University Spanish in Nicaragua

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Program Description

Spanish 0 - beginners
Spanish 1 - further studies
Spanish 2 - Advanced

Spanish studies make up half of the semester. Please inquire to learn more about the courses.

The other half are Latin American Studies where you choose between two levels:

Latin American Studies 1 (English as medium of instruction)
Latin American Studies 2 (Spanish as the language of instruction)

One semester:

0 Spanish and Latin American Studies (30 credits)
1 Spanish and Latin American Studies (30 credits)
2 Spanish and Latin American Studies (30 credits)

Two semesters:

Full academic year with Spanish and Latin American Studies (60 credits)
Full academic year with Spanish and Latin American Studies - combined with Argentina (60 credits)


When you learn Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country, the literature and the use of the new language is a part of everyday life. With initiative and drive, you learn to speak fluent Spanish.

Seminars takes place in groups of 4-6 students led by teachers from the language faculty of the University of León. They are trained to teach Spanish as a foreign language and makes it easier for students to practice the language both orally and in writing. As part of the course you will also visit local organizations.

Grammar class is mainly in the form of lectures.

Perhaps the most important part of the course is the time you spend by throwing yourself into the Nicaraguan society and everyday Spanish conversations with people around you.

Our Spanish courses are academic and gives credits. It is not a regular language course, but a course that you can build on and thus qualify to teach in Spanish.

Latin American studies

This course, which constitute the second half of the semester, gives you an introduction to Latin America's social and cultural development in a historical perspective. The emphasis is on Central America (south of Mexico and north of Panama, excluding the Caribbean). The course gives an account of key historical processes that the region has undergone, and how these processes have helped shape today's political, economic and social institutions. The literature deals with specific cultural traits of Latin America, while providing an introduction to general cultural understanding. Instruction is given as lectures and seminars.

You choose between Latin American classes in English, or Spanish.

The Students

The students have different backgrounds, both academically, professionally and personally. An estimated one-third of the students directly from high school, one third are studying a bachelor and the last third is experienced students or worker.

The structure of the semester

Self Study Period: Before the course begins, you will have a tutorial period when you will get to know the literature and write a short essay.
Teaching Period in León, Nicaragua extends over twelve weeks, with lectures, seminars, excursions and a final written and oral exam.
Home exam: at the end of the programme in León you have three weeks to write your assignment.


Field trips to banana plantations, lagoons, the old city of León, Cultural nights, study centres at the beach "Las Peñitas", and much, much more.

What`s Included

Field trips
Welcome and farewell parties
Cultural events
Breakfast and lunch during weekdays


Latin American Studies, Spanish

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Program Locations

Leon, Nicaragua

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  • Nicaragua: Leon
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5200 Euro
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