Saddleback College offers a variety of study abroad programs that integrate academic learning in classroom and/or field settings with exposure to different cultures and environments, as students explore the natural beauty and ecology of a foreign country; savor its foods; live among its people; visit its galleries, theaters, museums, and night clubs; and take excursions to unique heritage sites and biological reserves, all while earning transferable college credits and developing new perspectives on academic subjects and real-world issues.

Summer 2023 Programs

Costa Rica

Study Abroad: Costa RIca Summer 2023

Costa Rica is one of the most remarkable destinations in Central America. This majestic country extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea where visitors can experience overwhelming diversity. Ecological and geological communities such as rainforests, cloud forests, tropical dry forests, volcanoes, hot springs, incredible rivers and waterfalls, and beautiful beaches and islands all provide habitat for 5% of the world's flora and fauna species. With more than 25% of Costa Rica protected as national parks and reserves, places like the Arenal hot springs and Tortuguero will make for breathtaking experiences!


Santander, Spain

Study Abroad: Santander, Spain Summer 2023

Saddleback College has offered the Santander, Spain Study Abroad Program for twenty-six years. In summer 2023, a group of 18 or more students will study Spanish language, culture, and history from July 1st , 2023 through July 31, 2023. Twenty one students participated in summer 2019, prior to the pandemic. 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 9 units of Saddleback courses and will attend classes Monday through Friday. Professors at Colegio Miguel Unamuno will tutor the courses, adhering to Saddleback’s course outlines. The program includes more than 40 weekly hours of instruction in addition to Saturday and 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. You may contact Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo, whose complete contact information is given on the program’s webpage.

  • Dates: June 30 – July 31
  • Contact: Professor Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo at or the Liberal Arts Division at (949) 582-4788 
Activity Date(s)
U.S. Departure TBD
Overnight Stay in Madrid TBD
Arrival in Santander TBD
Program Dates TBD
Overnight Stay in Madrid TBD
Return to U.S. TBD
Date Location & Time
Thursday, October 13, 2022 Zoom at 7:00 p.m.
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 20A Civilization of Spain Through 1898 3
SPAN 20B Civilization of Spain 1898 to Present 3