Immersion Studies in Spanish

May 24-June 21, 2014

Barcelona

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Gordon College will be offering 6 hours of credit for language study in Barcelona. You can receive credit at the beginning or intermediate level or in conversation at the 2000 level. If you've had no college Spanish, you'll get six hours of Beginning Spanish.  If you have had one year of Beginning Spanish at the college-level and earned a C or higher, you will receive 6 hours of intermediate credit.  If you have had Intermediate Spanish, you'll be registered for Spanish 2201 and 2202, Spanish Conversation.  (Credit is contingent, of course, on satisfactory completion of the course of study.)  You will take Spanish courses 20 hours a week. 

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You'll be taken on afternoon excursions twice a week, to museums, parks, cathedrals, or buildings of architectural interest, and on Saturday or Sunday, if you stay in town, you may be taken on longer excursions to places like Montserrat, a monastery hidden away in the mountains, or Tibidabo, the highest point in Barcelona.  The rest of your time is your own.

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Barcelona, a city of 3 million people, is located on the Mediterranean Sea. Students are never bored in Barcelona. Most spend their first few afternoons on the beach, but the city has much more than that to offer. La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), a cathedral by the world famous architect Antoni Gaudí, fascinates natives and tourists. Barcelona also boasts several other unusual Gaudí buildings. On the way to the zoo and the Parc de la Ciutadella, you pass the Picasso Museum. The Gothic Neighborhood is the oldest part of the city; the graffiti on the walls is older than the U.S.A. Güell Park is famous for its tile mosaics, especially the dragon.

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The city also has two amusement parks. One is on Montjuïc, where the 1992 summer Olympics were held, and you can tour the stadium. The Ramblas, the most famous street in Barcelona, is a sight in itself. It is lined with street performers of all sorts—from clowns to impersonators to flamenco dancers. Shopping in Barcelona is often akin to shopping in Mexico. The Pakistani men who own the tourist shops along the Ramblas stand in the doorway and try to entice you inside the shop, where they’ll often say to female students, "Special price—just for American girls!" You can bargain with them much the same way that you do in Mexico. Once you have your quota of tourist items, you can go to other areas of the city to buy what the natives do. You find everything from mall shops to "Todo a Cien" ("Everything for 100 pesetas") stores. On the Ramblas there is also a famous food market. There you can buy fresh fruit of all sorts, usually more cheaply than in the U.S. In 2013, strawberries were about 85 cents per pound.

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Your four weeks in Barcelona mean 3 weekends, and you may travel out of town on the weekends if you like.  Several low budget airlines, such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet, and Vueling, make flying from country to country considerably cheaper than flying from state to state.  Within Spain, you can fly Iberia, SpanAir, or Air Europa or take the train or bus. You can visit Pamplona, where the bulls run, or go to Granada to see the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish palace about which Washington Irving wrote.

The cost is $3350; this includes lodging with a Spanish family, 2 meals a day, tuition, and insurance. Please note: this does not include airfare, because individual airfare in February is cheaper than group airfare earlier in the school year.  But also note that it DOES include tuition, which most programs do not include in their price, & airfare is cheaper than tuition.  Do some comparison shopping. You will probably find that there is no program in which you can spend 4 weeks in Europe and get 6 hours of credit for any less.

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Classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  2:00 is the normal lunch hour in Spain (some restaurants don’t even open until 12:30 or 1:00), but there are sandwich places where you can get a snack near the school.  You’re expected to be in class and alert at 9:30, although you are allowed 4 hours of absence, which you’ll probably want to use to make an extended weekend trip to a place like Venice or London.

Below is a summary of the information. Consider learning Spanish in Barcelona!

Cost: $3350  (for Georgia residents; non-residents pay an additional $250)

Included: lodging with a Spanish family, two meals a day, tuition, insurance
Not included: air transportation, ground transportation in the U.S. and Europe, passport, lunches, spending money, entrance fees to sites of interest, books, extra excursions required of colloquium students
Dates: May 24-June 21, 2014

Courses: Beginning Spanish (SPAN 1001 and 1002)

                Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 2001 and 2002)

                Spanish Conversation (SPAN 2201 and 2202)*

    Colloquium in Spanish Art & Architecture – a two-hour course that requires a level of fluency in Spanish
Credit: 6 semester hours (5 if the colloquium is taken)

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Application deadline: February 3**

 Payment schedule:  February 3               $650 non-refundable deposit  ($700 for non-residents)

         March 3                      $1350 non-refundable payment ($1450 for non-residents)

                                 April 3                    $1350 non-refundable payment ($1450 for non-residents) 

See note on application regarding penalties for late payments.

 

NOTE: Airlines now allow only ONE PIECE OF LUGGAGE per customer.  An extra suitcase costs around $200 more.  Suitcases may weigh no more than 50 pounds each. 

       If they weigh over 50 lbs., you will be charged for the extra weight.

*Some of the four-year institutions in the University System of Georgia have allowed SPAN 2201 and 2202 to transfer as 3000-level courses.

**Applications may be accepted after this date if there is space available. 

 

Contact: Karen Guffey
             Gordon College
             419 College Drive                                                                                                                  
             Barnesville, GA 30204
             678-359-5232
              k_guffey@gordonstate.edu

 

Course syllabus (includes sites of weekly excursions and links with information)  Click here

to go to grammar Power Point presentations over material due both before departure

and in Barcelona.

