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  • Locations: Toledo, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Language GPA: 3.0
Program Description:

International Program in Toledo

Live and Study in Spain. Learn to dance the Flamenco, eat Tortilla Española, see Real Madrid play fútbol, and watch a Corrida de Toros.

Academics

  • Take upper-level Spanish courses.
  • Complete a Spanish minor in one semester.
  • Intern with a Spanish company.
  • Enroll in optional courses at a local university.

This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining fluency in Spanish, would like to choose classes from a wide range of fields, or want to take classes at a Spanish university.

  • Program type:
    • The International Program in Toledo is offered in collaboration with the Jose Ortega y Gasset Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Take classes at the Foundation with the opportunity to take one or two courses at the University of Castilla la Mancha in the academic year or spring semester.
  • Level:
    • 3000 level coursework.
  • Term:
    • Fall semester
    • Spring semester
    • Summer session
  • Prerequisites:
    • 2.5 GPA
    • 4 semesters college-level Spanish.
    • A "B" average in Spanish is preferred.
  • Courseload:
    • 13–16 credits per semester
    • 3 credits for May session
    • 6–9 credits for summer session.;
    • Classes are held Monday–Thursday on the semester and summer program, leaving long weekends for cultural immersion.

Faculty

Enjoy individual attention from native Spanish-speaking program faculty who are dedicated to their topics as well as to each participant. Classes are taught by faculty chosen from the staff of the Fundación Ortega y Gasset, the majority of whom hold degrees from renowned American or European universities and/or have experience teaching at such institutions. All faculty are specialist in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This Program

Live and study in the walled city of Toledo, home for more than 2,000 years to a succession of Roman, Jewish, Visigoth, Moorish, and Christian civilizations. Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, Toledo is a living museum, a preserved part of Spanish history where people still live, work, and play. A city of 50,000, Toledo offers an intimate environment where students can be immersed in Spanish culture through coursework, internships, and daily life.

Three photos from previous trips

This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega y Gasset Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Based in a converted 16th Century convent, the program offers modern learning facilities surrounded by spectacular views of the city, and easy access to the downtown area and public transit. In addition to the opportunity to improve Spanish language ability, the program offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Located just an hour from Madrid, Toledo is an excellent base from which to explore Spain.

The program is based in San Juan de la Penitencia Residence, a renovated 16th Century convent located in the heart of Toledo. The residence includes dining, classroom, library, recreational and housing facilities. Meals are included in the program fee and are taken at the residence or with the host family.

  • Live in the Residence. Single, double, and triple rooms with shared bathrooms are available, and residence occupants are almost entirely program participants.
  • Live with a Spanish family. Participants may also live with a Spanish family. Enjoy your own room in a Spanish home and home-cooked meals.

Meals are included in the program fee and are taken at the residence or with the host family. Students are encouraged to compare host family and residence housing options when considering this program.

Four one-day excursions (three in summer) are included in the cost of the semester program to provide participants with cultural and historic perspectives of Spain. Visits are made to such sites as Madrid, Aranjuez, Cuenca, the grand El Escorial, Segovia, and the Route of Don Quixote. The excursions are typically held on Fridays to complement the Monday through Thursday class schedule. An optional extended excursion to Avila-Salamanca (fall semester) or Andalucia (spring semester) is available for an additional fee. All trips are led by faculty who specialize in their respective areas.

Internships are available to students on semester OR summer program participants. These internships (3 credits for semester students and 3 or 6 credits for summer) include an academic seminar and are ideal for becoming more immersed in Spanish culture while gaining work experience.

Semester students who have an internship should be prepared to work seven hours per week at their site. For a manageable courseload, semester students should plan on taking only three or four additional courses. Summer students should plan to take just one course in addition to the internship course and should expect to spend 15 hours per week at the internship site (for the 3-credit internship option) or 30 hours per week (for the 6-credit option).

Examples of internship sites include the Regional Parliament, museums, newspapers, Toledo City Hall, schools, radio stations, community service organizations, and a physical rehabilitation hospital.

Learn more about the International Program in Toledo through images, videos, and student experiences.

This program is offered collaboration with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and other University departments.

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 70 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.




International Program in Toledo

Live and Study in Spain. Learn to dance the Flamenco, eat Tortilla Española, see Real Madrid play fútbol, and watch a Corrida de Toros.

Academics

  • Take upper-level Spanish courses.
  • Complete a Spanish minor in one semester.
  • Intern with a Spanish company.
  • Enroll in optional courses at a local university.

This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining fluency in Spanish, would like to choose classes from a wide range of fields, or want to take classes at a Spanish university.

  • Program type:
    • The International Program in Toledo is offered in collaboration with the Jose Ortega y Gasset Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Take classes at the Foundation with the opportunity to take one or two courses at the University of Castilla la Mancha in the academic year or spring semester.
  • Level:
    • 3000 level coursework.
  • Term:
    • Fall semester
    • Spring semester
    • Summer session
  • Prerequisites:
    • 2.5 GPA
    • 4 semesters college-level Spanish.
    • A "B" average in Spanish is preferred.
  • Courseload:
    • 13–16 credits per semester
    • 3 credits for May session
    • 6–9 credits for summer session.;
    • Classes are held Monday–Thursday on the semester and summer program, leaving long weekends for cultural immersion.

Faculty

Enjoy individual attention from native Spanish-speaking program faculty who are dedicated to their topics as well as to each participant. Classes are taught by faculty chosen from the staff of the Fundación Ortega y Gasset, the majority of whom hold degrees from renowned American or European universities and/or have experience teaching at such institutions. All faculty are specialist in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This Program

Live and study in the walled city of Toledo, home for more than 2,000 years to a succession of Roman, Jewish, Visigoth, Moorish, and Christian civilizations. Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, Toledo is a living museum, a preserved part of Spanish history where people still live, work, and play. A city of 50,000, Toledo offers an intimate environment where students can be immersed in Spanish culture through coursework, internships, and daily life.

Three photos from previous trips

This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega y Gasset Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Based in a converted 16th Century convent, the program offers modern learning facilities surrounded by spectacular views of the city, and easy access to the downtown area and public transit. In addition to the opportunity to improve Spanish language ability, the program offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Located just an hour from Madrid, Toledo is an excellent base from which to explore Spain.

The program is based in San Juan de la Penitencia Residence, a renovated 16th Century convent located in the heart of Toledo. The residence includes dining, classroom, library, recreational and housing facilities. Meals are included in the program fee and are taken at the residence or with the host family.

  • Live in the Residence. Single, double, and triple rooms with shared bathrooms are available, and residence occupants are almost entirely program participants.
  • Live with a Spanish family. Participants may also live with a Spanish family. Enjoy your own room in a Spanish home and home-cooked meals.

Meals are included in the program fee and are taken at the residence or with the host family. Students are encouraged to compare host family and residence housing options when considering this program.

Four one-day excursions (three in summer) are included in the cost of the semester program to provide participants with cultural and historic perspectives of Spain. Visits are made to such sites as Madrid, Aranjuez, Cuenca, the grand El Escorial, Segovia, and the Route of Don Quixote. The excursions are typically held on Fridays to complement the Monday through Thursday class schedule. An optional extended excursion to Avila-Salamanca (fall semester) or Andalucia (spring semester) is available for an additional fee. All trips are led by faculty who specialize in their respective areas.

Internships are available to students on semester OR summer program participants. These internships (3 credits for semester students and 3 or 6 credits for summer) include an academic seminar and are ideal for becoming more immersed in Spanish culture while gaining work experience.

Semester students who have an internship should be prepared to work seven hours per week at their site. For a manageable courseload, semester students should plan on taking only three or four additional courses. Summer students should plan to take just one course in addition to the internship course and should expect to spend 15 hours per week at the internship site (for the 3-credit internship option) or 30 hours per week (for the 6-credit option).

Examples of internship sites include the Regional Parliament, museums, newspapers, Toledo City Hall, schools, radio stations, community service organizations, and a physical rehabilitation hospital.

Learn more about the International Program in Toledo through images, videos, and student experiences.

This program is offered collaboration with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and other University departments.

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 70 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.