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  • Locations: Segovia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Home stay
Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, 05 Graduate, 07 Adult Learner Non-UD Students: Yes
Language coursework offered: Yes Field of study: Foreign Languages
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Academic Level: Undergraduate
Max credit hours: 6 CAP-Approved Courses: No
Program Description:
Language Immersion: Segovia, Spain

About the Program

Segovia, a Castilian city situated 55 miles north of Madrid, possesses a millennial history embellished with magnificent monuments. The Roman Aqueduct (2,000 years old, nearly 100 feet tall and almost a half-mile long) dominates the city with its majestic presence and successful synthesis of Roman art and technology. The superb Alcázar, whose history goes back to the eleventh century, was a residence of kings and queens for centuries. It is also said that Walt Disney was inspired by the Segovian Alcázar for his Cinderella's castle. The so-named Lady of the Spanish Cathedrals, constructed in the middle of the sixteenth century, is one of the finest Gothic monuments in Spain. Medieval art and culture can be traced through countless Romanesque churches, manorial towers, convents, monasteries, walls that surround and protect the city, and palaces. The combination of centuries of history and art offer an attractive contrast to the modern urbanism of this city of 60,000. Daily contact with native speakers, all-Spanish classes and living accommodations with a Spanish host families provide students with a total immersion experience.



Students enroll in 6 credits.

SPN 370. Spanish Grammar through Literary Texts: Legends of Segovia (3 Credits)
This course is designed to expand the reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills that students acquired in previous courses of Spanish. The focus of the course will be to develop their ability to use the language effectively and appropriately in real-life situations using a wide variety of activities. Students will be able to learn about Spanish social relationships, last names, news, government, money, professions, and also about asking directions, making purchases, arranging for a place to stay, using Spain's currency and colloquialisms. A systematic review of basic grammatical concepts necessary for communicating in Spanish will enhance the understanding of literary texts. Students will be able to increase their awareness of Spanish culture through a diversity of readings that will take them to discover the mysteries behind the legends of Segovia. Pre-requisite: SPN 202

SPN 370. Culture, Art, Education and Business (3 Credits)

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehension of art produced within the specific cultural context of Spain as a manifestation of human creativity and as a valuable form of historical documentation. Students will learn to appreciate the fundamental and varied roles that art has played and continue to play in our lives. They will be introduced to the history, architecture, painting and sculpture of major artists and movements from Roman art to the contemporary period. Also, they will be able to learn about education, social security, taxes, and banking in Spain. Prerequisite: SPN 202


Dr. Francisco J. Peñas-Bermejo, Chair and Professor of Spanish (Site Coordinator)


Students must be 18 years of age and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing. Completion of SPN 202  or equivalent is required to participate in this program.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course is as follows: 

Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UDI 220 - ME
Rike 201

Classes begin the first week of March and last until the end of April.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2014 Participant
Our trip to Segovia was one of the best summer experiences of my life. You are completely immersed into the culture and it forces you to use your Spanish and improve on it. My host family was incredible and helpful when I was struggling with my Spanish skills. I would recommend this program if you want to build confidence in your Spanish and learn about different cultural values and beliefs.

Carolyn R Brown, Summer 2015 Participant
I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to study abroad and improve their Spanish skills. This trip will definitely pull you outside your comfort zone but it will give you experiences that will help you grow as an individual. From living with a host family, to classes, excursions, and traveling on the weekends, this trip was amazing and so incredibly memorable. The classes and trying to communicate with native speakers were two most challenging aspects of the program. It was rewarding in the fact that I have such a greater respect and appreciation for people of other cultures. If you embrace the differences between Spanish and American cultures, it is crazy how much you will learn and how Spain starts to feel like home.

Karen Noel Noonan, Summer 2015 Participant
Amazing program, definitely worth it to go through UD because the teachers are amazing and you become so close with the people on the trip and then get to see them on campus. We all learned so much and gain knowledge about the different language and culture we came to contact with. I would go again in a heartbeat if I could!

This program is currently not accepting applications.