DATES: Spain I - Tentative Dates May 8 -29, 2016
DATES: Spain II - Tentative Dates June 1 - 22, 2016
DATES: Spain III - Tentative Dates May 8 - June 22, 2016 *Special Permission Required - Please Contact TnCIS
Total Program Fee: $3,900 (Spain I & II) OR $6,500 (Spain III)
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 worth noting the existence of many palaces which were built between the XII and the XVII centuries.
All this comes 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.
Students have the opportunity to study literature or Spanish language in this program. Students in the literature course will explore major world literature themes while being immersed in the medieval city of Segovia. The language courses are 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 for all students, whether they are studying language or literature.
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. 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 component as part of the course. Students in all other Spanish language courses will have the opportunity to participate in service learning components, based on availability. Service learning may 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.
Please Note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several 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: 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 three hours per day, five days a week.
Accommodations: Students will live and eat three meals per day with a local family.