The theme for the Fall 2013 Study Abroad Program will be "Transatlantic Borders & Identities." Below you will find information on classes, dates, and application procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the Study Abroad office at your institution. Because this program is less than 90 days, you do not have to get a Spanish Student Visa. If you decide to stay beyond 90 days, however, you will need to apply for a Student Visa through your regional Spanish Consulate.
PROGRAM DATES FOR FALL 2013
September 2: Airport Pickup
September 3-4: Mandatory Orientation
September 5: Classes Begin
September 5-25: First Block
October 2-24: Second Block
October 9: Cervantes' Day (Holiday: No Classes)
November 1: All Saints' Day (Holiday: No Classes)
November 4-21: Third Block
September 5-November 21: Mandatory Spanish Culture Course
November 21: Program and Classes End
FALL 2013 COURSES
First Block: " American Writers Abroad: 1865-Present" - Dr. Kathryn Nuernberger, University of Central Missouri, USA
Course Description: In this course you will read some of the most beloved and respected American literature written after the Civil War by writers who, like yourselves, embraced the challenge of leaving the familiar comfort zone of their home country and cultures, including Mark Twain, Henry James, William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, and more.
Second Block: "Demos and Democratic Institutions in Neighboring European Union States" - Dr. Daniel Silander, Linneaus University, Sweden
Course Description: Spokespersons in major European Union member states, such as France, Germany and the U.K., have argued that the Union faces, besides major financial difficulties, political and institutional challenges to include more member states. By referring to the EU’s “absorption incapacity” and “enlargement fatigue”, increasing the number of member states may be highly problematic. Therefore, what will happen to demos and democratic institutions in neighboring states in eastern Europe/Central Asia? May the European Union continue to symbolize an attractive normative community of demos and democratic institutions without offering the membership carrot to neighboring states? Is the new EU strategy of “Be like Us, but not One of us” a viable, efficient strategy to promote one common European identity based on democratic rights and liberties?
Third Block: "Race, Ethnicity, and Belonging in 21st Century American and Europe" - Mr. Eric Leise, University of South Dakota, USA
Course Description: Race and ethnicity act as a nexus around which a person forms a sense of self and belonging in modern, pluralistic societies. In the political realm, race and ethnicity are treated as static identities that carry with them cultural understandings of citizenship, immigration, civil rights, social status, participation in the labor market, and access to public goods. The ‘age of multiculturalism,’ however, transformed race and ethnicity into contestable, dynamic, and transitory identities, thus changing the landscape in which people construct and negotiate an ‘ethnicized’ self. Why do we ‘need’ ethnic or racial identities? How important are these identities in Europe and America? What are the historical and social roots of these identities? What means do people use to express a racial/ethnic identity, and for what purpose? How can we identify and measure social belonging, and how is belonging expressed?
Full Term: "Introduction to Spain" - Professor Stephen James Mullan, Instituto Franklin-University of Alcala
Course Description: This course will provide a broad overview of Spanish civilization and culture, from its prehistory to the present day. Spain’s significance in the history of thought and deed will be examined in wider international contexts, particularly those pertaining to Western Europe and America. Students will survey Spanish culture in its many diverse representations, examining cultural expressions in terms of their perceived universality and authenticity.Topics will be linked to questions of politico-cultural identity in contemporary Spain.
Service Learning Project: Students may also participate in a for-credit Service Learning project as part of the CTSS Alcala Study Abroad program. International Center staff at the Instituto Franklin (University of Alcala) will work to find a project that meets your personal and academic interests and goals. There is an additional cost for participating in the Service Learning component. (See below.)
APPLICATION INFORMATION & DEADLINES
Each Consortium Member institution has its own Study Abroad office and application process and criteria. Please meet with the Study Abroad staff on your home campus to learn more about this program and application deadlines. After you apply through your home institution, you will need to submit additional materials--medical information, flight itinerary and passport information, a housing questionairre, and a program registration form--to the University of Alcala. You may get these documents from the Study Abroad Office on your home university campus.
Students from Non-Member Institutions: If your university is not a member of the CTSS, please contact Dr. Philip Hull at the University of Central Missouri for information on how to apply.
PROGRAM COSTS & FINANCIAL AID
Some program costs may vary, and each university may have its own policies and provisions for internal application fees, home university tuition, other associated fees and inclusions, and application of financial aid. The costs below reflect only those program costs in Alcala.
Program Cost: 4000 Euros (approx. $5300 USD) - Non-Service Learning Option
Program Cost: 4600 Euros (approx. $6100 USD) - Service Learning Option
Program Cost Includes:
- Airport pickup (if you arrive on published date)
- Accommodations in apartment-style housing
- On-site support from Institute International Center staff
- Administrative costs
- Spanish Culture course
- Access to library and computer lab facilities on campus
- Bus transportation in Alcala: 120€ (approx. four months)
- Food: 800€ (approx. four months)
- Extra-curricular travel (if you wish to travel around Spain or other destinations)
- Airfare to Madrid-Barajas airport: $800-$1200 (approx)
- Books and class supplies: 120€ (approx. four months)
- Laundry: 10€ (approx. per week)
Financial Aid & Scholarships: CTSS does not provide scholarship assistance. Please visit with your home institution's Study Abroad advisor to discuss scholarships and whether your current aid packet may apply to this program.
*Students wishing to stay in Alcala after the end of the Third Block are not guaranteed housing and may be subject to additional charges and fees for services beyond that date.