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.
Our program offers two options for summer study in Spain: the Regular Summer Program for those who have completed at least four semesters of Spanish study, and the Summer Cluster Program for beginning students desiring an intensive language course in Spanish.
Visit the Spain study abroad program page HERE.
May 29th-July 4th
Summer Session 1: May 29-June 27
Summer Session 2: June 24-July 3
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.
In order for our students to receive the full benefit of their experience, the program maintains a strict emphasis on the use of Spanish by its students, both in class and out in day-to-day life. All Academic Program Abroad students will take classes with other students enrolled in the program, taught exclusively in Spanish. Tutoring will be available at no extra charge to students needing help with the adjustment.
The Regular Summer Program
With this option, students elect to study two months in Spain, completing coursework towards a major, minor, or specialization in Spanish as well as University group requirements. As a prerequisite for this program, students must have completed SPAN 2020 – the fourth-semester level of Spanish – or its equivalent (other students: please see our Summer Cluster Program below). Students must be in good academic standing at their home institution, with an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a 3.0 in Spanish courses, or receive special permission from the program director at BGSU.
Students in the undergraduate summer program enroll for 12-13 credit hours. As can be seen in the course of study listed on the next page, certain classes are offered each year. In addition, there are a number of courses offered on the basis of demand and enrollment.
Summer Regular Course Offerings
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.
- SPAN 3510 (3 credit hours) Spanish Composition and Conversation I*
- SPAN 3520 (3 credit hours) Spanish Composition and Conversation II*
- SPAN 3660 (3 credit hours) Foundations in Hispanic Literature
- SPAN 3760 (3 credit hours) Foundations of Hispanic Culture: Spanish Civilization*
- SPAN 3840 (3 credit hours) Topics* in Hispanic Culture: Spanish Art**
- SPAN 4500 (3 credit hours) Advanced Grammar and Composition**
Offered on basis of demand and enrollment:
- SPAN 3810, 3820, 3830 (3 credit hours) Topics (Topics vary)**
- SPAN 4700 (1 to 3 credit hours) Readings in Hispanic Literature (Topics vary)**
- SPAN 4890 (3 credit hours) Hispanic Studies (Topics vary)**
*required for Spanish major and minor
** satisfies requirements for Spanish major or minor
The Summer Cluster Program
The Summer Cluster Program
is a special intensive language course, which does not require previous knowledge of Spanish. It is open to students of all majors at the University. This summer of coursework can fulfill the language requirement for BGSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. The cluster is also ideal for any student who needs to learn the basics of the language quickly and is willing to invest a certain amount of dedication toward such a goal. The student has the chance not only to learn the language in class, but also to return home each day and put the information acquired into practice with the host family and other friends. In fact, the whole country becomes a classroom for the cluster student.
All students in good academic standing, with an overall GPA of at least 2.5 at their home university or college, may be considered for admission to the program.The program requires prior completion of SPAN 1010 or two years of high-school Spanish study.
The Summer Cluster is an intensive language program, which is the equivalent of four semesters of college Spanish. Students receive a total of 13-14 hours of University credit for the cluster, which can fulfill group requirements in degree programs. Moreover, with the foundation received in the cluster, students may continue in Spanish as a major or minor, even staying in Spain for the following semester or year. The course of study is as follows:
SPAN 1020 Elementary Spanish II (4 credit hours)
SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish I (3 credit hours)
SPAN 2020 Intermediate Spanish II (3 credit hours)
ROCS 2950 Field Experience in Spain
Because the culture of Spain is so rich and varied, the program organizes special educational excursions 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
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
Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office*
*Fees are subject to change by the BGSU Board of Trustees at anytime.
Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only!
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BGSU students who qualify for financial aid for a semester at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of the summer program. Students should consult with a Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible for specific details about aid eligibility and summer aid forms.
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.
The Janet M. Shanklin Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one student each summer. The recipient must submit a statement on his or her reasons for participating in the program and is selected by a committee from the BGSU Romance Languages Department. Travel grants are also available for students through the International Education Committee of BGSU. Proposal forms for these are available at the Education Abroad Office.
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