Cadiz Intensive Spanish Language and Culture

Location: Cádiz, Spain - Universidad de Cádiz

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.

Students are required to take two courses and will earn a total of 6 credits. *Students who have not taken SPA1131, or the equivalent, must take both SPA1131 and SPA1132.

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

SPA 3412 Contemporary Spanish Narrative (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.SPA 2012 Literature of Spain (3 credits)

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

Additional Academic Requirements

This 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.

  • Track 1: Minimum of SPA1122, Intermediate Spanish 2, or the equivalent required prior to program participation or equivalent required prior to program participation.

  • Track 2: Minimum of SPA 1132, Advanced Conversation & Composition 2, or equivalent required prior to program participation.

Additional Eligibility includes a 2.75 GPA and a record free of disciplinary issues, academic probation, and/or financial holds on Villanova account.

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.


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.

Program Dates: May 21 - June 26, 2018
*Depart USA on May 20, arrive in Spain on May 21

2018 Itinerary

May 21: Arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid and continuation via bus to Toledo.

May 22: Toledo

May 23: Bus to Seville, stop in Cordoba

May 24: Cadiz, tour of the city, check in with host families, begin courses

June 10: Grenada

June 11: Grenada, and tour of The Alhambra and Generalife gardens

June 12: Return to Cadiz

June 24: Travel to Madrid, stop in Merida

June 25: Tour of Avila and Segovia

June 26: Departure to US

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


Program fee: $7,400

For a detailed breakdown of the expenses, click here

Includes tuition, room and full board, transfers, orientations, excursions, and museum visits. Flight is not included and an optional group flight will be arranged and is highly encouraged. Students should not book flights prior to acceptance and will be given optional flight information upon formal acceptance. 

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $450 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.

Spanish at VU

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Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 6 weeks
  • Credits: 6
  • Dates: May 21 - June 26, 2018
  • Program Fee: $7,400
    Program is based on rolling admissions and is anticipated to fill prior to the April 1 deadline.

Faculty Coordinator

Cadiz, Spain

Dr. Mikel Lorenzo-Arza
St Augustine Ctr Liberal Arts Rm 342
Romance Languages & Literature
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-3823