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Fact Sheet:
Subject(s): Art History, History, Spanish Level: Undergraduate
GPA: 2.50 Program Type: Study
Language of Instruction: Spanish Housing: Homestay
Advisor: Hannah Faustmann ( Language Courses: Spanish
Program Description:
Program Overview | Location | Courses | Housing | Resources | Scholarships 

GEO Segovia

Segovia, Spain, castle

Program Overview

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Spanish majors and minors, please visit this website to determine which program best suits your Spanish level. Dr. Susan Knight in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures is the faculty advisor for this program.

These Spanish immersion programs are designed for intermediate and advanced level Spanish language students. All courses are taught in Spanish, making this program ideal for Spanish majors and minors as well as students interested in taking courses in Art History, European Studies, History, Literature, Spanish Culture and more.

You will improve your Spanish language skills in this impressively historical and picturesque city, while still being only 25 minutes by high-speed train from Spain's capital, Madrid. In addition, you live in a homestay which further supports your immersion into Spanish society and culture.

You will attend courses at the GEO Center with other American students from all over the US, yet also have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in local culture and explore friendships with Segovians.

You can participate in tandem language learning activities with local university students or do an internship at a local business or organization. Excursions to neighboring sites of importance and other group activities are included in the program fee.

Internship and service learning placements are also available to qualified students who are committed to gaining a unique perspective into Spanish life. 

Check out our Prezi on Segovia!

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Segovia is a historic city northwest of Madrid in central Spain. Its centuries of settlement have resulted in a rich architectural legacy, including medieval walls, Romanesque churches, a former royal palace and a Gothic cathedral. Its iconic ancient Roman aqueduct has more than 160 arches, most in the original mortarless granite, and stands above Plaza Azoguejo in the heart of the city.

Just one hour north of Madrid, Segovia strikes a unique balance between past and present. The Segovia Center is where students study, and it is situated between the Plaza Mayor and the Roman Aqueduct in the heart of the city.

Segovia is one of Spain's most famous historic cities. It is located in the Castilla and León region just half an hour's drive from Madrid. The centre is crowded together on the rocky bluff delineated by the confluence of the Eresma and Clamores rivers.

Segovia is a picturesque old city with twisting alleyways, the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe and pedestrian-only streets, all bordered by a medieval wall and two rivers. In 1985, this sleepy Castillan town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. One of the main tourist attractions is Alcázar, a royal palace built sometime around the 11th century where Queen Isabel agreed to fund Christopher Columbus’ exploration of the New World. The picturesque palace is said to be Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella's Castle. 

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Spanish majors and minors, please visit this website to determine which program best suits your Spanish level. Dr. Susan Knight in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures is the faculty advisor for this program.

You will enroll in two to four courses. If you opt to enroll in the Internship or Service Learning Seminar, you will typically enroll in two to three additional courses. You are encouraged, but not required, to take a Spanish language course.

All courses are taught entirely in Spanish. Classes are typically small, allowing you the opportunity to interact frequently with faculty members in and out of the classroom.

The central location of Segovia facilitates excursions to neighboring sites of importance such as the royal palace in La Granja, the University of Salamanca, the museums of Madrid, the Route of the famous Spanish castles, Toledo and more. Excursions are led by professors and are integrated into the courses, encouraging students to apply what they learn in the classroom to the sights around them. You can participate in tandem language learning activities with local university students or do an internship at a local business or organization.

If you opt for internship or service learning placement, you will work side by side with Spanish nationals, allowing you a unique insight into the professional life of Segovians. You will be expected to dress and conduct yourself appropriately to the standards of the placement organization.

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Housing in Segovia is designed to help you experience the local culture of Spain, and to improve the speed of language acquisition while living with a host family. Daily interactions with the host family afford students cultural nuances that could otherwise be overlooked.

Homestays in Segovia are carefully selected to fit your needs and requests.

Homestays are located within walking distance of the GEO center and classrooms or near local bus lines.

Students are rarely placed in a home with another student, but, if that is the case, each will always have their own private room with a shared bathroom.

Linens and towels are provided by your host.

Immerse yourself in the daily life and routine of the household, and experience Spanish cuisine and food culture as host families prepare all of your meals! Culturally, mealtimes in Spain are a very important time for family and are very pleasant occasions. Enjoy!

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Approximate Program Dates:
Fall Semester: Early September to Mid December
Spring Semester: Early January to Mid April
Summer: Mid June to Late July/Early August

Additional Eligibility Requirements:   
3.25 GPA in Spanish major

Testimonials from Abroad: 
Read stories from CMU students who have studied in Spain.

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CMU Office of Study Abroad Scholarship:

CMU Office of Study Abroad Scholarship: Scholarships in the amount of $500 are available for faculty-led programs and summer study abroad, and students studying abroad for eight weeks or longer are eligible for up to $750. Scholarships for semester participants range from $500 - $2,500. For more information, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.

Gilman Scholarship:

This program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Applicants must receive a Pell Grant to be eligible to apply. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. For eligibility, application deadlines, and application instructions, please visit the website at

GEO Scholarship Page

Additional Scholarships:

For information about scholarships for which you may apply on campus and nationally, please visit the Scholarship page.

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Dates / Deadlines: (Program dates are tentative. Official program dates are provided by the host institution or the faculty leaders upon acceptance).
Term Year App Deadline Acceptance Notification Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 02/15/2017
03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Summer 2017 02/15/2017
03/01/2017 06/23/2017 08/04/2017
Academic Year 2017 03/31/2017 04/07/2017 TBA TBA

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