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JUNE 17 TO JULY 29 2017






The University of South Alabama summer session in Cuenca will be held in collaboration with the Universidad de Castilla La Mancha. This program offers 9 semester credit hours. 


Cuenca is a scenic city with a population of 55, 000, located at about 170 kilometers from Madrid and 196 kms from Valencia. Situated in the basin formed by two rivers, the Jucar and Huecar, the word "Cuenca" literally means a basin. Since the houses are built along and on the slopes of mountains that lead into the river basin, they give the illusion of hanging from the mountains, hence the city's fame for its "hanging houses." Castilla la Mancha was the site where the adventures of don Quijote, Cervantes' unforgettable character, were set, and Cuenca is surrounded by several spots that commemorate his journeys. It was also one of the earliest cities to be reconquered from the Moors by Alfonso the VIII. It is the site of one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in the country. Cuenca thus combines breathtaking natural beauty with impressive historical monuments, besides also being the seat of one of the most important literary texts of the country, and, indeed, of the world. In 1996 it was recognized as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO. Besides it rich history, Cuenca today is an important center for the country's abstract art scene and home to several art museums, leading among them being the Antonio Pérez foundation and the Spanish Museum of Abstract Art.


ESPACU, acronym for Español en Cuenca, the Spanish language for non-Hispanic speakers in Cuenca, is hosted directly by the Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, a public institution of higher learning. UCLM has over 30,000 students who study in its four campuses. Besides a campus in Cuenca, UCLM has campuses in Toledo, Albacete and Ciudad Real. 
All students participating in the program are automatically registered as UCLM students and assigned a student card that serves as a library card, enables them to use its wireless connections, avail of its state of art sports facilities, as well as take part in the many cultural activities that the university organizes.


Applicants must  have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are no prerequisites involved for the program and students who need two semesters of Introductory Spanish will complete this requirement while abroad. 


Students will choose three of the following courses for a total of nine credit hours:
**LG 290:  Spain in the Stories of Adolfo Gustavo Bécquer
LG131 (3 hours) - Introductory Spanish I
LG132 (3 hours) - Introductory Spanish II
LG231 (3 hours) - Intermediate Spanish I
LG232, (3 hours) - Intermediate Spanish II
LG390 (3 hours) - Special Topics
LG490 (3 hours) - Special Topics

**All students will take LG 290. 


The program offers two housing options: residence halls or homestays.
Both options include lodging in a double occupancy room and three meals--breakfast, lunch and dinner--per day.


The cost of the USA in Spain: Spanish Language and Culture 2017 program is $4,800. This amount covers 9 credit hours, lodging (family stay or residence hall), and meals. Airfare is NOT included. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. The first 10 students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program making the cost of the program $4,300.

Program costs include all program related in-country transportation, including all specified excursions, accommodations and meals as described above, welcome and departure dinners in Spain, specified museum entrance fees, and international health insurance and international emergency assistance. Nine credit hours of tuition is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip.

All meals, other than those included, are at the participant's own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for art supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based upon individual spending habits.

Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for students who are not residents of Alabama.


Space is limited. Program deposit of $350 is due at the time of application and no later than February 24th. Final payment deadline is April 14, 2017.Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 24, 2017.

Financial aid may be applied to this course. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2017. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.

Refund Policy: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc...) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.


The program fee DOES NOT include group flight arrangements; however, OIE has reserved a block of seats and will facilitate the students travel reservation. A free shuttle is provided from and to Barajas Airport , Madrid on certain dates (TBA). This service will only be available if at least 10 students arrive as a group. In order to take advantage of the airport pickup travel option you must provide USA OIE and with a copy of your flight itinerary, or book your travel arrangements with OIE. Early arrivals and late departures will require that you make your own travel arrangements to and from Cuenca-Madrid, as well as hotel arrangements at participant expense.



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