Spanish Language and Culture in Segovia
This Spanish Language and Culture in Segovia program allows you to immerse yourself in Spanish language studies at the second or third year level. Students at the second year level have the option of the summer or Fall semester. Students at the third year level have the option of the summer, Fall semester, or Spring quarter.
Students at the second year level hoping to study in Segovia for the Spring quarter are encouraged to visit our Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Segovia program page.
You will improve your Spanish language skills in this impressively historical and picturesque city, while 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 experience 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.
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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 learning outside the classroom on 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.
Students at the intermediate level in 2nd year Spanish will enroll in a pre-set curriculum of three courses. Advanced students at the 3rd year Spanish level will enroll in two to three courses of their choosing. Each course consists of 45 contact hours.
The Fall semester offers 2nd and 3rd year Spanish courses.
Students at the intermediate level in 2nd year Spanish in Fall semester will enroll in a pre-set curriculum of four courses, each consisting of 60 contact hours.
Fall semester advanced students at the 3rd year Spanish level will enroll in 3-4 courses of their choosing. Advanced students who choose to enroll in the Internship or Service Learning Seminar, will typically enroll in three additional courses.
This program's Spring quarter offers courses at the Advanced, 3rd year Spanish level. Students seeking to study Spanish at the Intermediate, 2nd year level are encouraged to consider the Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Segovia program.
Direct Enrollment - University of Valladolid in Segovia
Advanced students in the Fall and Spring semesters 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
Courses are taught in Spanish. Direct enrollment courses require an advanced level of Spanish. Some courses may have additional enrollment prerequisites. Please contact a GEO Advisor for a list of current course offerings.
- 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 and spring semester programs. 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.Advanced students interested in additional coursework through the University of Valladolid (UVA) should indicate their interest on the GEO program application and contact GEO directly.
UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.
Non-UO students: 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.
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.