Spanish Language, Literature, & Culture in Spain

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Quick Facts

  • May 15th - June 12th, 2017

  • Earn 6 ASU credits in four-week in Spain while focusing on Spanish language, literature, and culture

  • Includes academic overnight excursion to Granada, a day trip to Córdoba , and a three day traveling seminar to Madrid

  • Academic Visits to Madrid: Prado Museum, Toledo Cathedral, Toledo Synagogue, Segovia: Roman aqueduct, El Escorial: Palace, Seville: Cathedral, Seville: Royal Alcazars, Córdoba: Mosque, Granada: Alhambra and much more!

  • Volunteering opportunities available


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all students who have completed 5 college-level semesters of Spanish and have a 2.0 GPA. It is open to non-ASU students and non-degree seeking students.


The program is mainly a culturally-oriented program that offers intensive Spanish language classes. Instructors, books, and class requirements, are the same as those held on ASU's campus during the summer. Applicants are expected to enroll in a minimum of two courses (6 credits). This four-week program is designed to give participants a comprehensive view of the rich and unique cultural history of southern Spain, with emphasis on its rich Arabic heritage. It combines features of a traditional study abroad program with a thee-day traveling seminar to Madrid and visits to Granada (weekend), Córdoba (one day). The visits emphasize art, geography, history, gastronomy, language, and literature. The classroom is complemented with an extensive program of guided visits to outstanding centers of cultural importance. By the end of the program, students will have a thorough knowledge of southern Spain and its Arabic/Jewish heritage.

Students must choose a minimum of two courses from the following list:

SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish (4) G
SPA 313/314 Spanish Conversation and Composition (3) G
SPA 325 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3) HU
SPA 426 Spanish Literature (from 1700) (3) HU
SPA 473 Spanish Civilization (3) (HU or SB) & G
SPA 494 (Special Topic) Topic: Spanish Culture through Selfies (3)
SPA 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3)

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Program Housing

In Seville, students stay in carefully selected host families throughout the city with three meals/day provided. Classes will be held in a facility no more than 20 minutes walking distance or public transportation ride away from the housing.

During cultural excursions, students will be lodged in hotels with double occupancy rooms with breakfast provided.

Faculty Director

Carmen Urioste-Azcorra, Professor
School of International Letters and Cultures
LL 405B, Tempe Campus

Location Details

The program starts with three days in Madrid, where students visit the Museo del Prado, one of the world's finest collections of European art with works by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Bosco, and many others; and the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Also, during the three-day cultural travel, students visit various Spanish cities: first, Toledo, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its Muslim and Jewish quarters; Segovia with its Roman Aqueduct; and El Escorial, the historical residence of Phillip the Second, King of Spain.

The program is hosted in Seville, one of most monumental and fascinating cities of Spain. Within its large downtown, the city exhibits the third largest cathedral in the world and its famous tower, La Giralda; the world-class Alcázar, a great Moorish and Catholic palace; a very well conserved Jewish quarter, the General Archive of the Indies, the main administrative office for the American colonies; the Plaza de España, more than 15 museums, and countless churches. The city is now the guardian of traditional Andalusian culture and the elements that define Spain in popular imagery: flamenco, tapas, and bullfighting.

Students are housed with Seville families and visit the city’s monuments with experienced guides that help them capture the beauty of the city in depth. In addition, among other cultural components, the program includes a typical breakfast (chocolate con churros), a concert, and visit to exhibitions.

The program offered two field trips: a one day-trip to Córdoba, students visit its renowned Cathedral-Mosque, a World Heritage Site, and the Synagogue. A weekend in Granada is full of activities: students visit La Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Cathedral, pantheon of the Catholic Kings (Isabella and Ferdinand); and they experience first hand a Flamenco show in a typical Sacromonte cave.  

Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2016 is $4,990. 

Program Fee includes: 6 credits of ASU tuition, all accommodations, academic visits to Granada (overnight excursion), Córdoba (day trip), and a four day traveling seminar to Madrid, welcome and farewell dinners, three meals a day when in Seville with host family, guided excursions, and international health insurance. Not included: international airfare, passport, books, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.