About the progran

There is no better way to learn a foreign language than by immersing yourself in the country’s culture and surrounding yourself with the language on a daily basis. Hosted by the Concordia's partner university, the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), Concordia’s Summer in Spain program offers Spanish language classes for students of all levels of Spanish language proficiency. This program combines three hours of daily Spanish language instruction along with special activities and lectures. The courses are Concordia courses that will allow students to earn nine credits toward their Concordia degree. The program will be lead by Prof. Luis Ochoa.

Dates & courses

Dates: June 5, 2022 - July 1, 2022

Courses: 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 Spanish Language & Culture (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

Program fee: Concordia will charge program participants for 9 credits of undergraduate tuition and a program fee of $3250 to cover

  • tuition at the host university
  • housing
  • most mealssome cultural activities 
  • course materials

Additional costs: 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.

Bursary: To offset costs, Concordia offers a bursary of $1350 to students who qualify. To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are a Concordia student enrolled in a Concordia Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree program whileparticipating 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 fromthe current program. Transfer credits, whether internal or external, do not count.


Please note that the above mentioned bursary cannot be combined with any other in-house mobility scholarship, mobility bursary or mobility award.


Host institution

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 Compostela, 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 2.7 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 2.69 GPA are also 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.

Application process

All information on this website is subject to change without notice. The program is subject to a minimum enrollment of twelve students to take place, and it may be cancelled at any time and for any reason.


Have a question?

Application Inquiries

Maral Abajian

Academic Inquiries

Department of Claissics, Modern Languages & Linguistics
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