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Northwest Missouri State University


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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."
"Si le hablas a un hombre [o mujer] en una lengua que él [ella] entiende, el mensaje se queda en su mente. Si le hablas en su propia lengua, el mensaje se queda en su corazón."
‒ Nelson Mandela

 

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en Español (in Spanish)

Tanto en nuestro actual mundo "Global" como en la historia de la humanidad, la importancia de aprender más de una lengua ha sido un aspecto crítico para el desarrollo del entendimiento mutuo entre las culturas, como se puede leer en las palabras de Mandela.  Personalmente, nunca he visto sonrisas más grandes que en las ocasiones en que saludo en su propia lengua a una persona. Hasta este mínimo esfuerzo para acercarnos a una persona paga los más altos dividendos en la carrera para alcanzar la armonía.

Entonces, ¿por qué estudiar español o tener una experiencia de inmersión en un país o comunidad hispano-hablante?  Lógico, si eres estudiante de cualquier especialidad en Español esta es una "necesidad".  Esta experiencia de primera mano no sólo te hará ganar gran conocimiento y comprensión de la lengua que te encanta, sino que también te proporcionará amistades para toda la vida que traspasarán las fronteras.  Ganarás una nueva visión del mundo en que vives al mismo tiempo que entenderás mejor tu propia cultura y posiblemente apreciarás más lo que tienes aquí.

En las palabras de quien fuera el "Primer Emperador del Mundo Antiguo Conocido", Alejandro Magno:

"Tener otra lengua, es poseer una segunda alma."

Este macedonio lo aprendió de primera mano también. Alejandro Magno fue la primera persona en dominar todo el Mundo Antiguo desde su natal Grecia hasta la península Indica. Pero fue también el primero en adoptar las costumbres y lenguas locales de los pueblos conquistados y en mezclarlos con sus propias costumbres macedonas. Su reinado fue la primera "caldera de fundido" de lenguas, pueblos y culturas.

Por el lado práctico, la experiencia normal y naturalmente dispara tus habilidades de la lengua. Una experiencia de inmersión significa 24 horas al día del uso de la lengua, los usos cotidianos que son imposibles de adquirir en el salón de clases se volverán rutinarios mientras vivas con una familia local.

También experimentarás un aumento en tu confianza para usar la lengua. Los estudiantes que regresan de los programas de Estudios en el Extranjero normalmente se vuelven más activos en las clases y en los clubes y organizaciones de lenguas y en organizaciones interculturales y multiculturales.  La confianza y las habilidades en la lengua que recién han adquirido son excelentes agentes motivadores para hacer más que sólo asistir a clases.

Finalmente, esta experiencia se verá muy bien en tu curriculum vitae cuando estés list@ para empezar tu carrera profesional.  Esto te puede dar la ventaja entre obtener tu trabajo ideal o no.

Mi consejo final para todos los estudiantes que están aprendiendo una segunda o tercera lengua es, "empieza a ahorrar para comprar tu boleto a una experiencia que cambiará tu vida para siempre: estudiar una lengua extranjera en un país donde es la primera lengua."

Por favor, ponte en contacto con la Oficina de Estudios en el Extranjero y con nuestros profesores de Español en el Departamento de Inglés y Lenguas Modernas para empezar a planear tus estudios en el extranjero.  Si eres un estudiante de la especialización debes hacerlo, pero ¡te encantará!

in English (en Inglés)

Both in our current "global" world as well as in the historical past, the importance of learning more than one language has been critical for the developing of mutual understanding among cultures, as noted in Mandela’s words above. 

Personally, I have never seen bigger smiles than in the moments when I say “Hello!” to a person in their own language.  Even that minimal effort to get closer to a person pays great dividends in our race to live in harmony.

So, why study abroad or have an immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking country or community?  Well, if you are a major/minor student of the language it is a "must".  Not only will you gain great knowledge, understanding and firsthand experience of the language you love, but also you will make friendships that will last a lifetime and will go beyond borders. You will acquire a new sense of the world and at the same time a better understanding of your own culture, and possibly an improved gratitude for what you take for granted. 

