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Why Study in Spain?

Study abroad can be an enlightening, maturing and life-changing experience. As students live in and learn to understand a different culture, they are challenged to re-examine themselves, their attitudes and their studies. Salamanca, due to its rich historic, artistic and cultural heritage, is considered one of Spain’s most important cities. The mark of civilizations, some of which pre-date the Romans, can be found throughout the city. Many important historical figures passed through Salamanca: the duke of Alba, Meléndez Valdés, Unamuno, Columbus, Cervantes, and the Conde-duque de Olivares. In the field of Art, all the styles have left their most worthy and exquisite mark on this city. The Spanish Plateresque style, of decorative quality and fine execution, offers its most beautiful examples in Salamanca. The University of Salamanca, founded in 1218, is one of the oldest and most renowned in Europe. Salamanca was awarded Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO and in 2002 the city was declared European Capital of Culture.

The Program
You will live and study in the heart of Salamanca, where Spanish is the primary language, so that everyday life will support the experience of the classroom. Eligibility to participate in the program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in at least 12 units of previous college level course work at an accredited college. This course work can be completed at Citrus College or students' home institution.  University students are welcome to apply. Spain students enroll in 12-14 units in Salamanca. If you choose the traditional Spanish program - Spanish I, II, III, or IV - you are sure to achieve a high degree of proficiency in understanding and speaking Spanish and a command of oral Spanish that can only be achieved through an immersion program.

Students can select from several other course offerings including, but not limited to courses in Psychology, Sociology, History, Political Science, Speech, Art History, Business, Communications, and Economics.

All students will gain an understanding of Spanish culture, geography, art, literature and history through the Spanish Life and Culture class. The resident directors organize sightseeing, concerts, museum visits and other field trips, encouraging students to benefit from the rich and varied cultural offerings of Spain.

Your course of study will be a regular part of your college program. Classes are taught by faculty from your home college or one of the colleges that are members of the Southern California Foothills Consortium for Study Abroad and include Salamanca-based Spanish instructors. All courses are transferable to either CSU or UC or both, and most meet general education or major requirements (refer to Citrus College catalog). The classes will require the same academic commitment and effort that they would demand on your own campus.

Travel Opportunities
The opportunities for local travel are too numerous to mention more than a sampling. Spain has sights and scenes to occupy the mind and imagination. Courses are held on a four-day week (M-Th), so students have frequent opportunities to travel.

Our Semester in Spain begins with a night in Madrid. Students are housed in a Madrid.  Madrid is a vibrant city and the seat of Spain's government. It is also a cultural center and home to many famous museums.  Madrid is only 2-1/2 hours by bus from Salamanca so students will find it easy to return during the semester either by bus or train. In addition, the Spring 2014 program includes a Madrid excursion!

Included in the Spain program is a day excursion to Avila, an outstanding example of a fortified city of the Middle Ages and Segovia, with its panoply of squares and mansions from its days of Golden Age grandeur, when it was a royal resort and base for the Cortes (parliament).

Students can also participate in the optional three-day/two-night excursion to Morocco. It includes round-trip group transportation by private, deluxe air-conditioned coach from Salamanca to Algeciras, and a round-trip ferry crossing between Algeciras and Ceuta, two nights in a tourist class hotel with participants housed in twin and triple bedded rooms in the city of Tetuan, a guided visit of historic medina bazaar of Tetuan, a guided visit of the historic center of Tangier, and a guided visit to the city of Chef-Chaouen.  All means in Morocco are included, as well as the service of a multi-lingual AIFS Tour Manager and professional local guides in all three cities are included at a cost of $445 per student.

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