Study Abroad Program - Santander, Spain

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Summer 2017

June 30 - July 31
(Pending Board Approval)





Saddleback College has offered the Santander, Spain Study Abroad Program for twenty-three consecutive years. In Summer 2017, a group of 15 or more students will study Spanish language, culture, and history from June 30, 2017 through July 31, 2017. Fifteen students participated in Summer 2016. The faculty advisor will accompany the students on their arrival flight, as well as the duration of the program in Santander.

Students will enroll in a minimum of 11 units of Saddleback courses and will attend classes Monday through Friday. Professors at Colegio Miguel Unamuno will teach the courses, adhering to Saddleback’s course outlines. The average number of units taken per student in summer 2016 was 11 units. The program includes more than 40 weekly hours of instruction in addition to Sunday excursions to cultural and historic sites.

Accommodations for the students are in approved home-stays, including meals. The faculty advisor will be provided a single room for two nights in a hotel in Madrid (arrival night and departure night) and a one bedroom apartment while in Santander and is responsible for meals. All accommodations are within easy walking distance from Colegio Miguel de Unamuno. For additional information regarding this program that is not addressed on this webpage, please refer to Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo, whose contact information is given at the end of this webpage.


Important Dates



Activity Date(s)
U.S. Departure Friday, June 30, 2017
Overnight Stay in Madrid Saturday, July 1, 2017
Arrival in Santander Sunday, July 2, 2017
Program Dates July 3 – July 29, 2017
Overnight Stay in Madrid Sunday, July 30, 2017
Return to U.S. Monday, July 31, 2017


Program Components Included in the Student Fee


  • 24-hour/7-day on-site services of a Travel & Education (T&E) Coordinator for the duration of the program. Saddleback College’s assigned point-person with presence during all group activities and available 24 hours for all group needs
  • Two (2) nights in Madrid: one (1) upon arrival and one (1) before departure for U.S. (triple occupancy) with breakfast
  • Tapas tour in the evening upon arrival in Madrid
  • Roundtrip group transfers by private bus: Madrid – Santander - Madrid
  • Airport transfers at beginning and end of program: Barajas airport - Madrid hotel - Barajas airport
  • Accommodation in Santander with Spanish families (2 students per homestay sharing a double room)
  • Three (3) meals per day, 7 days per week, plus a weekly laundry service (additional washes may be arranged with the homestay family for an extra cost)
  • An orientation program in Santander consisting of an orientation meeting with a T&E representative, local area information, and a walking tour of Santander
  • Reception and Farewell dinners
  • Spanish language immersion courses at the Colegio Unamuno. Five (5) hours of immersion daily, 5 days a week (M-F) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. totaling 100 hours of immersion. Level of proficiency and courses to be determined upon completion of on-site placement test. All course materials included and tutoring if necessary
  • All of the necessary class materials (textbooks, photocopies and classroom handouts as well as complementary folder)
  • Social and cultural program including events such as visits to local museums, tapas tours, Mediterranean style cooking classes, flamenco dance lessons, walking visits to local places of interest, lectures on Spanish culture, art and/or literature, and viewing of Spanish films
  • Four (4) excursions will be included along with group transportation by private bus, hotel accommodations with breakfast (where applicable), and sightseeing tour of the various cities with entrances to relevant historical monuments as listed and the services of a T&E tour manager and a professional English-speaking tour guide. Following are possible locations and inclusions:
    • Santander
    • Santillana del Mar and Comillas
    • Valle del Pas and Bilbao
    • Picos de Europa
  • $50 USD non-refundable application fee
  • $80 USD per student for expenses in Madrid (tapas)
  • Unlimited access to computer lab with free email, printing and internet facilities
  • Medical and accident insurance coverage in Spain during the duration of the program
  • Local T&E office facilities with classroom space and local staff available during regular office hours in Spain (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Program Fees

Travel & Education (T&E) will charge a fee of $4,484 USD per participant if 10 to 15 students enroll in the program, or $4,394 USD per participant if 16 or more students enroll; both scenarios will have one (1) faculty administrative visit.

Should SOCCCD wish to run this program with an enrollment below 10 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.

The following are not included in the program fees:

  • Airfare, which is offered as a separate option (see details below)
  • A mandatory $125 refundable damage deposit to be collected from each student and returned to each individual student by T&E Philadelphia office upon completion of program if no damages are reported. If the institution is being invoiced for the entire group there will be a flat charge of $1,000 USD for groups with up to 15 students
  • Faculty compensation
  • Passport or visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals other than those indicated on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Usage and upgrades on provided mobile phones
  • Additional fieldtrips or excursions required by the SOCCCD faculty

T&E offers the option for group-flight reservations to ensure your group will travel together. A minimum of ten (10) paying participants is required to qualify for this option. If chosen, the following will apply:

  • A group of ten (10) must be reached by Friday, April 7, 2017
  • Students must apply to the T&E program by Friday, April 7, 2017
  • A maximum of 15 seats will be held for this group. Additional seats must be contracted separately and may carry a higher cost
  • Once applied, everyone will be supplied with a link for T&E flight portal where they can visit to purchase their individual airline ticket

Students who do not reserve airfare through the suggested student-flight option will be responsible for securing their own flight which should arrive before or at the same time as the contracted flight listed. It is also their responsibility to check for any possible schedule changes with the T&E contracted itinerary to ensure their arrival coincides with the group. Transfers to and from the airport will not be provided for students arriving outside of the scheduled transfer time which is based on the T&E contracted flight for this group option.


Program Application Procedure & Billing

Application forms and deposits totaling $700 per student ($450 non-refundable program deposit plus a $250 airfare deposit) should be submitted by Friday, February 24, 2017. T&E will then bill the individual student for the balance of fees owing. Should the group be eligible for the group-flight, T&E will provide a link and instructions on how to purchase into the group flight.

Online Student Application for Santander, Spain 2017 (link will become live once program is approved)

T&E reserves the right to withdraw students whose payment is incomplete by the final payment deadline of Friday, May 12, 2017.

The following is a list of payment deadlines:

  • $700.00 USD Deposit Due: February 24, 2017
  • $1,500.00 USD First Installment Due: March 17, 2017
  • $1,500.00 USD Second Installment Due: April 14, 2017
  • All Remaining Payments Due: May 12, 2017

Students applying after April 7, 2017 can only be accepted on a space-available basis and will be enrolled in a land-only program. T&E guidelines set forth in the T&E Application Contract must be followed when making airline reservations in order to take T&E provided transfer services to and from the Barajas Airport in Madrid to the program site. Should the T&E guidelines not be followed, participants will be responsible for their own transportation to or from the Madrid airport and their chosen program site.


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; all amounts are in USD.

Withdrawal Date Refund Status
On or Before Apr. 8, 2017 A refund of all fees paid will be issued, less a $450 non-refundable application fee plus any additional non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by T&E on behalf of the student.
From Apr. 9 - 14, 2017 A refund of all fees paid less $450 non-refundable application fee plus an additional $250 airline deposit as well as any additional non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by T&E on behalf of the student.
From Apr. 16 - 28, 2017 A refund of all fees paid less $450 non-refundable application fee plus an additional $250 airline deposit and $1,000 processing and insurance plus any other fees incurred by T&E on the students behalf.
After Apr. 30, 2017 No refund will be 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 Saturday, May 6, 2017. 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 $200 processing fee, $75 insurance premium, $95 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
ART 4 Fundamentals of Art 3



Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo redman

International Languages Department Co-Chair
Office: LRC 320
Phone: (949) 582 - 4985
E-mail: chernandezb@saddleback.edu