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Spanish Immersion and Community Engagement

Intensive Spanish & Community Engagement
Leon, Nicaragua
May 21 – June 14, 2014

Hosted by Dariana Spanish School, this exciting language learning program is open to all MU students. Participants live with Nicaraguan families, have 4-hour one-on-one language lessons Monday-Thursday, and engage with the local community through participation in various cultural and volunteer activities for 12 hours each week.

Leon is a lively and safe city with a long tradition of intellectual curiosity and exciting cultural life. By day the markets burst with bright fruits and activity; by night live music from the many cafes and restaurants spill out into the streets. Nicaragua's capital for 242 years and located 20 minutes from beautiful Pacific beaches, Leon is a beautiful and friendly city with its colonial churches and fascinating culture.

Course Options (select one of the following courses)

SP 101 Introductory Spanish I
Teaches basic Spanish communication skills to students who have little or no previous training. Emphasis is on comprehension and production of simple sentence patterns. The class is conducted in Spanish.
Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP. (3)

SP 102 Introductory Spanish II
Broadens the beginning student’s knowledge of fundamental Spanish. The focus is on complex syntactic and semantic structures in all areas of communication skills. The course also introduces students to the Hispanic culture. The class is conducted in Spanish. (3)
Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP
Prerequisite: SP 101 or equivalent.

SP 201 Intermediate Spanish I
Provides an active and comprehensive review of basic Spanish and is designed to improve the spontaneous use of spoken Spanish. It is appropriate for students who have had two years of high school Spanish or one year of college Spanish. (3)

SP 202 Intermediate Spanish II
Perfects the ability to speak, read, and write Spanish; special emphasis is given to developing writing skills. It is appropriate for students with a strong basic foundation in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SP 201 or equivalent. (3)

Tentative Schedule
May 22 Travel to Nicaragua – Transfer to Granada
May 23 Tour of the City of Granada
May 24 Trip to Volcano
May 25 Travel to Leon
May 26 – 30 First week of Classes and Community Engagement (move-in with host family)
May 31 - June 1 Cultural activities
June 2 - 6 Second week of Classes and Community Engagement
June 7 Day trip to Managua
June 8 Free day
June 9-13 Third week of Classes and Community Engagement
June 14 Free day
June 15 Return to Virginia

Program Cost:
Tuition: $2550
Fee: $800

The program fee includes:

  • Round-trip economy-class international airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Entrance fees to all required site visits and cultural events
  • Meals
  • Health and Travel Insurance

MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. The CGE will register selected students for this course class after receiving a signed Acceptance of Participation Form.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2013
Before you start the online application it is strongly recommended that you meet with a representative from the Center for Global Education. Schedule an appointment online using your MU ID and password.

Learn more about the application process.