Enhance your knowledge of the Spanish language firsthand through immersion in Spanish culture! Take intensive language courses with established institute Estudio Sampere while overseas with USFSP faculty! And all while earning direct USFSP credit and making progress toward meeting foreign language and summer enrollment graduation requirements.
The program features Spanish language classes from beginning through intermediate levels taught by Estudio Sampere faculty in small class sizes. Pre-departure and in-country orientations will prepare students to gain the most from the experience. Full day weekend organized cultural excursions to the nearby Segovia, Avila, and Alberca are included. The first day and night of the program will be spent in Madrid.
Salamanca is a city with ancient roots and the capital of the Province of Salamanca in the community of Castile and León. Salamanca is Spain's most prestigious university town and home to its oldest university, the University of Salamanca founded in 1134, where thousands of young Spaniards study throughout the year.
Salamanca life centers around the Plaza Mayor, a beautiful and historic public square originally used for bullfighting that today is surrounded bars, restaurants, and shops. Salamanca is a small city with everything within walking distance--beautiful cathedrals, ancient streets, modern bars, authentic tapas restaurants, and more! The climate is mild and students can expect to enjoy a sunny, warm, and dry summer.
Estudio Sampere is an independent Spanish language institute with locations in Salamanca (Spain), Alicante (Spain), Cuenca (Ecuador), and La Habana (Cuba). Founded in 1956, Estudio Sampere is a NAFSA: Association of International Educators affiliate and accredited by the Cervantes Institute, a government agency in Spain that is the world's largest organization responsible for promoting the study and teaching of Spanish language and culture. Estudio Sampere offers intensive Spanish language instructions during the summer, for which USFSP has partnered with. Estudio Sampere organizes all cultural activities and excursions for the program as well as vets local host families students board with for the duration of the program. Estudio Sampere in Salamanca is located in a pedestrian street just five minutes from the historic Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city.
Who Can Participate
The program is open to students of all majors at USFSP. Students of all majors within the USF system may also apply. Prior Spanish language experience, although recommended, is not required for participation in the program.
In this intensive program, students will be enrolled in language classes that meet Monday-Friday for anywhere from four hours to half of the day. Classes will be determined by the student's level of proficiency or based upon the last semester of Spanish language completed at USFSP or student's home institution. Spanish classes are offered at all levels, though students who have completed at least one semester of Spanish or the equivalent will gain the most benefit. Classes are taught by institute teaching staff with oversight by USFSP faculty Professor Herrero.
Course Approval Form: Students must download and complete a form as part of the application process--click here to download.
Available Courses: Program Director Ana Herrero must interview each student as part of the application process. Before meeting with their academic advisor, each student must contact Prof. Herrero to arrange an interview and sign the Course Approval Form above: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students enroll in SPN 4470 Advanced Overseas Studies, 2-3 credits
AND select from one of the following courses listed below for a total of 6 credits:
SPN 1120 Beginning Spanish I, 4 credits
SPN 1121 Beginning Spanish II, 4 credits (PR: SPN 1120 Spanish I or equivalent)
SPN 2200 Intermediate Spanish III, 3 credits (PR: SPN 1121 Spanish II or equivalent)
SPN 2201 Intermediate Spanish IV, 3 credits (PR: SPN 2200 Spanish III or equivalent)
SPN 3300 Advanced Grammar and Composition, 3 credits (PR: SPN 2201 Spanish IV or equivalent)
SPN 2240 Spanish Conversation I, 3 credits (PR: SPN 2201 Spanish IV)
Credit Type: direct USFSP credit
In order to receive full credit for the program courses, students must attend any class meetings listed, complete an online pre-departure orientation in CANVAS, participate in all group activities on the program itinerary including weekend excursions, and attend courses at the language institute. A link to access the orientation will be sent to students' USF email addresses prior to departure.
Program Charge: $3,650
Accompaniment and on-site program direction by USFSP instructor
Spanish language classes taught by qualified language institute instructors
All class material with the exception of dictionaries
Double or triple occupancy accommodations (with other USFSP program students only) with vetted local host families
Three meals daily with local host family
Laundry (once per week)
All program related, in-country transportation
Emergency medical and evacuation insurance
Full day group excursions to nearby Avila, Alberca, and Segovia
Hotel accommodations in Madrid June 23 and breakfast June 24
Organized cultural activities
Airport transfers to/from Madrid Barajas airport and Salamanca at beginning (June 23) and end (July 15) of program
6 USFSP credit hours (program courses)
International airfare to/from Spain (estimate $1500)
Students with special dietary restrictions are responsible for supplementing own meals above what is already provided by host family. There is no additional charge for vegetarian diets.
