Literature, History, Art and Culture in Soria, Spain
Soria, a province with a great literary tradition, a cradle of renowned poets, playwrights, and storytellers and the scene of great works of universal literature, will serve as the backdrop for this wonderful summer program: Literature, History, Art and Culture in Soria, Spain. During this 3-week program, students will study renowned works of literature set in Soria such as the Castilian epic Cantar de Mío Cid and El cerco de Numancia (The siege of Numancia), a Renaissance tragedy written around 1585 by Miguel de Cervantes. Other works that may be utilized in the course include those by the Romantic poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer who was the first author who dared to give literary form to the rich and legendary substrate of Soria with his Leyendas Sorianas and Sevillian poet Antonio Machado, a member of the Generation of ´98 who wrote Campos de Castilla. Other remarkable works include the many books of poems dedicated to the capital of the province by Gerardo Diego, an important member of the Generation of ´27.
Studying in Soria will give students the opportunity to more deeply understand the literature by immersing them in the vibrant and rich cultural and historical milieu that still exists today while exploring the past through these important works. The program takes full advantage of the location with visits to Numancia – an ancient Celtiberian settlement whose remains are located 7 km north of the city of Soria and other historical sites. As such, Soria is the ideal place to capture the essence of these works as well as to learn about the history, art, literature and other aspects of Spanish civilization.
This program will be based at the Centro Internacional Antonio Machado (CIAM) which was created in 2013 and brings together the experience of the Duques de Soria Foundation to organize courses, seminars and academic activities on Spanish language and culture. CIAM collaborates with outstanding academic and research institutions, such as the Cervantes Institute, the Spanish Royal Academy of Language, and the Universities of Salamanca, Valladolid and Complutense of Madrid as well as several partners in the United States. CIAM will serve as the administrative site for the program arranging for classroom space, housing, excursions, as well as providing logistical and academic support as needed.
The overseas program, Literature, History, Art and Culture in Soria, Spain will run at CIAM in Soria, Spain from July 4 - 25, 2020 and will utilize the CSI course SPN 320 Civilization and Culture of Spain (4 credits) as the academic base. Dr. Nuria Morgado, (Nuria.Morgado@csi.cuny.edu), Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Literature at the College of Staten Island, is the faculty-leader of this program. The program will be both classroom and on-site based and will include local and national study trips as well as educational and cultural activities. The syllabus includes a daily calendar detailing the readings, lectures, and academic and extracurricular activities offered. Classes are scheduled to meet for 15 sessions of 3 hours each. Required field trips encompass additional instructional hours meeting in full the requirements for a 4-credit course at CSI. New for summer 2020 - this course is taught in English.
Here is the course syllabus and itinerary: 2020-SYLLABUS & CALENDAR-SPN 320-Summer 2020.pdf
CIAM will serve as the host site for the program and will coordinate many of the logistics of the program including arranging for or providing classroom space, housing, excursions, cultural activities, and administrative support. Student participants on the program will be housed at the Residencia Duques de Soria, two students to a room, with meals and laundry service included. The accompanying faculty will be housed either in the student residence or in a nearby private apartment.
This summer program will includes a rich array of activities:
● Two-day field/study trip to Madrid or Madrid and Toledo, including guided tours and overnight stay at a centrally-located hotel with breakfast
● Three afternoon field/study trips: Guided tour of Soria, visit to the Laguna Negra and zipline adventure parks, and visit to Castillo de Gormaz, Burgo de Osma
and Catalañazor with a CIAM professor
● Extracurricular activities include a Paella cooking class, gastronomy workshop, chocolate with churros, tapas tour (drinks and tapas not included) with a CIAM
● Optional participation in linguistic exchanges with people from the city
● Optional local field/study visits, fiestas with Spanish students and all other activities offered on a daily basis in addition, there will be time for students to independently explore in small groups.
New for Summer 2020 - this course will be taught in English!
Open to CSI, CUNY, NON CUNY students Minimum 2.5 GPA required. Minimum 12 completed credits at the time of application.
Dates & Costs
Below you will find the current dates and costs for all terms available. Please note all dates and costs are subject to change.
| Summer 2020
|| Depart Fri July 3, arrive Sat July 4 - housing check out and Departure Sat July 25
|| $2,690 2019 cost - 2020 cost TBA
Summer 2020 session suspended
Program Cost includes:
On-site program instruction and activities, housing, all meals, local and domestic administration, international medical and accident insurance, orientation in Soria including a walking tour, field trips, excursions and activities as described above, and
Other services provided by CIAM include:
● Support for excursions and extracurricular activities
● Ground transportation for all included study trips in private coach bus, including arrival and departure transfers (Madrid - Soria)
● High-speed internet access and computer support in the Center’s facility
● Printing services for teachers and students
● 24/7 support from on-site Resident Director and full-time bilingual staff
● A smart classroom for 3 hours per day
● Office space for the program faculty
ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS: (22 days)
● Room and board includes double room in the CIAM dormitory - Residencia Duques de Soria
● Three meals per day
● Laundry service
Program Cost does NOT include:
CUNY tuition 4 credits $1,220 (based on NY State resident senior college tuition), Airfare $1,100, Personal Expenses $100-$200, passport (US passport is $145).
Summer: March 15 (A $500 program deposit is due 2 weeks after acceptance or by April 30.)
Application Deadlines may be extended.
Please see below for application cycles currently open.