Summer Study Abroad in Spain
Spain is a land of cathedrals and flamenco dance, modern architecture, and mouth-watering paella. But, it is also a culturally-diverse country with relics and remnants of Roman, Moorish, and Celtic cultures, and its world-renowned cities like Sevilla, Barcelona and Madrid reflect these influences. Spaniards have a flair for living in the moment and relish late-night parties, or fiestas. It is no wonder that the Spaniards balance the vigor with which they experience life with a little rest. The siesta is a natural part of the Spanish day, and provides a chance to escape the heat of the afternoon and prepare for an evening of good food and time with friends.
Live in Valladolid, Spain
The Castilla y Leon region could easily be mistaken for a fairy-tale kingdom. It’s home to some of Spain’s most historic and picturesque castles, cathedrals, and villages. The capital of this region is Valladolid, a magnificent city founded in the Middle Ages that lives very much in the present. Local traditions are strong here, including a magnificent Holy Week procession, and devotees of Spanish literature make pilgrimages to Miguel de Cervantes’ house in town. The local culture has a fun side, too; there’s a regular tapas competition held between local bars, and a major international film festival takes place in Valladolid every autumn. It’s the perfect place to experience Spanish culture first-hand.
Academics : This summer session is an intensive language seminar, perfect for students who wish to learn a great deal of Spanish in a short amount of time. Classes are held for 20 hours each week and cover grammar, conversation, culture, and comprehension. All levels of Spanish students can participate, from beginners to advanced speakers, and they will be placed in the course that is right for them.
In the afternoons, activities are organized for participants to learn more about Valladolid and the Castilla y Leon region. These activities may include screenings of Spanish films, trips to local art museums, Spanish music listening sessions, and guided architectural walks.
The course also includes three Saturday excursions to places of interest around Spain. These excursions, guided by members of the Art History faculty, take students to internationally recognized locations. The destinations change from year to year, but in the past the destinations have included: Salamanca, Ruta de los Castillos, Segovia, and Avila. These excursions are a great way for students to practice their Spanish and learn more about the area, while spending time with friends from the program.
Housing and Participant Life : Participants in this program stay with local Spanish host families. Staying with families is a valuable part of becoming immersed in the local culture, and it’s one of the best ways for students to practice their Spanish outside the classroom. Host families are welcoming and enjoy having foreign students stay with them. All host family accommodation includes three meals every day plus laundry.
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