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

Barcelona, Spain
Salamanca, Spain
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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.

This six-week study-abroad program combines classroom work, local excursions and events, a family stay in Salamanca, and independent dormitory living in Barcelona. There will be three courses offered, of which each student takes two (see Academics Tab).

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 freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to this program.

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

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in 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:

  • SPAN333: Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times

And ONE of the following courses

  • SPAN311: Advanced Communication I
  • SPAN408X: Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies: Spain: Salamanca and Barcelona

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. This course is also approved to fulfill a Gen Ed requirement for Humanities.

Students will stay with host families in Salamanca for the month that we are there: single room, half board, internet, and course materials provided by the Colegio Hispano Continental. In Barcelona, students stay in a dormitory in shared rooms for two weeks. Half board, internet, and course materials provided by International House.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

Costs are current for Summer 2020.
**Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. The application deadline is March 3, 2020, 11:59 pm PT.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Optional activities/incidental expenses
Optional trip cancelation/interruption insurance

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


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

Nélida Devesa-Gómez, Faculty Program Leader, is a fourth-year PhD student at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her academic interests concentrate primarily on the literature of 20th Century Spain and the Spanish intellectual in exile. She is from Cádiz (Spain) and holds a double BA in Journalism and Comparative Literature from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and an MA in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures from Catholic University of America. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and served as a Spanish TA at the University of Evansville, Indiana. In Spain, she devoted herself as an English teacher for two years before joining the graduate school. In the last five years, she has taught several Spanish courses from beginner levels to upper-division undergraduate at CUA and UMD. She has been an instructor in Salamanca-Barcelona Study Abroad Program for the last two summers and served as Program Leader for Summer 2019.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leader. 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, Monserrat 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 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 05/29/2020 07/12/2020