Study Abroad Program - Salamanca, Spain

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Spring 2017

February 10 - April 22

Saddleback College has offered Salamanca, Spain as a Study Abroad program for sixteen (16) consecutive years; fourteen (14) students participated in the Spring 2016 program.

Students will enroll in a minimum of 11 units of Saddleback courses and will attend classes Monday through Friday at the Colegio Miguel Unamuno, whose professors will teach the courses per Saddleback’s course outlines. The program includes more than 40 weekly hours of instruction in addition to Sunday excursions to cultural and historic sites; the average number of units taken per student in Spring 2016 was 14 units. Student accommodations are in approved home-stays, including meals. The faculty advisor will be provided a single room for two (2) nights in a hotel in Madrid (arrival night and departure night) and seven (7) nights in a hotel in Salamanca, and is responsible for meals; all accommodations are within easy walking distance from Colegio Miguel de Unamuno.

Please refer to the information below for further details about the program. For any additional information, you may contact Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo, whose complete contact information is given at the end of this page.

Important Dates

Activity Date(s)
U.S. Departure Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Layover in Madrid Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
Orientation & City Tour Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017
Program Dates Feb. 13 – Apr. 21, 2017
Return to U.S. Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017

Program Components Included in the Student Fee

  • One (1) night in Madrid on arrival: hotel in Madrid (triple occupancy) with breakfast
  • Museum entrances in Madrid and welcome meal
  • Group transfers between Madrid and Salamanca
  • Accommodation in Salamanca in homestays (2 students per homestay sharing a double room)
  • Three meals per day in homestays, 7 days per week
  • Laundry service in the homestay once a week (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 held at the Colegio Miguel de Unamuno for four (4) 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 (e.g., cooking lessons, Spanish cinema and museum visits.) 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 per student for expenses in Madrid (tapas)
  • Medical insurance for up to $1,000,000 Health Insurance Benefit per student, including accident & sickness insurance, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, emergency reunion and 24-hour international emergency assistance benefits
  • Travel insurance for each student, including 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 before departure, which includes a local Spanish cell number and free incoming calls
  • Accounting / billing services in the U.S.
  • Pre-departure information services and a toll-free contact number in the U.S.

Program Fees

Travel & Education (T&E) will charge a fee of $6,140 USD per participant if 12 to 18 students enroll in the program, or $5,850 USD per participant if 19 to 24 students enroll; both scenarios will have one (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. These fees are guaranteed not to change as a result of fluctuations in the USD 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 following are not included in the program fees:

  • Airfare, which is offered as a separate option. Airfaire option requires 10 passengers to be offered (including students and chaperones)
  • A $125 refundable damage deposit
  • Passport or visa fees, if applicable
  • Personal expenses
  • SOCCCD tuition or administrative expenses
  • Additional fieldtrips or excursions required by the SOCCCD faculty

Program Application Procedure & Billing

Application forms and deposits totaling $650 ($450 general deposit plus a $200 airfare deposit) should be submitted by Friday, October 7, 2016. T&E will then bill the individual student for the balance of fees owing. T&E will also conduct a review of the group roster by Friday, October 24, 2016 in order to confirm the group flight option. Should the number of eligible passengers fall under the minimum requirement of ten (10), T&E will cancel the group reservation; students will then be responsible for purchasing their own tickets based on T&E guidelines for group arrivals and departure. Should the group of eligible for the flight, T&E will provide a link and instructions on how to purchase into the group flight by November 4, 2016.
Online Student Application for Salamanca, Spain 2017

T&E reserves the right to withdraw students whose payment is incomplete by the final payment deadline of Friday, November 18, 2016. The following are acceptable forms of payment: personal check, money order, Visa, Mastercard or Discover cards.

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.

Withdrawal Date Refund Status
On or Before Oct. 7, 2016 A refund of all fees paid will be issued, less a $200 processing fee, $50 non-refundable application fee, and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by T&E on behalf of the student.
From Oct. 8 – Nov. 18, 2016 A refund of all fees paid will be issued, less a $400 deposit, $50 non-refundable application fee, any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by T&E on behalf of the student, and a $200 penalty of airfare tickets.
After Nov. 18, 2016 No refund is issued to the student.

Once the program has begun, students withdrawing receive no refund unless T&E suspends the program. Saddleback College will not cancel the program if the necessary minimum number of 12 participating students enroll by Thursday, November 17, 2016. If the U.S. State Department issues travel warnings advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Spain, then T&E will make suitably alternative arrangements or cancel the program (and issue a full refund) if it has not started. If the program has started, it will be suspended and students will be flown back to the U.S., where T&E will issue a prorate rebate of fees paid for the portion of the program not completed, less a $100 processing fee, $210 insurance premium, $50 non-refundable application fee and any costs incurred flying the student home.

Courses Offered at the Program Site

Course I.D. Course Title 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

Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo redman

International Languages Department Co-Chair
Office: LRC 320
Phone: (949) 582 - 4985