The Spanish Immersion Program, offered in the summer of even years, is an exciting opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of Spanish language while living in a Spanish-speaking culture for one month. The program is mandatory for students majoring in Spanish, but any student may participate regardless of Spanish language proficiency.
The program is based in Madrid, Spain, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Participants will receive six hours of transfer credit from UCM plus one hour of credit from FHU (SPA 367).
Our groups stay in single-occupancy, dormitory-style housing in Madrid within walking distance from the university campus. Facilities include laundry services, Internet access, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a movie theater.
During the afternoons and evenings, you can head out into the city to do some sightseeing, visit a museum, or have churros con chocolate for merienda (an afternoon snack).
The group will frequently take trips after class to visit sites like the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen), the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and Puerta del Sol. See artwork by Spanish painters like El Greco and Picasso, rest in the beautiful Parque del Buen Retiro, and admire the architecture at Plaza de Cibeles.
Language immersion is a method of learning a language while living in an environment where that language is spoken. Relocating to a place where Spanish is spoken provides a strong immersion environment that helps increase language skills.
Spanish classes in Madrid are taught every weekday by local professors at UCM. Regardless of your proficiency going into the experience, you will come away with a deep knowledge of another language and culture that can set you apart to potential employers in our increasingly globalized and interconnected world. You will learn a rich set of cross-cultural skills and language competency much more effectively and more quickly than you would by only studying in a traditional classroom setting in the U.S.
Every weekend during the program, students travel throughout Spain to take part in excursions and cultural experiences, such as a flamenco performance in Granada. Excursions may be day trips to sites close to Madrid, such as Toledo and Segovia, or extended visits to locations further away. The longer excursions (Friday-Sunday) include a visit to Granada in southern Spain and a trip to the region of Asturias in northern Spain.
March 6, 2020: Application deadline
June 30, 2020: Depart USA
July 1, 2020: Arrive in Spain
July 31, 2020: Return to USA
Program Charge: $6,200
All payments can be made with cash, check (payable to FHU), or credit card. To pay with a card, use this online payment form, call 731-989-6347 or 731-989-6689, or visit the Financial Services Office.
The program charge covers tuition, round-trip airfare, transportation to/from the airports, room and board, excursions, a one-month metro pass for Madrid, and travel insurance.
The program charge does not cover textbooks (if required), meals during the excursions, and other personal expenses. Students should budget $300-$500 for purchases in Spain.
Any grants and loans that you would normally be eligible for while taking classes at FHU during the summer can still be used for your study abroad expenses. Academic scholarships and discounts you receive from FHU do not apply to summer study abroad programs.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards to Federal Pell Grant recipients who plan to study abroad. The Gilman Scholarship Program awards 2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 every year. The FHU Abroad Office can assist students who would like to apply for the Gilman Scholarship at the beginning of the semester before they study abroad.
For more information about financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Services to discuss your options. In some instances you may qualify for additional financial aid funds because your study abroad expenses will exceed the amount you would normally incur as a student at FHU.
Students who participate in the Spanish Immersion Program attend pre-departure orientation meetings throughout the spring semester before traveling abroad. These meetings cover topics including safety, student conduct, packing advice, and Spanish history and culture. The orientation meetings are a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your upcoming travels.
An entire pre-departure orientation meeting is spent educating students about safety concerns, appropriate conduct while traveling abroad, and what to do in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, the FHU Abroad Office will be in close contact with the faculty supervisor traveling with the students as well as the students and family members involved. All participants will be enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which allows international travelers to receive travel updates and alerts from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Begin the passport application process several months before you travel to Spain. Students will be required to provide a copy of their passport approximately two months prior to departure. Even if you already have a passport, check the expiration date! Passports should be valid for six months past the scheduled departure date. For information about how to apply for a passport, contact the FHU Abroad Office.
Josh Barber, B.A., M.A.
Office of International Education
Joy Simon McDaniel House, Room 4
Linda Moran, A.A., B.A, M.A., Ph.D.
Spanish Program Coordinator
Old Main, Room 217
158 East Main Street
Henderson, TN 38340
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5565 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
855 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055
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