University of Oregon

Spanish Language and Culture in Segovia

Program Overview

These six-week summer and semester-long Spanish immersion programs are designed for intermediate and advanced level Spanish language students. All courses are taught in Spanish, making this program ideal for Spanish majors and minors as well as students interested in taking courses in art history, European studies, history, literature, Spanish culture and more. You will improve your Spanish language skills in this impressively historical and picturesque city, while still being only 25 minutes by high-speed train from Spain's capital, Madrid. In addition, you live in a homestay which further supports your immersion into Spanish society and culture. you will attend courses at the GEO Center with other American students from all over the US, yet also have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in local culture and explore friendships with Segovians. You can participate in tandem language learning activities with local university students or do an internship at a local business or organization. Excursions to neighboring sites of importance and other group activities are included in the program fee.

Internship and service learning placements are also available to qualified students who are committed to gaining a unique perspective into Spanish life. The internship or service learning placement contains both the practical element of working and a reflective element, through the accompanying Internship and Service Learning Seminar. In addition to the internship or service learning placement, You will enroll in two to three other GEO courses.

Academic Details

You will enroll in two to four courses. If you opt to enroll 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.

Location
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.

Credit Explanation
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.

Internship Details

Internships vary by term. Placements are made in the following fields:

  • Tourism
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Education
  • Publishing and Journalism
  • Event Planning
  • Design
  • Sciences and Healthcare

For more information on the Internship and Service Learning Seminar and for potential placements, please see the course listings page.

Faculty and Staff

In summer 2016, Lisa Kuriscak, assistant professor of Spanish at Ball State University, will teach Spoken Spanish in Context, a course in which you will gain practice appropriately interpreting the cultural and linguistic cues in social interactions. With a focus on intercultural competence, the primary goal is to help you have a more integrative experience (classroom learning informs everyday interactions in Segovia and vice versa) and start to go beyond literal meaning to engage in more target-like communication.

Check out the video made by Ball State University, Study Abroad in Segovia, to learn more about Lisa's course in Segovia and the student experience abroad.

Housing Description

Housing in Segovia is designed to help you experience the local culture of Spain and to improve the speed of language acquisition while living with a host family. Daily interactions with the host family afford cultural nuances that could otherwise be overlooked. Homestays in Segovia are carefully selected to fit your needs and requests. Homestays are located within walking distance of the GEO center and classrooms or near local bus lines. You are rarely placed in a home with another student, but if that is the case, you both will always have your own private room with a shared bathroom. Linens, towels and light laundry are provided by your host. Immerse yourself into the daily life and routine of the household and experience Spanish cuisine and food culture as host families prepare all of your meals. Culturally, mealtimes in Spain are a very important time for family and are very pleasant occasions.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Semester2016N/A10/1/151/8/20164/15/2016
Summer Term20162/15/20163/15/20166/17/20167/29/2016
Fall Semester20163/15/20164/15/20169/2/201612/9/2016
Academic Year2016-20173/15/20164/15/20169/2/20164/14/2017
Spring Semester20178/1/20169/1/20161/6/20174/14/2017
Summer Term2017N/A3/15/20176/23/20178/4/2017
Fall Semester2017N/A4/15/20179/1/201712/8/2017
Spring Semester2018N/A9/1/20171/5/20184/13/2018
Academic Year2017-18N/A4/15/20179/1/20174/13/2018

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

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.