Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in Spain

Universidad de Granada with bonus 3-day excursion to Morocco
June 2- July 7, 2018
6-8 credits      

Application deadline extended to March 7                           


Housing and Meals

Program Itinerary


Program Price

Cost of Attendance


Making Payments

Financial Aid


Do I need a visa?


Pay Deposit

Contacts for More Information

Program Description
The CSU in Spain 2018 summer session program at the Universidad de Granada is designed to provide an authentic 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. Four credits (Intermediate-level students) and six credits (Advanced-level and beyond) will be taught by local Spanish professors at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) at the Universidad de Granada. All courses and grades will appear on the CSU transcript as "in residence" credits. Intermediate level students will earn 6 credits for the summer and Advanced level students and MA candidates will earn 8 credits.

Granada is located in the southern part of Spain and has a rich cultural heritage that will allow students to reflect on the diverse nature of Spain and its history. Granada is also a convenient base from which to explore the cities of Málaga, Sevilla, and Córdoba, all destinations included on the CSU in Spain itinerary. With the Mediterranean coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains both nearby, Granada is an excellent place for study abroad students.

At the end of the program, the group will travel to Northern Morocco for a 3-day excursion which includes a stop in Fez.

Academic Program

Students will earn 6 or 8 credits of Spanish for this summer experience. Most will enroll in a 2-credit Field Studies course, SPN 241/321/441/541 which will meet four times on the CSU campus in the week before leaving for Spain as well as on Monday and Thursday afternoons in Spain during the month of June. 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 3.5 GPA or better or MA candidates with 3.8 GPA or better) may be permitted to enroll in a 4-credit Field Studies course or a 4-credit Capstone course in place of the 2 credit option.

At the Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) of the Universidad de Granada, intermediate language students will enroll one 4-credit language course. Advanced language students including graduate-level, will enroll in two electives courses for 3 credits each. These courses will be taught by local Spanish professors from the CLM at the Universidad de Granada and may include other international students from around the world or other U.S. universities. The price of the 4 or 6 credits is reflected in the program fee and therefore is not an extra expense. Individual course selection at the CLM will be based on the results of a placement test and in consultation with the faculty leader, Dr. Martinez-Abeijon.

Housing and Meals

All students will be placed in a local host family who will provide them with three meals a day, 7 days a week, as well as reasonable laundry service (to be determined upon arrival). Your faculty leader can help you navigate this new relationship. There is arguably no better way to advance your language skills and inter-cultural competence than by living with a host family. Host families are identified and arranged through the CLM. Students will meet their host family upon arrival in Granada and immediately proceed to their home.  Some families will be within walking distance of the CLM while others way require a short bus ride to campus. In preparation for school or travel days, host families should be asked one day in advance to prepare a packed lunch. The price of housing, laundry once a week and meals is included in the program fee.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

May 29- June 1  Four orientation class sessions of 3 hrs each  for SPN 241/321/441/541 Field Studies
Saturday June 2 Group departure from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
June 3 Arrival in Spain, host family meet and move-in
June 4 Orientation at CLM, Universidad de Granada and placement test
June 5- July 2 Monday-Friday Classes morning and early afternoon
During this period there will be short group excursion to Sevilla, Córdoba,  Alhambra Palace, Generallife Gardens, Albaicín neighborhood,  the Royal Chapel and Cathedral, Almuñécar and Nerja and possibly Malaga
July 3- 6 Excursion to Northern Morocco
July 7: Return to the U.S.


All CSU degree-seeking students in good standing who have: 

  • SPN 102 or higher
  • 2.5 GPA or 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 true first-year or at least one semester if a transfer or graduate level student

At the time of application, applicants must also have no financial holds on their CampusNet account, no outstanding sanctions resulted from adjudication of infraction(s) against the CSU Student Code of Conduct, and no CSU academic warnings or probation.

A minimum of 12 participants is required for this program and a maximum of 20 will be accepted.

Please contact the CSU International Center if you attend another university and wish to apply to CSU in Spain.

