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

Barcelona, Spain
Salamanca, Spain
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SU 19 Spain

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 SPAN301 and preferably also 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:

  • SPAN333: Spanish culture, Civilization and Literature III

And ONE of the following courses

  • SPAN311: Advanced Conversation and Grammar Review
  • SPAN408X: 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.

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

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

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.
In Barcelona, students stay in a dormitory in shared rooms for two weeks. Half board, Internet, and course materials provided by IH.

Costs listed are for summer 2019.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering 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 $43
Tuition $4,787
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 $0
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $200
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $50
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

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.

Nélida Devesa-Gómez, Faculty Program Director, is a third-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 was an instructor and the coordinator helper in Salamanca-Barcelona Study Abroad Program for Summer 2018. 

Cecilia Battauz is a third-year PhD student at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese whose field of study is 20th century Argentine literature. She holds a BA in English Language Teaching, and an MA in World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics with a concentration in Spanish and TESOL from West Virginia University. As a teacher of English, she taught children, adolescents and adults in public schools in Argentina, both in urban and rural areas. She also worked in private institutions and was co-director of the American English Institute (Nogoyá, Entre Ríos). Before attending graduate school, Cecilia worked as Spanish teaching assistant and manager of the Spanish House at Macalester College (Saint Paul, MN) for four years. As a graduate student, she has taught varied undergraduate Spanish courses in West Virginia University and at the University of Maryland. Throughout her career, she has participated in conferences, projects and professional development workshops in Argentina and the United States. For the current academic year, Cecilia serves as GA at her department.

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, 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 2019 03/03/2019 03/11/2019 05/31/2019 07/14/2019