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UMD-Summer: Spain: Culture, Language, and Literature in Salamanca and Barcelona (SPAN)

Barcelona, Spain
Salamanca, Spain
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Salamanca and Barcelona

Take your language learning to the next level by spending six weeks in an intensive language learning program in Salamanca and Barcelona. This program is designed by the UMD Department of Spanish and Portuguese in cooperation with El Colegio Hispano Continental and International House Barcelona. In this program, you will develop Spanish proficiency and experience Spanish culture by attending language classes, living in a homestay, and taking part in excursions throughout the cities and surrounding countryside.

Check out the program's twitter account: @TerpsInSpain and Facebook page.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to this program.

You must have successfully completed SPAN301 or SPAN303 prior to the start of the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you two courses for a total of six (6) UMD credits. All students will be enrolled in:

  • SPAN 333: Spanish culture, Civilization and Literature III

And ONE of the following courses

  • SPAN 302: Grammar in Context
  • SPAN 408X: A Peregrine Land: Displacements and Diaspora(s) to Spain, in Spain and from Spain

All courses are taught in Spanish. Prior to departure, you will be required to attend pre-departure meetings.

The courses you complete during this program will count as resident credit.

You will live with Spanish families in Salamanca. In Barcelona, you will share rooms in a student residence.

Costs listed are for summer 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $80
Tuition $3,835
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $1,060
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $200
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,600
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $50

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

The Program Director, Mariluz Bort,  is a fourth year Ph.D. student at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, whose field of study and interest is literature of 20th Century Spain, more specifically, travel and exile writing, poetry and women studies. She is from Huelva (Andalusia, Spain) and holds a B.A in English Studies and a M.A in “European Literatures and Teaching Languages”. She taught for two years in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, at Harvard University before coming to UMD. She was awarded the International Graduate Student Fellowship to conduct research in Salamanca in 2017. She attended to numerous conferences such as Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, GRAPHSY in Georgetown, Colegio Complutense de Madrid at Harvard University, CIHALCEP in Salamanca and CILH in San Sebastián. She has collaborated in some workshops, projects and conferences at UMD. She has taught a several Spanish courses from beginner levels to upper-division undergraduate at UMD and she was an instructor and the coordinator helper in Salamanca-Barcelona Study Abroad Program for Summer 2015. 

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Study at a Spanish Language Institute.
  • Homestay with a local Spanish family.
  • Excursions to Ávila, Segovia, Zamora, Girona, Figueres, and Mirando do Douro in Portugal (included in cost).
  • Guided tours of the city highlighting history as well as contemporary culture.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/15/2017 03/11/2017 06/01/2017 07/15/2017