Students at the University of West Florida will have the opportunity to spend time overseas while earning credits at the same time when the Study Abroad program travels to Salamanca, Spain this summer.
The trip, led by Laura Arguea, UWF Spanish instructor, gives the travelers an opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish culture in Salamanca, home of Spain’s oldest university.
While in Salamanca, the students will stay with local host-families, something Arguea said will give them a very real experience.
“Living with a local host family allows students to be in direct contact with the local culture,” Arguea said. “Students experience an authentic Spanish lifestyle while reinforcing their knowledge gained in class.”
Not only will the students earn three credit-hours in the course named “Intensive Spanish Abroad,” they’ll also have plenty of opportunities to see what Salamanca has to offer.
“The ‘UWF in Spain’ program offers endless opportunities,” Arguea said. “They’ll speak the language, meet students from other countries, visit UNESCO World Heritage places located within walking distance, try new food and participate in a range of sociocultural activities.”
The trip is available to any UWF student with at least junior status and grade point average of 3.0. The trip is also open to non-students as well, provided they apply to the university for non-degree-seeking status.
The program commences on May 11, and the cost of the trip is $1500, which includes accommodations with a host-family and meals. Students, however, are required to cover the airfare to Salamanca and the tuition for the class.
Although this will be the first time Arguea has taken a group of students to Salamanca, she’s visited the city before and is ready for the students to see it for themselves.
“I have been in Salamanca before, and found the city to be the perfect location for UWF students,” Arguea said. “Salamanca is a dynamic and intimate city that invites you to immerse yourself into a beautiful place to learn Spanish while living the Spanish way.”
The trip will run from May 11 through May 24, but registration ends on Feb. 1. For more information, contact Arguea at email@example.com or visit uwf.abroadoffice.net/spain.html.
Information on scholarships for the Study Abroad program can be found at uwf.edu/studyabroad/scholarships.cfm.