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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 Department to set up an interview
2.  Complete the department application;
3.  Preregister during block 7


Fall Semester in Spain (for winter start students) Not offered 2015

The Universidad de Salamanca, one of the first in the world, established in 1254, along with Paris, Oxford, Bologna, influenced the town of Salamanca throughout the Middle Ages onto modern times.  The relationship for centuries between a large, young student population and a small town has been as in the words of Cervantes “never easy”.  However the municipal authorities in the late 19th centuryUniversidad de Salamanca decided to accommodate the growing student population with increased lodgings, restaurants, cafés and services to meet the “constant” presence of the younger generation. To this day the cultural offerings of the city sustains the interest of the young and old alike.  At night the Plaza Mayor, the downtown of Salamanca, is alive with music, outdoor theatre, street life and hidden cafes, bars, night art galleries and poetry readings.  It is the historical “convivencia” or “living together” that makes Salamanca an exciting place to learn not only the Spanish language but also the culture of a vibrant, intellectual city.


Program Includes:  Round trip Airfare Chicago/Madrid/Chicago; Room and Board in Salamanca, Spain with a host family; Excursions to Guadalupe, Fatima, Sevilla, Zaragoza and Barcelona; four blocks of credited Colorado College courses taught at the Universidad de Salamanca. 


Spanish 101

Elementary Spanish 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. 

Spanish 201

Intermediate Spanish is 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.   The cultural classes include lectures and discussions on the history, geography, literature, films and current events of Spain. 

 West in Time Course 

Re 200: The Virgin Mary and Western Culture

This two block West in Time course explores two thousand years of Western cultural history (theology, sacred art, sacred music, personal piety, poetry and drama) as well as the evolution of class and gender struggles as witnessed through the lens of changing motifs in the veneration of the Virgin Mary. The course, set in Salamanca, will combine close reading, research and writing with guest speakers from Catholic Scholars and field trips to important centers of Marian devotion, such as Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe and Garabandal. Students will learn to think critically about religious language, write with sophistication about field experiences as well as texts, and develop an appreciation of the sweep of western history as it transforms and is transformed by a powerful religious symbol.

Welcome, Bienvenidos to the Fall 2014 Semester in Spain Program.

Professor Pamela Tala Ruiz (Post Doctorate Fellow, Duke University); Carmen Mota (Universidad de Salamanca); President Jill Tiefenthaler; Professor Kathleen Bizzarro; Professor Clara Lomas (Chair of Spanish/Portuguese Department); Professor Salvatore Bizzarro.  June 2013 Patio de San Boal, Salamanca, Spain.

JIll and Faculty   Click here for the Fall Semester Winter Start Program 2014 in Spain

In June, 2013 President Jill Tiefenthaler visited the Colorado College Spanish Summer Program in Salamanca, Spain to celebrate its 10th anniversary.  During that week she became acquainted with Salamanca, fellow administrators from the Universidad de Salamanca, Colegio de España, Fundación Tormes and the City of Salamanca.  The support and enthusiasm from the participating Colorado College students, the Chair of the Spanish/Portuguese department whose own daughter participated in the program, the participation of senior members of the Spanish department and of course the variety of cultural activities prompted both President Tiefenthaler and me to begin the task of establishing a special semester program for winter starts in Salamanca, Spain.  It is from that collaborative effort that I decided to accept the role as creator, and director of the new Fall Semester Program in Spain. 

As a winter start student, the program offers the future Colorado College student two blocks of foreign language and two blocks of a “West in Time” course that will fulfill the requirements towards graduation.  The program is designed to provide our winter starts with an “international experience” for one semester before they begin their “on campus” academic journey.

 Salamanca has a long history of preparing students to endure, challenge, change and influence the waves of complex problems and struggles confronting each new generation.  The 800 years of teaching philosophy, languages, history, literature, sciences and theology has given Salamanca a unique place in our modern world.  Our students have always appreciated the summer program as a pivotal moment towards expanding their own international knowledge and experiences. 

 It is our pleasure to provide your son or daughter with this new semester program, one that will challenge them to speak Spanish, live with a host family, study with Professors from the Universidad de Salamanca and Colorado College, and experience the block plan while living in Spain. 


Kathleen Bizzarro
Adjunct Associate Professor
Director of Spanish in Spain 2004-2013

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.

Department Application:  click here

CC in Salamanca Facebook link:


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

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

Oaxaca Program

Semester in Mexico (not offered 2015-2016)

The Mexico program is  in Oaxaca and is a combination of two blocks that earn credit in the Spanish Department, taught by professors from Colorado College, and another two-block course taken in any of the three divisions (humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences) at the Universidad Mesoamericana in Oaxaca, which are guaranteed Colorado College credits. A particular attraction is a week spent in Cuernavaca, where students visit the famous Cortes Museum and take field trips to Taxco, Mexico City, with its Museum of Anthropology and Pyramids, and Xochixalco. Major and minor students with financial need may apply for department funds. 

The minor is based on participation in the four-block fall semester in Mexico. Students on campus must take 5 units from the following AN211EC337, EC402 (when topic is appropriate) HY 115, 253, 335PS338SO234SP201305307335. The Integrative Experience: Students write a paper in which they relate the field experience in Mexico to a course taken on campus. Note of Explanation for students on the program in Mexico: the Mexico Program, will always include a least one course outside the Romance Languages, usually in the Social Sciences.

Length of the program:  four blocks with an Orientation half block
Enrollment: 15 students


Eligibility: Spanish 201 or equivalent, sophomores and juniors.
Credit: 4.5 units.
Application deadline: To be determined
Campus advisors: Members of Spanish  Department.

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