Summer II 2012
July 1 - August 24, 2012
The WMU program at the Universidad de Cantabria offers qualified students the opportunity to study Spanish language and culture in university courses especially designed for them.
This program offers eight weeks of intensive Spanish language instruction with an emphasis on written and oral communication as well as Spanish grammar. Also included is a four-week class in Spanish culture taught this year by Berta Carrasco de Miguel, a DA of WMU and a native of Spain. This course will include planned excursions to area landmarks, as well as trips to such places as Comillas, Picos de Europa, Santillana del Mar and Santiago de Compostela.
Students will earn a total of nine credit hours for the eight weeks of study in Spain. Six of these Summer II credits will be Spanish language and three will be Spanish culture.
Students will be advised by
the WMU faculty program director, who will be a member of the
regular WMU Spanish faculty. The faculty director for
Santander 2012 is
Dr. Pablo Pastrana Pérez of the Department of Spanish. He will offer orientation on campus prior to departure and will be in Santander during the first week of class to assist students with any questions about their accommodations.
In addition to doing satisfactory academic work, WMU students are to comply with all rules and regulations of both WMU and the Universidad de Cantabria. Any student who does not meet academic and behavioral standards may be dropped at any time.
Santander is a medium sized city with approximately 200,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the province of Cantabria, which has a surface area of 5,289 kilometers. The province has a population of 526,866. Its boundaries are the Cantabrian Sea to the north, the autonomous region of Castilla-León to the south, the Basque Country to the east, and Asturias to the west. Santander was founded in the 18th century and developed in the following century thanks to a flourishing commercial activity. In the 20th century, due to its beaches and appealing climate, it became a popular tourist destination promoted by the Spanish Royal Family. The city offers a friendly atmosphere. It is still favored by Spanish tourists who come predominantly from central and southern Spain. Santander has relatively little international tourism.
Santander is surrounded by places of great historical interest: important remains from the Prehistoric Era (Altamira and Puente Viesgo Caves), Roman ruins (Julióbriga), medieval settlements (Santillana del Mar), examples of civil and religious architecture of the 19th and 20th Centuries (The Palaces of Elsedo, Soñanes and Rañada). The area nearby is famous for its great geographic diversity: beaches, bays and cliffs, together with green valleys and highland areas, such as the mountain range of the Picos de Europa, located 100 kilometers away from the coast. The climate is mild throughout the year. The average temperature is 19°C (67°F) in August and 9.5°C (49°F) in December. In Cantabria there are numerous facilities for sports, such as soccer and "bolos" (bocce ball). Sailing, surfing, mountaineering, rafting, trekking and skiing are also very popular.
The Festival Hall in Santander presents classical music concerts, operas, zarzuelas (operettas), jazz concerts, theatrical and dance performances. In addition, it houses a Film Club that sponsors movies not usually seen in commercial theaters.
Santander is especially well known for three art festivals: the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition, the Summer Cycle of Choral and Organ Music, and the International Festival of Santander. The city is home to several art galleries and to the following museums: the Cantabrian Sea Maritime Museum, the Menéndez Pelayo Library and Museum, the Municipal Fine Arts Museum, and the Regional Prehistoric and Archaeology Museum.
The Universidad de Cantabria is a public university founded in 1972. Before 1972, the university was a "Colegio Universitario" affiliated with the Universidad de Valladolid. It consisted of two schools: the College of Sciences and the School of Civil Engineering. Currently, the university has an enrollment of 15,000 students. It confers degrees in the following areas of study: physics; mathematics; medicine; geography; history; law; business administration; economics; nautical studies; business studies; engineering (civil engineering; telecommunications; chemical engineering; technical industrial engineering; technical telecommunications engineering/telecommunications systems; technical mining and metallurgical engineering). It also awards diplomas in education (early childhood education; primary education; physical education; foreign languages); ship machinery/maritime navigation; nursing; and labor relations. Throughout the year, the university offers an abundance of cultural activities.
Students selected for the program will stay with families in Santander. They will have individual rooms and will eat all three meals with the family.
Western Michigan University purchases basic medical insurance to cover the program's participants while they are abroad. Information regarding this coverage will be distributed to students by the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education Office upon their acceptance into the program. Students will be required to attend a health insurance information session outlining the extent of coverage and the procedures to follow in case of accident or illness abroad. Additional health insurance coverage is not required for the program, but students may wish to purchase supplementary coverage. Questions concerning health insurance should be directed to the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, (269) 387-5890.
The approximate cost of the program is $5,225. The actual cost of this program is yet to be determined and will depend on the number of participants and the euro/dollar exchange rate. This basic cost includes tuition, fees, administrative fees, room and board, insurance and class related excursions. This cost does not include transportation, computer or e-mail usage, books or personal expenses.
Students make their own travel arrangements both to and from Santander. They are expected to arrive in Santander by Saturday, June 5, 2010. They are advised to consult with the faculty director before finalizing their travel plans. If they travel independently to Santander, they will be responsible for coordinating their arrival with the faculty program director. Students who wish to do so may travel to Santander with the faculty director.