University of South Florida
|Eligibility:||Please see below for requirements.|
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|Language of Instruction:||English, Spanish||Language Requirements:||None|
|Program Type:||USF Sponsored||Level of Study:||Graduate, Undergraduate|
|Program Advisor:||Jim Pulos|
Malaga/ Madrid/ Salamanca
4 or 6 weeks: July 2 - July 29, 4 weeks | June 16 - July 29, 6 weeks
- Program Overview
- Academic Program and Course Information
- Program Costs
- Living Arrangements
- Who Can Participate?
- How to Apply
- How and When to Pay
- Getting There
- Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
- Health & Safety
- Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
- Cancellation & Refund Policies
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The core month-long program is centered in Madrid, Spain's cosmopolitan capital-- a city of rich cultural, artistic and architectural heritage. It consists of a full-range of curricular options for the student of Spanish language, culture, literature and film. Students may select courses from every level, something not typically available through on-campus summer offerings. There are two study plans: a four week program, based in either Madrid or Salamanca; and a six week program, based in Torremolinos, Málaga for the first two weeks, followed by the four week program either in Madrid or Salamanca. The Costa del Sol is a world renowned stretch of Spanish coastline. Historic Malaga, in Andalucia, is the gateway to the Costa del Sol. Courses in Spanish language are available in Madrid from Beginning II to Advanced Hispanic Literature. Courses are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. Content courses also include History of Spain (in Spanish) and (in English) Spanish Art, Culture, Film, Music, Traditions and Folklore of Spain, and American Writers of Spain. The teaching staff in Madrid is made up almost entirely of professors from accredited American colleges and universities.
A variety of optional features in Madrid include: arts, concerts, and a package of museum visits and day-out excursions as well as an extended excursion to Barcelona or Lisbon, Portugal.
Spanish language courses taught by local Spanish educators in Salamanca or Torremolinos-Malaga start at Beginning Level I and include a variety of language courses and topics such as Hispanic literature and history.
The Salamanca and Torremolinos locations also feature optional day-out and longer excursions to other locations in Spain.
4-Week Program (Madrid/Paris)
The main study portion of this program takes place in Madrid. It is the place where our journey begins. Madrid is the political, legal, and economic center of the country, as well as one of the leading capitals in Europe. The city, with its many leisure activities, museums, and monuments, provides a great setting from which to learn the language and culture of Spain. Our last stop takes us to Paris where you can relax, enjoy and experience a different culture. Paris is a city of world importance and the historic, intellectual, educational, and artistic center of France. This city serves as the perfect place in which to end our cultural journey.
6-Week Program (Malaga/Madrid/Paris)
The program's location at Malaga's Costa del Sol provides the opportunity to explore Andalucia and learn about one of Spain's most picturesque areas. Andalucia is a land which has inspired great writers, poets, actors and painters. It is the birth place of Pablo Picasso and the 17th century royal painter Velasquez. It's the setting for one of the most famous operas of all time, Bizet's Carmen. It is a unique place where east meets west in an exotic melting pot of Jewish, gypsy, Moorish and Christian cultures. It serves as a great place from which to further your knowledge of Spain.
All students must have their courses approved and assigned by the Program Director, Dr. Carlos Cano, and submitted to the Education Abroad Office as part of their application packet. Depending upon the courses selected, student may have class scheduled between Monday and Friday.
USF Courses and Credits:
Courses in Spanish language are available in Madrid from Beginning II to Advanced. Hispanic literature courses are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. Other course offerings include History of Spain (in Spanish) and (in English) Spanish Art, Culture, Film, Music, Traditions and Folklore of Spain; and American Writers of Spain. Spanish language courses taught by local Spanish educators in Salamanca or Torremolinos-Malaga start at Beginning Level I and include a variety of language courses and topics such as Hispanic literature and history.
Spanish Art, Spanish Culture, Spanish Civilization, History of Spain (these courses may be taken under a variety of different course prefixes and numbers. Students must consult with the program director for all course assignments).
Graduate credit available
Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.
Carlos Cano Associate Professor of Spanish, World Languages
Faculty Bio: Dr. Cano has made 28 visits to different parts Spain, but with a distinct emphasis on the capital city of Madrid. He has served uninterruptedly as the USF in Spain Program Director since 1988, and as the Academic Dean for the Spain FORSPRO program for over eleven years. Throughout the years, the program has been located mainly in Madrid, with occasional whole or partial stays in Barcelona, Málaga and Santiago de Compostela. Dr. Cano has introduced hundreds of American students to Spanish language, and the various forms of culture; such as, art galleries, museums, film, theater, zarzuela (Spanish operetta), flamenco, soccer, bullfighting, and other forms of popular entertainment and leisure.
