Study Abroad in Spain
Summer I, 2012
May 15- June 19
Spanish 302 & 303




About the Program
About Úbeda
Host School

Field trips


Student Testimonials


 Financial Aid

Grant Opportunity

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Itinerary  About
Ms. Jara


* Have an unforgettable, life - changing experience.

*Earn 9 credits

* Experience the culture first hand.

* Stay with a host family.

* Practice Spanish every day

* Visit some of the world's most famous sites.

* Have tons and tons of fun!







Information Session: Wednesday, February 1st.  4-5 pm. 253-B Leutze Hall (Foreign Language Resource Center)

Application deadline is Friday, March 30

Airplane Ticket must be purchased by Wednesday, April 18

Program Orientation will be Saturday, May 21

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This program is designed to give students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the Spanish culture by having the wonderful opportunity of living with a host family and studying Spanish with local conversation partners.  Students visit some of the world's most beautiful and famous cities and sites and engage in daily cultural activities that provide deep understanding of Spanish life and culture.  The program is the perfect program for a student who wants to think outside the box and experience new adventures. 





Located in Andalucía, (southern Spain) Úbeda has been declared a World Historic site by UNESCO. The city sits on a ridge overlooking the olive groves of the Guadalquivir Valley and is a wonderful example of a Renaissance town. Some of the best architecture from 16th Century Spain can be found here. The borders of the city have the most breathtaking views of olive tree fields.  It is a super safe city where students can walk everywhere safely. It is also conveniently located  close to  other renowned cities and historical attractions such as Granada, Sevilla, Cádiz and Valencia, among others.  Ubeda has hosted  9 UNCW programs in the past and each program has been extremely successful.  Students who have participated in the programs consider their experiences unforgettable and most of them find a way to go back.  They all have made life- long friends and loved every minute of their experience.

We will spend 5 weeks in this wonderful city.  We will meet for class Monday through Thursday and get together in the afternoons to enjoy many of the attractions the city has to offer.  Among the many activities we will do are:

*Learn how to dance flamenco and sevillanas
*Visit a pottery museum and learn how to make pottery with Úbeda's most famous potter.
*Go to the movies.
*Visit the local markets
*Go shopping to the many beautiful and unique boutiques and shops
*Go sightseeing all around
*Enjoy delicious tapas in the many tapas bars and much more....



Capilla de El Salvador

Olive Tree fields

Santiago's Hospital

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The host families in Úbeda are very loving and kind.  Students feel at home and by the end of the first week they already feel like they have a real family in Spain.
The food is also wonderful.

Host families



SAFA, our host school was founded by Rafael Villoslada in 1944.  It offers programs in Elementary, Physical, Music and English Education. 
The building offers a nice, comfortable setting and ambiance. UNCW students will have the opportunity to interact with local students. Spanish students are super friendly and love having American conversation partners to learn about American culture and practice English. Most conversation partners have become very close friends to the UNCW students.

In the classroom

Click here to visit SAFA's homepage

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The first weekend of the program we will visit the wonderful Cazorla Park.  It is about 45 minutes from Úbeda.  We will spend the day swimming,
walking natural trails and just relaxing. 



Alhambra, Granada

All 3 cities are considered the three jewels of Andalucía (Southern Spain).  They are a beautiful historical and architectural treasure.  They have some of the most important monuments in the world, many of which have been designated as Heritage Sites by UNESCO.


Seville, home of Carmen and Fígaro, (famous operas) has the world’s largest gothic cathedral.  It was from here that the conquistadores set sail to explore and found the New World. In Seville we will visit an old - traditional Jewish neighborhood, we will see the Real Maestranza bullfight museum and arena, ride bikes in El Parque María Luisa, walk the city at night to see its splendid lights, take a sunset boat ride around the Gualdalquivir River and more.

 In Granada we will visit the impressive Alhambra, (the gorgeous red Moorish city)  We will also see a flamenco show in a traditional gypsy cave as well as visit the Albaicín (famous gypsy neighborhood).  We will also see the magnificent Cathedral and the tombs of Fernando and Isabel, the Catholic Sovereigns, among many other activities.

In Córdoba we will visit the impressive and magnificent Mezquita (Mosque) which is an architectural treasure of unbelievable beauty.









 Sevilla's Plaza de España

Gold Tower, Seville & Flamenco in Granada


Cordoba's Mezquite


In Cádiz we will walk the Casco Antiguo (Historical Quarters) and relax at the beach.



Madrid is the city that never sleeps. 
Full of amazing museums, art, architecture and a wonderful night life

Las Meninas by Velázquez & El Prado Museum facade

 In Madrid we will attend a Play at La Gran Vía (Spanish Broadway), visit El Prado Museum, which hosts some of the works of the world's most famous painters such as Velázquez, Goya, Murillo and many more. We will stroll La Plaza Mayor, El Retiro Park and The Real Madrid's home stadium Santiago Bernabéau.  Last, we will relax in the many cafés and tapas bars.

Puerta del Sol

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Plaza Mayor

Royal Palace

Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Buen Retiro

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"My trip to Spain was the best experience of my life! I learned so much about Spanish culture and made life-long friends. I encourage everyone to study abroad. Don't miss this life changing opportunity!"
-Amanda Viviano

Studying abroad in Spain not only allowed me to have the time of me life, but it allowed me to gain a new appreciation for Spanish culture." 
-Lauren Humphrey.

