"An unforgettable, life - changing experience"
Summer 1 (May 14 - July 1)
Spanish 302, 303, 305 & 311

Earn up to 9 credits /   Apply by March 15th, 2013 /Orientation: April 13, 12-4 p.m. LH 138

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The Ubeda program was created to give students the opportunity to improve and practice Spanish intensively while  immersing themselves in the Spanish culture. Students will gain rich knowledge and understanding of the cultures of Spain while studying, researching, and traveling through different areas of the country, and most importantly by living with a local host family. Located in Andalucía, (southern Spain) Ubeda has been declared a World Historic site by UNESCO. It is also, conveniently located close to other renowned cities and historical attractions such as Granada, Sevilla, Cádiz and Valencia, among others. Ubeda sits on a ridge overlooking the olive groves of the Guadalquivir valley and is a magnificent example of a Renaissance town. Some of the best architecture from the 16th Century can be found in the city. It is a small city where students can walk everywhere they need to safely. Therefore, it is extremely convenient. Ubeda has everything to offer to our students, from the beauty of its quiet parks to modern conveniences, loving people and a great amount of culture and history. Ubeda has hosted nine successful UNCW summer study abroad programs in the past. This program is for students who want a different experience, combining the knowledge learned in the classroom with many field experiences.  In this program students will learn to dance sevillanas and flameco, typical dances of the Andalucía region, will visit the natural park of Cazorla and enjoy a day of outdoor activities and adventures, watch movies in Spanish, play soccer with local students, visit some of the most world renown monuments and do many activities outside the classroom that will give students an authentic taste of Spanish life and culture.

Hospital de Santiago

Olive tree fields

Capilla de El Salvador


Our home institution in Spain is SAFA (Escuelas Profesionales de la Sagrada Familia).  It was founded by
Rafael Villoslada in 1944. It is a semi private school that 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 with UNCW students.  All UNCW students stay with local host families who are affiliated with SAFA. Some of the families are SAFA professors, others are staff or parents.  Everyone is very friendly and the school is walking distance to all students so it is conveniently located. 

                                                                                                       Click here to visit SAFA's homepage


 SPN 302, 303, 305 & 311


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

 SPN 303: Participate actively in informal conversations on activities related to school, home and leisure among others.  Learn new expressions from Úbeda and Spain, talk about your host families, new friends, new food, traditions, culture and much more. Syllabus available here.

SPN 305:  Syllabus available here.

SPN 311:  Syllabus available here.


*   Students must have passed SPN 202 or
     equivalent coursesuccessfully, or placed in
     302 after taking the department's placement
Be a degree-seeking student.
  * Be at least Sophomore standing at time of
Have good judicial standing.
Have a
2.5 GPA  at time of application.
  *Student must obtain professor's permission to
    participate. In order to so, please schedule a
    meeting with either professor.

Please make an appointment with Dr. Boersma: or Ms. Jara:   to make an appointment


Classes meet Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Students can take 3 of the 4 courses offered.
Each course meets for 1.5 hours
Some afternoons are dedicated to cultural activities
Most weekends the group will travel to a different city.  (See detailed itinerary below)


ESTIMATED COST :  $ 6,250 (all inclusive)

 This estimate includes:

*UNCW tuition & fees for 6 or  9 credits 
(Cost will vary depending on number of courses taken and if a student pays out of state tuition)

*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 (these will consist of a few lunches while on excursions), 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 your professor for more details.



May 14 - July 1

Click here for detail itinerary

Cazorla National Park:

Is a beautiful place to enjoy hiking, walking trails,
animal watching and swimming.
Bring your bathing suit and tennis shoes not sandals.

 Flamenco and Sevillanas:

  Learn the typical dances of Andalucía and Spain.


Visit the impressive and magnificent Mezquita (Mosque)  An architectural treasure of unbelievable beauty and an example of Moorish legacy.

Paco Tito's Museum:
(Memoria de lo Cotidiano)

Pottery class at Paco Tito’s. Paco is the most renowned potter in Spain. In addition, he is one of the nicest people we have ever met. His museum has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.


(Olive Oil factory):

 The Andalucian region is famous for its olive oil and it is the major producer of olive oil in the world.
We are going to see how olive oil is made.


 We will visit the Cathedral, the Catholic Kings museum and the Albayzín (medieval moorish quarters). In the evening we will watch a flamenco show in a gypsy cave. Finally, we will visit the amazing Alhambra, the most visited monument in Europe.


 Baeza is considered Ubeda’s twin city. It is equally rich in culture and history and it is another perfect example of the renaissance period.



Sevilla is a magnificent city, especially at night. We will tour the Jewish neighborhood, the Gothic Cathedral (the third largest in the world), and the Giralda. We will also visit the Plaza de España, the Gold Tower, and los Reales Alcazares 


Madrid is am exciting city, full of life, music, bars, shops, culture and much more. There is lots to see and do.  We will visit some of the world's most famous museums, including El Prado and Reina Sofía.  We will watch a musical in La Gran Vía, visit The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Real Madrid's home), the Real Palace and relax at the beautiful Retiro Park. To top it all up we will enjoy a wonderful Spanish dinner
at the most popular Spanish restaurant,  El Botín. 



 A historic city 30 minutes to the North of Madrid. Home to an
awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct, Gothic Cathedral, and castle of the Catholic kings, Isabel and Ferdinand,
who financed Columbus´ trips to the Americas



Prof. Boersma

Prof. Jara

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Spanish Lecturer

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Leutze Hall 203

Leutze Hall 289

Phone (910) 962-2322

Phone  (910) 962-2485



Office Hours:

Office Hours:

T-R 10 - 11 a.m.

M-W-F  12-2 & M & F 4-5 p.m.

or by appointment

or by appointment


Web Page:  ESPAÑOL