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Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: Yes Housing Options: Homestay
Language of Instruction: Spanish Program Including Multi-Country Travel: No
Program Type: Bethel Sponsored and Consortium Program Internship/Service-Learning/Practicum Availability: Yes
Program Meets Bethel Residency Requirement: Yes Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility by Grade Level: 2 Sophomores, 3 Juniors, 4 Seniors Areas of Study: Art - Photography, Business, Spanish, TEFL/TESL
Program Name: Spain Term (Bethel) Open to all majors: Yes
Gen Ed Tags: A - Artistic Experience, U - World Cultures, Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:

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Program Description
At the Center for Hispanic Studies, an on-site director and qualified faculty teach all classes in Spanish, taking into consideration the proficiency of the students. Students will live with a Spanish host family for the entire semester and will also be able to interact with native Spanish speakers and university students through organized cultural and language exchanges at the Center. Though geared toward Spanish majors and minors, Spain Term is open to any student who has completed two years of college level Spanish or the equivalent.

Be immersed in the language, culture and lifestyle of Segovia • Complete an optional internship tailored to your major or interests • Establish a lifelong relationship with your homestay family (one Bethel student per home) • Opportunities to connect with local university students • Travel to Madrid, Andalucía, and regional areas of interest • Seamless course integration with Bethel’s Spanish curriculum

Faith Formation
Students have the opportunity to explore faith integration in a variety of ways, including participation in a local church and a student-led Bible study; students also may volunteer in community outreach activities in Segovia or in a suburb near Madrid.

• Completion of two years of college-level Spanish (through Intermediate II) or the equivalent
• Minimum sophomore standing (by year, not credits)
• Minimum 2.5 GPA

Next steps
• Talk with Dr. Donna LeGrand via email at
• Talk with your academic advisor – off-campus study should complement your field of study.
• Ask questions –contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies for more information.
A United Nations Heritage of Humanity site, Segovia is a quaint, yet modern city just one hour from Madrid. Beautiful mountains and vast cultural and natural attractions surround Segovia. This city of 55,000 also offers numerous plazas, cafes, museums, historic sites and its famous Roman aqueduct. It is an ideal setting for language study and interaction with Spaniards.

Travel (subject to change)
Students have the opportunity to explore many different regions in Spain through travel (included in program fee):

Andalucía  Five days in southern Spain, exploring Moorish influences in the cities of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada.

Madrid  Two days in this exciting city, Spain’s capital and a major European cultural center.

Barcelona  Three days in in this Catalonian city on the Mediterranean coast, known for Gaudí architecture.

Five one-day excursions:

El Escorial / Valle de los Caídos  An amazing complex which once housed a monastery, basilica, palace quarters, and tombs of the royals. Nearby is the Valley of the Fallen, where visitors can climb a massive granite cross which stands as a memorial to those who died in the Spanish Civil War.

Toledo  Considered the “gem” of Spain’s history, a famous city influenced by three major religions, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Salamanca / Avila  Quintessential Spanish towns with a medieval feel. Considered to be free from advertisements and pollution, these towns boast stone walls from the 12th century.

La Granja de San Ildefonso / Real Fábrica de Cristales  La Granja, with its elaborate gardents, is considered to be the most extravagant of the four royal summer palaces and houses the Royal Crystal Factory.

Ruta de los Castillos  Castles are one of the most impressive images of Europe, and Spain offers many of them. The “route” of castles features many constructed in the 12th century. (Offered occasionally)

Tentative dates are August 30 – December 13, 2019

Important dates
Feb. 1        Initial application deadline (includes $50 non-refundable application fee; a $250 confirmation deposit required 2 weeks after notice of acceptance)
Feb. 25         Secondary application deadline if space is available; same deposit schedule as above
March          Pre-departure group meetings begin
April            Study Abroad Orientation (date TBA)
August         Final program payment due with Fall bill
Aug. 30        Tentative departure date
Dec. 13        Tentative return date
Courses (14-18 credits total)
Classes are held at the Center for Hispanic Studies, located in a renovated historic mansion that is spacious and centrally-located. The center contains the program classrooms as well as a student lounge and gathering area.  Spain Term fulfills the Z-tag general education requirement.


SPA120A  Photography in Spain (carries cross-credit in Art)

SPA292    Ibero-American History in Spain

SPA300    Introduction to Hispanic Literature

SPA303U  Historic Spain and its Culture

SPA316    Modern Spain:  An Examination in Ethics

SPA317    Advanced Communication in Spain

SPA318    Classical Literature in Spain

SPA327    International Marketing and Management in Spain (cross-listed as BUS327)

SPA481     Internship in Spanish

SPA499    Senior Seminar (with departmental approval)

BUS327    International Marketing and Management in Spain (cross-listed as SPA327)

TEL240     TESOL Practicum Abroad     (students will register for this course in the spring)

 A directed study also can be arranged with departmental approval.  Dr. Donna LeGrand (Department of Modern World Languages) is the Director of Spain Term.  She can be contacted via email at

Academic Highlight
Multiple internship and service-learning opportunities are available. Previous Spain Term participants have completed internships with the municipal government, ministry of tourism, Caritas (Catholic Charities), International Red Cross, local businesses, medical facilities, and public or private schools.  The prestigious Museo de Esteban Vicente also offers an internship to Bethel students with the appropriate art-related interest and level of Spanish proficiency.  
Students pay a comprehensive fee equivalent to Bethel’s tuition, room (junior level), and full board (Royal meal plan). This includes tuition, room, most meals, approximately eight trips/ excursions, and round-trip airfare (Minneapolis–Madrid). Financial aid applies (with the exception of work-study and Bethel performance scholarships, i.e. orchestra, forensics). Additional costs include meals on excursions longer than one day, Spanish student visas (may involve a trip to the Spanish consulate in Chicago or other location), passports, immunizations, and personal spending.  

Living in Spanish homestays provides students with maximum cultural and linguistic interaction with one student per home. The on-site director chooses the families with great care and excels at communicating his expectations with them. Students receive their meals at home. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/30/2019 12/13/2019

** 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.