Oviedo, Spain

  • Location: Oviedo, Spain (Map)
  • Dates: Spring Semester
  • Class requirement: Sophomore
  • GPA requirement: 2.5
  • Prerequisite courses:
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Nestled in the mountains with the ocean just a half hour away, Oviedo is a great place to study Spanish! In the advanced language program, you'll spend interim and the spring semester living and studying in Spain.

Almost everywhere you look, you’ll see reminders of a rich and long history surrounded by remarkable beauty. Oviedo, considered one of Spain’s cleanest and most elegant cities, is located in the center of the mountainous terrain of Asturias. From the 35,000-year-old Paleolithic Cave Art to the university walls scarred by the 1934 Revolution of Asturias, vestiges of human history are evident everywhere. Just to the north you will find the cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Asturian coast reaching into the Cantabrian Sea, and in all other directions you will see the peaks of the Cantabrian mountain range, home of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful national park. This is the natural setting surrounding Oviedo, one of Spain’s historic university towns and an ideal place for you to meet Spaniards of all ages and to deepen your understanding of the Spanish language and culture. Our semester in Spain programs partner with the Casa de las Lenguas at the University of Oviedo, where you’ll take courses in Spanish language and culture. You’ll also live with a local family and learn about the Spanish way of life firsthand.

Oviedo, Spain

Oviedo is on the northern coast of Spain. It is located 16 miles from the Atlantic coast and 270 miles northwest of Madrid.

Population
225,000, with more than 860,000 in the metropolitan area
Things to do

Things to do:

  • Walk around the beautiful pedestrian zone
  • Attend a pro soccer or basketball game
  • Take public transit to one of the many beaches on the coast, mountain hiking trails, or ski stations during the winter
  • Golf at one of 4 local courses
  • Soak in a concert at one of Oviedo's two music auditoria, or visit one of the many museums in town
  • One-day trips to regional destinations like León, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao and Burgos
  • Extended trip or trips to cities like Barcelona, Granada and/or Madrid
Climate
Oviedo's climate is moderate and is generally described as oceanic (similar to the Pacific Northwest). Temperatures range from an average high in the mid-70s in the summer to an average low in the mid-40s in the winter.
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Courses

The prerequisite for the Interim/Spring semester program is SPAN 301.

STSP 316: Contemporary Spanish Civilization, taught by the Calvin director, is required for all students.

All students will also take at least once Spanish language class at the appropriate level at the La Casa de las Lenguas. Students may choose between:

  1. STSP 303: Spanish Language: Written Expression and Interaction
  2. STSP 304: Spanish Language: Oral Expression and Interaction
  3. STSP 305: Spanish Language: Vocabulary and Textual Commentary

In addition students who have completed SPAN 302 on campus will enroll in at least one university class taught at the University of Oviedo. Students may choose from among hundreds of courses regularly offered to Spanish university students in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines. This course, too, will count toward a major or minor in Spanish, regardless of the discipline.

Students may also choose from the following options, taking a combined maximum of 20 hours for the entire interim and spring semester. All courses will count toward a Spanish major or minor.

  1. STSP 303: Spanish Language: Written Expression and Interaction
  2. STSP 304: Spanish Language: Oral Expression and Interaction
  3. STSP 305: Spanish Language: Vocabulary and Textual Commentary
  4. STSP 308: Introduction to the Hispanic World, I
  5. STSP 308: Introduction to the Hispanic World, II
  6. STSP 3xx: Introduction to English/Spanish Translation
  7. STSP 3xx: Spanish Society and Culture
  8. STSP 3xx: Spanish Art
  9. STSP 3xx: Spanish for Business
  10. STSP 393: Ethnographic Study


Contact Edward Miller for additional information concerning courses.

Accommodations

As part of this language program, you will live in a Spanish household in Oviedo.

Eligibility

You must be of at least sophomore status and have a 2.5 GPA or higher to study in Spain. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors if there are more applicants than there are spots in the program. You must be planning to study Spanish at an advanced level to be considered. You must successfully complete SPAN 301 before beginning the program. The Spring Semester in Spain is offered every Spring.

Cost

The final program cost is based on many factors and is not known exactly until the number of students in the group has been identified. The financial information page covers the details that go into the cost of the program and rough estimates for each. The price for the Spain semester will include:

  • Round trip transportation between Grand Rapids and Oviedo
  • A number of program-related excursions
  • Tuition, room and board
  • Local transit
  • Visa fees

Additional expenses not included in the program fee: passport, books, medical insurance (required) and spending money.

Application

The final application deadline for the SPRING 2016 program will be in September 2015.

Click the Application link above to see more information and submit an application to the Off-Campus Program Office.

Questions / contact

Edward Miller

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Dwight TenHuisen

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Sandra Clevenger

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