Personal spending (entertainment to vary by individual)
Meals not covered in program in Madrid or on excursions
Passport or visa expenses--non-US passport holders are responsible for checking the entry requirements of Spain for their country of citizenship and procuring/purchasing any required visas.
*Itinerary and excursions subject to change.
How to Pay
5 days after committing to the program or application deadline, whichever is first.
March 23, 2018
April 23, 2018
May 23, 2018
Once you have been accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to confirm your participation in the program by hitting the Commit button on your personal application page. Having confirmed your participation, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will place charges on your OASIS account. Students will be asked to make a confirmation payment toward the Study Abroad Program Cost (SAPC). Generally, this payment is $500, although certain programs may have alternate payment requirements as indicated on the specific program website.
Once you have committed to the program, you are financially liable for the Study Abroad Program Cost. Please carefully read your program-specific payment requirements as well as the Financial Terms and Conditions for your relevant program.
To make the payment:
ON-LINE (Please note: Do not use the on-line payment option if you have other outstanding charges on your account, as any payment will automatically be credited toward your on-campus charges)
Step 1: Go to USF Single-SignOn
Step 2: Log in using your USF Net ID.
Step 3: Click on OASIS on the top menu.
Step 4: On the Main Menu, go to "Student"
Step 5: On the Student Menu, go to "Tuition & Fees"
Step 6: Click on "Student Bill Payment" PLEASE NOTE: The USF Cashier's Office charges a 2.5% "convenience fee" for using a credit or bank card. If you use an online check you will not be charged the additional fee. They no longer accept VISA.
Step 1: Email the USFSP Education Abroad Office at email@example.com for a payment form. The form must be completed and signed by an authorized member of the Education Abroad Office.
Step 2: Take payment form to the USFSP Cashier's Office (BAY 132). You may pay only pay with check, cash or money order in person. Checks are payable to USF.
Step 3: Please keep a record of your payment for your records.
Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:
You are liable for $100 less any non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
You are liable for $300 less any non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
You are liable for up to 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*
Students must email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify USFSP Education Abroad of their cancellation.
*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable. Non-recoverable costs may exceed to-date funds collected by USFSP Education Abroad at time of student's withdraw from the program.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
Note: The Education Abroad Scholarship application deadline for summer semester is February 16, 2018. However, applicants must be accepted and committed to the program as well as have paid the $500 Confirmation Payment in order to be considered for scholarships. This takes processing time. Therefore, we strongly advise applicants submit all parts of the scholarship application by February 1, 2018.
Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid 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.
All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport or a valid passport from their country of residence. Passports must have an expiration date at least 6 months after the student's scheduled return to the U.S. U.S. citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Europe. Non-U.S. citizens should check with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements for the countries to be visited. International students within the USF System must also submit the Study or Research Abroad Approval eform, listed under "Other Services", in their istart account.
For detailed information on travel documents you may need for your trip please visit our Passport and Visa page.
Students should not book any flights or transportation until notified by Education Abroad later in spring once minimum enrollment for the program is met. Students are responsible for booking their own flights. Group transfers to/from Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) in Madrid to assigned host families in Salamanca at beginning and end of program are included.
Students must book transportation arriving in Barajas Airport by 10am June 23 as well as book transportation departing Barajas Airport after the designated time on July 15. Education Abroad will inform students of this time in spring closer to departure. Students who arrive/depart outside these times, or arrive/depart at other locations, must organize their own transfers to Salamanca.
Students will board with local host families selected directly by Estudio Sampere and within walking distance of classes for the duration of the program. The opportunity to board with a host family provides a more in-depth understanding of daily life in Spain as well as enhanced language acquisition through daily interaction with native speakers. Students can build confidence by practicing conversational Spanish outside the classroom.
Rooms are double or triple occupancy shared only by other USFSP students in the program
Host families will provide students with three meals a day
Laundry available to students once per week
Internet access should not be expected at the host family residences, but is available at Estudio Sampere's facilities and at plentiful internet cafes
Students with special dietary restrictions are responsible for supplementing meals above what is already provided by host family. There is no additional charge for vegetarian diets.