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Spanish for Teachers

Note (3/10/2020)

We are very sorry to announce that we anticipate all Summer 2020 Study Abroad related travel to be canceled. See the full announcement for details. For more updates in regard to the COVID-19 incident, please visit the CSUSM Incident Response page.

Universidad de Valladolid

Program Highlights:

The University of Valladolid is historically one of the oldest universities in Spain, serving students for over 700 years. Currently boasting a student population of over 30,000 across its regional campuses throughout Castilla y Leon, the Universtiy of Valladolid remains a model of excellence in teaching and research, as well as a leader in the promotion of the language, heritage and environment of the region of Castilla y León!

The Training for Teachers of Spanish as a  Second Language is under the guidance of Faculty Leader, Dr. Ana Hernandez and Catalog & Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Lourdes Shahamiri.  Students in this program will learn key techniques and useful tools for the application of Spanish teaching skills to the classroom. Teachers will have a total immersion experience as they integrate into Spanish life, language, and culture over the course of their two week stay.

spain map

Generally, class will run Monday through Friday, with intensive language instruction by Valladolid faculty in the morning/early afternoon, followed by culture class in the afternoon on select days. In addition, students are encouraged to attend excursions in the city and region to further bring their learning to life.

While program excursions change every year, last year's included:

  • Santander and Santillana del Mar in the north coast of Spain

Academic Calendar:

  • July 10-25, 2020 (Program begins Monday, July 13 and runs through Friday, July 24)

Academic Focus:


Initial Training for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language

Advanced Training for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language

Spanish Class

Courses Available: 

  • EDUC 696-004:  Initial Training for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language
  • EDUC 696-005:  Advanced Training for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language

*Please consult with Dr. Ana Hernandez, School of Education, for curricular questions,

Language of Instruction: 

Cervantes' House


  • Class level: Graduate or Teacher Candidates
  • GPA:  3.0 and above; satisfactory academic performance


3 units, EDUC 696

Please note:  Financial Aid eligibility is based upon how much aid you have left over from the current school year AND enrollment in 6 units over the course of Summer Sessions 1 & 2.  Optional:  If you have used all your offered financial aid for fall and spring semesters, you will need to seek outside loans to cover your program expenses.


All program participants will be assigned to individual rooms with a homestay family for the duration of their stay in Valladolid.  The homestay environment will offer wonderful insights into Spanish culture and many practical benefits of Spanish language practice.  Some homestays can house only one student, while others may take in up to three, with each student housed in individual rooms.  There is no guarantee that friends will be placed in the same homestay, but careful attention will be given to placing students in the environment best suited to their personalities and preferences.  All homestays will be within a reasonable walk or bus route to the university. 

Estimated Cost: 

$1,875 program fees to Global Education; $252 program fees to Extended Learning billed to your student center if you are seeking credits for the course.

All fees include tuition, full room and board, medical insurance, and limited excursions.  Airfare and personal expenditures are NOT included in the program cost.

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Get a Feel for Valladolid...courtesy of YouTube


  1. Attend an information session led by faculty leader, Ana Hernandez and co-leader, Ms. Lourdes Shahamiri.  Once proof of attendance is verified, you are eligible to apply.  Space is first come, first served.
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below.   All application materials must be received by Friday, March 20, 2020 along with your non-refundable $300 deposit to the Office of Global Education, ELB 588.  Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.65% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.
  3. Final payment is due on Friday, April 24, 2020 to the Office of Global Education. 
    Final payments preferred via CashNet.  See #2 above for specifics..
  4. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Professor Hernandez and Ms. Shahamiri to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course.  Proof of attendance will be recorded.

Certificate Ceremony