Intensive Spanish Language & Culture

Location: Cádiz, Spain - Universidad de Cádiz


Trip Dates: May 27 - July 1, 2014
*Depart USA on May 27, arrival on May 28


This 5 1/2-week program is designed for students who wish to increase their proficiency in Spanish and to be introduced to Spanish literature, culture and civilization.

Cádiz is the oldest city in Western Europe. Since its foundation in 1100 B.C. by the Phoenicians, Cádiz has been inhabited by several different peoples, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, who left their imprint on the city, rendering it into a living relic of History.

Cádiz is located in the Southwestern coast of Spain. With 3 kms of coast, you can enjoy the sun and the beach just minutes away from University! The climate is ideal, 80F with refreshing sea breezes. You can walk around the city, sightseeing, being surrounded by a historic and cultural atmosphere while learning Spanish.

Course Offerings

Students are required to choose a combination of the following courses for a total of 6 credits:

SPA 1121/1122 Intermediate Spanish I & II
Review of grammar, composition, reading, and conversation. 6 credits

SPA 1131/1132 Spanish Conversation & Composition
Intensive practice in conversation and composition with emphasis on developing advanced Spanish language skills. 6 credits

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

SPA 3412 Spanish Sounds, Words, and Sentences
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. 3 credits

Additional Academic Requirements

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.

Students are not allowed to repeat courses which have already been taken at Villanova University. Please speak to the coordinator if there are any questions/concerns regarding course selection or placement.

Minimum of 2-semesters college-level Spanish or equivalent required as no introductory courses are offered.

2.75 GPA and a record clean of disciplinary issues, academic probation, and/or financial holds on VU account.


The Summer Study Abroad program includes travels throughout Spain, namely, visits to Madrid, Toledo, and Seville. While in Cádiz, the University of Cádiz organizes a number of cultural events including talks and  excursions to different locations in the surrounding area, such as Jerez de la Frontera, Vejer, Baelo Claudia and Bolonia.

Cádiz is close to many different places of interest: Gibraltar, Jerez, Tarifa, and Sevilla are a quick train or bus ride away, easily accessible for a day or weekend trip. The summer is a time for outdoor concerts, tapas, and festivals. It is a university city with many international students there. It is extremely easy to make friends from all over the world! Bull fights, football, flamenco shows, museums, impressive southern Mediterranean architecture, great shopping… There’s something for everyone, and the gaditanos (people from Cádiz) are very welcoming

2014 Itinerary

The program begins with two days of tours of Madrid and Toledo . Students then travel to Cádiz, with a tour of Seville and Córdoba on the way and before beginning the five weeks of intensive Spanish grammar, or conversation and composition, literature, and culture courses and linguistics courses.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014: Depart from Philadelphia for Madrid.

May 28: Arrival in Madrid, afternoon free, dinner at hotel.

May 29: Excursion to Toledo, return to Madrid, dinner at hotel.

May 30: Morning departure to Seville, stop in Cordoba for city tour and visit to mosque, continue to Seville. Dinner at hotel.

May 31: Breakfast, morning tour of Seville, then depart by bus to Cádiz. Arrival at la Plaza de Sevilla. Host families pick up their student.

June 1-27: Classes begin at University of Cádiz.

June 30: Morning departure from Cadiz to Madrid. Afternoon free, dinner at hotel.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014: After breakfast, transfer to Barajas Airport. Depart Madrid for Philadelphia.


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

Faculty Program Coordinator

Dr. Julio Villa-Garcia
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures 
College of Arts & Sciences 
St. Augustine Center 341
(610) 519-3018

Cadiz, Spain

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than April 1, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program. Program is based on rolling admissions and could fill prior to the April 1 deadline.

$6,450: Includes tuition, room and full board, transfers, orientations, excursions, and museum visits. An optional group flight has been arranged and is highly encouraged. Students will be given optional flight information upon formal acceptance.


In Madrid and on excursions, students are housed in hotels and breakfast and dinner are normally taken in the hotel restaurant. In Cádiz, students are housed in single or double rooms with Spanish families throughout Cádiz. Students receive full board and laundry service while with the families.