This full immersion program is designed to provide participants with a variety of sustained and meaningful interactions with Spaniards as well as with other internationals. The program targets three overlapping groups of students: those who are interested in continuing the study of Spanish beyond the language requirement, those who wish to major or minor in Spanish, and those who desire an internship experience in an international setting. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing are eligible to apply.
Upon successful completion of this program, all students will have fulfilled the ILE requirement. Students who complete 16 credits in Spanish at the 200 level or above will complete the minor in Spanish. Likewise, Spanish majors will have fulfilled their study abroad requirement.
In order to facilitate language acquisition and integration in the local culture, this program places all participants in carefully selected family homestays in which they will enjoy two home cooked meals daily and a private bedroom. Participants may share a homestay with another student from outside the American and Spanish cultures, further expanding their opportunities for cross-cultural interactions.
Juan Ramón de Arana, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages. Licenciatura, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1986); Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis (1995). A native Spaniard, Dr. de Arana was born and raised in Madrid. In 1988 he left Spain to pursue graduate work in Spanish Literature in the United States. He has been teaching Spanish language and literature to U.S. college students ever since.
Melissa Hardin, Lecturer in Spanish and Study Abroad Coordinator. B.A., University of Missouri, Columbia (1987); M.A. Middlebury College (1989); Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis (1999). Dr. Hardin grew up in San Antonio, Texas. As an undergraduate at UMC, she participated in two study abroad programs, first in Southern Methodist University Semester in Madrid, and later in UMC Summer in Madrid. She earned her Masters degree while living independently in Madrid, Spain.
Disclaimer. Ursinus College reserves the right to change or cancel this program based on enrollment.