|Location: Málaga, Spain (with excursions to Nerja, Moclinejo and Frigiliana and a 5-day tour to Morocco including the cities of Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Tetouan and Chefchaouen)
This course is an opportunity for students of all majors to write in various genres and learn Spanish in Málaga, Spain, a city on the historic Costa del Sol, while living on the vibrant campus of the Malaca Instituto. Regular class meetings will be devoted to a creative writing course taught by EIU faculty in which students will write, workshop fellow students' work, and respond to selected readings. All students will also take an intensive course in Spanish, which will be availabe at all levels and assigned according to each student's skill level. Supplementary weekly visits to local sites will give students the opportunity to experience firsthand the landscape, culture, and history that have influenced writers such as Shakespeare, Cervantes, Corneille, Lorca, and Hemingway. Students will have the opportunity to visit Frigiliana, one of the white villages of the Spanish mountains, historic Alacazaba, an 11th Century Moorish fortress and royal palace, and the nearby country of Morocco, as well as participate in a full-day tour of the Andalusian wine region. Students will also have ample opportunity to travel on weekends to sites of their own choice.
Activities / Itinerary
While overseas, students will spend most mornings at Malaca Instituto taking Spanish classes. Afternoons will be devoted to creative writing classes with Dr. Knight as well as excursions to various landscapes in order to provide inspiration for the writing process. In the evenings and weekends, Malaca Instituto often organizes free or inexpensive optional cultural activities and excursions, and students may also plan independent travel or exploration when group activities are not planned.
Excursions include an afternoon visit to historic Málaga and the Alcazaba and a full-day excursion to the Wine Route (Nerja, Moclinejo and Frijiliana).
The program will culminate in a 5-day tour through Morocco.
Morocco tour itinerary:
Day One: Departure from Málaga to Algeciras and boarding onto the ferry to cross over the strait of Gibraltar. Departure to Rabat, capital of Morocco. Arrival in Rabat and visit of the city. Dinner in the hotel.
Day Two: After breakfast, departure to Casablanca for city tour and visit to the Hassan II mosque. Departure to Marrakech and lunch on the way. Tour of Marrakech and dinner in the hotel.
Three (3) credit hours of Spanish will be earned by participants on this program upon successful completion of the course. Upon arrival in Málaga, students will take a Spanish placement test and be placed accordingly. EIU Spanish credit transfer will be approved by Dr. Stephen Canfield, Chair of Foreign Languages. Please make an appointment with Dr. Canfield prior to turning in your application.
Each student will also receive three (3) credit hours in English upon successful completion of the course. Participants can choose to take ONE of the following courses:
ENG 4761 - Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENG 4763 - Fiction Writing
In Malaga, students will be accommodated in triple occupancy single-sex dormitory rooms with shared baths at Malaca Instituto's Club Hispánico. In Morocco, students will be accommodated wth double occupancy at hotels. Malaca Instituto will provide half board, which includes breakfast every day, lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner on Sunday. Lunch and dinner are fixed three-course menus plus drink.
At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.
Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.
The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **