Every year, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) offers a Spanish Summer School, which is an intensive, three-week course that starts at the beginning of July. Summer School aims to provide foreign students with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture through a series of courses, seminars and cultural/sports activities. Students will enjoy classes alongside the Canary Islands’ warm summer, sunshine and beaches.
Courses and activities
The Spanish course taught at the Summer School is aimed at both students with no prior knowledge of Spanish and those who, possessing basic knowledge, wish to refresh and improve their skills. The 60 hours offered on this course are divided into daily sessions of four hours, Monday to Friday. Staff are specialised in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. In class, communication skills are strengthened via a particularly dynamic, interactive and enjoyable methodology. Classes are complemented by discussions with experts in different themed areas divided into two itineraries (Sciences and Humanities) and students may choose the itinerary that best suits their profile. The Summer School also includes cultural tours, excursions and fun activities outside the classroom that will ensure students enjoy a memorable experience. The course ends with each participating student receiving a certificate from the ULPGC.
The island of Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria’s extraordinary scenic diversity has seen this island gain the nickname of miniature continent: its high peaks, majestic volcanic calderas and lush valleys in the north are just as impressive as the arid cliffs and sandy dunes found on the south side of the island. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the island’s capital and the ULPGC shares its name with the city where it is located. The city has an excellent public transport network although the distance between the student residence and the Summer School’s university campus is easily walkable.
The month of July in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria brings particularly pleasant temperatures, which is why this city is said to boast one of the world’s best climates. Visitors can enjoy the sunshine along with the wonderful beaches here. The city is also home to an attractive selection of leisure options, featuring numerous restaurant and bar terraces by the sea. Of course, in terms of culture, there are museums on the first expeditions to the New World (in which the Canary Islands played a key role) as well as exhibitions on the island’s former inhabitants, the guanches.
El mes de julio en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria destaca por sus temperaturas agradables, no en vano se dice que la ciudad goza de uno de los mejores climas del mundo, que, junto a sus maravillosas playas, hacen las delicias de los visitantes. Ello propicia, a su vez, una atractiva oferta de ocio que se caracteriza por las numerosas terrazas junto al mar. Y, por supuesto, qué decir de la oferta cultural, entre la que se distinguen los museos sobre las primeras expediciones al Nuevo Mundo, en las que las Islas Canarias tuvieron un papel destacado, así como las exposiciones sobre los antiguos pobladores de las islas, los Guanches.