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Year Abroad in Spain

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Spain, a vibrant country rich in history and culture offers students the opportunity to experience the Spanish language at its very roots. Through a partnership with Spanish Studies Abroad, the Center for Cross- Cultural Study, Spanish majors can choose intensive language learning from 3 locations:  Seville, Alicante or Barcelona.

Located in the south of Spain is the city of Seville. The 700,000 Sevillanos are known for their fierce pride for their city and is also known in the film industry because of its will preserved historical buildings. To the east 400 miles, is the port city of Alicante. This beautiful city is located along the Mediterranean Sea in the South East of Spain and is home to many historic castles and cathedrals. Barcelona is a more cosmopolitan city with Mediterranean beaches.  

The Spanish Studies Abroad program allows students to attend classes in Seville, Alicante or Barcelona for the year or do one semester in Seville and the second semester in Alicante, all depending on the student's language proficiency. Alicante is more integrated directly into the Spanish university. In Alicante the program starts off with a 3 week intensive Spanish language course and is followed by taking all of your classes with Spanish students in the Spanish education system. In Sevilla, students start at the Spanish Studies Abroad program site and then have the option of taking a semi-integrated program which consists of 2 classes in the University of Sevilla during the second semester.

Students may spend their year abroad in Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain. Students who plan to go to Barcelona will be enrolled at the prestigious Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), known for its emphasis on internationalization of their curriculum. The city offers a unique blend of a cosmopolitan coastal city, Catalan culture, art, and world heritage sights. Guided direct enrollment at UPF, guidance with the immersion experience, opportunities for volunteer work, and day/overnight study trips and excursions are all experiences offered when choosing to go to the Barcelona program.


The program in Spain, whether it is in Alicante, Barcelona or Seville is a year-long program, running from approximately the beginning of September through the end of May.


Students who study in Seville will take classes at the program site for one semester and then have the option of taking two classes second semester at the University of Seville. Students who study in Alicante will take part in a 3 week intensive Spanish language course and then proceed to take all of their classes in Spanish with other Spanish students.  In Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra prides itself for being on e of the more rigorous and modern universities in Spain.  Therefore, it is recommended that students begin with a semester in either Seville or Alicante and study their spring semester in Barcelona.

Language Prerequisites

All participants are required to take or audit the appropriate level of Spanish in the semester directly preceding their study abroad in Spain.

Selection Criterium:

A minimum of two years of college-level Spanish (elementary and intermediate) is required. A minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA is required.  Preference is given to students with a 3.0 GPA in Spanish language. **Barcelona requires a 3.0 cumulative minimum GPA along with the Spanish requirement.

To apply, candidates must be in good academic and social standing, having completed at least one semester at Linfield. Students cannot participate in both a semester abroad and January Term travel course in the same academic year without special permission from the office of International Programs.  It is highly recommended that students take TCCA 230 (Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives) before participating in the program.


Students will stay with a host family.

Other Information

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The Spanish Studies Abroad home page where you can see details of each program site.