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  • Locations: Cordoba, Spain; Granada, Spain; Segovia, Spain; Valencia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Longwood applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Model: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Class Status: 1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Program Type: Study abroad
Language Level: 1 - Beginner, 2 - Intermediate, 3 - Advanced, 4 - Fluent Minimum GPA: 2.2
Program Leader: Lily Goetz, Will Holliday Housing: Homestay, Hotel
Program Description:

Spain's Many Cultures: Study Abroad in Valencia 

Segovia group shot (Goetz)

Program Overview

Study History, English, and Spanish along the Mediterranean coast in Valencia, Spain, site of early Greek and Roman settlements, and medieval stomping grounds of El Cid. Walk in the footsteps of the surrendering Moorish King Boabdil at the Alhambra palace in Granada; discover secret passages in the castle in Segovia where Queen Isabella married King Ferdinand; walk along the actual Roman road of "Valentia" as you imagine life in the forum, baths, and cemetery of Roman Valencia; stand in the throne room in Granada where Queen Isabella granted Columbus permission and money to sail to the New World. Learn about the many languages spoken in Spain, and the cultures they represent.

This program offers classes in History, English and Spanish that fulfill general education requirements at Longwood University. Students choose two classes with different prefixes (SPAN, HIST, ENGL). History and English classes are taught in English, although some of the assignments will involve using Spanish.
Course Descriptions

SPAN 211:Intermediate Integrated Language and Culture**. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or SPAN 210 or an appropriate placement test score. *Fulfills World Languages Perspectives or General Education Goal 10. 3 credits. 

SPAN 302: Conversation**.  Practice in oral communication skills, including expansion of vocabulary and improvement of pronunciation and listening comprehension.  A functional approach, emphasizing strategies for circumlocution, initiating and closing conversation, requesting and providing information, narrating, expressing wishes, complaints, and emotions, giving and receiving advice, and supporting opinions. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent. *Fulfills Goal 10 or BA Language Requirement, BA Humanities Requirement and/or Spanish Major/Minor course. 3 credits.

HIST 348: History of Spain**. *Fulfills Historical & Contemporary Perspectives Requirement or History major/minor course or Liberal Studies Social Science Requirement

ENGL 400: Active Citizenship: An Advanced Writing Seminar; Public Issues in Spain. Students will conduct an interdisciplinary inquiry into topics of language and identity, political, social and economic issues in Spain while developing the writing skills needed to effectively contribute to public discourse as citizen leaders on issues of significance. Imagine becoming an “active citizen” in Spain, speaking directly with the citizens of a democracy abroad, in their language, as well as using print sources (books, journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, and web sources) in English and in Spanish. Students will explore the role language plays in shaping national or gender identities, working with Spaniards and their classmates to propose solutions to the issues. Develop rhetorical skills needed for citizenship in a democracy. Includes interdisciplinary inquiry into and analysis of at least one significant public issue across all sections. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of General Education Goals 2 and 3; 75 credit hours or permission of the Chair of the General Education Committee. *Fulfills General Education Goal 13. 3 credits. 

**New Course, pending approval

Completion of at least one year of high school Spanish or one semester of college-level Spanish before departure. See prerequisites for individual courses in each course description.

In Valencia, students stay in carefully selected homestays, two students per family, and enjoy 3 meals per day with them, allowing for greater integration into the culture of Spain. In Granada, Córdoba, and Segovia, students stay in hotels conveniently located to the sites the group will visit.
Information Sessions

Thursday, August 30: 3:30
Tuesday, September 11: 3:30
Wednesday, September 19: 3:30
Tuesday, Oct. 9:  3:30
Thursday, Oct. 25: 5:30
Tuesday, November 8: 3:30

All sessions held in Ruffner 256. 

Students who cannot attend scheduled information sessions should contact Dr. Lily Goetz or Dr. Will Holliday for one-on-one information.

May 15, 2019 - June 23, 2019

Day 1:  Departure from Richmond International Airport.

Days 2-5: Orientation and excursions 
• Valencia city tour
• Tapas
• Peñíscola Castle

Days 6-32: Morning classes, afternoon activities, excursions as noted
• Churros and Chocolate 
• Roman ruins
• Granada
• Córdoba
• Cullera Castle
• Museum of Rice
• Cullera Beach
• Boat ride on Albufera lake
• Segovia

Day 33: Depart from Madrid for Richmond.

*Note: Itinerary is subject to change*
Program Costs

The program fee will be $4,475 and includes airfare, travel insurance, homestays, most meals, transportation while in Spain, and admission to all venues on the itinerary.

Longwood tuition will be billed separately and is not included in the program fee. 


The Office of International Affairs offers three scholarships:

  • Lancers Abroad Scholarship: up to $500 for short-term programs or $900 for semester programs
  • Presidential Scholarship: up to $2,000 for semester-long programs in which participants are studying in non-Anglophone countries (generally reserved for foreign language majors, but students taking courses in the host language are also encouraged to apply).
  • Global Engagement Scholarship: up to $1,200 for those participating in a faculty-led program; applicants must be Pell Grant recipients to be eligible.

Honors students are eligible for separate funding through the Cormier Honors College. Contact Jessi Znosko to get started.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
More Information
  • Participation in any credit-bearing study abroad program through Longwood will waive General Education Goal 9.
  • Questions about academic content? Contact Dr. Lily Goetz or Dr. Will Holliday.
  • Questions about the study abroad process for this program? Contact Dr. Emily Kane.


For more information, click the tabs at the top of the brochure.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 08/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2019 06/23/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.