This program enables students with a beginner background in the language to complete three additional semesters worth of language training in one semester. Fast Track Spanish for Beginners is the ideal program for students who are interested in acquiring Spanish as a second language and perfect preparation for completing a minor or major in Spanish. Students studying on the program enroll in three Spanish courses for a total of 16 points: Basic Spanish for Communication, Spanish Uses and Applications, and Spanish Culture: Performance, Research and Performance. In order to enroll in this program students must meet the prerequisite of one semester of college Spanish or the high school equivalent.
Students at the beginning or intermediate Spanish level have the opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills at NYU Madrid while also learning about contemporary Spanish culture through English taught courses. Students work to improve their language skills with an intensive language class such as Intensive Elementary or Intensive Intermediate Spanish while also enrolling in English taught courses focusing on Spanish art, cinema, economics, literature, and politics. Intermediate level students can gain additional language practice by enrolling in one of the Spanish conversation courses Spain Today or Hispanic Culture in the USA Today.
For students at the advanced Spanish language level, NYU Madrid offers an immersive experience with a wide variety of courses taught in Spanish. Students can work toward fluency by taking Spanish taught courses on topics ranging from art to politics in addition to advanced courses required for Spanish majors such as Advanced Grammar and Composition. Advanced Spanish level students also have the opportunity to enroll in up to two courses at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
This Spanish taught course offers an introduction to Islam, with reference to both the Islamic religion as well as to the evolution of the Arab world. Special attention is given to the history of Al-Andalus (Islamic Spain) and its important contribution to Europe and America. A five-day trip to Morocco forms an integral part of this course, allowing course participants to experience firsthand significant sites in the history of Islam. Students visit culturally exciting cities of Morocco, including Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, and Ouarzazate. View photos from the Spring 2008 Morocco trip below. Only open to students with advanced Spanish language skills.
This English taught course examines the interaction between two coupled systems, the Earth system and humanity’s political systems. Beginning with an analysis of the effects of anthropogenic industrial carbon dioxide gas emissions on the Earth system as derived from the scientific evidence this course attempts to understand the reaction of the global, European and Spanish political governance systems to these transformations. In order to understand something as apparently specific as the impact of climate change in the Iberian peninsula and the Spanish state’s response to it we must first understand how the United Nations and the European Union are responding to climate change since the Spanish political system’s control and mitigation policies are largely determined by these two larger governance systems’ responses.