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College of Charleston in Trujillo, Spain

Program Overview

The College of Charleston offers an interdisciplinary fall semester program abroad in Trujillo Spain. Students are immersed in Spanish language and culture through living with experienced host families.  Fall 2017 offerings include Communication, English, and Spanish courses. Interested students are encouraged to visit the Trujillo program blog, here.


Program Dates

Early September 2017 – December 2017 (exact dates to be determined)

Program Directors

Dr. Celeste Lacroix
Department of Communication

Dr. Robert Westerfelhaus
Department of Communication

Dr. Joe Kelly
Department of English

Dr. Susan Farrell
Department of English

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 Highlights

There are many opportunities for students while studying for the fall semester in Trujillo.  The town of Trujillo, under consideration for UNESCO World Heritage status, is also known for its wide variety of Mediterranean ecosystems.  Extremadura is one of the best birding locations on the planet and harbors critically endangered species such as the Iberian lynx, hispanic mountain goat, black stork, black vulture and the black-wing kite.  Watch the sun set from a tenth century Moorish castle and wander a medieval city with Roman heritage and palaces raised with American gold and silver.  

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 at least 12 hours (4 courses) while in Trujillo, to maintain their full-time student status at the College of Charleston.  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.

Express I:
COMM 336: Addressing Problems in Context: Intercultural Communication - 3 credits
Express II:
COMM 315: Ethical Communication
Full Semester:
COMM 410: Analysis of Communication Practice - 3 credits
COMM 480: Capstone in Communication - 3 credits
ENGL 363: Civil War Literature in Ireland and Spain - 3 credits
ENGL 350: Hemingway in Spain- 3 credits
SPAN 275: Spanish Skills Review - 3 credits
SPAN 328: Spanish Language Study Abroad - 3 credits

Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition and a program fee of $6,100. The program fee includes the round-trip airfare from Charleston to Spain, housing with local Spanish families, 3 meals a day provided by the 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, 2 meals a day, 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, and one meal per day while on the planned program excursions.

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 are worth up to $2000.

Application Process

Application deadline for the Fall 2017 semester is March 31, 2017. Applications can be found online at 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 $6,100.

External Resources

youtube Watch a video from a previous year's program to learn more

Trujillo Fall 2011 Facebook page

Viva Trujillo Blog