Study Abroad Program - Salamanca, Spain

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Spring 2020 - Cancelled

February 14 - April 25



Saddleback College has offered the Salamanca, Spain Study Abroad Program for 18 consecutive years. In spring 2020, a group of 12 or more students will study Spanish language, culture, and history from February 14, 2020 through April 25, 2020. The faculty advisor will accompany the students on their arrival flight, as well as one week in Salamanca.

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 spring 2019 was 12 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 seven 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 February 14, 2020
Arrive in Madrid; transfer to Salamanca February 15, 2020
Orientation & City Tour February 16, 2020
Program Dates February 17, 2020 to April 24, 2020
Return to U.S. April 25, 2020


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 to and from Madrid to 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 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, and 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 before departure which includes a local Spanish cell number and FREE incoming calls.
  • Accounting / billing services in the U.S. 


Program Fees


Travel & Education (T&E) will charge a fee of $6,290 USD per participant if 12 to 18 students enroll in the program, or $5,990 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 $ 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. Airfare option requires 10 passengers to be offered (including students and administrative visit)
  • A $100 refundable damage deposit
  • Passport or visa fees if applicable
  • Meals other than those indicated on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • SOCCCD tuition or administrative fees
  • Additional fieldtrips or excursions required by the SOCCCD faculty and students
  • Optional single room supplement for $350
  • Textbooks


Program Application Procedure & Billing


Application forms and deposits totaling $650 ($450 general deposit plus a $200 airfare deposit) should be submitted by October 11, 2019. 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 TBD 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 TBD.

T&E reserves the right to withdraw students whose payment is incomplete by the final payment deadline of January 10, 2020.

. 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 October 11, 2019 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.

After October 11, 2019 but on or before November 15, 2019

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 December 20, 2019 but on or before January 10, 2020

A refund of all fees paid less $400 deposit and $50 non-refundable application, $200 penalty of airfare tickets, $295 insurance, plus any non-refundable deposits paid by T&E on behalf of the student.
After December 20, 2019 but on or before January 10, 2020 A refund of all fees paid less $400 deposit and $50 non-refundable application, $200 penalty of airfare tickets, $295 insurance, $500 housing confirmation, and plus any non-refundable deposits paid by T&E on behalf of the student.
After Friday, January 10, 2020 No refund is issued to the student.


Once the program has begun students withdrawing receive no refund unless T&E suspends the program. It is understood that SADDLEBACK COLLEGE – SOCCCD will not cancel the program if the necessary minimum number of participants have not been enrolled by TBD. 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. 

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