Travel to Àvila, Spain and spend six weeks learning intensive Spanish language over the summer. Previous Spanish language experience is not required for participation as there are various levels of instruction offered from beginner to advanced. Classroom instruction by qualified and experienced teachers emphasizes the spoken language is combined with hands-on activities both in and out of the classroom. Classes are taught as small groups and students advance at their own individual pace. As an enhancement to instruction, this program also includes preparatory sessions for the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, twice a week
Classes are taught at the prestigious Àvila Campus of the University of Salamanca. You'll participate in four hours of daily intensive language instruction at the campus and enjoy many cultural activities in beautiful Àvila, designated a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1985. In addition, students in this program will participate in OPI practice sessions twice a week. Three weekend excursions to Madrid, El Escorial and Segovia are included in this program.
Housing and Meals
You may elect to live with a local host family or stay in the international student residence on campus. Home stays include three meals a day with the family.
Instructor Information Alfonso Illingworth-Rico, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish at EMU, handles all student coordination for this intensive language program. He is a native of Mexico with experience in study abroad programs, both as a student and a coordinator. He teaches Spanish language and culture at EMU, serves as general coordinator of the Spanish language program in the Department of World Languages, and has co-directed the Àvila program since 2010.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid and EMU scholarships can be applied to the tuition and fees for this program. Additional scholarships available for EMU students that wish to study abroad can be found through the Office of Financial Aid. Scholarships specifically applicable to this program include:
R. Clyde Ford Memorial Scholarship for students in Language and International Trade programs
Paul Adam Kosma Scholarship for students in Language and International Trade programs