Spanish in Spain
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17 May - 22 June 2013
As the birthplace of the Spanish language, Spain is the ideal location for students to learn its language, experience its customs, and discover its history and art.
The University of Southern Mississippi's study-abroad program in Spain offers students the opportunity to actively participate in every facet of Spain's rich culture and heritage. While gaining confidence and proficiency in the Spanish language through renowned language institutes: Enforex and Don Quijote schools, students will also experience the excitement of Spanish music, the Spain's beaches, mountains and countryside, the grandeur of world-renowned architecture, theater, art, bullfights; and most of all, the generosity of Spanish people.
Madrid is located in the heart of Spain. Because it is the capital and the largest city, Madrid is also the economic, cultural, gastronomic, and artistic center of the country. Although comparable to Paris or London, Madrid has a style all its own. Here centuries old places, cathedrals, museums, monasteries, and other historic landmarks coexist gracefully with contemporary technology and infrastructure.
The program offers afternoon excursions to world famous museums such as El Prado, the Museo Nocional de Arte Reina Sofia, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo de America, and walking tours to explore such historic sites as the Palacio Real, the Plaza Mayor, the Hapsburg and the Bourbon neighborhoods and the Retiro Park. More informally, students will enjoy spending their afternoons and evenings chatting in sidewalks cafes, sampling "tapas" (Spanish appetizers) and shopping in the fashion district, at malls, or at the famous flea market, El Rastro.
The Southern Miss Spanish program will be hosted by Don Quijote and ENFOREX Institutes in Madrid. These centers offers e-mail and internet access to students free of charge. Students may also borrow books, videos or music CD's from the library. Classes meet in small groups led by highly qualified instructors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
Program participants will be assigned to classes based on their academic background in Spanish. All courses emphasize communication skills and oral proficiency.
Southern Miss' Spanish in Spain Program awards six (6) semester hours of credit in Spanish to students who complete five weeks of coursework with passing grades. These hours may be taken at any level, from beginning Spanish through graduate-level work. The level of credit depends on the individual's academic background in Spanish, as determined by his or her transcript.
Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA for undergraduates (or consent of program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. The director of the program, in consultation with the Foreign Languages department chair and the Director of International Education are responsible for final enrollment decisions.
Every student will live with a Spanish family. Sharing in a family's home life is an essential part of this program, because it immerses students not only in the Spanish language but also in everyday cultural practices impossible for outsiders to observe. It also provides a safe, comfortable environment and a sense of stability that helps counteract culture shock. Students will share morning and afternoon meals with their host family. Many students from lasting friendships with host family members and continue to correspond with them long after they return to the United States.
The cost of the program is $5799 for undergraduate credit and $5999 for graduate credit. This price includes round-trip airfare from New Orleans on specifically scheduled flights, tuition and fees, international student identity card, books, room and board (light breakfast and evening meal with your family), weekend excursions (including transportation and , when necessary, hotel), afternoon walking tours, ground transportation to and from Madrid airport, and metrobus pass within Madrid. Two full weekend excursions to Granada and Valencia are included in the cost. Students wishing to make their own flight arrangements must contact the International Programs.
Students also have the option to study for 3 weeks. The cost for this 3 credit hour option is $3899 for undergraduate credit and $4099 for graduate credit. Please note, this option DOES NOT include group flight. Students opting for this may contact the Office of International Progams (OIP), 601.266.4344, should they require assistance with flight arrangements. Students chosing this option, must also provide OIP a copy of their flight itinerary prior to departure.
The Spanish in Spain Program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, or applicable graduate assistantships. Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth at the International Programs Office before requesting a 2012 - 2013 Study Abroad Financial Aid Application from the university's Financial Aid Office.
Please note: If you are eligible for both the honors travel award and the Golden Key discount, only one may apply to the cost of the program. We will apply the award/discount which gives you the highest award/discount.
Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until 5 April 2013, space permitting. Southern Miss will acknowledge receipt of applications and students will be informed of their registration status. The balance of fees will be due on 5 April 2013. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.
Cancellations and Refunds
Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to 5 April 2013. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The International Programs Office should be notified of all cancellations. Refund requests must be made in writing.
Program Director Information
Ms. Cynthia Baertich, Co-Director
Ms Luisa Baez, Co-Director
Depart of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Spanish in Spain Course Syllabi