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Program Overview

Spanish Conversation, Culture & Expression is designed to offer high school students an immersion experience in the Spanish language without the expense of traveling abroad. This two-week intensive Spanish summer program allows you to immediately apply what you learn in class to real life situations. You will have the opportunity to express yourself verbally, artistically, and physically; you will use technology and share meals – all in Spanish. You and your fellow students will live, laugh, and learn in Spanish while attending this interactive and innovative language school.

This program is designed to provide students with multiple opportunities and settings for using Spanish, including:

  • Small group classes and individualized conversation practice
  • Acting, music, and dance
  • Sports
  • Interactive on-line activities
  • Preparing authentic meals from Spanish-speaking countries
  • Local cultural excursions
  • Interviews with native speakers
  • Earn 3 credits or enroll in the noncredit option

Program Objectives

  • Improved language skills: Improve through daily practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing in a dynamic Spanish environment.
  • Deeper knowledge: Students will develop an improved ability to express themselves and an increased awareness of Spanish-speaking cultures, both abroad and domestic.
  • Professional benefits: Their proficiency in a second language will offer an increasing advantage in our global economy.

Learn more about Spanish Conversation, Culture & Expression:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 29 – July 12, 2019
Duration: 2 weeks


Students have the option of taking Spanish Conversation, Culture & Expression as a 3-credit course or a noncredit program. Students who choose to take the course for 3-credits will meet regularly while on campus to discuss a cumulative project that will be completed after the close of the program and will be due two weeks after the last day of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Students are expected to have had at least two years of high school Spanish instruction.* Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

*This program is not intended for native Spanish speakers or those with Spanish as their primary language.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Noncredit
    • Residential: $3,360*
    • Commuter: $2,566*
  • Credit
    • Residential: $4,830*
    • Commuter: $4,036*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students are expected to be motivated an unafraid to use the language. They are here to learn the language and the only way to do so is through taking the risks necessary to grow and communicate!

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

In this program, you can expect to be busy! Each day offers a new opportunity to utilize your newly found confidence in expressing yourself in Spanish. Students are typically in class from 10am-3pm. Language class and conversation will take place daily, as well as many enrichment activities that allow you to immediately use what you learn. Students are together each day during morning and afternoon sessions, working hard and playing hard. In the end, students have greater confidence in their Spanish language abilities and a deeper understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures.

Additionally, students who choose to take the course for credit will meet regularly while on campus to discuss a cumulative project that will be completed after the close of the program and will be due two weeks after the end of the program.

When class isn’t in session on weekday nights and on the weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

Students will get to go the West Side Learning Center to engage in a “speed dating” style activity with recent Spanish Speaking immigrants to gain practice.

End Event

Students will have a final cooking event in which they will create and share a typical Mexican meal.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 12, 2019 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the final class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Kathryn Clinton – Instructor of Spanish

Katie Clinton’s passion is the study of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and sharing it with her students. She has been teaching at Syracuse University since 2004 and, besides teaching every course and in the Spanish Lower Division and an Advanced Language Usage Course, she also has acted as an academic advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences, a First Year Forum leader, Interim Assistant Spanish Language Coordinator, and a teacher observer for SU Project Advance and the School of Education, and is the Coordinator for the Spanish Immersion Program. Katie’s adventures have taken her to teach Aymara and Incan children in the Andean foothills of Bolivia, to work in the rural Mayan villages of the Yucatan Peninsula, and to act as a liaison between the San José, California, Public School District and immigrant children and their families.