. The San Sebastian program offers intensive language study up to two years of university language requirements may be met in one semester. This city provides the optimum environment for study of the geographic, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the Basque Country and of the Iberian Peninsula. San Sebastian has the highest level of bilingualism of any of the areas cities all of its inhabitants speak Spanish and about one third speak Basque as well. Program fees include tuition, housing, orientation, health insurance, field trips and entry to some museums and cultural events.
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Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool are all in the state of Victoria. Victoria is Australia’s smallest mainland state but has the second largest population, with approximately 5.2 million people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It is a place of great contrasts—ocean beaches and mountain ranges, deserts and forests, volcanic plains and vast sheep and wheat farms. Victoria has national parks and forests teeming with wildlife; wineries, lakes and mountains offering climbing, hiking and skiing and the magnificent Great Ocean Road coastline, Australia’s premier surfing destination. The state has long been regarded as the cultural center of Australia, with a historic architectural elegance that characterizes the capital, Melbourne, and the regional cities. Victorians combine a strong cultural tradition with a contemporary and relaxed lifestyle, a distinct sense of community and a passionate interest in sports. Victoria also is the major center of education and research in Australia.
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The La Habana summer program offers an unparalleled opportunity to visit this enchanting island and legendary city to learn about its culture and society. It will also provide a unique occasion for understanding—firsthand—the multiple layers of history that make Cuba significant in North America and in Latin America. The courses will examine not only the history of former Spanish colonies, but also the twentieth-century, during which Cuba played a significant geopolitical role. The Habana summer program will give you the opportunity to experience the past, present, and future realities of Cuban society and its fusion of Spanish, African, and American flavors to create a rich culture of its own. The La Habana program consists of one 5-week session offering academic coursework in history, society, politics, and culture studies. Many of these courses include enticing field trips offering hands-on experience with the subject matter, such as Old Habana, Matanzas, Pinar del Río, a tobacco factory, and Varadero Beach. The session begins with several days of orientation and lectures in Costa Rica before departure for Cuba. The courses for the La Habana program focus on the history and society of Cuba, with particular attention focused on exploring the impact of slavery and Cuba's African roots on its culture and religions, as well as the present-day political and economic factors Cuba faces in its future. If you are interested in studying Spanish language in preparation for several weeks in Cuba, the first summer session in Costa Rica can be paired with the La Habana summer session for intensive language study.