As a teacher abroad, he has made use of whatever resources the country offers so as to provide a meaningful experience based on real living conditions.
Professor Alejandro De La Pava is an alumni of the USF Spanish program. He has assisted Dr. Cano since 2006. As an instructor and coordinator of the section in Malaga, Spain he has enjoyed promoting the culture, literature and history of Spain with students
FORSPRO In-Country Program Price: The basic four-week program cost is $3995.00, plus applicable FORSPRO application fee. (USF tuition/instructional fees not included). The basic six-week program cost is $5795.00, plus applicable FORSPRO application fee.
Note: FORSPRO optional "Add On" program features are at extra cost.
- International Airfare
- Academic/instructional program
- All lodging
- 3 meals daily (except Sunday evening-Madrid; breakfast daily during hotel stay in Paris, France)
- Optional ("add on") program features
- USF Instructional Fees as indicated below:
- $900 Education Abroad Instructional, Administrative, and Insurance Costs (up to a total of 6 undergraduate credit hours)
- $1105 Education Abroad Instructional, Administrative, and Insurance Costs (up to a total of 6 graduate credit hours)
- $1225 Education Abroad Instructional, Administrative, and Insurance Costs (up to a total of 10 undergraduate credit hours)
- $1425 Education Abroad Instructional, Administrative, and Insurance Costs (up to a total of 10 graduate credit hours)
Students participating in the Madrid location take their classes and reside in individual rooms at a student residence in the Ciudad Universitaria with three meals daily (except Sunday evening).
Students in Salamanca take their classes at the Hermanos Maristas School and can reside at this location or with a family, while in Torremolinos they reside at a local hotel.
Any credit-seeking student with an interest in Spanish language and culture may participate.
Although students can choose from a variety of courses, USF academic credit (entailing payment of USF instructional and administrative fees) is a requirement.
In order to enroll in the program, you must complete the FORSPRO program application form, and the separate USF Education Abroad Online Application, which can be found on our Forms Page. In addition, your Course Approval form must be signed by Dr. Cano and your major academic advisor. The FORSPRO application must be completed and submitted with your applicable deposit (payable to: FORSPRO, Inc.) as well as the Education Abroad online application materials. The deadline for applying is April 15, 2013.
You may also mail the FORSPRO, Inc. applications and payment to:
USF Education Abroad Office
4202 E Fowler Avenue, CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550 USA
Upon submitting both completed USF and FORSPRO applications to the Education Abroad Office (101 Patel Center), together with a $900 initial program installment, plus applicable FORSPRO registration fee, payable to FORSPRO, and a payment of $500.00 payable to USF, your application and deposit will be forwarded by the Education Abroad Office to FORSPRO.
You will later be invoiced by FORSPRO directly for the balance of payment due for your program in Spain. Your final balance, due to FORSPRO by May 1, 2013, will depend upon the program options selected. Upon receipt of FORSPRO invoice, program participants will pay program fees directly to FORSPRO.
The balance of your USF costs will be posted on your OASIS account and will be due by May 1, 2013. The charge will be listed under the term in which the program takes place (i.e. Summer 2013). Students will be given a payment sheet to take to the USF Cashier's Office. Payment may be made by check, cash, cashier's check, money order or credit card.
Checks should be payable to USF ***Please write Spain/FORSPRO Summer Study Abroad 2013 in the memo portion of the check, and include your student U number on the top of the check.***
Credit Cards: Please note that if you are using a credit card and paying on-line (service fee applies), you may NOT choose how the payment will be applied. For example, if you have housing, parking or library charges, your on-line payment will be applied to these fees first. You may avoid this and still pay by credit card by going in person to the Cashier's Office.
Please confirm that your Application Form has been received by Education Abroad prior to mailing your payments to the USF cashier's office. Checks should not be sent to the Education Abroad Office, but to the Cashier's Office directly:
University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Avenue, ADM 147
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
***Please write Spain/FORSPRO Summer Study Abroad 2013 in the memo portion of the check, and include your student U number on the top of the check.***
FORSPRO arranges and provides participant's international air transportation as part of their program fee. The airfare included is based on departure from the New York international gateway. Other departure cities are available at additional cost.
