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College of Charleston in Trujillo, Spain

Apply here by April 15, 2019

Applicants will log into the application portal, Via TRM, using their CofC email and MyCharleston password.

Program Overview

The College of Charleston fall semester program offers students the opportunity to study with faculty from CofC while abroad in Trujillo, Spain. Students are immersed in Spanish language and culture through living with experienced host families. The Fall 2019 Interdisciplinary semester is designed for any student with an interest in Communication, Political Science, Psychology and Spanish.

Spanish courses are taught by local faculty from the Universidad de Extremadura. Classes are held at the Coria, a 17th century restored convent, from Monday to Thursday providing students long weekends to explore Trujillo, the Extremadura region, and Spain. Typically students have completed SPAN 202 prior to participating in the program, but it is not required. Students are expected to take at least 12 credit hours.

The program includes weekly fieldtrips, a 4-5 night long trip to Andalucia, and an overnight trip to Madrid. Students also enjoy a week long fall "break" in the middle of the program.

Program Dates

September 6, 2019 - December 11, 2019 *dates subject to change*

Program Directors

Dr. Celeste Lacroix
Department of Communication 

Dr. Lacroix, Professor of Communication, has co-directed more than twenty study abroad programs, including ten programs in Trujillo, which she considers her second home.

Dr. Kendra Stewart
Department of Political Science

Dr. Stewart is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. This will be Dr. Stewart's first study abroad program.

Dr. Robert Westerfelhaus
Department of Communication 

Dr. Westerfelhaus, Professor of Communication, has co-directed eleven summer study abroad programs in Europe, spent one year living in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar and has recently co-directed semester programs in Spain and Italy.

Program Requirements

  • Students must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a passport
  • Students must apply for a student visa issued by the Consulate of Spain
  • Students should have completed their Spanish language general education requirements before participating (through SPAN 202)

Program Location

Trujillo, Spain is located in the Extremadura region of Spain, southwest of Madrid, roughly 2.5 hours from both Madrid and Sevilla and only 3 hours from Lisbon, Portual.  A thriving center of tourism with a rich historical past, Trujillo is the place of origin of many conquistadors, including the Pizarros.  Cáceres, a UN designated World Heritage City and the site of the Universidad de Extremadura, lies less than an hour to the west of Trujillo.

Students will live with local Spanish families during their semester abroad. The families are selected by staff in Trujillo and placement is based on answers to a questionnaire that the students complete. Most of the families have hosted College of Charleston students for years. Living with families provides students a great opportunity to learn about daily life and culture in Spain, while improving their Spanish language skills.

Courses Offered

Students must enroll in 12-18 credits to participate. The courses offered are actual College of Charleston classes; therefore students will earn grades just as they would if they were offered on-campus.  Grades earned will factor into the student's GPA at the College. Classes are generally held Monday-Thursday each week, providing students long weekends to explore Trujillo and to travel throughout Spain and Europe.

Courses will be taught in English by CofC faculty. The Conversational Spanish course is led by a local professor. 

- COMM 315 - Ethical Communication (3 credits)

- COMM 336 - Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits)

- COMM 480 - Capstone in Communication (3 credits)

- COMM 410 - Analysis of Communication Practices (4 credits)

- POLI 350 - Comparative Gender Politics (3 credits)

- POLI 359 - Special Topics - Spanish Food Policy (3 credits)

- SPAN 328 - Spanish Language Abroad (3 credits)

Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition and a program fee of $6,700. *fee is subject to change* The program fee includes round-trip airfare, housing with local Spanish families, comprehensive international medical insurance, and an International Student ID card. Also included in the program fee is the costs for planned program excursions, including the transportation, hotels, and entrances into sites and museums.

Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: passport fees, student visa fees, any personal travel and other personal expenses/spending money during the semester.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply like normal for their semester abroad in Trujillo, Spain.  Students should meet with an advisor in the Office of Financial Assistance to determine eligibility for aid.  Additionally, the Center for International Education awards scholarships for the semester that range from $500 to $2000 if awarded.

Application Process

Application deadline for the Fall 2019 semester is April 15, 2019. Applications can be found online through ViaTRM. Application questions can be directed to the Center for International Education ( or 843.953.7661). The CIE is located in the Multicultural Center (207 Calhoun Street). A non-refundable $50 application fee will be charged to the student's MyCharleston account once the application has been submitted to and approved by the CIE. This fee is included in the program fee of $6,700. *fee is subject to change*