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Maymester in Spain

MadridA country of large geographic and cultural diversity, Spain welcomes millions of visitors every year. Its many cultural regions and historic cities are the perfect background for its world-famous folklore and festivities. During their three week stay, students will visit Madrid, Segovia, Salamanca and Alicante. 

  • Madrid, the capital city of Spain, is the perfect place to see what this country is all about. In addition to the incredible architecture and art attractions, the lifestyle of the Madrileños also leaves an imprint on many of its visitors. 
  • Segovia is one of Spain's most famous historic cities. It is located in the Castilla and León region about 50 miles from Madrid and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985. The collection of historical monuments together with the city's natural beauty make this an impressive place to visit.  
  • Salamanca is probably best known for having the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. This university is still what gives ambiance to the town. This charming town is untouched in it's architectural purity. The city has also been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • With many historical buildings around the entire city, Alicante offers countless sightseeing attractions, from cathedrals to churches and of course a wonderful harbor area. Additional to sightseeing, direct from the harbor area, there is a long wide sandy beach where you can rest after a productive day at school.

In addition to providing students with the opportunity to improve Spanish through direct interaction with native speakers, this trip also allows student to earn university credits while having a unique experience travelling in an European country. 

This program through Estudio Sampere in Madrid will give CCU students the opportunity to take either SPAN 130 or SPAN 330 as well as take intensive Spanish taught by Estudio Sampere’s certified SSL teachers, taught at seven different levels, from beginner to advanced, to insure the students are appropriately placed in a class suitable to their abilities. Excursions and activities are planned throughout the three weeks to area museums and to points of interest in Madrid as well as to Segovia, Toledo Salamanca and Alicante. While in Spain, all students will live with host families. Room and board will include breakfast and dinner each day except while on excursions. Laundry is included in the price of the accommodations. Most of the families are a short ride by bus or underground to the school.

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Location: Madrid, Spain
Program Dates: May 10 - Jun 1, 2014
Instructor(s): Alejandro Munoz-Garces
Mario Morales Lopez
Program Fee (not including Tuition): $3,950
Tuition Fee: $350/credit hour 
Courses Offered:

SPAN 130 (Introductory Spanish III) - 3 credits
SPAN 330 (Approaches to Literature and Culture) - 3 credits
SPAN 350 (Spanish Language Study Abroad) - 3 transfer credits


SPAN 130: SPAN 120, 111, or by placement

SPAN 330: SPAN 210

SPAN 350: Approval from the Department of Communication, Languages and Cultures faculty.

Do any of the course(s) satisfy core curriculum requirements? Yes, both SPAN 130 and SPAN 330 may fulfill Goal 5B of the Course Requirements.
Is a Passport required? Yes, students must have a valid passport to participate on this program.
Are vaccinations needed to participate? Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.  Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for your destination.

Course Descriptions

SPAN 130 (Introductory Spanish III): Further development of fundamental language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), with additional consideration of culture. 

SPAN 330 (Approaches to Literature and Culture): Introductory studies in the literature and cultural manifestations of the Hispanic world. Authors, genres, or cultural expressions may vary. Emphasis is on the continued development of oral, reading, and writing skills.

SPAN 350 (Spanish Language Study Abroad): (Prereq: Approval from the Department, Communication, Languages and Cultures faculty).Language study abroad with instruction by native speakers. Credit hours granted dependent on the number of hours taken. Upon successful completion of an approved program, students must furnish a certificate and/or examination results. Prior consultation with the Department of Communication, Languages and Cultures is mandatory before enrollment.

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About the Program Leaders

Alejandro Munoz Garces
‌Dr. Alejandro Muñoz-Garcés, holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. His research is focused in Travel Literature. Native from Spain he has taught in universities in New Zealand and Thailand. He has extensive travel experience in Spain and has visited over fifty countries in four continents. He has lead Maymester trips to Spain in the past. During Maymester in Spain, Dr Muñoz will teach Spanish 330, an introduction to literature and cultural manifestations on the Hispanic World closely linked to their experience in Spain. His in depth knowledge of Spanish culture, society and current events is an asset that students from previous maymesters have already benefited from.





Mario Morales LopezMario Morales Lopez, a Senior Instructor of Spanish and a Guatemalan native, came to Coastal Carolina University in 1999.  His teaching experience is extensive.  He has worked in elementary, middle and high schools in Guatemala, and has also taught in colleges in West Virginia and South Carolina.  He has participated in Study Abroad Programs here at CCU since 2001, particularly to Costa Rica (five times) and Guatemala (two times).  Mr. Morales is also a fervent environmentalist, protecting the forests in the mountains of Guatemala since 2001. He also coordinates a scholarship program for high school students in Guatemala since 2007. 





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Maymester/Short-Term Online Application

Be prepared to supply the following information at the time you apply: 

- Statement of purpose (a Word document or PDF)
- An academic reference
- Copy of your transcript
- A health form and participation fitness certification

For More Information, Please Contact:

The Office of International Programs & Services
Ms. Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Coordinator/Advisor, Study Abroad 
843-349-2684 / lori@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119