You will enroll in two to four courses. If you are enrolled in the Internship or Service Learning Seminar, you will typically enroll in two to three additional courses. You are encouraged, but not required, to take a Spanish language course. All courses offered in Segovia are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. 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, in particular how many contact hours are required for internship or service learning credit.
Intermediate and advanced students will immerse themselves in Spanish language at GEO's Segovia Center, and attend classes designed exclusively for GEO participants. Local GEO instructors, experts in their field, have extensive experience teaching U.S. students. All courses are taught entirely in Spanish. Classes are typically small, allowing you the opportunity to interact frequently with faculty members in and out of the classroom. The central location of Segovia facilitates excursions to neighboring sites of importance such as the royal palace in La Granja, the University of Salamanca, the museums of Madrid, the Route of the famous Spanish castles, Toledo and more. Excursions are led by professors and are integrated into the courses, encouraging students to apply what they learn in the classroom to the sights around them. You can participate in tandem language learning activities with local university students or do an internship at a local business or organization.
If you opt for internship or service learning placement, you will work side by side with Spanish nationals, allowing you a unique insight into the professional life of Segovians. You will be expected to dress and conduct yourself appropriately to the standards of the placement organization. In placing students, GEO will try to ensure that you will have a variety of challenging tasks throughout your term; however, you should also expect to help in menial office tasks as well.
Direct Enrollment Details
Fall semester students who meet the necessary academic requirements may complement their GEO course offerings by enrolling in courses offered through the University of Valladolid (UVa) in Segovia. Academic programs at UVa include a wide range of disciplines, including Business Administration and Management, Law, Education, History, Labor Relations and Human Resources.
The University of Valladolid was founded in 1241, and is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the world. The University has four campus locations, including Segovia, and offers courses in over 100 undergraduate degree programs. Its beautiful architecture and rich history make the UVa an interesting and exciting place to study and experience Spanish university life.
Prerequisites & Language of Instruction
Most courses are taught in Spanish, but the university does offer a limited numbers of courses taught in English. Direct enrollment courses offered in Spanish require an advanced level of Spanish, while courses offered in English require a GPA of at least 3.0 or above. Some courses may have additional enrollment prerequisites.
GEO does not pre-approve credit transfer for these courses. Students interested in taking a direct enrollment course should first contact their home institution to determine if the course(s) will be approved for credit.
Enrollment & Class Schedule
Direct enrollment courses begin and end later than the GEO fall semester program. As such, GEO students will complete approximately three quarters of the courses in which they enroll, and will take a specially designed final exam at the end of their program. It is not possible to confirm enrollment in specific courses before arrival in Segovia, and it is important to note that scheduling conflicts may restrict options for direct enrollment at the University of Valladolid.
Students interested in additional coursework through the University of Valladolid (UVA) should indicate their interest on the GEO program application and contact GEO directly.
Internships vary by term. Placements are made in the following fields:
- Public Relations and Marketing
- Publishing and Journalism
- Event Planning
- Sciences and Healthcare
For more information on the Internship and Service Learning Seminar and for potential placements, please see the course listings page.