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  • Locations: Avila, Spain; La Alberca, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Salamanca, Spain; Segovia, Spain; Seville, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/23/2018 07/15/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Program Overview

Plaza Mayor Three Quarter View
Program dates: June 23 - July 15, 2018

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. Organized cultural excursions to the nearby locales of Segovia, Avila, and Alberca are included. The beginning of the program will be spent in Madrid.

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 Location Map

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.

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Host Institution

Estudio Sampere Logo

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. 

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Academic Program and Course Information

Bullfighting demonstration

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:

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 and complete an online pre-departure orientation in CANVAS. (A link to access the orientation will be sent to students' USF email addresses prior to departure.)*** 

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Ana Herrero
Adjunct Professor of Spanish 
Office: DAV 230
Phone: 727-873-4730

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Program Costs

New Cathedral
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
  • Three day, two night group excursion to Seville
  • Accommodations in a 3-star hotel in Madrid the final night of the program (June 30) plus breakfast
  • Organized cultural activities to local museu
  • Airport transfers to/from Madrid Barajas airport and Salamanca at beginning (June 10) and end (July 1) of program 
  • 6 USFSP credit hours (program courses)

Not Included:

  • 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.

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Living Arrangements

 University of 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.

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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. 

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How and When to Pay

Piggy Bank

Payment Schedule:

Payment Amount Due Due Date
Confirmation $500.00 5 days after committing to the program or application deadline, whichever is first.
#1 $787.50 March 23, 2018
#2 $1,575.00 April 23, 2018
#3 $787.50 May 23, 2018
Total $3,650.00  

Payment Instructions:

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 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 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.

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Getting There


Once the minimum enrollment has been met, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will release the flight schedule the Program Director will travel on (do not purchase your flight prior to this). Students are strongly encouraged to travel outbound on the same flight as the Director or to coordinate their independent flight to arrive at the same time so that they will have airport transfers provided. Those who do not choose to fly on the suggested flight must be prepared to make their own way to the program site in case of cancellation or flight delay. You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to and from Madrid, Spain. 

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation


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.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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 Spain. Non-U.S. citizens should check with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements for Spain. Non-US citizens should also check-in with the USF International Services Office to ensure reentry to the US.

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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.

Please note: The Education Abroad Scholarship application deadline for summer semester is February 15, 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.

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Safety & Health


Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed safety and health information given in our Pre-Departure Guide before you travel. Also, don't forget to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Europe, including in Spain and Andorra, is 112.

Spain, like the rest of the world, faces an increased threat of international terrorist incidents.  Despite publicly announcing a “definitive cessation of armed activity” in 2011, the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) organization has not disbanded or disarmed.  Historically, foreigners have been killed or injured collaterally in ETA terrorist attacks. 

Like other countries in the Schengen area, Spain’s open borders with Western European neighbors also allow for the possibility of terrorist groups entering and exiting the country undetected.  Spain’s proximity to North Africa makes it vulnerable to attack from al-Qaida in the Maghreb region. 

Crime: While only a small proportion of visitors to Spain are impacted by crime, street crimes against tourists occur in the principal tourist areas. Madrid and Barcelona in particular report frequent incidents of pickpocketing, mugging, as well as occasional violent attacks, some of which require the victim to seek medical attention.

In 2011, the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorist organization publicly announced a “definitive cessation of armed activity” and there have been no attacks attributed to ETA since. While recent arrests have seriously weakened the organization, and despite the announcement, ETA has not disarmed or disbanded. ETA has historically avoided targeting foreigners, instead directing their attacks against the police, military, local politicians, and Spanish government targets as well as towards disrupting transportation and daily life. However, foreigners have been killed or injured collaterally in ETA attacks, and the risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in event of an ETA action is a concern for foreign visitors and tourists. U.S. citizen tourists traveling to Spain should remain vigilant, exercise caution, monitor local developments, and avoid demonstrations and other potentially violent situations. Though extortion threats have recently ceased in the Basque region, bombs have been used as part of criminal extortion of businesses in the past.

Prior police approval is required for all public demonstrations in Spain, and police are present to ensure adequate security for participants and passers-by. Nonetheless, spontaneous demonstrations do take place in Spain from time to time in response to world events or local developments. Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become unpredictable and even violent; you should avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of your surroundings, and pay attention to what the local news media have to say. In general, larger public demonstrations are announced on the Demonstrations page on the U.S. Embassy Madrid.

