Spain: Spanish Language and Culture in Toledo Spring Semester
This study abroad program is offered by the Ohio University Department of Modern Languages in association with the Universidad Castilla-La Mancha. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture while living in Toledo. This incredibly historic and stunningly beautiful city, for many centuries the capital of Spain, still retains much of its medieval architecture and narrow winding streets. It is said that every stone has a story to tell and yet it is only 30 minutes by train from modern Madrid.
Spring Semester- 11 weeks of instruction plus Spring Break: January 27 – April 20 th 2018
Eligibility and selection process
The program is open to undergraduate students who have completed SPAN 2120 or equivalent (by the semester before departure) with a 3.0 average and are in good academic standing.
NOTE: Since the program duration/time of study is less than 90 days, you will NOT be required to obtain a visa for your stay in Spain. However, you will not be allowed to travel at all after the program is over, and must return to the US within just a couple of days after the end or be subject to heavy fines.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
Weekend excursions to Granada and Madrid. Day excursions to Segovia, Consuegra and Madrid.
Students will live with host families.
Courses and credits
During the spring semester, students take:
- Generally 3-4 courses and ML2910 (12-15 credit hours)
A selection of the following courses will be available:
- ML2910 Field Study in Spain
- SPAN3120 Advanced Conversation and Composition II
- SPAN3348 Spanish Civilization and Culture
- SPAN3550 Introduction to Literature
- SPAN4437 History of the Spanish Language
- SPAN4439 Modern Spanish Usage
- SPAN4565 20th Century Spanish Literature
- SPAN4900 Special Topics
All courses will be taught by Ohio University and Universidad Castilla-La Mancha faculty. Courses are subject to change.
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
The Department of Modern Languages offers merit-based scholarships up to $500 to students with a 3.0 minimum GPA participating in faculty-led study abroad programs for 5 weeks or more. For more information, download the form here: DML Study Abroad Scholarship 2016
Located in central Spain, about 20 minutes from Madrid by high-speed train, Toledo is the capital of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. With a population of 75,578 people, Toledo’s historic core retains its impressive medieval architecture and narrow winding streets, giving you the feel of having stepped back into the Middle Ages.
Many famous people and artists were born or lived in this city, including poet Garcilaso de la Vega, King Alfonso X, and painter El Greco. In 1986 UNESCO declared the city a World Heritage Site for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. Toledo has figured prominently in Spanish history: sites for the Visigothic Councils, one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire, and a place of coexistence of Christian, Jewish and Moorish cultures. One can see the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, the Synagogue of El Tránsito, and the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, testimony to the harmonious co-existence of three different religions and cultures.
Toledo had large communities of Muslims and Jews until they were expelled from Spain in 1492. It still contains important religious monuments. Toledo was famed for its production of steel and especially of swords and the city is still a center for the manufacture of knives and other steel implements. Toledo's Alcázar became renowned in the19th and 20th centuries as a military academy. At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 its garrison was famously besieged by Republican forces.
Additional Information on Spain
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook .
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.
US citizens will not need a visa enter the country for the length of this program. For more information on Visa requirements and the visa process this country can be found here. Once the Spring group is finalized the visa process will be addressed in orientation meetings.
You may also need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here .
For more information contact:
Senior Program Coordinator
Office of Global Opportunities
Walter International Education Center