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.
Advanced students who choose to enroll in the Internship typically enroll in two additional courses to ensure a total of at least 12 quarter or 8 semester credits for the program.
Fall and Spring Semester
The Fall semester offers 2nd and 3rd year Spanish courses. Spring semester only offers 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.
Spring semester is structured in block courses. During each block, advanced Spanish students will complete seperate courses. The first block, Block A, is nine weeks and you will enroll in three courses. The second block, Block B, is five weeks and you will enroll in two courses. Students wishing to extend their studies in Segovia can enroll in the Maymester program, which is Block C, for an additional five weeks and offers different courses.
Spring Semester Block A courses: Spanish Culture and Civilization: Contemporary Spain, Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition, Spanish Art History: From the Golden Age to the 20th Century; Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
Spring Semester Block B courses: Spanish Lanugage - Pronunciation and Phonetics, Spain and Its Role in the European Union, Spanish Literature: Spain in Crisis, Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
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.
Advanced students will have the option of taking 3-4 courses, each consisting of 45 contact hours, and may choose an internship instead of one of your courses.
The Maymester offers Spanish courses at the 2nd and 3rd year levels. Students on this program will enroll in one or two courses, each consisting of 45 contact hours, and have the option of an internship in place of one course.
UO Students: Please note that the Maymester program dates overlap the Spring quarter at the UO and therefore cannot be an option unless you participate in a Spring semester study abroad program that ends prior to the start of the Maymester.
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.
Internship opportunities vary by term and organizational needs. Advanced students who opt for an internship 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.
Placements in the past have been made in the following fields:
- Public Relations and Marketing
- 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.