Study in Spain at the Universidade da Coruña - Centro de Linguas
June 24, 2023- July 22, 2023
Application closed- program filled
The CSU in A Coruña Spain 2023 summer session program at the Universidade da Coruña is designed to provide an authentic and diverse learning environment for Spanish language students at the intermediate and advanced levels. Two credits will be taught by the CSU faculty leader Dr. Matías Martínez-Abeijón, who will accompany the group to Spain and serve as the professor of record for the course. The tuition for these two credits will be charged by CSU as an extra expense. Four credits will be taught by local Spanish professors at the Centro de Linguas (CL-UC) at the Universidade da Coruña. The cost of these Spanish university credits is in included in the program fee. All courses and grades will appear on the CSU transcript as "in residence" credits and will count towards the CSU GPA.
Located in the northwest autonomous region of Galicia, the city of A Coruña is the capital of the province of the same name. The city is home to many large museums, cultural institutions, tourist attractions and historical monuments. There are two international airports within a 50 mile radius (Alvedro-A Coruña and Lavacolla-Santiago). The region is a hub for education, fishing, shipping and textile manufacturing. A former kingdom, Galicia will expose students to Spain's regional and national nuances.
Students will earn 6 credits of Spanish for this summer experience. Most will enroll in a 2-credit Field Studies course, SPN 241/341/441/540 in summer session II which will meet four times (3.3 hrs each) on the CSU campus in the week before leaving for Spain. These two credits of Spanish Field Studies are an extra tuition cost on top of the program fee. See current tuition rates to help you budget for the extra two credits of tuition. Exceptionally qualified students (undergraduates with 3.0 GPA, B or higher grade in SPN 345 and instructor's approval) may be permitted to enroll instead in the 4-credit Spanish major Capstone course SPN 495 in lieu of the regular field studies course.
At the CL-UC courses will be taught by local Spanish professors and may include other international students from around the world or other U.S. universities. The price of the 4 credits at CL-UC is reflected in the program fee and therefore is not an extra expense. Individual course selection at the CL-UC will be based on the results of a placement test and in consultation with the faculty leader, Dr. Martinez-Abeijon.
For graduate level students, SPN 592 will be accepted in lieu of SPN 502 only. Graduate students will be able to use SPN 540 (2 or 4 credits) towards their Spanish Cultural and Literary studies requirement.
Housing and Meals
All students will be housed in a local, off-campus residencia where 3 meals a day and individual rooms will be provided. The price of laundry is not included. Weekday lunches may be packed and taken to campus. Please note that reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate dietary restrictions but meal times are fixed.
Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
June 19-23 Four on-campus orientation class sessions of 3.3 hrs each for SPN 241/341/441/540 Field Studies class (exact date, time and location is TBA)
Saturday, June 24 Group departure from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Sunday, June 25 Arrive at A Coruña; move into residence hall
Monday, June 26 Language placement test
June 27-29 Morning and early afternoon language and culture classes
June 30 cultural visit throughout the city of A Coruña
July 1 cultural visit to Santiago de Compostela
July 3-7 Morning and early afternoon language and culture classes
July 10-13 Morning and early afternoon language and culture classes
July 14 cultural visit in the city of A Coruña
July 15 cultural visit to Northern Portugal
July 17-20 Morning and early afternoon language and culture classes
July 21 Closing reception
July 22 Students move out of residence hall and fly back to Cleveland
All CSU degree-seeking students in good standing who have:
- Intermediate level and above (SPN 102, 201 or 202 with a B grade or higher and director's permission)
- 2.5 GPA (3.25 GPA if graduate student); individuals with lower GPAs may be considered on a case-by-case basis
- 18 years or older
- Completed one year at CSU if a first-year or at least one semester if a transfer or Masters student
At the time of application, applicants must also have no red flags on their financial account at CSU, no outstanding or egregious sanctions resulting from adjudication of infraction(s) against the CSU Student Code of Conduct, and no CSU academic warnings or probation.
A minimum of 10 participants is required for this program and a maximum of 18 will be accepted.
Please contact the CSU International Center if you attend another university and wish to apply to CSU in Spain. Other university students are very welcome.
The approximate program fee is $4,500 and includes:
- round-trip airfare and airport ground transportation
- Group excursions organized and led by the CL-UC and the director
- 3 meals per day and a single bedroom in a residencia
- tuition for 4 credits at the Spanish university
The cost does not include CSU tuition for the Field Studies (2 credits) or the estimated $1,100 needed for food, laundry and miscellaneous travel and personal expenses. To view the current tuition rates, please visit the Bursar's website. Students should budget an additional $1,100 for other expenses not included in the program fee. These extra expenses can include but are not limited to passport or visa fees, meals outside of the residencia, laundry ($3.50 per load), local transportation, souvenir shopping, entertainment, etc.
*The cost may increase due to airline taxes and fees and/or the exchange rate.
Cost of attendance
The Office of Financial Aid uses the "cost of attendance" figure for the program when calculating financial aid. The cost of attendance is determined by adding up all the costs associated with the defined term or program. For the CSU in A Coruña program please add up the program fee, the extra CSU tuition price (2 credits) and the out -of- pocket spending estimates to determine your cost of attendance. The cost of attendance for a typical undergraduate student will be $6,500. If you're an out-of-state resident, a graduate student, or are approved to take the Capstone (4 credits) in lieu of the Field Studies course, your cost of attendance will be higher.