FORSPRO will provide the final flight schedule (available on the FORSPRO website) and forward airline tickets upon receipt of final payment. Airline tickets and final documents should be mailed by FORSPRO to program participants two to three weeks before program departure.
FORSPRO and USF provide program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. The insurance is provided by CISI. Please note that the USF insurance does not include trip cancellation coverage or travel insurance (theft of luggage, costs due to delays in travel time, etc.), pre-existing conditions or on-going medical treatment.
Those who plan to travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S. If not provided through your domestic health insurance carrier, this can be purchased separately through CISI or through another agency. The USF Card Center sells the International Student ID (ISIC) card which has a health insurance benefit in addition to providing student discounts overseas. For information, call the Card Center at (813) 974-2357 or visit the office located in the Marshall Center on the USF Tampa campus.
A current passport, valid for six months from the date of travel, is required.
Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/ for further information. Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid. Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid. Note that it is the student's responsibility to meet program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement timeframe.
The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit: Education Abroad Scholarships and Funding for application information and deadlines.
Participants' safety and wellbeing are paramount to USF. Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health. For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to as possible; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be. All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations. In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Education Abroad Safety website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.
As in any large metropolitan city, students in Madrid should be particularly aware of their surroundings and their belongings, and should not draw particular attention to themselves. Pickpockets and scam artists are found in greater numbers in cities and tourist resorts. Students should particularly guard their passports (keep these in a hotel safe or locked luggage) and not carry them unless needed to cash travelers checks. Students should carry on them only the cash needed for several days.
Excessive drinking is the leading cause of life-threatening instances and emergencies abroad. Spaniards grow up with wine at the table, but do not become drunk and disorderly as do some students studying abroad for the first time in Spain or elsewhere.
Public display of drunkenness is dangerous, in that it makes a student a potential target for crime or may lead to physical harm.
In Madrid, crimes have been reported in all major tourist areas, including the area near the Prado Museum, near Atocha train station, in Retiro Park, in areas of old Madrid including near the Royal Palace, and in Plaza Mayor. There have been a number of passport and bag thefts reported at Madrid's Barajas Airport, local hotels, as well as in El Rastro (Madrid's flea market) and in the Metro. Travelers should remain alert to their personal security and exercise caution. We suggest that travelers carry limited cash, only one credit card, and a copy of their passport; leaving extra cash, extra credit cards, passports and personal documents in a safe location. When carrying documents, credit cards, or cash, we recommend that you secure them in a hard-to-reach place and not carry all valuables together in a purse or backpack.
Thieves often work in teams of two or more people. In many cases, one person distracts a victim while the accomplices perform the robbery. For example, someone might wave a map in your face and ask for directions, "inadvertently" spill something on you, or help you clean-up bird droppings thrown on you by a third unseen accomplice. While your attention is diverted, an accomplice makes off with your valuables. Thieves may drop coins or keys at your feet to distract you and try to take your belongings while you are trying to help.
Additional information will be provided to registered participants, but we encourage you to consult the following websites.
USF Education Abroad Safety Website: http://global.usf.edu/educationabroad/out-safety.php
Country Information Sheets:
US Department of State:
Country Specific Information: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1006.html#crime
Preparing for your trip: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/html-site/StudentAbroadHome.html
Health and Fitness Requirements:
The USF Summer Study in Spain program is a largely resident-based program. Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, and walk a great deal, even if taking public transportation. If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor, and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program!
In July, the climate in Madrid is quite hot, which may require an adjustment for many. Air conditioning is not a given. Students should be prepared and wear light weight clothing that is appropriate for city wear.
Travel & Health Links:
- Travel Health Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Travel Health Information from the Food and Drug Administration
- Travel Health Information from the World Health Organization
- Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website: http://www.hillscountyhealth.org/immunizations/travel.htm
Please see the FORSPRO APPLICATION, and review carefully Terms and Conditions for FORSPRO's policy. As always, the Education Abroad Office advises the purchase of trip cancellation insurance for participation in any study abroad program. For additional details, visit the FORSPRO website at: http://www.foreignstudy.com/Application.pdf
Please note that USF will also assess a penalty of $375.00 for cancellation from the program. If USF has to cancel the program, all fees paid will be returned to you.
Questions regarding the academic program in-country, courses or credits:
Dr. Carlos J. Cano, USF Spain Program Director
Department of World Languages, CPR 407
Tel: (813) 974-2077
Alejandro De La Pava. Spanish Instructor, World Languages
Questions pertaining to study abroad, payment or course registration for USF credit:
USF Education Abroad
Phone: (813) 974-4043