Spanish in Spain


16 May - 20 June 2015

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.


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 $4350 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 Frances Sudduth in the International Programs Office.

Application and Payment Deadlines

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until 6 March 2015, 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 18 March 2015. 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 18 March 2015. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The International Programs Office should be notified, in writing, of all cancellations. 

Program Director Information

Dr. Carmen Carracelas-Juncal
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Phone: 601.266.4964
Fax: 601.266.4853

Spanish in Spain Course Syllabi (2015 TBA)