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CSUF: HUM 350 Winter Session in Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
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CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Host Family, Hotels, Residence Halls
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Areas of Study:
European Studies, Humanities, International/Global Studies, Modern Languages, Spanish
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College of Humanities & Social Sciences Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
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CSUF Faculty:
Gallego, J.
Program Description:
Program Description:

CSUF: HUM 350 Spanish Life & Culture. Madrid, Spain, Winter 2019


For the fourth consecutive time, and under the direction of Dr. Juan Carlos Gallego, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at CSUF, students will learn about Spain in the context of the European Union.

Topics to be explored include: government, finance, education, religion, social and cultural values, health, and everyday life, among others. Comparisons will be made with similar systems in the U.S. and Europe.

The abroad portion of the program will be held primarily in Madrid, with included excursions to Granada, Toledo, and Segovia, from January 1-20, 2019.  Students will also complete an online program component, from December 17-21, 2018.

"Excellent program. As a Spanish major and non-native speaker, I thought it was important for me to study abroad for a year in a Spanish-speaking country. Before this trip I was unsure about where to study and if I should pursue it all. This trip made me feel more confident in my decision, and I plan on applying for the year long study abroad 2018-2019. 

Host families were very nice and Spain is absolutely beautiful. Even if you are not a Spanish major you should take this class/trip. Nos vemos en un año España." (2017)

"Before embarking on my year abroad in Madrid, Spain, I had previously studied abroad in an intense 3 week program hosted by MLSA and Dr. Gallego in Spain. Through this program, I had come to the conclusion that 3 weeks wasn't enough and I needed to challenge and immerse myself in the Spanish culture and day to day life. CSUIP and HUS 350 opened the doors for me in ways I could have never imagined. I learned to persevere through tough adversities and be able to come out on the other side. In 11 months, I was able to: strengthen/practice my language skills, make international friends and make memories that could only ever last a lifetime. No comment/informational could ever explain to you what living abroad does and gives you. It's an experience you hold for a lifetime, that only you can make your own. I was fortunate to have two of those to only shape who I am supposed to be." (2018)

Learn more about past students' experiences here:  
Jillian Boyd Article - OC Register

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Program Dates: December 2018; January 1-19, 2019
17-21 Dec. 2018 Online classes
1 Jan. 2019 U.S. departure date
2 Jan. 2019 Madrid arrival date
2-19 Jan. 2019 Program in Madrid (excursions to Granada, Toledo, and Segovia)
20 Jan. 2019 Madrid departure date  
20 Jan. 2019 U.S. arrival date (may vary)

Program Highlights
  • Earn 3 units
  • Course led by experienced CSUF faculty leader
  • Language and cultural immersion
  • Opportunity to experience everyday life with a Spanish family
  • Meaningful cultural activities included in the program
  • Explore Madrid and enjoy additional excursions to Granada, Toledo, and Segovia!

Information Sessions
For more information about the this program please visit any of our information meetings below.
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Course and Faculty
Students are expected to attend all of their class meetings and meet all class requirements(online, abroad, and on the CSUF campus), unless there is a medical reason which prevents them from doing so, and to adhere to all behavioral norms established on their respective campuses. Additionally, they are required to follow the laws and regulations, and respect the cultural mores, national traditions and customs of the host country.
Required Course:
HUM 350 Spanish Life and Culture 

 CSUF Faculty: Dr. Juan Carlos Gallego 
Dr. Juan Carlos Gallego
Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
and Spanish
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


In Madrid, students will live with a Spanish host family or residence halls at the Universidad Complutense Madrid campus or a combination of both.  (TBD)  In Granada, one night accommodation will be provided for the overnight excursion. 

Costs & Financial Aid
Program Fee - Approximately $2,775 (based on 2018 program fee and subject to change)
Program fees cover lodging as described above, airport pick-up within designated time window on day of arrival (TBD), ground transportation in Spain for program-related field trips and excursions, metro pass for each participant for bus/subway transportation intended for travel between host family and classroom facility; excursions (2 days in Granada, 1 day each in Toledo and Segovia) 3 meals/day in Madrid, one breakfast and one dinner in Granada, and breakfast and dinner on other excursion days to Toledo and Segovia as indicated on the itinerary (TBD), entrance fees for program related activities, onsite orientation, support of local host (Modern Language Studies Abroad-MLSA), use of  MLSA classroom space, and required international health insurance:
  • $2,675.00 per participant - Payable to MLSA (Please see MLSA refund policy*)
  • $100 Registration fee per participant - Payable to MLSA - nonrefundable
  • Program fees are based on a minimum student enrollment. If enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students.
  • Foreign Travel Health Insurance coverage is provided both by CSUF and MLSA for the duration of your travel abroad.

Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee
Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.

Passport & Visa
You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders do not require a visa to enter the country of Spain for this program.  

Non-US passport holders may or may not require a visa.  
for specific information about visa requirements for non-US passport holders.

Application & Deadlines
  • Good academic standing
  • Valid passport and visa (if applicable); see above section
  • Completed online program application

Deadlines and Important Dates

May 30, 2018 Early Bird Application Deadline
June 4, 2018 Early Bird Status Notification
June 11, 2018 Early Bird Commitment Deadline
Sept. 14, 2018
Regular Decision Online Application Due
Sept. 17, 2018 Application Status Notification
Sept. 24, 2018 Student Commitment Deadline
TBD Program Payments Due
TBD Online Program Forms Due
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation

Contact Us
Programming-related Questions (e.g. payments, enrollment, etc.): Abigail Segura, Study Abroad Program Coordinator -
Course-related Questions: Professor Gallego -
Application and Online Forms: Study Abroad Office -

MLSA Refund Policy
Refunds:  The student agrees to accept the terms of the Refund Policy as outlined in the application and specified here.

Student Withdrawal
  • If a participant withdraws more than 60 days before leaving, he/she receives a full refund less US$400 and US$100 non-refundable registration fee.
  • If a participant withdraws 59 to 30 days before departure, he/she receives a partial refund but the amount withheld will be US $900 and US$100 non-refundable registration fee.
  • If a participant withdraws 29 days or less prior to departure, participants will be refunded only 20% of total cost less US$100 non-refundable registration fee.
  • NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES OR ANY REASON for unused accommodations, meals, land transportation, hotels, or other activities once the trip has begun.  No reduction or refunds will be made for services not used by the student and no substitution will be allowed for services not used.  Services cannot be transferred to another person.
  • Participants may purchase the Trip Cancellation Insurance.
  • Students who must withdraw from the Program because of a covered injury or illness will receive a refund of all Fees paid less the US$100 non-refundable registration Fee, and a US$400 processing fee.
 Institutional Withdrawal
  • Students who are academically withdrawn by their home institutions after their applications have been processed by MLSA are subject to the standard refund policy
Cancellation due to U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert
In the event of the U.S. State Department issuing a travel warning or alert which advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Madrid, or if they are already in Madrid, to leave it, MLSA will:
  • If the Program has not started, either make suitable alternative arrangements or cancel the Program and refund all Fees paid.
  • If the Program has started, suspend the Program and fly the students home.  
  • If students are returned home they will receive a pro-rata rebate of fees paid to MLSA for the proportion of the Program not completed, less the US$100 non-refundable registration fee, the US$400 processing fee, and any costs incurred flying the student home.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.