Earn 6 ASU credits in four weeks in Spain while focusing on Spanish language, literature, and culture.
Based in Seville, but Includes academic overnight excursion to Granada, a day trip to Córdoba , and a four-day excursion to Madrid.
Academic Visits to Madrid could include: Prado Museum, Toledo Cathedral, Toledo Synagogue, Segovia could include: Roman aqueduct, El Escorial: Palace, Seville could include: Cathedral, Seville: Royal Alcazars, Córdoba: Mosque, Granada could include: Alhambra and much more!
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The program is hosted in Sevilla, one of most monumental and fascinating cities of Spain. Within its large downtown, the city exhibits the third largest cathedral in the world and its famous tower, La Giralda; the world-class Alcázar, a great Moorish and Catholic palace; a very well conserved Jewish quarter, the General Archive of the Indies, the main administrative office for the American colonies; the Plaza de España, more than 15 museums, and countless churches. The city is now the guardian of traditional Andalusian culture and the elements that define Spain in popular imagery: flamenco, tapas, and bullfighting.
Students are housed with Seville families and visit the city’s monuments with experienced guides that help them capture the beauty of the city in depth. In addition, among other cultural components, the program includes a typical breakfast (chocolate con churros), a concert, and visit to exhibitions.
The program includes three excursions within Spain. There will be a trip based in Madrid where students visit the Museo del Prado, one of the world's finest collections of European art with works by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Bosco, and many others; and the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Also, during the three-day cultural travel, students visit various Spanish cities: first, Toledo, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its Muslim and Jewish quarters; Segovia with its Roman Aqueduct; and El Escorial, the historical residence of Phillip the Second, King of Spain. There will also be a weekend in Granada full of activities: students visit La Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Cathedral, pantheon of the Catholic Kings (Isabella and Ferdinand); and they experience first hand a Flamenco show in a typical Sacromonte cave. Students will also go on a one day-trip to Córdoba to visit its renowned Cathedral-Mosque, a World Heritage Site, and the Synagogue.
*last-minute changes to schedule may happen due to unforseen circumstances, but will be replaced with alternative activities of the same cultural or academic theme.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
This program is open to all students who have completed 3 college-level semesters of Spanish and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. It is open to non-ASU students and non-degree seeking students.
The program is mainly a culturally-oriented program that offers intensive Spanish language classes. Instructors, books, and class requirements, are the same as those held on ASU's campus during the summer. Applicants are expected to enroll in a minimum of two courses (6 credits). This four-week program is designed to give participants a comprehensive view of the rich and unique cultural history of southern Spain, with emphasis on its rich Arabic heritage. It combines features of a traditional study abroad program with a four-day traveling seminar to Madrid and visits to Granada (weekend), Córdoba (one day). The visits emphasize art, geography, history, gastronomy, language, and literature. The classroom is complemented with an extensive program of guided visits to outstanding centers of cultural importance. By the end of the program, students will have a thorough knowledge of southern Spain and its Arabic/Jewish heritage.
Students must choose a minimum of two courses from the following list:
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish (4) G SPA 313/314 Spanish Conversation and Composition (3) G SPA 325 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3) HU SPA 426 Spanish Literature (from 1700) (3) HU SPA 473 Old and New Spaniards: Spanish Civilization (3) (HU or SB) & G SPA 494 Special Topic: Spanish Culture through Selfies (2-3) SPA 499 Individualized Instruction (2-3)
Carmen Urioste-Azcorra, Professor
School of International Letters and Cultures
LL 405B, Tempe Campus Carmen.Urioste@asu.edu
In Seville, students stay in carefully selected host families throughout the city with three meals/day provided. Classes will be held in a facility no more than 20 minutes walking distance or public transportation ride away from the housing.
During cultural excursions, students will be lodged in hotels with double occupancy rooms with breakfast provided.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. The Spanish Language and Culture Program includes frequent use of public buses for transportation.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. In Spain, the level of accessibility varies across the country (with major cities having made great strides in making museums and other public buildings accessible to those with physical disabilities). Most buses in major cities have ramps to accommodate wheelchairs, and many metro stations have elevators; taxis that can accommodate wheelchairs are available but need to be booked in advance. In historic areas, side-walks can be narrow and have uneven surfaces. The Spanish Language and Culture Program includes frequent use of public transportation. While many buses in Seville are equipped with ramps, accessibility for participants in wheelchairs may vary.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $5,295.
Program Fee includes: 6 credits of ASU tuition, all accommodations, academic visits to Granada (overnight excursion), Córdoba (day trip), the excursion to Madrid, welcome and farewell dinners, three meals a day when in Seville with host family, guided excursions, and international health insurance. Not included: international airfare, passport, books, and personal expenses.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
The Dorothy Govekar Scholarship, administered through the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) for study abroad for Summer 2019, consists of grants of $500 to $1000 awarded to ASU degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students participating in:
- ASU Study Abroad faculty- directed summer programs sponsored by the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC)
- ASU Study Abroad GIE Programs (Global Intensive Programs) sponsored by SILC
Application opens November 22, 2019: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/silc/dorothy-govekar-endowed-scholarship
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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until the Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.