Summer Program in Cádiz, Spain


Dates: May 20 - June 26, 2018


Interested in the Program? Fill out an application today here and contact Dr. Mikel Lorenzo-Arza.


Nursing Students in Cádiz


Four students went to Cádiz in 2012 from the College of Nursing. 

Camila Zrein

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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.

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."


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 the Spanish culture.  Students must have completed SPA 1122 and have a minimum 2.75 GPA as well as a record clean of disciplinary issues.


In Madrid and during the trip students are housed in four-star hotels and meals are provided in local restaurants or at the hotel. In Cádiz, students are housed with Spanish families (full board).


The Summer Study Abroad program includes trips throughout Spain, namely, visits to the Prado Museum and other Madrid historic sites, and trips to cities including Toledo, Segovia, Córdoba, Seville, Granada, and Mérida. While in Cádiz, the University of Cádiz organizes excursions to different locations in the surrounding areas, such as Jerez de la Frontera and Vejer.

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

SPA 2012 Literature of Spain (3 credits)
The course examines the major themes in Spanish literature through the works of the most important authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite SPA 1131

SPA 3412  Spanish Contemporary Novel  (3 credits)
The course examines the major themes in Spanish contemporary narrative through the works of the most important authors of the 20th and 21th centuries.


The total cost for the program is TBA.  It includes:

  • All travels in Spain visiting several 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.

The program begins with four days of traveling. After arriving in Madrid, we will visit Toledo, Córdoba, and Sevilla. In the middle of the program, we are spending a weekend in Arcos de la Frontera and Granada. On a different weekend, we are going to have a one-day trip to Vejer de la Frontera and Playa de Bolonia—with its beautiful beach and impressive Roman ruins. Before our program ends, we are traveling to Mérida, Madrid, Ávila, and Segovia. Of course, students will have many opportunities to explore Cádiz, one of the most ancient cities in Europe, well known for its outstanding architecture, historic sites, cultural richness, wonderful sea food, and friendly people.


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

For more details contact: Dr. Mikel Lorenzo-Arza Office: SAC 342 Phone: 610-519-3823 Email: For application forms and more information, please check the Office of Education Abroad Summer Program webpage.

Background Information

Now in its 25th 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 to remind us of Cádiz's 3,000 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 80o F with refreshing sea breezes.

Cádiz Summer Program Brochure

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Please download the 6 Week Cádiz Summer Program brochure below.

* Summer Brochure_2018.pdf
Cadiz, Spain Summer 2018 Brochure

Current Students

Are you in the program? Please download these Guidelines: