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Summer in Spain

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.

University of Valladolid

Program Details:

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 Summer in Spain program is embarking upon its 22th year of operation under the guidance of Faculty Director, Dr. Francisco Martin.  Students in this program will experience a total immersion experience as they integrate into Spanish life, language, and culture over the course of their four week stay.  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.

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

  • La Ruta de los Castillos: Visits to famous castles in the region

Academic Calendar:

  • Summer 2020:  May 25-June 19 (Flights should depart Saturday, May 23 to arrive the afternoon of May 24, with classes running Monday, May 25 through Friday, June 19 & departure from homestay June 20)

Academic Focus:

  • Intensive Spanish Language & Cultural Immersion
Courses Available: 
Valladolid Course CSUSM Course Equivalent Units Prerequisites
Nivel Inicial Spanish 150 4 One semester Spanish study
Nivel Intermedio I Spanish 201 3 Spanish 102
Nivel Intermedio II Spanish 202 3 Spanish 201
Nivel Avanzado I Spanish 301 3 Spanish 202
Nivel Avanzado II Spanish 350A 3 Spanish 301*
Nivel Superior Spanish 450B 3 Upper Division Spanish Literature
Actividades Extracurriculares:  Intensive Spanish Practice in a Study Abroad Setting  Financial Aid Students Only Spanish 199 1 N/A

*Additional Courses May Be Available Upon Request*

*Please consult with Dr. Martin in the Department of Modern Language Studies, Mark 255, 

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  • Class level:  Open to all class levels
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; satisfactory academic performance
  • Completion of at least one semester of Spanish


  • Nivel Inicial:  4 core units* language, 1 unit general graduation requirements
  • All Other Levels:  3 core units* language, 2 units general graduation requirements

*All units earned will count as transfer credit.  All course work can be used to fulfill the LOTER requirement.

Financial Aid Students:  6 units are required for summer financial aid eligibility. As such, you will be required to enroll in Spanish 199:  Intensive Spanish Practice in a Study Abroad Setting, for one unit. In this course you will be required to write three short compositions based upon your weekend excursions. All compositions will be graded according to your Spanish level. 

Please note:  Financial Aid eligibility is based upon how much aid you have left over from the current school year. 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: 


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

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Please be sure to read the fine print concerning change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, etc. before booking.  Whenever possible, book directly with an airline.

Get a Feel for Valladolid, courtesy of YouTube

How To Apply:

  1. Attend an information session led by faculty leader, Francisco Martin. Once proof of attendance is verified, you are eligible to apply.  Space is first come, first served, and the program regularly fills to capacity.
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below. All application materials must be received by Friday, February 21, 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 of $2,695 is due on Friday, April 10, 2020 to the Office of Global Education. 
    Final payments preferred via CashNet.  See #2 above for specifics.
  4. A mandatory placement test will be administerd prior to departure. Students have the right to discuss exam results and placement with Professor Martin.
  5. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Professor Martin to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course. Proof of attendance will be recorded.