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! Summer, SMU-in-Madrid: Advanced Spanish, Literature and Culture
Madrid, Spain
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Cost Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Pre-requisite Subjects: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
SMU Abroad Advisor: Nancy Simmons, Program Director: Olga Colbert,
SMU Abroad Application Cycle: January 15-March 1 Deposit Deadline: April 1
Summer 2014 Program Dates: June 8-July 12
Program Description:
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SMU-in-Madrid: Advanced Spanish, Literature and Culture
Fundacion Jose Ortega y Gasset y Gregorio Maranon
Madrid, Spain

June 8-July 12, 2014

SMU Abroad programs are eligible for all proficiencies, including Global Engagement. Students who wish to receive credit for proficiencies must petition the course through the UC office located in Clements Hall G02.

SMU-in-Madrid: Advanced Spanish, Literature and Culture is a 5-week immersion program held during SMU's first summer session.  It is recommended for students who have completed SPAN 2302 and for advanced or bilingual students with a strong interest in Spanish culture and literature. Students take two courses and earn six credit hours.

Program Leadership: Dr. Olga Colbert, Associate Professor of Spanish, is the Program Director. She is a faculty member of SMU's Department of World Languages and Literatures and has been teaching at SMU since 1999. A native of Madrid, Dr. Colbert received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Stanford University.

Contact Information: Dr. Olga Colbert, 214-768-4206,


SPAN 3355 Spanish Conversation (3 credit hours)

SPAN 3358 Advanced Spanish Grammar (3 credit hours)

SPAN 3373/WL 3303/CFA 3330 Topics in Spanish Civilization (3 credit hours)

SPAN 4395 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3 credit hours)

  • University Curriculum= Pillars/Creativity and Aesthetics (Level 1)  


SPAN 5361 Don Quixote (3 credit hours)

ARHS 3360 Modern Painters in Spain (3 credit hours)


Students will receive a list of texts after acceptance into the program. Textbooks will be purchased (at the SMU Bookstore or in Madrid). Details will be provided at the Mandatory Orientation Meeting.

Program Activities and Excursions

A 3-day trip to Granada and Córdoba and two 1-day excursions to Toledo and Segovia.

In order to experience Spanish life firsthand, the students live with Spanish families. One, two, or three students may be assigned per family, depending on availability.

The families are carefully selected and evaluated to ensure the complete immersion of each student within the Spanish language, culture, and traditional social environment. Information about host families will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

Program Fee Information

SMU Tuition
Room and partial board (Breakfast and Dinner)
Admission to museums and cultural sites during program activities
Welcome dinner and farewell reception
Airport transportation (arrival and departure) for group flight, to/from the Fundacion

Bus transportation during the trip and excursions

International Travel Health Insurance

Spanish Health Insurance

International travel to/from program location

Travel documents, including passport and visas

Lunches, not included in board above

Cell phones*
Personal expenses, entertainment and travel

*Students are required to have a cell phone that works in Spain, as well as in other countries where they plan to travel. Students should check with their current carrier for service or plan on purchasing a phone upon arrival.

Application and Acceptance
Students may submit an application to the SMU Abroad Office during the application cycle: January 15-March 1. It is possible this program may be full before the deadline; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications may be submitted after the deadline only if places are available in the program.

Once the application is complete, the student will be contacted for an interview by the program staff.

Program Admission and Pre-departure Orientation

Admission: Admission is competitive. Admitted on a rolling admissions basis, program directors and faculty select participants based on application materials, admission requirements and student interviews.

Orientation Sessions: To prepare students for a smooth, safe and enriching experience, admitted SMU students are required to attend the scheduled program orientation meetings prior to departure. Session dates are organized by the program director.

All students receive a pre-departure guide and program-specific materials. Topics discussed are culture and course questions, as well as a review of required forms, travel plans and documents, currency and money issues, packing, insurance and safety. Students from other universities receive orientation summaries, including the guide and materials, by email.

Payment Information
There is a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 due by the deposit deadline of April 1. This deposit confirms acceptance, holds the student's place in the program and is applied towards the balance of the program fee. Students will make the deposit payment in Access.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.

Final Payment should be made as soon as possible, but no later than May 1. After students have paid the non-refundable program deposit and returned your Course Enrollment Form (signed by you and your academic advisor) to the SMU Abroad Office, students will be registered for courses in Access.SMU. Once students have been registered, students can make final payment in Access.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid or scholarships may be able to apply their aid package to SMU Abroad programs.  All aid should be confirmed with the Office of Financial Aid.

SMU Abroad Cancellation and Refund Policy
A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from an SMU Abroad program must notify the SMU Abroad office in writing. The effective date of cancellation is the date that SMU Abroad receives the written notification.  It is not sufficient only to withdraw an application on-line.

A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from a program forfeits the program deposit.  The student may also be charged either a cancellation fee or the remainder of the published program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. These fees cover expenses incurred on behalf of the student up to the effective date of the cancellation (see below).

Summer Programs
Remainder of Program Fee
Prior to the payment due date
On or after payment due date, but before published start date
On or after published program start date

Undergraduate SMU Abroad Programs are managed by:
International Center/SMU Abroad
Blanton Building, Suite 216
6185 Airline Drive
Dallas, TX 75205

Southern Methodist University does not discriminate in any education practice, education program or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to change, at any time and without prior notice, any provision or requirement, including but not limited to, requirements, itineraries, courses, cancellation and refund policies. Fees are subject to change due to inflation and/or fluctuating exchange rates.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to recall participants from international programs and to close programs whenever it determines that the health or safety of its participants may be of risk.

SMU Abroad is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur when participants travel outside of scheduled program activities. In addition, independent participant travel before the start or after the conclusion of SMU Abroad programs is entirely at the individual's own expense and risk.

This program is currently not accepting applications.