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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer 1, Summer 2
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Length: Summer I or II
Class Eligibility: Freshmen, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores Field of Study: Spanish
Program Description:

Samford in Spain

Summer I: Madrid, May 25 - July 2, 2018 (5 weeks - 8 credits) or
Summer II: Madrid and Salamanca, May 25 - May 25 - July 30, 2018 (9 weeks - 16 credits)


Samford University’s Language Study Abroad summer program offers a unique opportunity to explore Spain’s rich heritage of language and culture through classroom study, travel and the experience of daily living with local families. Options are offered for study periods of five or nine weeks in distinctive parts of the country.


The Spanish experience begins in one of the most vibrant cities of the world. Enjoying more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe, the capital city of Madrid is the economic, cultural, artistic and geographic center of the country. Students experience its myriad facets through organized visits as well as through daily living.


Students choosing the nine-week option will experience a different way of life in this smaller, more quiet provincial capital, home of the oldest university in Spain. During the summer months, the historic town square teems with students from around the world. *Occasionally, schools in other locations, such as El Puerto de Santa María, may be used in place of Salamanca.

The Study Center

Samford in Spain operates in cooperation with the Estudio Sampere [ES], a privately owned language institute accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education and a full member of the International Association of Language Centres. Instruction is characterized by small classes, individual attention and weekly evaluations. Students from around the world progress at their own rate under the tutelage of native Spanish professors at this internationally recognized institute. All schools are centrally located.

Distinctive Program Features

Home Stays: Students live and take all meals with Spanish families carefully selected by ES staff. This is considered the best way to become immersed in Spanish language and culture.

Resident Samford Professors: A Samford professor is on-site at each center to provide orientation, academic counseling, tutorials and attention to student needs.

Escorted Visits: Students participate in an orientation tour of Madrid, escorted visits to museums and monuments in the city, and Saturday excursions to Segovia, Toledo, E1 Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. Those remaining to study in Salamanca experience similar visits to sites of cultural interest in those areas.

Tour of Andalucía: Samford professors accompany students on a six-day guided excursion by bus through southern Spain. Visits include Córdoba, Sevilla, Granada, Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol.

Individual Travel Options: Students may travel on their own during free weekends or, by prior arrangement, at the end of the program.

Proficiency Testing: Each student will be tested for proficiency by ES at the beginning of the program and will be placed in classes accordingly. At the end of each semester, students will be evaluated further by Samford faculty in an oral proficiency interview.

Samford Credit: Academic credit is given by Samford University based on the successful completion of course requirements.

Certificate of Studies: ES awards a Certificate of Studies upon the successful completion of the program.

International Friendships: ES students arrive from around the world, offering the opportunity to establish international friendships through interaction in class and at school social functions.

Admission: The program is open to any student in good standing at Samford University or other institutions of higher learning. Students at other colleges and universities will register as transient students of Samford.

Program Costs: The prices for the program are NOT listed on our website due to not being available until just prior to our first orientation meeting since we are always shopping for the best currency exchange rates. The all-inclusive cost will include the following:

  • Round-trip airfare from Birmingham or Atlanta to Madrid with ground transfers
  • Tuition and fees, Samford and ES
  • All books for ES courses
  • Lodging with Spanish family and three meals daily
  • Local transportation in Madrid
  • Guided panoramic tour of Madrid
  • Six-day escorted tour of Andalucía, including hotels and meals
  • Escorted Saturday excursions as well as afternoon and evening visits to places of cultural interest
  • Entrances to a bullfight, Zarzuela performance and flamenco show
  • Guided tour of Gibraltar
  • Medical coverage in Spain, including medicines prescribed there
  • Orientation, supervision and evaluation by Samford faculty

Financial Aid: Students qualifying for financial aid at Samford may apply that aid to the Language Study Abroad programs.

  • SPAN 101-102, Elementary Spanish I & II (4 credits each)
  • SPAN 201-202, Intermediate Spanish I & II (4 each)
  • SPAN 340, Advanced Career Studies: Commercial Correspondence (4)
  • SPAN 351-352, Language Study Abroad: Advanced Spanish I & II (4 each)
  • SPAN 353-354, Language Study Abroad: Cultural Studies I & II (4)
  • SPAN 405, Special Topics: Spanish Theater (4)
  • SPAN 450, Special Studies (1, 2, 3, 4 ) (Any EIS course may be taken using these numbers and a special studies contract.)
Credits: 8 or 16

8 Credits
Net Program Fee**: $2,275
Tuition: $5,976
Total: $8,251

16 Credits
Net Program Fee**: $700
Tuition: $11,952
Total: $12,652

These prices are all-inclusive, and include flights from Birmingham or Atlanta. Other Gateway cities can be used, but there may be a slight increase in price, depending on where you are flying from.

**Important Note: Samford University subsidies non-London study abroad programs with 70% of the tuition paid for the course. For the 5-week program, the subsidy of $4,183 is subtracted from the true program cost of $6,459. For the 5-week program, the subsidy of $8.366.40 is subtracted from the true program cost of $9,066. If a student withdraws from the course before departure or participates in the program without registering for the course, they will be responsible for the true program cost.

If you want to study in Spain for nine weeks, just apply for Summer II.

Charley Workman

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