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Semester Programs: Spanish in Honduras

The ultimate immersion experience: live with a Honduran family, study the Honduran language and culture at a Honduran university and hang out with Honduran students. If you are hoping to deepen your understanding of the Spanish language and culture, Calvin's Spanish language program in Honduras is probably for you. And while you're studying the language and culture of Honduras, one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere, you'll also learn more about poverty and development—and how your life is linked to those issues.

Your time in Honduras is sure to bring you up close with an impossibly friendly group of people—be sure to accept every cup of coffee you're offered!

Please read this open letter (updated: July 2014) about security concerns in Honduras.

Eligibility

You must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and sophomore status to study in Honduras. Because the semester is an advanced Spanish studies program, you must have completed at least Spanish 301 at Calvin.

Cost

The final program cost is based on many factors and is not known exactly until the number of students in the group has been identified. The financial information page covers the details that go into the cost of the program and rough estimates for each. The Spring 2012 program cost is expected to be within $1000 of Calvin tuition and room and board on campus. More specific cost information will be sent with your acceptance letter. The price for the Honduras semester will include:

  • Tuition
  • Roundtrip air transportation Grand Rapids/Tegucigalpa
  • Full room and board with Honduran families
  • Administrative fee
  • Program excursions in Honduras, Guatemala & Nicaragua

Additional expenses not included in the program fee: passport, books, immunizations and medical insurance (required), independent travel and spending money.

Calvin student with Honduran host familyAccommodations

You will live with a Honduran family in San Lucia, a beautiful town in the mountains 20 minutes outside of Tegucigalpa.

Courses

You must have taken Spanish 301 at Calvin before participating in the Spanish Semester is Honduras.

Interim/Spring Program
All courses are taught in Spanish. You must enroll in SPHO 205 and SPHO 315, and then choose among the remaining courses for a total of 12–16 hours during the semester.

Watch a video about La Universidad Pedagogica Nacional where some of these courses are taught.

SPHO 205: Poverty and Development
Analysis of development theories and major issues such as population, the environment, and globalization, and the role Christian values can play in shaping responses to them. Includes several field trips. 3 semester hours, fulfills Global and Historical Studies core and elective for International Development and Missions minors
SPHO 315: Engaging Honduran Culture
A weekly seminar in which students compare and reflect on what they have learned from readings, interviews, and daily experiences. Includes speakers and excursions. 3 semester hours, fulfills
CCE credit
SPHO 302: Advanced Grammar, Conversation, and Composition II
A continuation of Spanish 301 and the second gateway course to the major or minor sequence. Designed to improve speaking and writing skills through vocabulary acquisition, honing of grammatical accuracy, and extensive practice in oral and written communication. 3 semester hours
SPHO 308: Introduction to the Hispanic World
This course introduces students to the major developments of the Hispanic World from antiquity to the independence of the American colonies in the early 19th century. Discussions center on the relationship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in the Iberian Peninsula and the Castilian colonies in the Americas. This course is normally the first in a sequence of two and is designed to prepare students for advanced-level culture and literature courses. 4 semester hours, fulfills Global and Historical Studies core
SPHO 309: Introduction to the Hispanic World II
This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from the independence of the Spanish American colonies to the present day. Discussions center on the relationship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in Spain and Spanish America. In addition, students develop their skills in reading and evaluating literature in a second language through representative texts, and they sharpen their skills in critical writing and analysis. This course in normally the second course in a sequence of two and is designed to prepare students for advanced-level culture and literature courses. 4 semester hours, fulfills Literature core
SPHO 340: Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
An introduction to Spanish linguistics, concentrating on the sounds of Spanish (phonetics and phonology), with appropriate pronunciation practice and contrasts with English pronunciation. Included are units on the history of the Spanish language and the major dialects spoken today. 3 semester hours
SPHO 364: Central American Authors
An in-depth study of major Central American authors and works. The course requires the reading of several complete texts and the writing of a major research paper. Prerequisites: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the program director. 3 semester hours
SPHO 390: Direct Enroll Course
Course taken at the Universidad Pedagógica. Prerequisite: Spanish 301, and permission of the program director. 3 semester hours
SPHO 393: Independent Ethnographic Study
Placement in a local agency, school, or business to observe and/or participate in a work setting. Prerequisite: permission of the program director. 2 semester hours


Apply

To apply for the program, please follow the directions to apply through our Horizons online system at this link.

Guest students may apply for this program.

Contact

Program Director, Spring 2015
Maria Rodriguez
phone: 616-526-8641
e-mail: mrodrigu@calvin.edu

Past and Future Program Directors
Spring 2010 (in Mexico): Olga Leder
Spring 2011: Pablo Villalta
Spring 2012: Pablo Villalta
Spring 2013: Pablo Villalta
Spring 2014: Maria Rodriguez
Spring 2015: Maria Rodriguez

 


 

Santa Lucia

Location: In southern Honduras surrounded by a chain of mountains, with the Choluteca River splitting the city from north to south.

History: Founded as a Spanish settlement on September 29, 1578. Became the permanent capital of Honduras in 1880. Originally known for its silver and gold mining industries. Tegucigalpa gets its name from the phrase "silver mountain" in the ancient Nahuatl language.

Population: approx. 1.25 million

Weather: Tropical climate, but because of altitude, more moderate, with average temperatures ranging from 66 degrees to 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Coolest in December and January, warmest and driest in March and April. Wettest during the hurricane season from June to November.

Excursions

Extended trips to Mayan sites, tropical rainforests, colonial cities and other sites in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala are part of the semester.