Program Overview

Intermediate and advanced Spanish students can choose from a six-week summer program or semester program. Students seeking to finish the first year of Spanish language studies as well as the second year of Spanish, can choose from a ten-week Spring quarter program.

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.

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Additional requirements

Fall semester, spring semester and academic year students will need to obtain a student visa. Please contact Crystal Galarza for further details: cgalarza@uoregon.edu.

Academic Details

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.

Spring Quarter
The Spring quarter program offers two tracks. The first is designed for students who have previously completed the equivalent of SPAN 102 or SPAN 111 to finish SPAN 103/112 and also the entire second year of Spanish in one term. The second track is designed for students who have completed SPAN 103 or SPAN 112 and wish to complete the entire second year of Spanish plus additional 200 level credits in one term. Both tracks include a pre-set course load of 4 courses, offering 160 contact hours of Spanish instruction.

Summer
You will enroll in two to three courses. If you are enrolled in the Internship or Service Learning Seminar, you will typically enroll in two additional courses. You are encouraged, but not required, to take a Spanish language course.

Fall and Spring Semester
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.
For fall and spring semester participants, if you opt for an internship, 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: Courses are taught in Spanish. Direct enrollment courses require an advanced level of Spanish. Some courses may have additional enrollment prerequisites. Please contact Crystal Galarza (cgalarza@uoregon.edu) 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 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
Internship opportunities vary by term and organizational needs. Placements in the past have been made in the following fields:

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

For more information on the Internship Seminar, please see the course listings page.

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.

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 DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Spring Semester
Year
2019
Priority Deadline
9/1/2018
Deadline
10/1/2018
Arrival Date
1/25/2019
Departure Date
5/4/2019
Term
Summer
Year
2019
Priority Deadline
2/15/2019
Deadline
4/10/2019
Arrival Date
6/22/2019
Departure Date
8/3/2019
Term
Fall Semester
Year
2019
Priority Deadline
3/15/2019
Deadline
5/6/2019
Arrival Date
9/7/2019
Departure Date
12/4/2019
Term
Spring Semester
Year
2020
Priority Deadline
9/1/2019
Deadline
10/1/2019
Arrival Date
1/25/2020
Departure Date
5/2/2020
Term
Academic Year
Year
2019-20
Priority Deadline
3/15/2019
Deadline
4/15/2019
Arrival Date
9/7/2019
Departure Date
5/2/2020

Travel Advisories

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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.