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2021 Update: We are currently accepting applications for the Davidson in Cádiz program in Summer 2021. A final decision regarding whether or not the program will run will be made in early spring. Please note that travel and programmatic logistics are subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.
Davidson College, in coordination with La Universidad de Cádiz and Mundo Lengua, offers an intensive two-course credit program abroad in Cádiz, Spain. These course credits can be applied towards the major or minor in Hispanic Studies. The four hour morning academic classes are enriched by afternoon cultural activities and excursions. Four weeks of coursework is preceded by a week of group travel throughout Spain. Upon arrival in Cádiz, students live with host families.
The program offers an intensive two-course credit taught by Davidson College, Mundo Lengua, and La Universidad de Cádiz faculty members. These credits may be applied towards the major or minor in Hispanic Studies.
All students take one language class, depending on skill level (SPA 260: Composition and Conversation or SPA 393: Advanced Language Seminar); and, also depending on skill level, a second course dedicated to Spanish History and Art (1 hour of each)—SPA 394: Advanced Seminar in Spanish Cultures. Each class meets for two hours in the morning (four hours total) at La Universidad de Cádiz. This is a fantastic opportunity not only to improve language skills, but also to study the art and history of Spain in context. SPA 393 will count toward the Hispanic Studies major or minor, and SPA 394 will satisfy Area III of the Hispanic Studies major and the VPRQ Ways of Knowing requirement.
Cádiz, a beautiful and historic port city in Andalucia, was first established by Phoenician traders around 1100 BC. It is considered by most scholars to be the oldest city in Western Europe (most continually occupied), with 3000 years of history. The city thrived during Spain’s colonial period, and Columbus set sail from here for his second and fourth voyages to the Americas. Cádiz remained a very prosperous city during Spain’s days as a great Empire.
Today Cádiz is known for its golden beaches and constant summer sun. It offers museums, a newly excavated Roman theater, ancient city walls, medieval streets, bustling plazas, and parks and markets to explore. Gaditanos (people from Cádiz) are hospitable and help students appreciate the special culture of their region. Within this small university town of 135,000 inhabitants, it is a wonderful location in which students quickly learn to find their way around, discover favorite hangouts, and strengthen their Spanish language skills.
The program incorporates several excursions designed to provide students with a broader understanding of Spanish culture. Destinations vary each summer. Previous summer programs have included visits to:
Granada and la Alhambra
Housing and Meals
Students live with Spanish host families. All meals are included in Cádiz. Students are responsible for some meals while the group is traveling or when they are are on their own time.
Open to all Davidson students who are in good standing in all areas. For academics, ‘good standing’ is defined in this case as having a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (exceptions may be made in certain circumstances).
The completion of SPA 201 is required. Priority will be given to Davidson students who have advanced Spanish language skills. Students will be placed at the intermediate or advanced level and enroll in grammar, composition, and culture courses. Rising sophomores through rising seniors are welcome to apply.
Programs are open to non-Davidson applicants, space-permitting.
Professor Angela Willis
Program Director and Summer 2020 Resident Director
Chair, Department of Hispanic Studies
Access StatementThe college welcomes requests for accommodations related to disability and will grant those that are determined to be reasonable and maintain the integrity of a program or curriculum. To make such a request or to begin a conversation about a possible request, please contact the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources, which is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning in the E.H. Little Library. It is best to submit accommodation requests as early as possible.
Beth Bleil, Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources
Alysen Beaty, Assistant Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources
Visa Warning: U.S. citizens do not require a visa for this program. Passports must be valid for at least six months after a student's return date to the United States. Any student who also plans to study abroad in the fall in a country that requires a visa should consider the timing of that visa application process and consult with an Education Abroad Adviser. Passports often must be surrendered as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.
International students should check the embassy website and/or ask the program director if they will need to obtain a visa for this program. They should also meet with International Student Programs to discuss their U.S. visa status.
Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame.
Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the Director of Education Abroad and the program director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take a decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored program should proceed.
Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Program is contingent upon having a minimum number of participants.