University of Oregon

Special Topics in Oviedo: Nationalism in Spain and Spanish America

Program Overview

This program features two courses taught by University of Oregon’s history department faculty member, Carlos Aguirre, during the first half of the program. The two courses will be “Nationalism, War, and Revolution: Spain and Cuba from 1800 to the Present” and “Soccer and Nationalism in Spain and Spanish America.” The course work will be complemented by two excursions to Covadonga and Madrid as well as local tours of key Oviedo historical locations that will bring the course content to life. The second half of the program will be an intensive Spanish language course taught at the University of Oviedo in the Casa de las Lenguas (ELE). In-class learning is complemented by field trips, guided visits to local sites of interest and other group activities that are included in the program fee. 

Academic Details

Students will be enrolled in 18 total quarter credits for the program. The first half of the program will consist of two 4 credit courses, “Nationalism, War, and Revolution: Spain and Cuba from 1800 to the Present” (400-level UO HIST credit) and “Soccer and Nationalism in Spain and Spanish America” (300-level UO HIST credit) taught by Carlos Aguirre. The second half of the program will consist of an intensive Spanish language course taught at the University of Oviedo’s Casa de las Lenguas (ELE). Students will enroll in an intermediate or advanced level course consisting of 75 hours of Spanish language (grammar and composition) plus 25 hours of Spanish culture and civilization, concentrating on up to two of the following topics: conversation on Spanish Society and Culture; Spanish/Hispanic American Literature; Spanish History/Art History or Business Spanish.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Carlos Aguirre is a social historian specializing in the history of modern Peru and Latin America. He has taught courses on war and nationalism, revolutions, soccer, military dictatorship and the Spanish Civil War. Aguirre has been teaching in the department of history at the University of Oregon for twenty years and has led multiple study abroad programs in Oviedo. 

Housing Description

Students can choose from two housing options: Homestays and a university dorm. Accommodations are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

University of Oviedo Residence Hall (single room with breakfast)
Students will be housed in single rooms in one of the University of Oviedo Residence Halls (Colegio Mayor San Gregorio or Colegio Mayor América) which are located in the Campus de los Catalanes very close to the University’s sports facilities and in the vicinity of Oviedo’s largest public park. Accommodations include breakfast, to be taken at the Residence Cafeteria.  

Homestay with a Spanish Family
This is an ideal way to be immersed in Spanish culture and language. Homestay families provide you with three meals a day and light laundry. Each homestay situation in unique and the program cannot guarantee any particular configurations. Host families range from a mother and father with young children, to an oder, single host mother. Any arrangement is possible. Please note that regardless of the household composition, you will have access to not only your host, but likely to their extended family and network in Oviedo.  

The homestays are very popular and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Students interested in this option should apply for the program and pay their deposit as soon as possible in order to be considered. Please note that there is an additional placement fee of $105 USD per month for those students who choose this option.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineApplication/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Quarter20181/1/20182/1/20184/20/20186/30/2018

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.