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USF in Spain
Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Torremolinos, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 04/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission 06/16/2015 07/28/2015

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Requirements:
None
Program Type:
USF Sponsored
Eligibility Requirements:
Degree Seeking
Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Open to:
Non-USF Applicants, USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Jim Pulos
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Sponsoring College:
Arts and Sciences
Program Primary Subject:
Languages and Applied Linguistics Area of Study: Spanish
Program Description:
Summer Study in Spain 2015
Malaga/ Madrid/ Salamanca
4 or 6 weeks: July 2 - July 28, 4 weeks | June 16 - July 28, 6 weeks

Program Overview

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 Madrid, and a six week program, based in Torremolinos, Málaga for the first two weeks, followed by the four week program either in Madrid.  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. Courses in Torremolinos-Málaga start at Beginning Level I and include a variety of other language and literature offerings. The teaching staff 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. Torremolinos also features optional day-out and longer excursions to other locations in Spain.

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Location

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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.

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Academic Program and Course Information

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.

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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. Courses in Torremolinos-Málaga start at Beginning Level I and include a variety of other language and literature offerings. Most courses taught by native speakers of Spanish, with Ph.D’s from and employed by accredited American colleges and universities.

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

Credit Type:

Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.

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Faculty

Carlos Cano Associate Professor of Spanish, World Languages

Faculty Bio: Dr. Cano has made 29 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 fifteen 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 alumnus 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

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Program Costs

FORSPRO In-Country Program Price: The basic four-week program cost is $4395.00, plus applicable FORSPRO application fee. (USF tuition/instructional fees not included). The basic six-week program cost is $6195.00, plus applicable FORSPRO application fee.

Note: FORSPRO optional "Add On" program features are at extra cost.

Included:

  • International Airfare
  • Academic/instructional program
  • All lodging
  • 3 meals daily (except Sunday evening-Madrid; breakfast daily during hotel stay in Paris, France)

Not Included:

  • Optional ("add on") program features
  • USF Instructional Fees as indicated below:

4-week Program:

  • $1075.00 Education Abroad Instructional, Administrative, and Insurance Costs (up to a total of 6 undergraduate credit hours)
  • $1380.00 Education Abroad Instructional, Administrative, and Insurance Costs (up to a total of 6 graduate credit hours)

6-week Program:

  • $1450.00 Education Abroad Instructional, Administrative, and Insurance Costs (up to a total of 10 undergraduate credit hours)
  • $2012.00 Education Abroad Instructional, Administrative, and Insurance Costs (up to a total of 10 graduate credit hours)

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Living Arrangements

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 Torremolinos they reside at a local hotel.

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Who Can Participate?

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.

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How to Apply

In order to enroll in the program, you must complete the USF in Spain online application, which may be found on our Education Abroad website, as well as the FORSPRO, Inc. application form, which may be found on their program website at: http://www.foreignstudy.com/

In addition, your Course Approval form must be signed by Dr. Cano and your major academic advisor.

When you have completed the FORSPRO, Inc. application, you must mail it to FORSPRO, Inc. via postal mail at the address below, along with your check (payable to: FORSPRO, Inc.) for their applicable deposit:

FORSPRO, Inc.
3192 Via Abitare Way
Miami,  FL 33133
 
Also, the USF Education Abroad Office must have a copy of your FORSPRO, Inc. application and deposit check, so please send a scanned copy of these items directly to jpulos@usf.edu, along with a message confirming that they have been mailed to FORSPRO, Inc., or deliver a copy of these items to the USF Education Abroad Office.

Non-USF Students should follow the directions on our How to Apply page before starting an application.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.


Additional Payment Instructions:

In order to enroll in the program, you must complete the USF in Spain online application, which may be found on our Education Abroad website, as well as the FORSPRO, Inc. application form, which may be found on their program website at: http://www.foreignstudy.com/

In addition, your Course Approval form must be signed by Dr. Cano and your major academic advisor.

When you have completed the FORSPRO, Inc. application, you must mail it to FORSPRO, Inc. via postal mail at the address below, along with your check (payable to: FORSPRO, Inc.) for their applicable deposit:

FORSPRO, Inc.
3192 Via Abitare Way
Miami,  FL 33133
 
Also, the USF Education Abroad Office must have a copy of your FORSPRO, Inc. application and deposit check, so please send a scanned copy of these items directly to jpulos@usf.edu, along with a message confirming that they have been mailed to FORSPRO, Inc., or deliver a copy of these items to the USF Education Abroad Office.

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Getting There

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.

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FORSPRO will provide the final flight schedule and a paid invoice upon receipt of final payment. Participants will only be issued airline e-tickets.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

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.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

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.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.  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.

Personal Safety:

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.

Scams:

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.

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Additional information will be provided to registered participants, but we encourage you to consult the following websites.

USF Education Abroad Safety Website: Safety While Abroad

US Department of State: http://www.state.gov

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:

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

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

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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.

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Contacts for More Information

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
E-mail: cano@usf.edu

or

Alejandro De La Pava. Spanish Instructor, World Languages
adelapava@usf.edu

Questions pertaining to study abroad, payment or course registration for USF credit:

Jim Pulos, Associate Director
USF Education Abroad
Phone: (813) 974-4043
Email: jpulos@usf.edu

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