Study Abroad

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Ubeda Spain Study Abroad Program
Summer Session I 2016
Lead by: Marianella Jara and David Mesa Munoz
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The UNCW Summer Program in Úbeda provides students with an intensive immersion experience in Spanish language and culture. Participants gain a rich knowledge and understanding of the cultures of Spain while studying, researching, and traveling throughout the country and, most importantly, by living with a Spanish host family. Located in the southern region of Spain known as Andalucía, Úbeda was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003 due to its magnificent Renaissance architecture. The city sits on a ridge overlooking the olive groves of the Guadalquivir Valley and is conveniently located close to other famous cities and places of historical interest such as Córdoba, Granada, Málaga, Sevilla, and Valencia. Úbeda is a small, intimate city that is safe for students, who can walk everywhere they need to go. It is an ideal place to study Spanish, offering quiet parks and plazuelas, majestic churches, labyrinthine streets, friendly locals, and fabulous culture and history.

Santiago, Dominican Republic
Summer Session II 2016
Lead by: Dr. Amanda Boomershine and Dr. L. J. Randolph

The Community Engagement and Advanced Cultural Studies in the Dominican Republic program provides students with the opportunity to study world cultures in real-life, contemporary contexts and become empowered as champions of social justice in their own classrooms. In addition, this program will equip students to evaluate large-scale impacts of historical, linguistic, economic, political, cultural, and artistic perspectives on individuals and societies and engage students in opportunities to promote a culture of tolerance and social justice in their immediate communities and throughout the world. In each course, students will continually be involved in self-reflection as they engage in research and critical discourse on such highly nuanced issues as race, power, language, politics, sexual identity, and citizenship in contemporary Dominican society.

Valparaíso, Chile
Dates TBA
Lead by: Valerie Rider
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The name "Valparaíso" means valley of paradise. Students who study abroad in Chile soon see: the name fits! Valpo and its beautiful sister city, Viña del Mar, are located on the Pacific Ocean, in Chile's temperate fifth region. Now in its tenth consecutive year, the Chile program offers students the opportunity for true immersion in the Spanish language, as well as excursions ranging from the intellectual and cultural to the great outdoors. Our program provides plenty of time for free exploration and cultural appreciation, yet students also love their warm , loving host family experience. A geographic wonder, Valparaíso is a city of hills, ascensores (cable cars so you can get to the top of those hills), and panoramic vistas and sunsets that takes one's breath away. UNCW courses offered are SPN 302 and SPN 303, both of which count toward the major and the minor.

Semester in Santander, Spain
Summer 2016
Led by: Prof. Nella Jara and Michael Gordon

Through the N.C. Consortium for Study Abroad, UNCW students can study at the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, during the fall or spring semesters. This program gives students the opportunity to spend a semester in the coastal city of Santander, taking up to 15 hours of 300- and 400-level credit in classes in Spanish geography, literature, art, history and language.

Santander is a beautiful city of 200,000 people set on a sparkling bay on Spain's northern coast, approximately 300 miles from Madrid and 150 miles from the French border. A major part of the Semester in Spain Program is the travel beyond Santander made available to students. These usually include three daytrips and a four-day tour to Madrid, Segovia and Toledo as well as a weekend trip to a city like Salamanca or Barcelona.

Students are housed in carefully selected homestays located within easy access to the universidad, downtown and the beaches. Airfare, tuition, housing, health insurance, daily meals, laundry service and all group trips are included in the price of the program. For more information about the Santander program, please consult the Semester in Spain website or contact Marinella Jara and/or Michael Gordon.