Spanish in Spain
Visit the Spanish in Spain Photo Gallery
16 May - 21 June 2014
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, 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 palaces, 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 Nacional 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 sidewalk 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 offer 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 breakfast and supper meals with their host family. Many students form 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 $4799 for undergraduate credit and $4999 for graduate credit. This price includes tuition and fees, housing (with families, 2 people per room), meals: breakfast and supper, metro-bus transportation in Madrid, in-country transportation and lodging on weekend academic excursions to Barcelona and Granada, and guided walking tours of Madrid. Transportation from and to Madrid airport is included.
Students also have the option to study for 3 weeks. The cost for this 3 credit hour option is $3299 for undergraduate credit and $3499 for graduate credit. This price includes tuition and fees, housing (with families, 2 people per room), meals: breakfast and supper, metro-bus transportation in Madrid, in-country transportation and lodging on weekend academic excursions to Barcelona and Granada, and guided walking tours of Madrid. Transportation from and to Madrid airport is included.
Flight is not included in the cost of the program.
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 in the International Programs Office before requesting a 2013 - 2014 Study Abroad Financial Aid Application from the university's Financial Aid Office.
Application and Payment Deadlines
Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until 4 April 2014, 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 11 April 2014. 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 11 April 2014. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The International Programs Office should be notified, in writing, of all cancellations.
Program Director Information
Ms Luisa Baez, Director
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Spanish in Spain Course Syllabi (2014 TBA)