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Spain I - May 11 - June 1, 2014 (3 weeks)
Spain II - June 4 - 25, 2014 (3 weeks)

Spain III - May 11 – June 25, 2014 (6 weeks)

Total Program Fee: $3,900 (Spain I or Spain II)  $6,500  (Spain III)


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Academics and Courses    Application, Cost, and Important Details

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is possible that not all TnCIS programs or all TnCIS courses are available at your institution. A complete listing of courses offered at each member institution is available at www.tncis.org/members. Please contact your TnCIS campus representative for instructions on registering and paying fees.


Program Location:

Long before Madrid became the capital of Spain in the 16th century, Segovia was one of the most important cities in the country. Segovia is a picturesque old city with twisting alleyways, pedestrian-only streets, and the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe, all bordered by a medieval wall and two rivers. The city illustrates a complex historical heritage. The layout of its neighborhoods, its streets and its houses reflect the different cultures - the Moors, the Christians, and the Jews - who coexisted in Segovia during the Middle Ages and competed at the peak of its industrial heyday in the 16th century. In 1985, this sleepy Castilian town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. One of the main tourist attractions is the Alcázar, a royal palace built sometime around the 11th century where Queen Isabel agreed to fund Christopher Columbus’ exploration of the New World. The picturesque palace is said to be Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella's Castle.  Perhaps one of the most interesting structures is the Acueducto. It was built by the Romans to bring water to the city, and it functioned until just 20 years ago. The cathedral in Segovia is the last gothic cathedral in Spain. It is also worthy to mention the existence of many palaces which were built between the XII and the XVII centuries.  All this with some of Europe's most hospitable people.  Segovians will welcome you with open arms (and a kiss on each cheek) and invite you to pull up a chair and take in the magnificent culture, landscape and delicious cuisine in this unique and unforgettable city.

Program Description:

This program is designed to provide students intensive language instruction while they experience Spanish culture first hand. It is an immersion program with English being spoken only as absolutely needed and during some excursions so as not to exclude the beginners. Trips to various cultural sites will also convey important information about both contemporary and historical Spain.  Due to high demand for this program, TnCIS will offer two sessions to choose from in Spain.  Students may apply for the May program or the June program.  Students interested in taking two Spanish courses abroad are welcome to apply for consecutive courses in Spain I and Spain II. In addition to language courses, during Spain II TnCIS will offer World Civilization II.  History will come alive through students' daily life in this World Heritage City of numerous historic landmarks. Please contact the TnCIS office for questions about participating in both sessions.

SERVICE LEARNING: All students in the Spanish Conversation course are required to participate in a service learning activity as part of the course, based on availability.  Students in all other Spanish language courses will have the opportunity to participate in service learning activities, based on availability. Service learning activities consist of: working with immigrants that lack the necessary language skills to live and work in Spain, teaching English to young children or college students studying English, or helping people with special needs.

Important Program Details: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least 2 to 3 miles each day. Some excursions will require more walking and often are in medieval, winding, narrow streets. Castles have winding narrow steps that go up several flights. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities.

Excursions may include: Possible excursions include: Madrid, Salamanca and Avila, Ruta de los Castillos, and La Granja. Several afternoon excursions while in Segovia include visits to the Gothic Cathedral, the Alcázar de Segovia, the Roman Aqueduct, and other points of interest.

Classes: Classes will be held four hours per day, five days a week.

Accommodations: Students will live and eat three meals per day with a local family.


All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution  are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only. Textbooks will be available for rent during the program.  In Spain, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses.
The following courses are offered in both Spain I (May) or Spain II (June):

SPANISH: SPAN 1020: Beginning Spanish II (Prerequisite: Spanish 1010)
This course is a continuation of Beginning Spanish I. It will concentrate on Spanish conversation, grammar, composition, vocabulary building, and reading. See course syllabus

SPANISH: SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish I (Prerequisite: Spanish 1020)
This course will concentrate on conversation, writing, listening and reading in Spanish. The emphasis will be on communicative proficiency. See course syllabus 

SPANISH: SPAN 2020: Intermediate Spanish II (Prerequisite: Spanish 2010)
This course is a continuation of Intermediate Spanish I. It will concentrate on conversation, writing, listening and reading in Spanish. The emphasis will be on communicative proficiency. See course syllabus

SPANISH: SPAN 2510: Spanish Conversation (Prerequisite: Spanish 2020)
This course will focus on the functional aspects of speaking Spanish and writing to increase proficiency through sustained, topic-related conversations and written compositions, with grammar review. See course syllabus 

The following course is offered only in Spain II (June):

HISTORY:  World Civilization II (No prerequisites)
History 1120 surveys world history from the 1500s to contemporary times. The course focuses on finding the order, meaning, and purpose in human events through a comparative study of the Western and non-Western historical experiences. Spain has played an integral role in merging Western and non-Western cultures by possessing one of the modern world’s first true global empires. Today Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and Spain is the 5th largest country in Europe. This course will cover Spain’s role or impact in modern history’s most significant events: the Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Protestant Reformation, Wars of Religion, the Atlantic Trade System, the Enlightenment, the American and French Revolutions, Romanticism, 19th century nationalism and imperialism, the Great War, rise of fascism, WWII and decolonization.  Students will explore the positive and negative outcomes of the creation of this global empire and its slow decline.  Spain’s ambitious and aggressive policies in its quest for dominance and cultural conservation provide a perfect case study for students to examine the creation of a modern global society and its consequences. See course syllabus