"Studying abroad in Spain was one of the best experiences of my life!  The experiences I had and the friends I met are irreplaceable!"  - Hanna Freeman

"One of the best experiences of my life and I would highly recommend everyone travel abroad."
- Alicia Roskind

"The learning experience was great, but the life experience was irreplaceable."  I always will remember that trip for how fun it was, and how much I grew as a person and a Spanish speaker" 
-Trevor Snell

" I have traveled to many Spanish speaking countries throughout the past five years, but Spain was by far one of my favorites. I spent just over a month in this wonderful country and was able to visit Madrid, Malaga and also Granada. My trip to Spain changed my whole outlook on the Spanish language and is one of the main reasons why I continue to study it to this very day. I am planning on returning to Spain in the fall to visit a few friends and I am super excited! I would recommend anyone who likes to speak Spanish, travel, or just likes new experiences to go to Spain because you won’t be disappointed". 
 - Mike Kane

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Approximate cost: $5,000
estimate includes:

 *UNCW tuition & fees for 6 credits (payable to UNCW Cashier’s Office)

*Roundtrip airfare from Wilmington or Raleigh to Madrid, Spain (payable to designated travel agent)

*UNCW and SAFA costs (honoraria, supplies, support charges, etc.)

*Lodging with Spanish families.

* 3 meals a day & laundry

* Group ground transportation 

* Fantastic cultural excursions and activities

¨*Study abroad health insurance

 *$225 non refundable deposit. (Deposit is applied towards program cost)

During orientations students will be advised about how much money they should bring for meals not covered in the program, souvenirs and other activities they might want to do on their own.

Out of state tuition will make the cost of the program higher, please consult with your professor.




Students are eligible to apply for this program if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  * Students must have passed SPN 202 or equivalent course successfully, or placed in 302 after taking the department's placement exam.
Be a degree-seeking student
  * Be at least Sophomore standing at time of participation
Have good judicial standing
Have a 2.5 GPA  at time of application
  *Student must obtain professor's permission to participate.  Please email Ms. Jara at to make an appointment.




1. A complete application package consists of the following 3 forms: 1. Summer and Short Term Education application   (Click here to download), 2.  Health and Emergency Treatment form (Click  here to download ) and 3. Participant Agreeement (Click here to download)

2. Make a $ 225 deposit at the Office Of International Programs by Visa, MasterCard, cash, check  or money order payable to UNCW.
(The deposit is applied towards the total cost of the program)

   The Office of International Programs is located at  118 Friday Annex (in close proximity to Watson School of Education and Cameron School of Business)

3. Turn in application to Ms. Jara along with a receipt from OIP of your deposit payment.

4.  Students not currently enrolled at UNCW must complete a university visiting application, and must also submit official transcripts from all colleges attended, contact
     Ms. Jara if you have any questions.  (Click here to read visiting application requirements and download application)

5. All Amounts (minus tuition & airfare) are payable to UNCW, and should be directed to the Office of International Programs.

6. Once your instructor tells you is OK to purchase your ticket, you will call or email the travel agent to obtain your ticket and you will pay the traveling agency directly. See Travel agent information below.  If you are planning on extending your visit in Europe, make sure to have your itinerary ready when contacting travel agent to avoid changes later which will cost you money.

7. Once you register for your courses you will pay your tuition to the Registrar's office like you normally pay for your courses.  See information below



Lizbeth S. Coughlin, CTC
Four Seasons Travel
413 S. College Road #5
Wilmington, NC 28403
910 392-1930 ext 4

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Federal and state financial aid awards may be applied  to costs incurred while studying abroad.  Even  if  you are normally ineligible  or eligible for financial aid, you should  submit a financial aid application-  you may find that you are eligible for this trip or that you may receive additional funding.  Even though the Financial Aid Office starts accepting applications in March you can arrange a meeting ASAP and get your application on file, the earlier, the better.  If you have money available from the current academic year that you have not used, you may use this money toward the cost of the trip.  This actually is the best of situations!
Please make an appointment with a financial aid advisor as soon as possible:  See information below:

Office Of Financial Aid
 King Hall 209

 Phone (910) 962-3177

(Click here for more info & forms)

*If you are planning on using Financial aid, it is crucial to let Ms. Jara know from the initial contact.  This is in order to help you !




The Office of International Programs is pleased to fund a number of education abroad grants awarded to students who apply to for summer education abroad programs. Selection is based on academic qualifications including an academic reference, academic record, and a personal essay.  Any full-time UNCW student earning academic credit abroad on a UNCW-sponsored summer study abroad program may apply.  Grants awarded generally range from $200-$700 and are awarded annually in spring.

Grant applications are due by March 15.
Apply by going to the following link: Application for Summer Education Abroad Grant.

Click here to visit the Office of International Programs home page




Students participating in this program take a two course combo that earns them 6 credit hours. The courses are highly interactive and geared towards building extra confidence to become more fluent in Spanish.  Both courses count towards a major and a minor in Spanish.

SPN 302: (Reading Strategies in Spanish)  3 credits:
Improve your reading skills, speed, accuracy comprehension.  Become familiar authentic reading materials from different Spanish genres.

Click here to see course syllabus.

SPN 303:  ( Spanish Conversation)  3 credits:
Learn to participate actively in informal conversations on activities related to school, home, leisure activities, personal and public interest, etc.

Click here to see course syllabus

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Ms. Marianella Jara
Spanish Lecturer
University Of North Carolina Wilmington
Office:  Morton Hall 250
Phone: (910) 962-2485

Isabel Ruiz -Left
(English Instructor SAFA)

Marianella Jara - Right
(Spanish Lecturer UNCW)