In the words of the first "Ruler of the known World of Old", Alexander the Great:

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

This Macedonian learned this firsthand as well. Alexander the Great was the first person to rule over the entire Ancient World from his Greek land to the Indian peninsula.  But he was also the first one to adopt the local uses and languages of the peoples he conquered and blend them into his own Macedonian customs. His rule was the first "melting pot" of languages, peoples and cultures.

On the other hand, the experience normally and naturally is a boosts for your language skills.  Immersion in a language means 24/7 use of it, practical everyday uses of the language that cannot be acquired sitting in classroom will become routine while you are abroad living with a local family. 

Improvement in your confidence to use the language will bloom, too.  Students returning from a study abroad program normally become more active in the classroom and in our Languages clubs and organization and Intercultural and Multicultural organization.  Their newly acquired confidence and language skills are excellent motivators to want to do more than just attend classes. 

Finally, the experience makes a great selling point in your resume when you are ready to start your career. This can give you the edge between being hired in your ideal job, or not.

My final advice to all students learning a second or third language is: "start saving for your ticket to an experience that can change your life forever: studying a language in a country where it is spoken as the first/main language."

Please, contact the Study Abroad office and our Spanish professors in the Department of Language, Literature and Writing to start planning your experience abroad.  If you are a student in the major you needed, but you will love it!

Guidelines for Individualized Minors

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Semester and Year Programs Abroad

ISEP

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ISEP Program Brochure
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Language and Culture Programs are available for students who have some prior coursework in the host language.  This option is available at many sites including Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and Spain.  Summer options in some countries are also available. 

Immersion in the host university is available if you are fluent or have taken two or more years of college-level courses in the language.  You should feel comfortable participating in regular courses with local students.  Many sites also offer intensive language programs (“pre-sessions”) before the semester begins or supplemental courses during the academic year to help you adjust.  Read the Language section in the site’s Directory for complete information.

ISEP-Spanish-at-a-Glance (US Students)



 


 

Magellan: Costa Rica & Spain

Latin American University of Science & Technology: Magellan     cr1

San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Brochure

Costa Rica is a small country, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. ULACIT is located on the outskirts of San Jose, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. San Jose is bustling with commerce and an improved tourism industry. Located in a tropical rainforest, San Jose offers easy access to nearby sites such as Arenal volcano, Monteverde Rainforest, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Business, Liberal Arts. Students typically enroll in 4 courses, worth the equivalent of 12 US credits/24 ECTS units. To view the course offerings, click here. (Note: The I Cuatrimestre contains the lowest level courses, while the VIII Cuatrimestre contains the highest level courses. Courses are available during three semesters: the January, May and September terms.) In addition to the courses shown via the link above, there are some liberal arts/culture courses that are typically available (e.g., music appreciation, drama, history of art, and singing).

Language Courses

ULACIT does not automatically offer Spanish language courses each semester. However, a special language program can be arranged for approximately  an additional fee.request.

 


  

Valencia Polytechnic University

Location: Valencia, Spain
Program Brochure

About UPV

This is a young university with over 35,000 students. There are three campuses that are divided by majors. Focused majors at this university include Business, information technology, computer science, engineering, agriculture, environmental science and fine arts. Classes are from mid/late-September to late January; mid-February to late June or early July. A full academic year is suggested. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia was established as a Roman colony in about 200 BC. It was later ruled by the Moors from the 8th-13th century and became an important literary and intellectual center in the 15th-16th centuries. Today, it is Spain’s third largest city and a major industrial-commercial center, producing textiles, metal and chemical products, furniture, toys, and azulejos (colored tiles). Valencia is known for its orange groves and beaches.

Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, Information Technology, Agriculture Science, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, and Construction & Architecture. It is sometimes possible to arrange independent study projects with supervision in English. Students generally enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS units (12 US credits). For information about courses in English, click here (it is not possible to take courses in Valencia and either Alcoy or Gandia simultaneously); final class availability is determined at the start of the semester. NOTE: Participation is recommended for the entire academic year or spring semester only due to calendar differences. While more courses in English are generally offered during the fall term, arranging final examinations after return to your home campus cannot be guaranteed; please be aware that students have experienced some difficulties making examination arrangements

Internship

Internships are available for students with knowledge of Spanish who wish to stay in Valencia for an academic year. Students normally take courses in the first semester and then do an internship in the second semester. UPV cannot guarantee an internship as students are selected by companies.

Mexico

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