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Why Study Abroad in Spain?

Studying in Spain will increase your understanding of its culture and your fluency in the Spanish language. An intensive program such as the one offered by the Universidad de Valladolid will help you gain language skills and multicultural experiences that are beneficial in today's international job market, with 500 million speakers of Spanish, as well as the United States' job market, where the Hispanic population is the fastest-growing minority.

Students who successfully complete their experience at the Universidad de Valladolid transfer up to six credits to Kutztown University in courses ranging from Intermediate Spanish to upper-level courses.

This is an academic endeavor and more-a life-changing experience. ¡Vamos a Valladolid!

Dates: May 26 - June 29, 2016

Location: This is a five-week program located at the University of Valladolid in Spain. The University is located in the city of Valladolid, which is the capital of Castilla y León and near the River Pisuerga.

Valladolid, Spain

In the heart of Old Castile and only a two-hour drive from Madrid, the city of Valladolid is an eclectic mix of old and new. Intensive preservation keeps the city's architectural heritage alive, from the 12th century Santa María de la Antigua church to the 19th century city square. Imaginative urban planning makes for easy pedestrian access to services, shopping, and the arts.

The University of Valladolid

Founded in 1293, the Universidad de Valladolid offers 63 degrees at its four main campuses, which are located throughout Spain. The university maintains connections with many foreign institutions of higher learning and has offered Spanish language and culture courses for international students since 1949. The instructors, many of whom have doctoral degrees, are highly trained and routinely participate in continuing education programs. Catering to the needs of international students, the university is committed to small classes that facilitate individualized attention and practice. Language courses are taught at the newly constructed Center for Languages and Continuing Education, which is equipped with the latest technological support for second-language acquisition.

The University of Valladolid has extracurricular activities for international students - a film series, access to the gymnasium facilities, and concerts. Language exchanges called intercambios can be arranged between Kutztown and Valladolid students.

Application: Applications for the Kutztown-Valladolid Program are available from the Department of Modern Language Studies. Students from other institutions should contact Ms. Merlene Oswald ( or 610-683-4427) for an application form. A maximum of 25 students may participate in the program; if fewer than fifteen students participate, costs may be affected. Fluctuation in the currency exchange rate may alter costs. Selection is based on a variety of factors which include cultural adaptability, language ability and academic standing.

*A non-refundable $200 deposit is due with your application for enrollment. This deposit is applied to the cost of the program and will be refunded in full if you are not accepted into the program. After March 1st. deposit is non-refudable.

**Attendance at the orientation sessions is mandatory for Kutztown University students; students from other institutions should contact the program to schedule individual orientation sessions. Absence may result in expulsion from the program and forfeiture of deposit.


Accommodations: Living with a Spanish family is an important part of the Kutztown-Valladolid Program. The home-stay experience provides an informal, non-academic setting for language and cultural learning. Students board with families who have been carefully screened by the Universidad de Valladolid's administration.

Excursions: Transportation for three field trips is included in the program-to Salamanca, Segovia and Madrid. Touring these historic sites with a guide is an invaluable experience. Most entrance fees are included in the program fee.

Cost: Because of the fluctuating exchange rate between the dollar and the euro, the exact cost for the Summer 2016 Kutztown-Valladolíd program is yet to be determined, but should be approximately $2,998. This covers tuition, room and board with families, textbook, and transportation to three excursions. Round-trip airfare to Spain, ground transportation in the United States and in Spain, and personal expenditures are additional.

Additional Costs:

Airfare: Participants are responsible for making their own flight reservations. Airfare is not included in the program fee.

US Passport Fee: The student must obtain a passport in order to participate. The current fee is $110.

Documentation: Students must have a valid passport prior to departure. For more information visit the U.S. State Department website.  It is important to note that the procedure for passport application may take up to two months. No visa is required for the duration of this program.

Insurance: All students must have medical insurance. The Universidad de Valladolid offers a policy for $65, which is included in the cost of the program. Kutztown University, the Department of Modern Language Studies, the Universidad de Valladolíd, and individuals associated with Kutztown-Valladolid Program are not responsible for the personal well being of students who choose to participate in the program.

Code of Conduct: Students who participate in the program are still governed by the Kutztown University rules and regulations as stipulated by the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Catalog and The Key: Student Handbook. In addition, all US and Spain codes of conduct, laws, rules, and regulations must be respected and adhered to. Kutztown University and all affiliates are neither responsible, nor liable for the conduct of the students.

Program Format: The Kutztown-Valladolid program runs for five weeks. Classes are offered Monday-Friday, four hours per day. Students should plan to arrive at least one day prior to the beginning of classes.

Transfer of Credits: Kutztown University students must complete a Request for Permission to Study at Another College form. Turn in this form with the program application. Students can earn up to six semester hours of transfer credit for a variety of courses that are offered, including Intensive Spanish Language and Culture (intermediate and advanced levels), Intermediate and Advanced Conversation, and Spanish History, Culture, Literature and Art. Exact course correlation will be discussed during information sessions. There are no incompletes.

Courses Offered:

SPA 103 Intermediate Spanish III (3 credits)

SPA 104 Intermediate Spanish IV (3 credits)

SPA 213 Advanced Conversation in Spanish (3 credits)

SPA 360 Study Abroad Experience (3-6 credits)

SPA 370 Selected Topics in Spanish (3 credits)


For more information about the 2016 Summer Abroad in Spain please contact:


Ms. Merlene Oswald (

Secretary, Modern Language Studies

106 deFrancesco, 610-683-4427


Dr. Angelo Rodríguez

Program Director, Summer 2016

5B deFrancesco, 484-646-4114