Concordia University

Concordia in Spain

2018 Summer Program 

Concordia International in collaboration with the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics (CMLL) are pleased to offer a Concordia in Spain Spanish Language and Culture Program for Summer 2018. This exciting program provides Concordia students the opportunity to participate in an educational and cultural immersion at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC) while earning 9 Concordia credits in Spanish language and culture courses.

Program dates and courses

Dates:  Tentative dates are July 2 - August 10, 2018.

The program consists of 9 credits. Students will be placed into a group according to their proficiency level, and will follow the corresponding courses:

Group A:

  • SPAN 200: Introductory Spanish: Intensive Course (6 credits)
  • SPAN 298: Introduction to Communicative Strategies in Spanish I (3 credits)

Group B:

  • SPAN 240: Intermediate Spanish: Intensive Course (6 credits)
  • SPAN 398: Hispanic Culture and Literature I (3 credits)

Group C:

  • SPAN 301: Grammar and the Process of Writing I (3 credits)
  • SPAN 398: Hispanic Culture and Literature II (3 credits)
  • SPAN 398: Advanced Oral Communication (3 credits)

Estimated costs and bursary

Concordia will charge program participants for 9 credits of undergraduate tuition and a program fee of $5130 to cover tuition at the host university, housing, most meals, some cultural activities and course materials.

Students are responsible for paying for and selecting their transportation to/from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, mandatory health and travel insurance, some meals, any travel documents you may need and spending money.

To offset costs, Concordia offers a bursary of $3000 to students who qualify.  To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Concordia student enrolled in a Concordia Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree program while participating in the program.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits toward their degree. Graduate students must have completed at least 9 credits towards their degree; these must be credits earned from the current program. Transfer credits, whether internal or external, do not count.

Host institution and city  

The Universidad de Santiago de Compostela is located in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.  Founded in 1495, it is one of the world's oldest universities still operating today.  USC has 42,000 students and has been ranked as the fifth best university in Spain according to the Complutense University of Madrid.  While at USC, students will take Spanish as a second language courses through the Centro de Linguas Modernas.

Santiago de Compostel, or just Santiago, is located in the Spanish autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain.  It has a population of approximately 95,000 people, traces its origins back to the 4th century and has a well-preserved old city centre.  According to legend, the Cathedral of Santiago is the resting place of St. James the Apostle and is one of the stops on the Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago.


Students will reside in university residences in single rooms on the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela's campus.

Eligibility requirements

  • Preference will be given to students who have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, are registered in Concordia degree programs (Bachelor's, Master's or PhD) and are first-time applicants. Students who have between a 2.5 and 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply.
  • Students who have no background in Spanish/who are absolute beginners to learning the language are encouraged to apply.
  • The selection committee reserves the right to interview applicants.

How to apply

  • Attend an Information Session.  Dates and times of sessions are as follows:  Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 3:30 PM -5:00 PM; Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM -11:30 AM.  Sessions to be held at the Concordia International office (2080 Mackay, Annex X).

Please note:

  • Admissions decisions will be communicated shortly after the deadline.
  • Students admitted to the program will have to make a non-refundable $500 deposit to Student Accounts (deadline to be determined in admission letter, but will be in April). Please be aware, however, that any deposit you make will first be applied to any outstanding balances you owe to Concordia.
  • Students admitted to the program will also have to attend a mandatory pre-departure information session (time and date to be determined).
  • Graduate students and students from other universities must first register as “Independent Undergraduates” to be able to register for these courses. If admitted to the program, you will be prompted to complete this step after your have received your admission letter.
  • You are responsible for applying and paying for any visas you might need to study in Spain.
  • Due to the structure and intensive nature of this program, all students must be able to take all 9 credits offered as part of the program.
  • All information on this website is subject to change without notice.
  • The program is subject to a minimum enrollment of 14 students to take place; can accommodate a total of 20 students and it may be cancelled at any time and for any reason.
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