Program Fee

The approximate program fee is $5,199* for Intermediate language students (without SPN 302) or $5,699* for Advanced and Masters students (completed SPN 302 or above) and includes:

  • round-trip airfare and airport ground transportation
  • Eight group excursions organized and led by the CLM
  • full room and board (3 meals per day and laundry service) in an single bedroom with a family in Granada
  • tuition for 4 credits (Intermediate students) of Spanish or tuition for 6 credits (Advanced/Master's students) at Spanish university
  • 3 day guided excursion to Northern Morocco (to be confirmed)
  • Basic Spanish health insurance while in Spain

The cost does not include CSU tuition for the Field Studies (2 credits). To view the current tuition rate, go to  Students should budget an additional $600+ for other expenses not included in the program fee. These extra expenses can include but are not limited to passport or visa fees, "eating out", local transportation, souvenir shopping and entertainment, etc.

*The cost may increase due to airline taxes and fees and/or the exchange rate.

Students may submit a written request seeking an exemption to the group flight under extraordinary circumstances. Please make your request in writing to both Dr. Matias Martinez-Abeijon and Julie Good by the application deadline (Dec 14th/ Feb 23rd).

Cost of attendance

The Office of Financial Aid uses the "cost of attendance" figure when calculating financial aid. The cost of attendance is determined by adding up all of the costs associated with the defined term or program. For the CSU in Spain 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 in-state undergraduate student will be approximately $6,575. For advanced language students (completed SPN 302) the cost of attendance is approximately $7,000.  The cost of attendance for the typical MA student will be $7,270. If you're an out-of-state resident or plan to take the Capstone, your cost of attendance will be higher.

Billing and Payments

The program fee (minus the application deposit) will be assessed to participants' CampusNet 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 first 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 Office of Treasury Services 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, the deposit is credited to the 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.

First installment due April 7

Remaining Program Balance due April 28

Please make the payments electronically through Campusnet or by cash/check at the Cashier’s Office in Main Classroom. If your program fees are not paid by the due dates indicated above, you may be removed from the program but you will maintain financial responsibility.

Financial Aid

Students may apply for summer financial aid which as of summer 2018, includes Pell grants. Please speak with a Financial Aid Specialist as soon as possible in All-in-One/ Campus 411 for details (MC 116).  Students may also apply for educational loans through private lenders or through 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.


A scholarship is available to students through the Center for International Services and Programs (CSU International Center). Eligible students can apply for the CISP Education Abroad Scholarship (download and print off the application form.

The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will be offering a scholarship to the first 10 admissible students who are majoring or minoring in a CLASS discipline. Please see Dr. Matias Martínez-Abeijón for details.

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. Additionally, the 3-day excursion to Morocco also requires a passport and may require a visa depending on your nationality.

If you are not a United States citizen (even if you are a Permanent Resident), you may need a visa to enter Spain or Morocco. 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 CSU International Center.


Application deadline extended to March 7    

The priority deadline to apply is Thursday, December 14, 2017. Final application deadline is February 23, 2018. All admissible applicants who apply by the priority deadline will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate offered by Dr. Matias Martínez-Abeijón.  The $250 non-refundable deposit must also be made on-line through the second link below. 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 due to lack of interest. This refund is only available in the form of a credit to the student's CSU financial account.

Apply Now

Early deadline is December 14 and final deadline is Feb 23. Application decisions will be made by the faculty leader and the Center for International Services and Programs (CSU International Center). Notifications will be sent via email.

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Application deadline extended to March 7    


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 Spain, doubts should be cleared up prior to submitting an application. Please contact one of the two administrators listed below to discuss your options.


Dr. Matías Martínez-Abeijón
Assistant Professor of Spanish- Department of World Languages, Literatures, Cultures
RT 1651

Julie Good (schedule an advising appointment)
Manager of Education Abroad Programs
Center for International Services and Programs (CSU International Center)
Contact via email with questions:
MC 412