Summer in Spain Info Session
Purchase College conducts a five-week summer program in Spain. Students will witness, experience, and explore in-depth the main tenets of Iberian cultural diversity in situ (that is, in the Iberian Peninsula itself). Students will also reinforce their Spanish language skills and knowledge of Spanish Culture by taking: (i) one course on Iberian Cuture(s); and (ii) one Spanish Language class (beginning, intermediate or advanced). The students will be living with Spanish host families and three meals per day will be provided.
The program venue is located in the Basque Country, a non-touristic area of Spain. This program emphasizes the cultural diversity and composition of a foreign country rather than its archetypes, making it unique. Although Spanish will be the predominant language, students will learn crucial notions in today’s world such as the coexistence of two cultures, Spanish and Basque; bilingualism, and national identities in a global world. Students interested in anthropology, ethnicity, nationalism, linguistics, hidden cultures and the Spanish language, can benefit from this unique program in Spain.
The program offers a good number of guided excursions to historically ignificant cities and towns in Spain and the Basque country. Visits, including those that are optional at an additional cost include: Madrid, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Vitoria, San Millán de la Cogolla, Gernika, Mundaka, Plentzia, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and the Vizcaya Bridge.
Faculty Coordinator: Ager Gondra, Assistant Professor of Language and Culture