European Studies, International/Global Studies, Spanish
Graduate students may participate for undergraduate credit.
CSU IP Spain: Learn Spanish
Program At A Glance
When: Late-August to late May
Units: Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP Spain as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.75 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than the spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by fall term of the program start date; Graduate students may participate for undergraduate credit.
Course Prerequisites: One term of college-level Spanish, but not more than 2 terms. (This program is not open to students with intermediate or advanced Spanish language abilities).
The CSU IP Spain: Learn Spanish program is affiliated with the University of Jaén, a new, modern campus which enrolls approximately 18,000 students. The program is designed for students at the beginner level of Spanish, and provides students with the opportunity to make rapid progress learning Spanish as well as providing a deeper understanding of the country and culture of Spain.
Upon arrival, students take a placement exam to determine the level of Spanish they will be placed in for the fall semester. After the winter break, in late December/early January, students enroll in an intensive Spanish course which is required for all students. During the spring semester, students will continue their study of the Spanish language, but will also take elective courses such as Spanish literature, Spanish culture and society, and the economy of Spain. Students who have made sufficient progress in the Spanish language may be able to take one course in the Facultad during the spring semester.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.
The CSU IP Spain: Learn Spanish program is located in Jaén, a city in Southern Spain and in the heart of Andalucía. With a modest population of 116,000 residents and unspoiled by mass tourism, Jaén is an ideal location for Spanish language study and cultural immersion. Jaén is an easy bus or train ride to Granada (about one hour) or the beaches of Malaga (about three hours).
Upon arrival in Jaén, all students are provided with temporary hotel accommodations for the first few days during the arrival orientation. Then, the host university arranges for students to live with a host family for one month. Occasionally, students may continue to live with the host family for the remainder of the academic year (if mutually agreed upon by the student and family), however, most students typically choose to rent a local apartment after their month with the host family. The host university staff will provide assistance to students in their search for local apartments.