Billing and Payments
The program fee (minus the application deposit) will be assessed to participants' CSU financial accounts at the time of acceptance. The tuition for the Field Studies will be added to the CampusNet account when the student participant "adds" the course to his/her second 6-week summer session academic schedule. If you wish to consider enrolling in the summer budget payment plan please consult the option offered through the Bursar's Office and sign up through CampusNet.
$250 non-refundable deposit due at the time of application. Pay the $250 deposit through Shopnet with a debit or credit card. Only inadmissible applicants will be eligible for a deposit refund. If inadmissible to the program or program cancellation due to low applications, the deposit will be credited to the individual's CSU CampusNet account. Otherwise, it's non-refundable.
There are no voluntary withdrawals and no withdrawal options after application decisions have been made. Participants are considered fully committed to the program and financially responsible for 100% of the program fees. There are absolutely no refunds. Please carefully consider your situation before you apply. Consult with the faculty leader or study abroad adviser before the application deadline.
Remaining program balance will be due by the end of the start of the summer semester OR confirmed enrollment in the summer budget payment plan.
Please make the payments electronically through Campusnet. If your program fees are not paid by the due dates indicated above, you may be removed from the program, but maintain financial responsibility for your portion of expenses.
Students may apply for summer financial aid which as of summer 2023, includes Pell grants and any unused eligible awards from Fall and Spring. Please speak with a Financial Aid Specialist as soon as possible in All-in-One/ Campus 411 for details (BH 116). Students may also apply for educational loans like Parent Plus loans or through private lenders which can be found on FASTCHOICE. We can not stress enough the need to speak with a Financial Aid adviser BEFORE you apply for admission to the program. Please make sure that you will have enough funds for all of the expected expenses (and develop a plan for the unexpected ones) before you apply for admission.
CISP Education Away General Scholarship (download form) - due March 1
All Pell-eligible students should consider applying online for the Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship - due March 9
Contact your faculty advisor for the application for the Bonnie and Peter Raquet High Impact Learning Scholarship - due April 1
Do I need a Visa?
All participants will need a valid passport to enter Spain. Passports should be valid at least 6 months after the program ends. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain for this one month program. If you need help applying for or renewing a passport please see our Planning Resources.
If you are not a United States citizen (even if you are a Permanent Resident), you may need a visa to enter Spain. Please visit the Spanish Consulate of Chicago website to determine if you need a visa to enter Spain. A personal appearance at the Spanish Consulate of Chicago, at your own cost, is generally needed. If you have any questions about visas, please contact the CISP.
The deadline is February 15, 2023. The $250 non-refundable deposit is also due at that time. N.B. the two links are not joined and both must be clicked separately. Please note: program deposits are non-refundable. The deposit counts towards the program fee and is only refunded in the event that a student is not accepted or the program is canceled. This refund is only available in the form of a credit to the student's CSU financial account.
Application closed- program filled (Application decisions will be made by the faculty leader and the Center for International Services and Programs. Notifications will be sent via email).
Pay Deposit Now click here to make the $250 deposit
Note on Acceptance and Withdrawals
Once notified of acceptance on the program, the student becomes financially and academically responsible to the group and the University. The remaining program fee (minus the application deposit) will be added to each participant's CampusNet account and becomes irreversible. There are no voluntary withdrawals, as each student is needed to make up a group and cover the program related expenses.
Once admitted on a faculty-led program, there will no refund of any of any kind for a withdrawal. Expenses begin being paid out on behalf of the group as soon as a program is considered a "go" and the application decisions are announced. If an applicant is unsure about making a financial and/or academic commitment to CSU in A Coruña, doubts should be cleared up prior to submitting an application. Please contact one of the two administrators listed below to discuss your options.
Health and Safety Considerations
For the health and safety of the entire CSU community, all international travel must comply with CDC guidelines and any in-country and locality-specific mitigation strategies or requirements against disease and virus transmission. All university-sponsored study abroad programs abide by CSU's COVID-19 policies. For information and advice please consult
- CDC Spain information for travelers
- U.S. Dept of State Spain information for travelers
- Galicia COVID-19 health information
- Entrance requriements for Spain
While every reasonable precaution will be taken, there is still a risk when traveling internationally. We strongly urge participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and up to date on all routine and/or recommended innoculations by the time of departure for Spain. If you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider or CSU faculty/staff.
International SOS - Assistance and referrals
Cleveland State has an membership with International SOS (11BCAS000010) as part of the IUC Inter-University Consortium of Ohio's public universities. Any CSU traveler going abroad with university approval may use International SOS services and benefits before, during, or after travel. Easily access the services by downloading the assistance app to your phone. You may also obtain information from their website or by calling the dedicated scholastic client line in Philadelphia (215) 942 -8478. Once abroad, there are additional International SOS call centers around the world waiting to assist. Call the Madrid Assistance Centre from inside Spain + (34) 91 572 4363.
Travel accident and sickness insurance secured by Cleveland State on your behalf is included in your program fee as a secondary policy to any current health insurance you carry. See the Planning Resources- Insurance webpage for details.
Dr. Matías Martínez-Abeijón
Assistant Professor of Spanish- Department of World Languages, Literatures, Cultures
Julie Good (schedule an advising appointment)
Manager of International Programs
Center for International Services and Programs (CISP)
Drop-in Advising/Office hours weekdays 1:00- 3:00 pm BH 412