CRIME: Andorra has a low rate of crime. While most of Spain has a moderate rate of crime and most of the estimated one million U.S. citizen tourists have trouble-free visits to Spain each year, street crimes against tourists occur in the principal tourist areas. Madrid and Barcelona, in particular, report incidents of pickpocketing, mugging, and occasional violent attacks, some of which require the victim to seek medical attention. Criminals tend to frequent tourist areas and major attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, outdoor cafes, Internet cafes, hotel lobbies, beach resorts, city buses, subways, trains, train stations, airports, and ATMs.

In Madrid, incidents 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 Barajas Airport, local hotels, as well as in El Rastro (Madrid’s flea market) and in the Metro.

In Barcelona, the largest number of incidents reported also occurred in major tourist areas--on Las Ramblas, El Prat Airport, Sants train station, inside Metro stations, in the Sagrada Familia area, in the Gothic Quarter, in Park Güell, in Plaza Reial, and along Barcelona’s beaches. There have been a number of thefts reported at the Port Olimpic Area and nearby beaches.

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.

Be especially careful in crowds. Avoid placing passports, cash or other valuables in the outer pockets of backpacks or purses. Pickpockets often use the cover of a crowd to rob unsuspecting tourists and visitors. Do not leave belongings unattended in public areas. Do not put purses on the floor or on the backs of chairs at restaurants. Keep valuable belongings within sight and within easy reach at all times in public areas to reduce the risk of theft.

Thieves often work in teams of two or more people using tactics limited only by their own creativity and imagination. 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. Physical assaults rarely happen. In the past, such attacks were initiated from behind, with the victim being grabbed around the neck and choked by one assailant while others rifle through or grab your belongings.

A group of assailants may surround the victim in a crowded popular tourist area or on public transportation, and only after the group has departed does the person discover he/she has been robbed. Purse snatchers may grab purses or wallets and run away, or immediately pass the stolen item to an accomplice. A passenger on a passing motorcycle sometimes robs pedestrians. There have been reports of thieves posing as plainclothes police officers, beckoning to pedestrians from cars and sometimes confronting them on the street asking for documents, or to inspect their cash for counterfeit bills, which they ultimately confiscate as “evidence.” The U.S. Embassy in Madrid has received reports of cars on limited access motorways being pulled over by supposed unmarked police cars. The Spanish police do not operate in this fashion. We encourage U.S. citizens to ask for a uniformed law enforcement officer if approached.

Theft from vehicles is also common. “Good Samaritan" scams are unfortunately popular, where a passing car or helpful stranger will attempt to divert the driver’s attention by indicating there is a flat tire or mechanical problem. When the driver stops to check the vehicle, the “Good Samaritan” will appear to help the driver and passengers while the accomplice steals from the unlocked car. Drivers should be cautious about accepting help from anyone other than a uniformed Spanish police officer or Civil Guard. Items high in value like luggage, cameras, laptop computers, or briefcases are often stolen from cars. We recommend that travelers not leave baggage in plain view inside parked cars, and keep doors locked, windows rolled up, and valuables out of sight when driving.

While the incidence of sexual assault is statistically very low, attacks do occur. We recommend that U.S. citizens remain aware of their surroundings at all times, and travel with a companion if possible, especially at night. Spanish authorities warn of the availability of so-called "date-rape" drugs and other drugs, including GHBH and liquid ecstasy. U.S. citizens should not lower their personal security awareness because they are on vacation. Be cautious in bars and clubs where alcohol is served. Never leave your drink unattended and never accept an open drink from a stranger. Incidents have been reported of people falling victim to serious crime after having drugs slipped into their drinks.

A number of U.S. citizens have been victims of various scams in Spain. One scheme involves a U.S. citizen receiving an email or telephone call requesting money to assist a relative or acquaintance who has allegedly been arrested, detained, robbed, or injured in Spain. Often, it starts with a call impersonating a grandchild supposedly arrested in Spain, asking the grandparents not to inform the parents. If you receive such an email, we recommend that you not send money. Other scams include lottery or advance-fee scams in which a person is lured to Spain to finalize a financial transaction. Often the victims are initially contacted via Internet or fax and informed they have won the Spanish Lottery (El Gordo), inherited money from a distant relative, or are needed to assist in a major financial transaction from one country to another. For more information, please see the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ web page on International Financial Scams.

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Special Terms

Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

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Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration, and payments:

Joseph Kenny
Academic Program Specialist
Global Initiatives Office
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 204K

Questions regarding academics and courses:

Ana Herrero
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Avenue South, DAV 230