T4949 – Spain Now: Oral Expression and Business Spanish in Seville

Seville, Granada
Faculty: Irene Domingo and Paola Ehrmantraut
01/02/2018 – 01/26/2018

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Seville, Spain, as you build your language skills and increase your cultural understanding in a way that cannot be achieved in a traditional college academic semester.

Academic Overview
Spend January 2018 in the beautiful city of Seville in southern Spain. This course offers students intense exposure to the language and cultures of Spain, beyond the traditional classroom experience. Students enroll for credit in one of two courses, Spanish Oral Expression and Culture or Business Spanish. Your January term in Seville offers you a home-stay experience and intensive language instruction at an accredited language and cultural institute, which are complemented by a variety of walking tours and day trips to nearby points of interest (Ronda, Itálica, museums, Jewish Quarter, catedral, Alcázar) that help further your experience of the many influences that converge to shape modern Spain. Weekend excursions to Córdoba (Great Mosque/Jewish Quarter) and Granada (Cathedral, Alhambra, and Generalife gardens) further highlight and reveal the blending of Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures, both past and present.

Program Fee
Cost: $5,450 – $5,750
*Each home institution may have supplementary fees in addition to the price listed.  Comprehensive Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, home stays in twin and/or triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, twenty-two lunches and twenty-three  dinners (subject to change).

For Spanish Oral Expression and Culture (SPAN 305 at UST), the prerequisite is Advanced Spanish Grammar (SPAN 300 at UST, or a fifth semester course in advanced Spanish grammar) with a minimum grade of C-. For Business Spanish (SPAN 320 at UST), the prerequisite is Advanced Spanish Grammar (SPAN 300 at UST, or a fifth semester course in advanced Spanish grammar) and either Advanced Written Spanish and Culture (SPAN 301 at UST, or an upper-level composition course) or Spanish Oral Expression and Culture (SPAN 305 at UST, or an upper-level conversation course), with a grade of C- or better in each course. For this program students should also have a 3.0 GPA overall.

Required Readings
Spanish 305: Curso Intensivo de Español (portion of class taught by CC-CS staff) is a specialized course packet that focuses on the linguistic review of upper-level language structures and grammar. The course readings will also be based on an advanced oral expression textbook: Díaz, Andres, Dennis L. Hale and Nino R. Iorillo. Conversación y controversia: Tópicos de Hoy y de Siempre. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson- Prentice Hall, 2004

 Spanish 320: Noriega Fernández, Alfredo and Prost, Giséle. Al día. Curso superior de español para los negocios. Madrid, España: Editorial Espasa Calpe, 2003. In addition to the main text for the course, the students will work with selected readings from newspapers, the internet, and the following texts: Centellas Rodrigo, A. Proyecto en Español comercial. Madrid: Editorial Edinumen, 1997. •Gómez de Enterría, Josefa. Correspondencia comercial en español. Madrid: SGEL, 2007. •Sabáter ML, E. Martín Peris y M. Bosch. Hablemos de negocios. Madrid: Ed. Alhambra Longman, 1992. •Del Valle, V y J.L. Gómez de Agüero. Economía y organización de empresas. Madrid: McGraw-Hill, 1994.

60% – Classwork, including all work in the Spanish Studies Abroad class: final exam, participation, homework, quizzes, projects, compositions.

40% – Cultural sessions/cultural assignments of which 25% are journal entries and 15% participation.

Program Directors
Irene Domingo, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5883, e-mail address: irenedomingo@stthomas.edu

Paola Ehrmantraut, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5159, e-mail address:

Description of Faculty Directors
Irene Domingo is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of St. Thomas. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in Modern Peninsular Cultures and Literatures. She has also completed a Certificate in Language Instruction. She has taught all levels of Spanish language, as well as courses on Spanish literature, culture, and history on campus and abroad.

Paola Ehrmantraut is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of St. Thomas. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in Post Dictatorship culture in Argentina and Chile. She has also completed a Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexualities. She has taught all levels of Spanish language, as well as courses on Spanish literature, culture, and history on campus and abroad. Recently, she traveled to Argentina with UMAIE students (J Term 2015) and it was a great experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2017.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

For more information on course content, contact Irene Domingo
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.


How To Apply


Rules and Procedures 2017 (PDF)

Rules and Procedures
Each UMAIE member school has their own application process in place. The UMAIE application process is described in the attached PDF file, and the required documents are available in the How to Apply section.

Applications are accepted until October 1, 2017.
No application will be considered without ALL the required signed documents, copies and a deposit check. If you have any questions please contact your campus UMAIE Board Member.


Travel Packet

ePacket (Link)

Click the image at left to access the course Travel Packet. The ePacket contains important information about traveling abroad, including your itinerary, frequently asked questions, participant letter and culturegram.

Preliminary Itinerary will be posted by October 16.
Final Itinerary will be posted by December 7.


The Orientation process includes 3 components:
– an online self-study and quiz on the UMAIE student handbook.
– an online orientation webinar conducted by your faculty director(s)
– an on-site orientation upon arrival.

You are REQUIRED to participate in and complete all 3 steps within the deadlines specified below. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.

Student Handbook and Online Quiz

2018 Student Manual (PDF)

We have put together this handbook to provide you with helpful information for planning and spending your time abroad. The handbook is also your primary study guide to pass your online quiz. There are excellent tips in this handbook, and it is organized in a way we hope will be user-friendly and straightforward.

Please carefully read the UMAIE student handbook and complete the quiz on the UMAIE student handbook by October 20, 2017.


quiz_thumbYou can access the online quiz through your online application by logging in to your school’s study abroad website. Complete the 2018 UMAIE Participant Quiz under Assessments on your online application portal.

For students at St. Ambrose University, see your study abroad adviser for a paper copy of the quiz.

 Orientation Webinar

The online orientation webinar for this course is on:

Friday, November 10, 2017 – 4:00pm-5:30pm

Your participation is required. Please review the sign-in instructions below and make yourself available to participate on this date.

Click the webinar icon below to access the launch and sign-in screen for Zoom.

Instructions (PDF)

Instructions (PDF)

Webinar Link (Zoom)


(Alternate Access to Webinar)

Topic: UMAIE: Spain Now – Domingo/Ehhrmantraut
Time: Nov 10, 2017 4:00 PM Central Standard Time (US and Canada)


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Meeting ID: 631 732 930

Participants are required to bring their Student ID card with them on the course to qualify for reduced student entrances at many sites. Without your ID, you could be responsible to pay any difference in entrance fees.