Spanish in Spain





The Program

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 courses taken at La Universidad de Cadiz. 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.


Nestled between Seville and Malaga, Cadiz is the southernmost province of Spain. If you seek the authentic taste of Andalusian culture and tradition, you need look no further than Cadiz. Besides a wide variety of natural spaces of exceptional ecological beauty, this region contains wetlands and coastal areas that remain untouched. The more than 260 kilometres (approximately 162 miles) of coastline are home to pristine beaches, small bays and several kilometres (miles) of sand dunes. You will also find cosy and intimate beaches with tranquil waters, as well as open beaches swept by strong winds that are perfect for windsurf lovers. An average annual temperature of almost 18ºC (64ºF) on the coast and over 300 days of sunshine per year make this enclave between Africa and Europe a privileged place to live and study.

With its 3,000 years of history behind it, Cadiz is the most ancient city of Europe. The metropolitan area of the city juts out into the Bay of Cadiz and offers all the comforts of a modern city. It is a historic city, but a living and breathing one that does not suffer the effects of mass tourism. Built on land that was once an island, there are two parts to the Cadiz of today. The centre is the old part of the city, with narrow maze-like streets that open out onto charming squares. The old city walls and fortifications that surround this part of the city exude memories of a past full of naval history. In the part of the city beyond the walls, you will find the new districts of tall buildings that line the central main road. Both parts of the city enjoy urban beaches and magnificent communications and service infrastructures.

Academic Program

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 advanced. The level of credit depends on the individual's academic background in Spanish, as determined by his or her transcript.

Academic Credit and Course Registration

USM students need to register themselves as soon as summer registration is available. Your personalized course registration code will be sent to you via email. Non-USM students will be registered by your program coordinator as soon as summer registration becomes available. Click here for more information on course registration.


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). 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 Programs 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 two meals per day 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 $TBA for six (6) credit hours. This price includes tuition, fees, mandatory insurance, home-stay, two meals per day, welcome reception and group excursions/activities.

Excursions/activities include:

  • visit to a castle in Puerto de Santa Maria
  • Andalusian gastronomy cooking
  • Flamenco workshop
  • Day trips to Ronda and Zahara de la Sierra; Vejer, Baelo Claudia, and Tarifa; and Sevilla

Flight is not included in the cost of the program. (Please do not book individual flight without director's consent.)

Financial Aid

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 the International Programs Office.

Application and Payment Deadlines

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, are due by TBA. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of International Programs. Balance of fees, less deposit, or appropriate proof of financial aid is due by TBA. The balance of fees should be paid directly to the USM Business Office. Click here for more details on the payment process.

Program Cancellation

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, program deposits are non-refundable. Once you have applied to a particular program, paid your deposit, and been accepted to participate, the Office of International Programs will begin paying fees on your behalf. If you cancel your participation on a program after fees have been paid out on your behalf, those fees will be billed to your student account.  If you must cancel, log in to your program application and withdraw. In addition, send written notice to The Office of International Programs.

Program Directors Information

Co-Director, Dr. Jeanne Gillespie
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Phone: 601.266.4315
Fax: 601.266.6541

Co-Director, Luisa Garrido Baez
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Phone: 601.266.4964

Program Coordinator

Melissa Ravencraft, Coordinator
Office of International Programs
Phone: 601.266.5009
Make an appointment with Melissa

Spanish in Spain Course Syllabi