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  • Spanish Language (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced)
  • COSA in Peru (Community Organizing and Social Activism)
  • IPSL Reflections / SL Practicum Seminar (Semester Course Offered ONLINE)
Elective Course Offerings
  • Indigenous Cultures, Belief Systems and Economies
  • International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
  • Environmental Sustainability and Biodiversity of Peru
  • Environmental Justice as a Social Movement
* Some courses may not be offered during a given term. Please inquire. 

Academic Immersion Focused on In-depth Cultural Understanding

The Segovia program is based at the Lope de Vega Language Institutein  Segovia and courses are taught by fully accreditedfaculty, who have developed an innovative approach to teaching language and culture. You will engage in Spanish language studies (beginner, intermediate and advanced levels offered), beginning Modern Arabic and take the IPSL service-learning course, Institutions in Society, as well as the IPSL online service-learning Practicum and Reflections course. Additional courses can be chosen from the following areas:  art, history and culture, for usually 15-18 semester credits. Courses are taught in English  with as much Spanish as the students can understand. A transcript is issued by the IPSL Academic School of Record, the College of Mt. St. Vincent upon successful completion of the program. Unless otherwise noted, courses are at the 300 level except for any foreign language course that will vary.


Spanish Language Grammar and Conversation - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Students take a placement exam upon arrival and are placed at their appropriate language level. Students participate in class daily and in activities to develop all linguistic abilities.  A wide variety of teaching methods are used and both grammar and conversation are emphasized.

Intermediate courses are designed to consolidate the student’s prior knowledge of the Spanish language acquired in their homeland, gain confidence, not only in understanding the language, but also in correctly using the language. Moreover, they will not only have access to the language in a realistic context, but they will also build their cultural knowledge (traditions and socializing), which will help them understand the Spanish speaking world. The interaction between the students and teacher will be ongoing in class.

In all levels, maximum attention is given to combining linguistic and cultural elements taking into account the reality of life in Spain that students are dealing with outside the classroom. Therefore, in class, students study not only grammar, but also study aspects of communication that help to make theirs a genuine experience of life in Spain.

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Modern Standard Arabic Language and Culture for Beginners

This  course is designed for beginners to enable learners to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations using the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The course introduces the students to the Arabic writing system and enables them to read and write basic words and sentences. Modern Standard Arabic is the recognized means of formal spoken and written communication. It is used throughout the Arabic speaking world on official occasions, in education and the media. This course also provides the students with a basic knowledge of Arabic and Islamic world history and culture by analyzing historic events and the most outstanding cultural elements from the pre-Islamic era to the 21st century through the Arab Spring.

Contact Hours: 45
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Institutions in Spanish Society--IPSL Service-Learning™ Seminar

This is a required course, team-taught between U.S. (online) and Spanish faculty (onsite). This course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning in a Spanish context. This course complements IPSL community service placements and helps students reflect on their international experience and to bulid intercultural competence. Topics are examined through the prism of hands-on community service in Spanish NGOs and other non-profits and include:  intercultural communication, the mechanics of Spanish non-profits/NGOs, citizenship in Spain, civic engagement in a European context, the dynamics of power and privilege in a variety of contexts, and how to serve responsibly and function competently in an intercultural situation.

This course is delivered virtually and begins before departure and completes after returning. The content includes both pre-departure and post-departure information, discussion and reflection and serves to complement the IPSL Institutions in Spanish Society Course. The course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning to help make sense of the international experience and to develop cultural competence.
Contact Hours: 45

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

IPSL Reflections / SL Practicum Seminar (Offered ONLINE)

This course is delivered virtually and begins before departure and completes after returning. The content includes both pre-departure and post departure information, discussion and reflection and serves to compliment the IPSL Institutions in Society Course. The course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning™ to help make sense of the international experience and to develop intercultural competence. One credit will be awarded for 15 hours of academic relections work and 2 credits for the  hands-on service-learning volunteering.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3


Advocacy Documentary Filmmaking 

In this introductory workshop students can begin to explore the medium of documentary filmmaking as a means to document, understand and share the mission of their service organization (or other organizations) for the purpose of spreading awareness and advocating for the organization's cause. This workshop-based course in Advocacy Documentary Filmmaking and Photography combines in-class instruction and hands-on production workshops where students practice the theoretical aspects of film and apply them with the aim of creating short films about their volunteer service. Students will document their personal experience through their service activities and stay in Spain.

Students will experience hands-on equipment workshops as well as learn fundaments of documentary photography and filmmaking. This includes activities such as production, direction, camera control, lighting, sound recording, digital editing, writing, location scouting and casting. Students will practice project design and pre-production, production and post-production theories creating a documentary photography series, and an individual observational film.The student’s individual documentary film is based on the art of storytelling and can be utilized as an advocacy and promotional tool for the use of the volunteer agencies they are serving.

Students will be asked to bring their own personal technical equipment (photography cameras, camcorders, microphones, smartphones, tablets and/or laptops) of a standard/consumer level.Every student who has access to a laptop or tablet (preferably Apple/Mac) shall use it for the course. The goal is for every student to be equipped to create, film, record, photograph, edit and share a good quality video/photographic project.

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Art and Architecture of the Iberian Peninsula

The course consists of learning the language associated with architecture, sculpture and painting, that is to say, the three major art forms. Once these concepts are learned, students begin the study of the history of Spanish art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, but not without a summary of Prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. The course also includes the study of the life and work of several important painters of Spanish history:  El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Dalí.

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3


Studio Art Workshop

Artistc development and growth guided by the artisan business "The Garagola". Directed by the local Master Artisan, Jesus de la Cruz Lenor, who will be offering the workshop in his studio in the 15th-century Jewish quarter of Segovia. Students will explore artistic techniques, music and particulars of the artistic world and Spanish-Segovia. Students will use imaginative, musical and artistic means to create a piece from either metal, wood or mixed media.

Contact Hours: 15

Recommended U.S. Credits: 1