Co-Curricular Learning Certificate

Spain Co-Curricular Learning Certificate

The Co-Curricular Learning Certificate is a record of the student’s non-academic co-curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences. The CLC is a self-directed opportunity organized under a series of themes explained at orientation. Students spend a prescribed amount of hours engaged in activities that contribute to the completion of a reflective piece. The work is assessed by The College of Global Studies and the certificate is awarded to students meeting the criteria.  

Students in Spain may choose from the following themes:

Living the Language

Students learn to integrate their language study into contemporary Spanish life. Students attend structured and directed intercambios, engage in student dialogues, watch and discuss Spanish films, and attend poetry readings, lectures and other cultural events all conducted in the local language. Through this students demonstrate a heightened level of intercultural communication and develop an enhanced knowledge of Spanish culture.

Where East Meets West

Students gain a greater understanding of the historical and cultural significance of Spain as the nexus of Eastern and Western culture, through exploring the complex cultural intersections that helped shape and influence the modern nation. Students participate in discussions concerning historical and contemporary cultural conflicts, achieving cultural harmony, and appreciation and assimilation of cultural influences. One highlight of this program is participation in a field-study trip to Morocco.

Spanish Gastronomy

Students gain a greater understanding of unique, fresh, local and sustainable food production. A case example of the role, production and importance of olive oil in Spanish cuisine. Discussions on gastronomy, the cultural significance of "de tapas", and methods of food production, preparation and cultural significance are explored.

Spanish Art, Music and Folklore

Students participate in a variety of self-directed and group activities contributing to an overall understanding of Spanish culture. Drawing from the rich array of social and cultural offerings, such as participation in the local chorale, flamenco dance classes, and concert and museum attendance, students recognize the history, socio-cultural values and beliefs of the host country.

Student Highlight
Melanie Leard, Bates College
Spanish Gastronomy, Granada, Spain

Student in Spain At the beginning of January, I went on one of the “De Tapas por Granada” activities. We went to the area around the Plaza de Toros to learn about the different zones in Granada and eat local foods. It was a useful introduction upon arriving and a great way to become immersed in the tapas culture. In fact, I have eaten tapas several times and have returned to this area to experience local student life. It is an area teeming with Spanish peers from the University of Granada and a great place to meet and speak with other students.

I learned that when you constantly try to speak in Spanish the Spaniards want to talk to you. Before I came to this realization, I found it difficult to meet and befriend Spaniards. However, once my level of Spanish improved and I had no qualms in speaking it, although I may have erred, it was easier to make friendships. The Spaniards did not mind that I was making mistakes. The fact that I was immersing myself in their culture and speaking to the best of my abilities was good enough for them.