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College of Charleston in Trujillo, Spain

Program Overview

The College of Charleston’s spring semester study abroad program in Trujillo, Spain is designed for students who major or minor in Spanish, or who are interested in earning 12 -15 credit hours of upper level Spanish; or for students from any academic discipline interested in developing fluency in Spanish while maintaining normal progress towards graduation. Classes are held in the Coria, a 17th century restored convent, from Monday through Thursday weekly, allowing students ample time to explore Spain. Students will live with local Spanish families.  Click here to view the program flyer.

Program Dates

January 20 – May 3, 2017 (estimated)

Program Requirements

  • Students must have completed, or be currently registered in, at least one 200 level Spanish course prior to participating in the program
  • 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

Faculty Director

 Raúl Carrillo Arciniega, carrilloarciniegar@cofc.edu, 843.953.7628

Dr. Carrillo Arciniega is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Studies. His research interests include Hispanic Poetry, Philosophy, Rock in Spanish, Mexican Film, and Latin American Counterculture. He directed the Trujillo program in 2009, and will be directing the summer 2016 program as well. Dr. Carrillo Arciniega is currently teaching SPAN 333: Mexican Film and SPAN 494: Latin American Poetry.

Program Highlights

There are many opportunities for students while studying for the spring semester in Trujillo. One of the program highlights is that 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.
During the semester, students as a group will take two cultural program excursions. These excursions are still being finalized. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Courses Offered

Students must enroll in at least 12 credit 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 will factor in the student’s GPA at the College. Classes are held at the Coria, a 17th century restored convent, from Monday to Thursday weekly, providing students long weekends to explore Trujillo, the Extremadura region, and Spain.

  • Express I
    • SPAN 275: Spanish Skills Review
    • SPAN 328: Foreign Language Study Abroad
  • Express II
    • SPAN 320: Introduction to Textual Analysis
    • SPAN 333: Topics in Hispanic Cultures
  • Full Semester
    • SPAN 313: Spanish Composition
    • SPAN 390: Special Topics in Spanish

Note: Students should meet with their academic advisors to verify which courses meet the requirements for their major or minor.

Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition and a program fee. The program fee of $5,700 (estimated), 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 the International Student ID card. Also included in the program fee is the costs for the two 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. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is October 5, 2016.

Application Process

Application deadline is October 17, 2016 for the Spring 2017 program. For more information, contact the Center for International Education (studyabroad@cofc.edu or 843.953.7661). The CIE is located in the Multicultural Center (207 Calhoun Street). To apply, please visit the program application page, here. Please note that a non-refundable $50 application fee will be posted 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 $5,700.