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What are the Hispanic Studies Courses?

The Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos (Courses in Hispanic Studies or CEH) is an academic program that strives for excellence and that is intended to provide students studying abroad with the opportunity to study the language, history, art, and other aspects of Spanish culture. At the same time this program offers a variety of courses in the Social Sciences, also taught in Spanish, on current topics that affect Spanish and European society, politics, and economics.  This combination of courses in different disciplines provides students with the possibility of learning about Spain from diverse perspectives.

The CEH program promotes the study of Spanish through language courses pitched to different levels or profiles (high intermediate, advanced, high advanced, superior, writing workshop, and Spanish for heritage speakers).  Students can also take direct-enrollment courses (courses with Spaniards), and participate in cultural activities (e.g., theater and music) and sports on campus, all of which help them to integrate better into college life in Spain, making their academic experience more authentic and rich.

This program, founded almost 20 years ago to meet the academic needs of students from U.S. universities, offers students the unique opportunity to study in seminar-format courses in which participation and debate are key elements. By this means students can develop their ability to think critically and read analytically in Spanish.

Students come from some of the most prestigious American universities. Some of the institutions associated with the UC3M include The Johns Hopkins University, The University of California, and the consortial program of Vassar College and Wesleyan University (which also brings students from Columbia and Harvard), Washington University in St. Louis, Marist-Stetson and Boston College, Duke University and the organizations CIEE and International Studies Abroad.

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Class attendance normative

The protocol is as follows:

1) Excused absences: Will be considered excused absences exclusively those due to the following reasons:

  • Illness or medical visit. Requires official medical certificate or equivalent through the approval of the Coordinator.
  • Exams. Absence in exams. Requires only official documentary proof.
  • Unavoidable administrative procedures (obtaining or renewing official documents, citations in Public Administrations, etc.) Requires official proof of the appointment.
  • Scheduled study trips. Requires prior communication from the Program Coordinator to the CEH / SAP Secretary.

The Program Coordinators must send the proof of these absences to Leonor Prado who will communicate the justification of the absence to the professors of the subjects involved. This will be the only valid communication with professors to be able to consider an absence as excused. The communications that, where appropriate, can be made by the students themselves or their programs with the professors will not be valid in this regard.

2) Absences without justification: Absences without justification are all those not included in the previous section.

  • The first unexcused absence is not counted. 
  • Students will have their final grade for the course reduced by 0.3 points if they have a second unexcused absence.
  • If a third unexcused absence takes place, the reduction in the final grade will be 0.5 points.
  • The fourth unexcused absence of a student in a subject will result in the final grade of failed in it, although the student may continue to attend class if he/she wishes to do so.

Those professors who detect cases of students with three unexcused absences must report it to the CEH / SAP Coordinator, Leonor Prado who, in turn, will inform the Coordinator of the corresponding program.

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