Study Abroad Program - Salamanca, Spain

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February 13 to April 25, 2015

Professor Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo redman email icon
Director of Study Abroad Programs

 

A magnificent and picturesque land filled with contrasts of glistening beaches and snow-capped mountains, Baroque structures and surreal buildings, graceful flamenco dances and bitter bullfights captivates all who enter the mystical realm of Spain.

Learn to communicate in the beautiful language of Don Quixote while learning the culture of Spain in the most captivating of all the cities, Salamanca. You'll be sure to gain some headway toward your degree by completing a minimum of 14.25 semester units of transferable Spanish credits. Studying is not the only thing that Saddleback College students can do in Salamanca. You will also be able to take advantage of the city's intense spiritual life due to studies which were reanimated by the founding of the Pontificia University, amazing university life, night life in the discotheques, and taste the most appetizing of "tapas."

Upon arrival in Madrid, visits to the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, and Plaza Mayor before heading to Salamanca. In Salamanca, we will visit La Plaza Mayor, La Clerecia, Universidad, Escuelas Menores, Catedral Nueva, Catedral Vieja, Puente Romano, Convento de las Duenas, and Palacio de Orellana, as well as many other artistic local points of interest.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS INCLUDED IN THE STUDENT FEE:

  • A transportation package consisting of international airfare and round-trip transfers overseas between the airport and the hotel in Madrid. 
  • 1 night in Madrid on arrival: hotel in Madrid (triple occupancy) with breakfast; group transfers by private bus from Madrid to Salamanca. 
  • Museum entrances in Madrid and welcome meal. 
  • Group transfer at the end of the program from Salamanca to Madrid for return to US. 
  • Accommodation in Salamanca in homestays (2 students per homestay sharing a double room). 
  • Three meals per day in homestays, 7 days per week, plus a weekly laundry service in the homestay (additional washes may be arranged with the homestay family for an extra cost). 
  • An orientation program in Salamanca consisting of an orientation meeting with a T&E representative, local area information, a welcome reception and a walking tour of Salamanca. 
  • Spanish language classes to be held at the Colegio Miguel de Unamuno for four hours per day, Monday through Friday. 
  • Two full-day excursions by private bus to Segovia and Avila including entrances to the Alcazar in Segovia and la Alberca. Excursions are with the services of an English-speaking guide. 
  • 10-week social and cultural program (events such as cooking lessons, Spanish cinema, museum visits etc.) including a dinner at the Caves of Perdigon. 
  • Access to the student computer lab located at the Colegio Miguel de Unamuno with free e-mail, printing and internet facilities. 
  • $50 non-refundable application fee. 
  • $50 USD per student for expenses in Madrid (tapas) 
  • Medical insurance for up to $1,000,000 Health Insurance Benefit per student.
    • Accident and Sickness Insurance Benefits 
    • Emergency Medical Evacuation Benefit 
    • Repatriation of Remains Benefit 
    • Emergency Reunion Benefit 
    • 24 hour International Emergency Assistance 
  • Local medical insurance coverage with includes coverage for accidents while traveling between locations and during scheduled activities. 
  • Travel insurance for each student includes trip cancellation and trip interruption. 
  • $5,000,000 liability coverage with SOCCCD named as co-insured for the duration of the program. 
  • Mobile phones provided for each student which includes a local Spanish cell number with an initial credit of 5/10 € and free incoming local calls. 
  • Accounting / billing services in the U.S. 
  • Pre-departure information services and a toll-free contact number in the U.S. 
  • Promotional materials including our full color comprehensive “T&E Acceptance and Orientation Packet”. 
  • Advance planning services offered by our T&E office in Philadelphia. 

STUDENT FEES:

  • $7200 US Dollars per participant for an enrollment of 12 to 18 paying student participants with 1 faculty administrative visit.
  • $7089 US Dollars per participant for an enrollment of 19 to 24 paying student participants with 1 faculty administrative visit.
  • $6850 US Dollars per participant for an enrollment of 25 or more paying student participants with 1 faculty administrative visit

Should SOCCCD wish to run this program with an enrollment below 12 paying student participants it would be necessary either to add a supplement to the fee above or to remove some components from the program. T&E would discuss these options with SOCCCD. 

This fee includes airfare with all the taxes, excludes a $125 refundable damage deposit, passport or visa fees if applicable, meals other than those indicated on the itinerary, personal expenses, any SOCCCD tuition or administrative fees, additional fieldtrips or excursions required by the SOCCCD faculty and anything not specified. These fees are guaranteed not to change as a result of fluctuations in the $ exchange rate. T&E will charge a $35 returned check fee on each check returned by the bank for insufficient funds. T&E charges a 3% handling fee for all payments made via credit card. 

The group airfare rate can only be guaranteed for a minimum enrollment of 10 or more students taking this option. 

