The best way to learn a foreign language is to live within its culture and use it every day. In addition to being the most efficient way to learn a language, living abroad can introduce the individual to new places, new experiences, and all the new perspectives and ideas found in another culture. Through study abroad, students develop important intercultural competencies that will serve them throughout their lives.
Bowling Green State University’s longstanding commitment to cultural and language study is evident in the fact that our Academic Programs Abroad in Spain celebrate over four decades in the greater Madrid area. Over the course of those decades, the program has grown to include a wide range of opportunities not just for BGSU students or Spanish majors, but also for all interested students.
Visit the Spain study abroad program page HERE.
2021 FALL SEMESTER
- Arrival in Spain: September 1st (no later than noon)
- Orientation session: September 2nd
- Regular classes start: September 3rd
- Final exams: December 14th - 17th
- Departure for US: December 19th (R&B finishes on December 19th)
The program is located in the city of Alcalá de Henares, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain's capital. Students attend classes at the Escuela Universitaria Cardenal Cisneros which is affiliated with the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, an artistically, historically, and educationally rich institution founded in the late 15th century. Besides being itself a growing and flourishing center of culture and activity, Alcalá is also within easy reach of Madrid, a lively, cosmopolitan city of 4.5 million people.
To learn more about life in Alcala click HERE
Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html
to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.
To make the experience of living abroad complete through immersion in the language and culture, students are housed with carefully selected families in Alcalá. While enjoying personal freedom, students are able to discover a new culture by joining the customs and meal hours of the host family.
All courses are taught in Spanish.
Academic Year Abroad students will take classes with other students enrolled in the program, taught exclusively in Spanish by carefully selected Spanish professors who are familiar with our program. Tutoring will be available at no extra charge to students needing help with the adjustment. Students with advanced skills in Spanish will also have the option to take classes offered at the University with Spanish natives. All coursework in Spain counts toward graduation, not only as electives but also in almost all cases as fulfillment of course requirements. Furthermore, the course of study is designed not only to fulfill the requirements of students with a major, minor, or specialization in Spanish, but also to fulfill general University requirements.
The normal course load for students in this program is 12 – 15 hours per semester. As can be seen in the course of study on the overleaf, certain classes are offered as part of the course of study each year. In addition, there are a number of courses offered on the basis of demand and enrollment.
Course of Study
Please note that classes may change due to demand and enrollment. Department Policy states that BGSU students may enroll for only one 4000- level Spanish elective per term.
Offered on basis of demand and enrollment
- SPAN 3950 Oral Proficiency Workshop (1 credit hour, required for all students)
- SPAN 3510 Spanish Composition and Conversation I (3 credit hours)*
- SPAN 3520 Spanish Composition and Conversation II (3 credit hours)*
- SPAN 3660 Foundations in Hispanic Literature (3 credit hours)*
- SPAN 3760 Foundations in Hispanic Civilization (3 credit hours)*
- SPAN 4500 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3 credit hours)**
Fall or Spring Semester
- SPAN 3850 Service Learning in Spain [taught in Spanish] (3 credit hours, course title varies)
- SPAN 3800 Internship [ taught in English] (3 credit hours, course title varies)
- SPAN 3820 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture (3 credit hours, course title varies)**
- SPAN 3830 Topics in Hispanic Film and Culture (3 credit hours, course title varies)**
- SPAN 3840 Topics in Hispanic Culture (3 credit hours, course title varies)**
- SPAN 3850 Topics in Hispanic Language and Culture (3 credit hours, course title varies)**
- INST 4890 Internship [taught in English] (3 credit hours, cross-listed with SPAN 3950)**
- SPAN 4700 Readings in Hispanic Literature (1 to 3 credit hours; course title varies)**SPAN 4890 Hispanic Studies (3 credit hours; course title varies)**
*required for Spanish major and minor
**fulfills requirements towards Spanish major and minor
Because the culture of Spain is so rich and varied, the program organizes special educational excursions several times each semester to places of cultural importance throughout the country. The entire cost of these excursions – including all lodging, meals, group transportation, and admissions – is included in the overall cost of the program.
Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office*
*Fees are subject to change by the BGSU Board of Trustees.
Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only!
**We will follow university payment/refund policies and schedules.
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Because the Academic Program Abroad is a part of Bowling Green State University, financial aid that could be applied to study on the BGSU campus can be applied equally to study in the program abroad. Outside financial aid for Academic Year Abroad programs is handled through the University Office of Financial Aid. In addition to outside sources of financial aid, certain special scholarships are available for Bowling Green State University students. First, the Janet M. Shanklin Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to selected students participating in the full academic year program (both fall and spring semesters) and the summer program. Recipients must submit a statement on their reasons for participating in the program and are selected by a committee from the BGSU Romance Languages Department. Second, travel grants for students participating in any program are available through the International Education Committee of BGSU. Proposal forms for these grants are available at the Education Abroad Office.
To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad. For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.
In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE.
Susana Juarez, Ph.D
Resident Director, Study Abroad in Spain
BGSU/SPAIN at Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros
Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
Bowling Green State University
301 University Hall
Bowling Green, OH 43403