All students in Spanish and Latin American Studies are recommended to spend a year in a Spanish-speaking country between semesters 4 and 5, if possible as English Language Assistants (British Council). Information on the ELA scheme and how to apply is circulated in Semester 3 via email, published on Succeed and is also posted on the SPA9B3/A3 notice boards in the E corridor. Students of Spanish must spend the whole of Semester 6 on approved study in a Spanish-speaking country unless they are studying two languages and will be spending Semester 6 in the country of their other language.
Minimum Residence Abroad
Students who are studying Spanish are normally expected to spend the Semester 6 on approved study in a Spanish-speaking country. Where it is not possible to spend semester 6 abroad (i.e. due to special circumstances, or a study placement in another country), students must satisfy the minimum residence requirement: one month's residence in a Spanish-speaking country, either on an approved vacation course, or in certified residence in a Spanish-speaking milieu. Students will be required to pay any registration fees for such courses. In circumstances where students on other programmes are obliged for any reason to satisfy the minimum residence requirements, the above conditions apply. If you feel that you are unable to spend the semester abroad, please contact the Spanish Semester Abroad Coordinator (Mr José María Ferreira-Cayuela) and the Head of Division to request written permission to be exempted from the mandatory Semester 6 Abroad.
Meetings and Deadline Schedule
Early in Semester 5, you are required to attend the Briefing Session on the Semester 6 Study Abroad. You will have one week to return your preference sheet to indicate where you would like to go. Placements are confirmed by mid-October. Once your placement has been confirmed by the Spanish Language course coordinator, it is your responsibility to apply to your assigned institution in Argentina, Chile, Mexico or Spain.
Times and venues of all Semester 6-related meetings are circulated in advance by email and are posted on the SPA9L5 notice boards and on Succeed.
The cities of our host universities:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (http://www.uab.es):Catalonia’s capital and perhaps one of Spain’s greatest Mediterranean ports. Home to the Gaudi’s cathedral La Sagrada Familia and the popular Ramblas, Barcelona boasts a beach and an attractive cultural diversity, which includes The Fundació Joan Miró and the Picasso Museum.
Universidad de Córdoba, Andalusia (http://www.uco.es): A small Andalusian city located approximately halfway between the southern coast and Madrid. Characterised by its intricate, winding streets and hidden patios, it is the site of beautiful Moorish architecture and plenty of tourist and cultural attractions.
Universidad de Granada, Andalusia (http://www.ugr.es): Home to one of Spain’s largest and oldest universities. Birthplace of poet Federico García Lorca, it is renowned for the ancient Moorish palace of the Alhambra and its tapas culture. The Sierra Nevada is within easy reach for skiing and the beach in less than 40 minutes away (Costa Tropical).
Universidad de León, León (http://www.unileon.es): A historical city in northern Spain with a beautiful old quarter. It is an excellent base for trips to the centre of Spain and the northwest in general. Valladolid and Palencia are also great place to visit while in León.
Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (http://www.unav.es/): The University of Navarra is considered the best university in Spain. The city of Pamplona is also known for the San Fermín festival (from July 7th) but, during the rest of the year, it has something for everyone. Pamplona was recently voted the best city in Spain (based on the quality of life).
Universidad de Cantabria, Santander (http://www.unican.es): The large northern port and popular summer location for Spaniards, located in beautiful Cantabria and not far from the Picos de Europa. Served by ferry from Plymouth.
Universidad Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela (http://www.usc.es): Capital of Galicia and the site of the most beautiful cathedral in Spain. A small university town with excellent nightlife, it is within easy reach of the cities of A Coruña, Lugo, Pontevedra and Vigo, as well as Galicia’s unspoilt beaches.
Universidad de La Salle, Mexico City (http:// www.ulsa.edu.mx): Also referred to as México D.F. (Distrito Federal) it is the oldest city in Latin America, the second largest city in the world and one of the most important financial cities in the world. Home of one of the most important cultural centres in Latin America, Mexico City provides a great variety of tourist attractions and cultural life.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile (http://www.uc.cl/dri): A modern capital of 6 million inhabitants, Santiago is surrounded by mountains on the east (the main chain of the Andes) and the Chilean Coastal Range on the west. Santiago is renowned for its good quality of life and cultural buzz.
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba (http://www.unc.edu.ar/): The city of Córdoba is in the heart of Argentina. It is well-known by its university life and it offers many touristic and cultural attractions in and around the area.
* Please note that these agreements might change from one year to the next but we always aim to offer study abroad opportunities both in Spain and Latin America.