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SPAIN - Islas Canarias

Our Summer Program in Canary Islands, Spain


Decentering the Spanish Conquest: The Indigenous Experience in the Canary Islands

Hunter College and University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria




Canary Islands, Spain


July 1, 2016 to July 26,2016

Credits Offered

SPAN 791, 3 Credits

Tuition is not included in the program fee!

Application Deadline

March 18, 2016

We encourage you to submit applications early!

Financial Aid

Student Loans

Program Fee

$ 950.00 (estimate)

Program Fee includes room, breakfast & lunch, excursions, cultural events, and international health insurance

Airfare is not included in the program fee!

Payment Schedule

$ 350.00 Application Fee & Deposit due with all application documents before March 18, 2016

$ 600.00 Program Fee Balance due before April 21, 2016

We encourage you to submit payments early!

Tuition - check with the Registrar (OASIS) or Bursar for tuition payment deadlines



Program Description:

The Romance Languages Department will offer one graduate course for Masters Level and advanced undergraduate students in July 2016 entitled "Decentering the Spanish Conquest: The Indigenous Experience in the Canary Islands." The location of the course will be the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, Spain. The course will run from July 1st to July 26th.

The course "Decentering the Spanish Conquest: The Indigenous Experience in the Canary Islands" will offer a nontraditional view of the Spanish Conquest of the Americas and the Canary Islands through the study of historical, literary, artistic and cultural texts. Students will focus on the study of the Indigenous inhabitants of the Canary Islands and their experience of the conquest of this archipelago and the Americas. The course will be taught in Spanish.

Why The Canary Islands:

The Canary Islands were the first colonial experiment of Spain. In fact, the archipelago was the last stop that Columbus made before arriving in the Caribbean Sea. The Atlantic archipelago was critical to Spanish colonization and that legacy remains important in America today.  The islands were a laboratory for the occupation of the Americas: slavery, sugar cane plantations, and in the eyes of Europe, both have a common birth. 

The Canary Islands constitute a unique geographical space. These islands sit only 115 kilometers away from the African coast and 1,050 kilometers away from Europe. They belong politically in Spain, geographically in Africa, and culturally in the Caribbean. Geography has been a major element in the construction of the Canary Islands as a utopian space. Due to the transatlantic cultural connection to the American continent, which began in 1492, the Canary Islands have a close relationship to the Americas. Because of this triple continentality and hybrid status, the archipelago is an ideal location to teach Spanish language, literature, and history.

Cultural Excursions:

Students will read literary, historical, and cultural texts to examine the life of the Pre-Hispanic civilizations prior to the conquest. We will also learn about the indigenous civilization outside class through cultural visits and field trips. Some of these visits include the house of Christopher Columbus, El Museo Canario, and a Cave painting Expedition.




Contact Information:



Estimated Total Cost of Attendance:



Program Fee

$ 1,275.00 per session

$ 950.00 per session

Not included in program fee (estimates):



Local Transportation

$ 1,200.00

$ 500.00

$ 60.00

TOTAL: $ 3,985.00



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