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Spain: Spanish Language and Culture in Toledo Summer

Spain- lang in Toledo


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.

Program length 

Summer session: May 2nd- June 26th

*Students will likely need to leave the United States on Saturday, May 2nd to arrive in Spain on Sunday, May 3rd.

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.

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.


Past excursions have included visits to the Alcazar and Roman aqueduct in Segovia, trips into Madrid and Cuenca, as well as exploration of Toledo and its surroundings.  Excursions may vary by term.

Application deadlines 

Please note that many scholarship deadlines fall before the program deadline. Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. For interested students early application is recommended.

Priority Deadline: December 15th, 2019

Final Deadline: February 15th, 2020


Living arrangements 

Students will live with host families. 

Courses and credits

During the summer, students take: 

  • Generally 2 Spanish courses and ML2950(9 credit hours).

A selection of the following courses will be available:

  • ML 2950 Field Study in Spain
  • SPAN 3110 Advanced Conversation and Composition I
  • SPAN 3120 Advanced Conversation and Composition II
  • SPAN 3348 Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • SPAN 3460 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 3550 Introduction to Literature

**SPAN 4000 level available upon demand

All courses will be taught by Ohio University and Universidad Castilla-La Mancha faculty. Courses are subject to change. 


Undergraduate Summer 2020

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 2019

Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program.

About Toledo

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.   

Student Testimonials

Que Guay 2017

Qué Quay 2016

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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.

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here

US citizens won’t need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program.  You may 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:

Office of Global Opportunities  
Walter International Education Center
Tel: 740-593-4583

Cherita King
Program Coordinator 
Office of Global Opportunities
Walter International Education Center
Email:   kingc8@ohio.ed u






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