The Center for Cross-Cultural Study
Through Hollins' affiliation with the Center for Cross-Cultural Study students can spend one or two terms studying in Spain, Argentina or Cuba.
Alicante, Spain is a vibrant and growing city known for its sandy beaches, famous promenade lined with palm trees, the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, and the lively nightlife of the neighborhood called El Barrio. This program is hosted by the University of Alicante, a modern institution with an enrollment of over 33,000.
Seville, Spain is an ancient city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Its legacy of centuries of magnificent art and architecture and its mixture of Moorish and Christian heritages make it one of Europe's most beautiful cities. The Center is housed in two turn-of-the-century Sevillian mansions in the heart of the city's commercial and social center. The program enrolls students from many colleges and universities in the U.S. The Center also has an English language learning program for Spaniards and organizes joint social events and cultural activities to give the students of both languages a chance to meet one another.
Córdoba, Argentina is a bustling educational and commercial center set at the foothills of the Sierra Chica mountain range in northern Argentina. Founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera in 1573, Córdoba today is recognized as a center for arts and learning in Argentina with its many universities, theatres, and museums.
In Cuba, the city of La Habana, founded in 1514, and named after a local aboriginal chief, is Cuba's cosmopolitan capital. Havana was once one of the most prosperous ports, and the third most populous city in the Americas. A beautiful city, with idyllic landscapes, captivating bays, and a rich, diverse culture, Havana is the site for an ideal learning experience.
Affiliate Program Pre-Departure Guide
|All students enroll in a four-week, intensive Spanish language class for the first four weeks of the term. Then, depending on their proficiency in Spanish, they choose one of two tracks. The Spanish Language and Culture track offers courses designed by the university specifically for international students in fields including Spanish language, civilization, literature, art history and cinema. Students in these classes are from around the world and are non-native Spanish speakers. The Integrated Studies track offers the opportunity to enroll in regular university courses with Spanish students. Subjects include anthropology, art history, business, classical studies, economics, geography, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. All courses in both tracks are taught in Spanish.
The approved courses for affiliated programs links you to a filtered Excel file listing courses that have already been approved by Hollins faculty for credit on each affiliated program. Other c ourses are subject to the normal credit approval process. The program offers 14-17 credits per semester.
Students whose Spanish skills are sufficiently advanced may substitute one course at the University of Seville for a course at the Center during the spring semester. Internships are also available for students with advanced Spanish skills.
All students enroll in an intensive Spanish language class for the first four weeks of the term as well as Current Events of Spain or Cultural Realities of Spain. After the intensive language period, students begin their regular semester work selecting from a variety of courses.
The broad curriculum is grounded in the cultural richness of Seville, Andalucia, and Spain. Course offerings include Spanish language, literature, civilization, cinema, sociology, anthropology, politics, history, business, art history. There is also a one-credit course in regional folk dance. Students enroll in five courses. Classes are taken with other program participants.
Most courses in the program have been approved for Spanish credit and many have been approved for other credit as well. The approved courses for affiliated programs links you to a filtered Excel file listing courses that have already been approved by Hollins faculty for credit on each affiliated program. Other courses are subject to the normal credit approval process. Students take three to five courses totaling 14 to 17 credits. After the four-week language course, credit totals will be 8 to 13.
Students on this program live with Spanish hosts. All meals are covered by the program and provided by the hosts.
Students on this program can choose to live with Spanish hostesses (recommended) or in student residencias. Some accommodations are within walking distance of the Center but most are not. All meals are covered by the program and provided at home.
This program begins with a required one-month Intensive Language and Culture Session. This intensive course prepares you with practical language study at the advanced-intermediate and advanced levels. It also introduces you to the culture and people of Argentina. After the intensive language period, students begin their regular semester work selecting from a variety of courses, choosing either the Advanced Spanish Studies program or the Semi-Integrated Spanish Studies program.
The Advanced Spanish Studies program is designed for the advanced student that has completed two semesters of intermediate college Spanish. It is a great way to experience life at an Argentine university while immersing yourself in the local culture. Students will attend classes with other international students at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) through their international department, the Programa de Español y Cultural Latinoamericana (PECLA). Students take 14-18 credits per semester, which includes the intensive language and culture course.
With the Semi-Integrated Spanish Studies program students are offered the"best of both worlds". The courses are specially-designed for students studying abroad and give them the exposure of a full integration in a local university setting. Students take the majority of their courses with other CC-CS students and other international students, but enroll in one or two courses at the local university, alongside local students. Students take 17-22 credits per semester, which includes the intensive language and culture course.
The approved courses for affiliated programs links you to a filtered Excel file listing courses that have already been approved by Hollins faculty for credit on each of the programs.
During the one-month intensive language and culture course and the regular semester, you live with a local family near Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee.
Enrollment in the CC-CS semester program at the Universidad de La Habana requires the successful completion of the intermediate level of college Spanish or the equivalent. Contact the U.S. office of CC-CS for approval. Students take 13-17 credits per semester.
During your stay in Cuba you will be housed in a hotel located just a short walk from the University of Havana and the city's metropolitan center. You will share a room with another CC-CS student on the program and have two meals a day at the Hotelito (students eat lunch on their own outside the hotel.
|The Facultad de Artes y Letras (Liberal Arts College) of University of Havana offers CC-CS students a special selection of courses in Spanish language and Cuban studies, Afrocuban history, Cuban socialism, popular cultures and the arts. These interdisciplinary courses have been especially designed to focus on themes and issues that illuminate the complex Cuban reality and aid student's integration into Cuban culture.
- Full-time on-site staff
- Full on-site orientation program
- Guided excursions and study visits to sites of historic and cultural interest
- Optional "Intercambio" (language partner) program
- Opportunities for community service (strong Spanish skills required)
- Optional group flight with airport pick-up (Seville only)
- All meals
- Field trips and guided excursions
- All program materials
- Orientation on Hollins campus and at program site
- Basic health insurance (does not cover pre-existing conditions)
- International Student ID Card
- Internet access in computer room (Seville)
- Transatlantic transportation
- Local transportation
- Personal expenses, including independent travel
- Entry fees for required performances in some courses and optional trips
Minimum requirements are
- Junior status
- Completion of Spanish 112 or 121 or equivalent (for most programs)
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Spanish GPA of 3.0 or higher
- At least one Spanish class at Hollins in two terms prior to enrollment
- Strong faculty recommendations, including one from a member of the Spanish faculty
- No major disciplinary infractions
Applicants are also evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences. Hollins recommends approved candidates to the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies. The program makes final admissions decisions.**
**Please note: In addition to the Hollins application, you must also apply directly to Spanish Studies Abroad for acceptance into this program.