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Conversational Spanish in Nerja

Summer A  2012


Program Full

Program Description:

As an enhancement to its Spanish Language curriculum, the College of Arts and Humanities has developed a study abroad program for students interested in an intensive study of Spanish Language and Culture.

This program offer students a unique opportunity for full linguistic and cultural immersion intended to develop their Spanish language skills. For this program, students will have the opportunity of registering for SPN 3955 and/or IDS 3955. Spanish language courses are available for multiple levels of proficiency and placement will be determined by an electronic pretest.

The Intensive Spanish Language Program will be hosted by the Escuela de Idiomas in Nerja, Spain. The language portion will be taught by Escuela professors and the cultural course will be taught in English by Dr. Consuelo Stebbins of UCF. Language classes will be held Mon-Fri, averaging 20 hours a week for two weeks. The cultural class will include evening activities, cultural and historical excursions, and an optional weekend trip to Morocco.

While abroad, students can expect a formal classroom setting for the language class. The cultural class will utilize a combination of formal seminars, cultural immersion, and visits to local sites.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Malaga, Spain by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel.  Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking.  To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

Participants will stay in Nerja, Spain for two weeks of classes. As part of the program, student will have the option of participating in a weekend excursion to Morocco, including visits to Tetuan, Tanger, and Chef-Chaouen. While abroad, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $537.5
Payment 4:  $537.5

Learning Outcomes:
  • Improve Spanish language skills in conversation, reading, and writing.
  • Recognize appropriate use of language in different cultural contexts (formal, casual, generational).
  • Gain exposure to diverse social values.
  • Explore cultural differences and similarities between Spain, Morocco, and USA.
  • Enhance knowledge of Spanish culture and civilization.
  • Recognize and describe cultural norms for Spain and Morocco.
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: Spanish
Proficiency Level Required: Spanish
Other Prerequisites: 
Courses[click to expand]:
IDS-3955 Study Abroad: Spain IDS 3955
Academic Institution: Escuela de Idiomas, Nerja, Spain
Credit Hours: 3.00

SPN-3955 Study Abroad: Spain SPN 3955
Academic Institution: Escuela de Idiomas, Nerja, Spain
Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Shared housing
  • Airport transfers to/from Malaga Airport
  • Excursion to the prehistoric caves of Nerja
  • Kayaking excursion
  • Guided excursion to Ronda
  • San Isidro excursion
  • Breakfast and choice of lunch or dinner
  • Language classes at the Escuela de Idiomas in Nerja
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Administrative fee

The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • UCF Tuition
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida to Malaga, Spain
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Additional meals not listed above
  • Incidentals
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
  • Morocco excursion (see separate logistic)
  • Premium Housing (see separate logistic)

Premium housing accommodation options and excursion to Morocco are priced separately.

Please note optional housing upgrades are available on a first-come/first-served bases at an additional fee, see information below for the two options.

Price (in US Dollars): 2175.00
Requirement: Optional

Component: Field Trips And Excursions

The trip to Morroco will be an optional excursion offered by the Escuela de Idiomas for program participants. The fee of approximately €200 (approximately $310) for the Morroco excursion will be paid while in country, directly to the Escuela de Idiomas if chosen.

The following services are included as part of this excursion:

  • Round trip ground transportation between Nerja, Spain and Algeciras, Spain
  • Round trip ferry between Algeciras, Spain and Ceuta, Morocco
  • Accommodations in Morocco
  • Visits to Tetuan, Tanger, and Chef-Chaouen.
  • Meals
  • Guides

The following services are not included as part of this excursion:

  • Currency exchange fees
  • Incidentals
  • Personal travel or meals not included as part of the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
Price (in US Dollars): 310.00
Requirement: Optional

Component: Lodging

Single Room Housing Upgrade

$2175 Program Fee + $305 Single Room Housing Upgrade = $2480

Price (in US Dollars): 305.00
Requirement: Optional

Component: Lodging

Premium Single Room Housing Upgrade

$2175 Program Fee + $435 Premium Single Room Housing Upgrade = $2610

Price (in US Dollars): 435.00
Requirement: Optional

1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr Consuelo Stebbins
Email: stebbins@mail.ucf.edu
Office: MH 350
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-05-06
Program Ends: 2012-05-20
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-02-15
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-02-20
Academic Institution:
Escuela de Idiomas, Nerja, Spain 
Additional information:
Program Map
Closest Domestic Consulate
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu