Concordia University

Concordia in Spain

2017 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 2017. This exciting program provides Concordia students the opportunity to participate in an educational and cultural immersion at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca while earning 12 Concordia credits in Spanish language and culture courses.

Program dates and courses

Dates:  May 31, 2017 to July 29, 2017.

The program consists of 12 credits. Students will be placed into a group according to their proficiency level, and will follow the corresponding courses:


  • SPAN 200: Introductory Spanish: Intensive Course (6 credits)
  • SPAN 241: Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)
  • SPAN 298: Introduction to Communicative Strategies in Spanish I (3 credits)


  • SPAN 240: Intermediate Spanish: Intensive Course (6 credits)
  • SPAN 305: Communicative Strategies and Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers (3 credits)
  • SPAN 398: Hispanic Culture and Literature I (3 credits)


  • SPAN 301: Grammar and the Process of Writing I (3 credits)
  • SPAN 302: Grammar and the Process of Writing II (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 12 credits of undergraduate tuition and a program fee of approximately $4450 to cover tuition at the host university, housing, meals, some cultural activities and course materials.

Students are responsible for paying for and selecting their transpotation to/from Salamanca, Spain; mandatory health and travel insurance 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

The Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca is a private university located in the medieval, university city Salamanca, Spain. It traces its origins back to the 13th century and today has a total student population of approximately 8,500. It offers about 40 different undergraduate and graduate programs.

The city of Salamanca is located in western Spain, not far from the border with Portugal. In addition to its being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also known as one of Spain’s top destinations for Spanish language instruction for foreigners due to the numerous Spanish language schools found there.


Students will reside in shared (double) rooms in a university residence near the UPSA 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:

o   Friday, February 3, 2017 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm in room H-527 (H-Building).  

o   Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in room H-527 (H-Building).

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 by March 17, 2017. 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 scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2017 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in room X-103 (2080 Mackay).
  • 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 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 12 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 16 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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