OPTIONAL COMPONENTS:

  • T&E will reserve spaces at the above prices according to information on the student application form. Once airline tickets have been issued to students they can only be changed directly with the issuing agent –agent and airline-imposed penalties apply.
  • T&E cannot arrange airline tickets for students applying after Friday, October 24th, 2014. T&E is financially committed to any confirmed airlines seats from Friday, October 3rd, 2014 and therefore an airfare review will take place prior to this date. T&E requests that SOCCCD provide an indication of how many students intend to purchase the transportation package listed above. However, should SOCCCD decide not to offer this transportation package to their students T&E must be notified before Friday, October 3rd, 2014.
  • Single Supplement for homestay accommodation in Salamanca is $350.

PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND BILLING:

  • Penalties apply to changed program bookings after Friday, October 24th, 2014. Therefore T&E would require SOCCCD to collect the application forms and deposits of $450 PLUS airfare deposit of $200 (total $650) per student and to forward them to T&E by Friday, October 4th, 2014. T&E would then bill the individual student for the balance of fees owing. Balance of airfare, $1000, must be received by Friday, October 24th, 2014. Confirmation of final numbers must be received by Friday, November 21st, 2014. Please note that these are not postmark dates, but the dates by which funds must arrive in the T&E Philadelphia office.  
  • T&E reserves the right to withdraw students who are not paid in full by the final payment deadline.  
  • T&E can accept applications after Friday, October 24th, 2014, but cannot guarantee program costs after this date. Students applying after the application deadline date of Friday, October 24th, 2014 can only be accepted on a space-available basis and may be offered “Land-Only” pricing depending on availability and cost of flights.
  • T&E accepts payment in the form of personal check or money order and VISA, Mastercard or Discover

AIRFARE CONDITIONS:

  • T&E will reserve spaces according to information on the student application form. Once airline tickets have been issued to students they can only be changed directly with the issuing agent once the student is abroad – agent and airline-imposed penalties apply. 
  • T&E cannot arrange airline tickets for students applying after Friday, October 24th, 2014. T&E is financially committed to any confirmed airline seats from this date and therefore an airfare review will take place prior to this date. T&E requests that SOCCCD provide an indication of how many students intend to participate on the program. However, should SOCCCD subsequently decide to offer the program but arrange their own student airfare then T&E must be notified before Friday, October 3rd, 2014 and will be able to provide a “Land-Only” fee. 

REFUND POLICY

Should an individual participant withdraw from the program they must do so in writing directly with T&E and the following policy will apply based on the date the withdrawal notice is received in our Philadelphia office.

WITHDRAWAL He/she receives….

On or before Friday, October 3rd, 2014

a refund of all fees paid less $200 processing fee, the $50 non-refundable application fee and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by T&E on behalf of the student

After Friday, October 3rd, 2014, but on or before Friday, October 24th, 2014

a refund of all fees paid less $400 deposit and $50 non-refundable application fee plus any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by T&E on behalf of the student plus $200 penalty of airfare tickets

After November 21st, 2014

no refund

 

  • Once the program has begun students withdrawing receive no refund unless T&E suspends the program.
  • It is understood that SOCCCD will not cancel the program if the necessary minimum number of participants have not been enrolled by Friday, October 25th, 2014.
  • In the of the U.S. State Department issuing a travel warning which advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Spain, or if they are already in Spain, to leave it, T&E will:
    • If the If the program has not started, either makes suitable alternative arrangements or cancel the program and refund all fees paid.
    • If the program has started, suspend the program and fly the student’s home. If students are returned home they will receive a prorate rebate of fees paid to T&E for the proportion of the program not completed, less the $100 processing fee, the $210 insurance premium, the $50 non-refundable application fee and any costs incurred flying the student home.

CURRICULUM

Course I.D. Course Title No. Units
SPAN 1 Elementary Spanish
5
SPAN 2 Elementary Spanish
5
SPAN 3 Intermediate Spanish
5
SPAN 4 Intermediate Spanish
5
SPAN 6 Intermediate Spanish Grammar & Composition
3
SPAN 10 Intermediate Conversational Spanish
3
SPAN 20A Civilization of Spain Through 1898
3
SPAN 20B Civilization of Spain, 1898 to Present
3
SPAN 901 Spanish Language Lab
.25
SPAN 902 Spanish Language Lab
.25
SPAN 903 Spanish Language Lab .25
SPAN 904 Spanish Language Lab .25


Students must register for a minimum of 14.25 units. The maximum number of units allowed is 19.25 units.

INFORMATION MEETINGS

Date Time Location
September X, 2014 6:00 p.m. SSC 212
October X, 2014 6:00 p.m. SSC 212
November X, 2014 6:00 p.m. SSC 212
December X, 2014 6:00 p.m. SSC 212
January X, 2015 6:00 p.m. SSC 212
February X, 2015 2:00 p.m. Bravo-Karimi Tea House