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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 27-June 21, 2023 (students will fly out May 24 to arrive afternoon of May 25; will depart homestay by noon on June 22)

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 Avanzado III Spanish 399 3 Completion of Spanish Minor
Nivel Superior Spanish 450A 3 Spanish 350A

*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
  • Current COVID-19 vaccination (at least the initial vaccination(s) plus at least one booster if eligible) is strongly encouraged for participation in any of CSUSM’s international travel programs due to the increased risk of contracting COVID while travelling.   


  • 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 and appear under External Institutions tab in you myCSUSM.  


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

A Note on Financial Aid & Veteran's Benefits:

Please note that January and Summer programs are not financial aid eligible since they are optional terms at CSUSM, and therefore, all program fees would be considered out-of-pocket.  All program fees maintain strict deadlines and are due to the Office of Global Education the term prior to when studies will take place, following the dates set forward in the How to Apply section below. You may begin researching alternative loans, Parent PLUS loan options etc. through the Office of Financial Aid:

If you are using VA benefits (CH33 or CH35), you must verify with Study Abroad that the program meets all of the following criteria:

  • Taught by CSUSM faculty
  • Course is needed as part of your degree plan
  • Tuition charges will appear on you student account

If all of the above criteria are met – you must reach out to Veterans Services for additional eligibility information – prior to signing up for the program

Note: Only the tuition piece of the program – if approved – can be submitted to the VA for payment.  All other costs will be the student’s responsibility.

This program is not supported by CALVET due to enrollment posting at transfer school – you can contact for further information.

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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 16, 2024 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 $2,600 is due on Friday, April 5, 2024 via the payment methods outlined above. 
    Final payments preferred via TransAct.  See #2 above for specifics.
  4. A mandatory language 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:  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, February 9 9:00-10:00 AM ZOOM: