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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.



Quick Facts

  • Dates for Summer 2020 will be June 22- July 18. 
  • Four-week program focusing on Spanish language, literature and culture in León and Barcelona, Spain
  • Time in Barcelona dedicated to the discovery of some of the city's most admired architecture, art, and cultural achievements
  • The application deadline is March 1st, 2020
  • Academic visit to Barcelona
  • Earn 6 upper division ASU Spanish (SPA) credits

Student feedback:

“I would highly recommend this program.”

“What three things shouldn’t be changed in the program? The professor/director, the location, the curriculum.”

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Leon, Spain

Location Details

During the four-week program, students experience the historical Spanish city of León. Founded by the Romans and later a kingdom in the medieval ages, today León is a city of 140,000 people with innovative and international institutions dedicated to culture and science. León is situated in Castile along the centuries-old Way of Saint James pilgrimage route, and combines a long history and rich traditions with forward-looking modernity. The program combines classes with the opportunity to visit cultural sites The time spent in the city of León includes several field trips to cultural sites that attract tourists from around the world, including a visit to a Templar Castle, and to Las Médulas, the most important gold mine in the Roman Empire, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. León is a university town with student ambiance for young people.

During the program, students also spend a weekend in Barcelona discovering architecture, painting, and cultural achievements by figures such as Gaudi and Picasso, as well as enjoying world-class Spanish cuisine. The program may also allow for time to be spent in non-program activities for students to travel on their own and to explore the surroundings and to engage in various outdoor activities. Well situated, León is 90 minutes from the beach, 2 hours from Salamanca, and 2 hours from Madrid.


Visa Information

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

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

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.


Eligibility Requirements

Students must have taken 4 semesters of college-level Spanish. This program is open to non-ASU students and non-degree seeking students.


Because language study is a learning experience that goes beyond the classroom, the academic environment is suited to the student who is committed to learning Spanish in a program that will immerse students in the language, history and culture of Spain. Applicants are expected to enroll in a minimum of two courses (6 credits) held to the same academic standards as on-campus courses. Depending on their Spanish level and academic needs, students will be able to select courses in language, literature and culture.

There is a Special Topics course that focuses on words, images and places from León and Castilla-León and Madrid to Barcelona, in the context of Spain (SPA 494/498). There will be various opportunities to explore the city of León and its surroundings (museums, monuments, food and cultural sites), and some places alluded to in the texts. This course integrates the location of the program, the field of research of the Program Director, and is consistent with the ASU goal of global/local awareness. This special topic would also allow Spanish majors to fulfill the capstone/pro-seminar requirement.

SPA 314 Spanish Conversation and Composition (3) G    
SPA 325 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3) HU
SPA 412 Advanced Conversation and Composition (3) G
SPA 425 Spanish Literature (to 1700) (3) HU
SPA 426 Spanish Literature (from 1700) (3) HU
SPA 473 Spanish Civilization (3) (HU or SB) & G
SPA 494 Topic: Barcelona, Madrid, and León in the Context of Spain (3)
SPA 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3)


Faculty Director

Professor Carlos J. Garcia-Fernandez
Professor of Spanish Literature and Film Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of International Letters and Cultures
Arizona State University
Office: LL 448 - C Tempe Campus
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202
Tel: (480) 965-9491(480) 965-9491

Carlos Garcia



Sagrada Familia

Program Housing

Participants will reside individually with local families in which three meals each day, seven days a week and laundry are included (during the weekend in Barcelona' students will share rooms in a hotel/residence with breakfast included). This housing experience provides the opportunity to speak Spanish and allows students to be immersed in the culture. Classrooms are within walking distance of the program housing.

Special Considerations

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.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. 

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. 

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. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

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 our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $4,995. 

The program fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, all accommodations, field trips and excursions, four day trip to Barcelona, most meals, and international health insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare to/from Spain, transportation to/from the airport, passport and visa fees, incidentals, additional meals, passports, books, personal expenses and miscellaneous items.

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

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/24/2020
Rolling Admission 06/22/2020 07/18/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.