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Functional Spanish for Foreigners
Cali, Colombia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer I
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Restrictions: Gonzaga applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2015 02/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program upon review of the student's application and upon acceptance be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Description:

JaverinaThe Center for Global Englagement is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for a summer language program, Functional Spanish for Foreigners, in Cali, Colombia.  For five years this program has supported faculty and staff from numerous Jesuit institutions, including Gonzaga, to participate in intensive Spanish language training with our institutional partner and host, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana-Cali.  Participants return with Spanish language skills as well as an understanding of the societies and people of Colombia, and our partner institution, PUJ-Cali.

In collaboration with the Center for Global Engagement, the Office of the Academic Vice President supports travel expenses for UP TO five GU staff or faculty AND STAFF to participate each summer.  PUJ-Cali supports on-site housing and all instructional expenses.

In order to participate applicants must describe how participation in this program will enhance their work at Gonzaga, and receive approval from their Dean or Vice President.  Applications will be vetted by the Academic Vice President BASED UPON RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE DEANS AND VICE PRESIDENTS, and participants will be asked to continue their Spanish learning with PUJ-Cali via on-line chats and other virtual engagement.  

The visiting professors or students from our partner institutions will receive a course in Spanish, designed in accordance with information obtained from our Student Profile Form, which will give us an indication of their interests, preferences and knowledge of Spanish.  A test will be sent beforehand to ensure that our visitors are placed at the correct level.

The program will last for 4 weeks with classes from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., followed by a break, with classes resuming at 10:30 a.m. and continuing until 12:00 p.m.  During the afternoon participants will meet with PUJ-Cali faculty and researchers in their shared field.

The course will place emphasis on the writing of essays, executive and research reports, among other things. Attention will also be given to improving reading of academic texts.

Professors from our different faculties will visit for conversations with program participants, according to their academic interests in search for common interests for future work.

Dance classes (Salsa, Cali is known as the world capital for this rhythm, and other traditional dances), outings, and cinema club will be scheduled. These activities are distributed over the four weeks.

Visits and outings to places of interest in the city and surrounding areas will be scheduled for Friday and/or weekends. Examples include the colonial city of Popayán, regional sports facilities and areas of the coffee growing region.

Participants are welcome to use all of the university’s facilities: swimming pool, soccer field, all other sports facilities.
Participants also have the option to add an additional week to the end of the program for traveling.

Individuals involved in teaching classes, together with those in charge of sporting, artistic and cultural activities, are aware of their active role in the Spanish language experience of participants. Each person connected with the program in Cali sees their involvement as a 'teacher' of the language as well as of their own specialized area.
  1. Improve the participants' knowledge of Spanish.
  2. Improve fluency in communication in both academic and social situations.
  3. Develop reading and writing skills.
  4. Strengthen grammar and increase active Spanish vocabulary.                
  1. Stimulate respect, understanding of, and appreciation for, the cultural identity of Cali, Valle del Cauca, and Colombia.      
  2. Interact with Spanish-speakers in different situations.
  3. Get to know sayings and expressions used in everyday life, especially in this region.
  4. Get to know the country through socio-cultural experiences in different contexts, films, videos, photos and guided tours.
  5. Become familiar with texts and Colombian authors.
  1. Stimulate interaction among our faculties for the exchange of teaching practices, methodologies, and the design of courses of mutual interest.
  2. Encourage understanding of the contextual application of different disciplines.
  3. Encourage building of research networks.
  4. Support the constant flow of ideas to positively impact the academic quality of our organizations.