Pre-departure survey (to be completed only when instructions are received from the program director)

Application materials for Gordon College students
Application materials for students from other colleges

Note:  You MUST be accepted to Gordon College as a transient student by February 24

            If you are not accepted to Gordon College by February 24, you lose your spot

            in the program and forfeit your deposit.  If you are eventually accepted by Gordon,

you may reapply (no extra deposit required), but your spot will not be held for you,

and you may very well have lost it by the time you’re accepted.  Getting accepted is

a matter of getting the required paperwork done.

 

       Important note: This is NOT a party program!  While students normally go to clubs in the evening,

                                       they are still expected to be in class and alert at 9:30 each morning. 

 

 

Program alumni (may be contacted for information about program from previous years):

 

Gordon Students   

 

2013 program

 

Charlie charliec@gordonstate.edu

Jessica jf140163@gordonstate.edu

Olivia og169669@gordonstate.edu

                                                      

2011 program

 

Miranda singmyhartout1@gmail.com

 

2009 program

 

Ariel           arielrains22@yahoo.com

Stephanie   stephanielltt927@gmail.com

Amber        ar125752@gordonstate.edu

Katie          kmtx3@bellsouth.net

Blair           bh301095@gordonstate.edu

 

2007 program

 

Frances   fadame04@yahoo.com

Chris       chrisroberts_3@yahoo.com

 

2006 program

 

Victor      VR050870@gordonstate.edu

Lydia       lydialandham@aol.com

Megan     megan.michelle.mimbs@student.mercer.edu

Jeff          JA090270@gordonstate.edu

Taina       taibrezault@hotmail.com

 

2005 program

Melissa      MelissaBrooke421@aol.com

Amanda    Amanda_Ruth_1121@hotmail.com              

Cassie        cassiecone@hotmail.com

Leah           leelee020384@yahoo.com  

Jennifer      JNBUGGA@aol.com

    

 

2004 program                                                                                     

Kristen       Kris135@aol.com          

Rachel        rachel532@juno.com                  

Meredith    mers93@hotmail.com                                  

Carolyn      carolynj22@juno.com      

 

 

2003 program

                                                                                         

Ashley      ashleyann19@hotmail.com

Kit             kithunter1210@hotmail.com            

Kelly         ksc197@hotmail.com     

Veronica   MissVLC20@aol.com       

 

 

2002 program

 

Ashley     I43Carlton@aol.com  

Edie         lagranedetc@aol.com                                    

John         johnbaughcum@hotmail.com    

Joda         gacandyman@yahoo.com        

Addie       addieb@excite.com                

Jeannine   j_nine23@hotmail.com         

 

 

2001 program                                               

 

Dana        princess_dlp23@hotmail.com

Charlie    CharlieWaters@aol.com      

Justin       JustinTB44@aol.com   

Christy    christina_powers@hotmail.com  

Emilie     emiliegordon@yahoo.com

 

 

West Georgia Students

 

2013 program

 

Joelle joellechiasson@yahoo.com

Chazz chazzworth@gmail.com

 

2011 program

 

Jennifer  jmannin3@my.westga.edu

 

2005 program

 

Alaina       purplechameleon@hotmail.com

Shelly       shellymelinda@gmail.com

Siska         siskawilliams@yahoo.com

Justin        jaws0169@hotmail.com      

 

UGA Students

 

2009 program

 

Ren  wedwardsjr@gmail.com

 

2007 program

 

Elizabeth   egodbey@uga.edu

Chad        cminter@uga.edu

 

2005 program

 

Spencer    spencert@uga.edu

Katie        bigsis@uga.edu

 

 

2003 program

 

Kara        kml320@uga.edu

Michael   260mike@msn.com

Ryan        rjcurran@uga.edu

 

 

2002 program

 

Jennifer   bryant0@excite.com   

Lauren     brwn8girl@hotmail.com               

 

 

Georgia State students

 

2013 program

 

Alaina adanzi1@student.gsu.edu

Savannah ssiniard1@student.gsu.edu

 

2007 program

 

Sandy      sandycohen930@yahoo.com

 

2006 program

 

Heather   heather.harris917@hotmail.com

Ashley     abanton1@student.gsu.edu

 

 

2005 program

 

Ava        avakatherineward@yahoo.com    

 

 

2004 program

 

Nicki       nhkim100@hotmail.com

Amie       amielaurel@hotmail.com

 

 

2003 program

 

Robin       ROBINMTAG@aol.com

 

 

2002 program

 

Kat          ksakprasit@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

      

 

Financial aid web sites:

 

Chafin-Smith Scholarship

     (available only to students enrolled at Gordon College Fall 2013)

 

www.fastweb.com

http://www.braintrack.com/financial-aid-articles 

http://education-portal.com/articles/Applying_for_Student_Aid_-_Filling_out_the_FAFSA.html

www.aifs.org

www.collegecash.com

www.collegescholarships.com

http://exchanges.state.gov/education/educationusa/

www.finaid.org

www.freschinfo.com

www.iie.org/gilman/

www.iie.org

www.iefa.org/

www.internationalscholarships.com

www.petersons.com/resources/finance.html

www.studyabroad.com/forum/financial_aid.html

www.absolutelyscholarships.com

www.collegefunds.net

www.scholarships-education.com

www.financialaid.com

www.grantsnet.org/

www.srnexpress.com/index.cfm

www.cashe.com

www.embark.com

www.collegenet.com

www.finaid.org/finaid/awards.htm

www.freschinfo.com

www.gocollege.com

www.salliemae.com

www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/Students/

www.fasa.com

www.finaid.org

www.vasfaa.org

www.studyabroadloans.com

 

 

Information on Barcelona

 

Places in Barcelona

WhatBarcelona.com