C. Program Structure
D. Course Selection and Transfer Credit
E. Credits Toward an Education Minor in Modern Languages (Spanish)
G. Application to the Department of Modern Languages
H. Enrolment and Fees
I. Financial Assistance
J. Step-by-Step Procedure
Study in a Spanish-speaking milieu is an excellent means of improving one's understanding of the Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American culture.
The program is designed primarily for students completing a minor in Spanish. Students are eligible to participate when they have completed a minimum of two (2) Spanish courses above the 1500-level, with a minimum "C minus" grade.
Since participants in the SVSP must register at the University of Lethbridge, they maintain their official University of Lethbridge student status while studying at the host university. As Residence Requirements vary across Faculties, students are advised to consult the University of Lethbridge Calendar and/or an Academic Advisor for the Residence Requirements of their Faculty.
Students will spend a full semester at a Spanish speaking university in Spain or Latin America (excluding Brazil). Participation in the SVSP is not permitted during summer semesters. The formal requirements of the Program are:
1. Participation: During the semester a maximum of 6 one-semester courses, to include:
a) SPAN 2250. This course involves regular correspondence in Spanish with the U. of L. Spanish Off-Campus Studies Coordinator. A minimum of six (6) 500-word letters describing the student's experience must be forwarded every other week at predetermined dates. Credit for this work is granted in recognition of the anticipated improvement in the student's command of the Spanish language, resulting from her/his participation in the SVSP.
b) five Spanish transfer courses in Spanish language, Peninsular or Latin American literature, culture and civilization or Spanish linguistics. Spanish transfer courses must be taught in Spanish and must be eligible for credit at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level at the University of Lethbridge.
2. Options: In the above program of 5 Spanish transfer courses (C.1.b.), a maximum of two substitutions are allowed:
a) Students may substitute a one-semester non-Spanish transfer course for one of the Spanish transfer courses mentioned above. A non-Spanish transfer course is a course in another discipline (e.g., antropología, historia , etc.) in which Spanish is the language of instruction. Physical activities, other languages or courses taught in English are EXCLUDED.
b) Students may substitute a University of Lethbridge Independent Study in Spanish for one of the Spanish transfer courses mentioned above.
3. Minimum program requirements: In order to remain officially enrolled in the SVSP, students must complete at least three courses as follows:
a) Spanish 2250,
b) One Spanish transfer course,
c) One of the following: i) A second Spanish transfer course; ii) One non-Spanish transfer course; iii) One Independent Study in Spanish.
N.B. If a student does not complete the minimum program requirements, s/he will be considered to have dropped out of the SVSP. Only students fulfilling the minimum requirements of the SVSP will be eligible to receive credit for Spanish 2250.
In selecting a university for the SVSP, prospective applicants should consult the promotional literature describing study opportunities in Spanish speaking regions - see brochures on display on Department bulletin boards and the online suggestions. The Spanish Off-Campus Studies Coordinator in the Department of Modern Languages can also provide advice on selecting a university.
Students must select their courses for the SVSP in consultation with the Spanish Off-Campus Studies Coordinator. While prepared to advise students on course selection and transfer credit, the Coordinator is not authorized to grant transfer credit for courses which students intend to take off campus. Upon completion of their courses at the host university, students will apply for transfer credit at the Admissions office at the University of Lethbridge as described in paragraph J.8 and 9. For non-Spanish transfer courses, students should consult an advisor in the appropriate Department at the University of Lethbridge for advice on transfer credit. In planning their off-campus courses, students should keep the following in mind:
Interested students should apply in writing to the Spanish Off-Campus Studies Coordinator as early as possible during the university term preceding the semester of their intended participation in the SVSP. Application forms are available from the Spanish Off-Campus Studies Coordinator. Deadlines for application are as follows:
Students must enrol and pay required fees BOTH at the University of Lethbridge and the host university:
Since students are registered at the University of Lethbridge, they may be eligible for the Alberta Government loans and for University of Lethbridge scholarships and bursaries, such as the Louis Sherman Turcotte Memorial Travel Scholarships. For further information, students should consult with an advisor at the Financial Aid and Student Awards office (SU-047).
Students have the SVSP application form signed by the Spanish Off-Campus Studies Coordinator, the Department Chair and the Assistant Dean (Curriculum and Advising, Faculty of Arts and Science).
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