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CC Semester in Latin America (Spring 2016)

Improve your Spanish while living with a host family in Latin America!

Block 5 & 6 in Peru

SP312, Oral Practice & Composition, taught by Professor Clara Lomas (block 5)
AN242, Anthropology of Food, taught by Professor Mario Montaño (block 6)Machu Picchu

Spring Break Field Trips:

Machu Picchu
San Pedro de Atacama

Block 7 & 8 in Chile

SP306, Cultural Context & Critical Analysis, taught by Professor Naomi Wood (block 7)
PH283, Latin American Philosophy, taught by Professor Alberto Hernandez-Lemus (block 8)

Prerequisites:  SP201 and COI

Students will pay their normal tuition for the semester to CC.  The program fee replaces the usual charge of room and board.  Roundtrip airfare is included.  All meals while with your host family are provided.  You will be responsible for the "reciprocity fee" in Chile of $160.  You should bring extra money for field trip meals, incidentals, etc.  The department also has special financial aid IF you are a major or minor in Spanish

Santiago Chile


1.  Contact the Spanish & Portuguese Department to set up an interview
2.  Complete the application online through Summit (International Programs
3.  Preregister during block 7


Block 4 in Chile

Block 4 in Chile

(not offered 2015-2016)

Professor Andreea Marinescu, Program Director

Spaces of Memory in Post-Dictatorship Chile. This study-abroad course will examine how the urban space of Santiago, Chile bears the visual marks of its recent history. We will explore the traces left on the city by President Allende’s democratic government (1970-1973), Pinochet’s military dictatorship (1973-1990), and how these visible (and invisible) material elements have shaped the discourses of memory during the transition to democracy. Through Santiago’s public monuments and private spaces, we will explore how multiple constituencies have sought to come to terms with the trauma of the dictatorship. Some of the questions we will ask are: How do spaces shape our relationship to the past? What are the implications of an officially sanctioned Memory Museum? How can a society fight the reification of memory and yet find avenues to commemorate loss?

In Santiago we will visit the following sites: The Moneda Palace (the Presidential palace, bombed in September 11, 1973); The National Stadium (which functioned as a detention camp the first few months after the military coup); Villa Grimaldi (former torture and detention center of the Chilean Secret Service, now a Park for Peace); Londres 38 (former torture house in the center of Santiago, now maintained by the families of those imprisoned there); the Salvador Allende Museum of Solidarity; Pinochet’s former residence, which is now a museum; the Vicaría de la Solidaridad (the Catholic Church center that gave refuge to the victims of the dictatorship); and the recently opened Memory and Human Rights Museum (2010).

The course readings and the films will be associated with each of these sites. For example, in preparation for the visit to the National Stadium we would watch the documentary National Stadium, which deals with the recuperation of political memory through testimonies of those who were detained there in 1973. In this way the students will be able to experience how cultural productions are informed by and inform the spaces they represent. Prerequisites:  SP306 AND COI; limit: 12 students. 1 unit 

Summer in Spain

May through July, based in Salamanca, Spain

Spain 2010 ProfsElementary Spanish in Spain (SP111)is designed for students with less than one year of high school Spanish and focuses on providing students with the necessary skills to navigate through daily life in Spain. Intensive grammar will be taught and practiced with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises. There will be weekly exams as well as a midterm and final. ConsentSummer in Spain Group 2012 of instructor is required.


(Above: Prof. Emily Chan, Prof. Kathy Bizzarro, Prof. Rosana Centeno, Prof. Pamela Tala-Ruiz)

Intermediate Spanish in Spain (SP211) will be an intensive review of Spanish grammar with an emphasis on both oral and written application of verb forms, vocabulary and syntax development, as well as improved reading skills. Students taking SP211 must have taken SP101 or equivalent. Consent of Instructor and SP201 or equivalent is required.

Cultural Context & Written Expression (SP305) is designed for students who have completed intermediate Spanish or equivalent work. The course includes advanced composition and conversation practice through the study of literary and cultural texts, movies, and cultural activities of the Spanish-speaking world. Critical Analysis (SP306) continues the acquisition of the Spanish language and trains students in the most important methods of critical analysis through readings in different genres. Consent of Instructor and SP201 or equivalent is required.

For program fees, contact Pamela Tala-Ruiz OR Colorado College Summer Session.

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"The Tenth Anniversary of a Summer in Spain", film by student Bennett Krishock

Salamanca-HD 720p from CC Help Desk on Vimeo.