Program Overview

Experience beautiful Oviedo, Spain, located in Northern Spain in the Asturias region. Led by Southern Oregon University Professor of Communication, Alena Ruggerio, this program will engage students in a detailed exploration of environmental persuasion as it relates to the local people and culture as well as an examination of how Spain is depicted in public messages and how that compares and contrasts with our own experiences of Spain.

The program will include several day trips and excursions to local sites of interest. We will go on a weekend excursion to Covadonga, located in the beautiful Picos de Europa Mountains. In addition, we will go on an overnight excursion to one of the following destinations: Bilbao/San Sebastian, León/Astorga, Madrid/Toledo, Salamanca. This overnight excursion is led by an art historian. Both excursions include transportation, local visits and accommodations in 3 star hotels.

Academic Details

Students will enroll in two courses with Professor Ruggerio and one additional Spanish language course ranging from beginner to advanced. The two courses taught by Professor Ruggerio will be ‘Asturian Environmental Persuasion’ and ‘The Spanish People in Words and Images’. Each course consists of 40 contact hours. Courses taught by Professor Ruggerio will be taught in English. The Spanish language courses will be taught in Spanish.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty leader Alena Ruggerio is a Professor of Communication at Southern Alena Ruggerio. She has been recognized for teaching excellence, including being voted by student government as SOU’s “Most Warm and Welcoming Professor”. Her teaching philosophy is focused on connecting communication skills to students’ quests for greater purpose.

Housing Description

As part of this program you will live with a homestay family. Under special circumstances, another student from the program may be placed in the same household, but each of you will have your own room. Host families vary from single-parent homes to families with young or older children. Each situation in a homestay is unique. Living in a homestay is an important part of your study abroad experience, allowing you to more fully integrate into the language and culture of the community. Placements are made with your specific preferences taken into consideration. While every effort will be made to meet special dietary requirements or preferences, some flexibility may be required.

Homestays are located throughout Oviedo within walking distance or a short bus ride of the GEO Center and city center, and include three meals a day, taken with the family, and light laundry.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Quarter20183/15/20184/15/20189/29/201812/16/2018

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.