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Summer in Spain

 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 our oldest running program, now under the guidance of Professor María Gómez 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:

  • Segovia & Salamanca

Academic Calendar:

May 26-June 23, 2023 (students will fly out May 25 to arrive afternoon of May 26; will depart homestay by noon on June 24)

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

*Additional Courses May Be Available Upon Request*

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

Language of Instruction: 



  • Class level:  Open to all class levels
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; satisfactory academic performance
  • Completion of at least one semester of Spanish
  • Proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (at least the initial vaccination(s) plus at least one booster if eligible) is required to participate in any of CSUSM’s international travel programs.  Due to the increased risk of contracting COVID while travelling, as well as the increased likelihood of having serious complications from COVID if you are not vaccinated, exemptions (religious or medical) are not currently accepted for our travel abroad programs; COVID vaccination is a required pre-requisite. 


  • 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 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.

*(small discount may be possible depending upon currency fluctuation)

Faculty Led Cancellation Policy

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.

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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 and purchase the optional trip insurance to cover you for an unforeseen events.  Please await final program confirmation from the Office of Global Education before purchasing your flights.


An adult passport book with at least 6 months validity until expiration is necessary for overseas travel.  First-time passport book applicants can expect processing times up to 4 months.  Plan to submit your passport applications early if you enroll in this program as withdrawals due to passport delays will not be refunded.  Non-US travelers are responsible for researching entry requirements and possible visas through their country's consular pages.

Get a Feel for Valladolid, courtesy of YouTube

How To Apply:

  1. Attend an information session led by faculty leader, María Gómez-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 10, 2023 along with your non-refundable $500 deposit.  Online payment preferred through TransAct. 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 via the Cashier's Office in Cougar Central, but must include this deposit form to track the payment.
  3. Final payment of $2,495 is due on Friday, April 7, 2023 via the payment methods outlined above. 
    Final payments preferred via TransAct.  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 Gómez-Martin.
  5. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Professor Gómez-Martin to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course. Proof of attendance will be recorded.
  6. Submit your flight details to Global Education here:  Flight Information Form

Summer in Spain: Language & Culture Application:

Summer in Spain Language & Culture Application

Valladolid Homestay Application

Attend an Info Session:

Day Time Location
Friday, January 27 12:00-1:00pm 

Friday, February 3 1:00-2:00pm 

Monday, February 6 11:00-12:00 am MARK 322