Summer Program in Cádiz, Spain


Background Information

Designed by Dr. Mercedes Juliá, now in its twenty fifth year, this is the oldest functioning International summer program at Villanova. About 25 students register every summer. Cádiz is a port city situated in the Southwestern coast of Spain; a living relic of History with the Caleta beach to remind us of Cádiz's 3000 year old Phoenician heritage. Cádiz still conserves its old traditions and people live in a relaxed, safe and friendly atmosphere. The climate is ideal for the summer: approximately 80 F with refreshing sea breezes.

2014 Dates: May 27th - July 1st. See brochure below.

Are you in the program? Please download these Guidelines:


Interested in the Program? Fill out this application today and submit it to the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (SAC 303) to the attention of Dr. Julio Villa-Garcia


Nursing Students in Cádiz


Four students went to Cádiz in 2012 from the College of Nursing. 
Please see the PDF above.

Camila Zrein


Participant in the 2012 Summer Study Abroad Program in Spain

“We are now entering into the beautiful city of Cadiz [Cadith],” announced the soft-voice of our tour guide on the bus from Madrid to Cadiz; his “z” sounded like a “th.” I peered out the window at my new home. Entering a new country becomes an experience that changes one forever: new sights, new smells, and new sounds.  (See more in the PDF above.)


Christine Lafferty

Participant in the 2012 Study Abroad Program in Spain

"My experience was unforgettable.  I really appreciate all of the tireless effort and energy that you put into making the program the huge success that it was. I also really enjoyed your class and am very thankful for having the opportunity to take such a class while I was in Spain. I really feel that my Spanish skills have improved as a result of this experience. As the weeks progressed, I found myself thinking less as I was speaking and understanding more as I was listening. I think that I have come a long way."

Academic Program

This 6-week program is designed for students who wish to increase their proficiency in Spanish at the Universidad de Cádiz and to be immersed in Spanish culture. Minimum of 2 semesters college-level Spanish or equivalent required as no introductory courses are offered. 3.0 GPA and a record clean of disciplinary issues.

Housing and Meals

In Madrid and during the travel students are housed in four star hotels and meals are taken in local restaurants or at the hotel. In Cadiz, students are housed with Spanish families with full board.

Travels in Spain

The Summer Study Abroad program includes travels throughout Spain, namely, visits to the Prado and other Madrid historic sites, to Toledo, Segovia, La Granja, Córdoba, Seville, Gibraltar and Granada. While in Cádiz, the University of Cádiz organizes excursions to different locations in the surrounding area, such as Jerez de la Frontera, Vejer, Baelo Claudia and Bolonia.


Course Offerings

Students choose 2 of the following courses for a total of 6 credits:

SPA 1121-1122 Intermediate Spanish Language (6 credits)
Review of grammar, composition, reading, and conversation.

SPA 1131-1132 Spanish Conversation and Composition I and II (6 credits)
Intensive practice in conversation and composition with an emphasis on further developing advanced Spanish language skills.

SPA 2211 Literary and Cultural Experience of Spain (3 credits)
The foremost works of Spanish literature from its beginnings to the present day. A required course for majors. Prerequisite SPA 1132.

SPA 3412 Spanish Sounds, Words, and Sentences (3 credits)
The study of Spanish linguistics with a focus on the sound system (phonetics and phonology), the internal structure of words (morphology), and the basic structure of the sentence (syntax). Dialectal variation and relevant comparisons with English are addressed. Prerequisite SPA 1132.


The program begins with four days of orientation in Madrid and visits to the surroundings towns of Toledo and Segovia. Students then travel to Cadiz for five weeks of intensive Spanish language, literature, and culture courses.



The total cost for the program is TBA.  It includes

  • All travales in Spain visiting 8 cities (see itinerary)
  • lodging and most meals during travel
  • tuition for the courses (6 credits),
  • room and board in Cádiz

It does not include the airfare.


NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

For more details contact: Dr. Julio Villa-García Office: SAC 341 Phone: 610-519-3018 Email: For application forms and more information, please check the International Studies Summer Program webpage.