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History On Location: Medieval (and Modern) Spain/ Dr. Ronald J. Stansbury/ Spring 2012 (Travel May 23 – June 2)

Semester Abroad: Dr. Maria Villodre / Spring semester only

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Students who want to participate in the study abroad opportunities in Spain have two options:  the Semester Study Abroad Course: Spain or History On Location: Spain which is a short course.

semester Study abroad: spain

Spend a semester in Avila, Spain.  Students can earn up to 19 credits in Spanish Language and Spanish and Hispanic Culture.  Up to 15 credits can be applied to a Spanish major or minor.  Students will study with other international students at the Instituto Murallas and live in homestay accommodations (living with Spanish families).  The program incorporates total immersion at all levels of Spanish.  Professor Maria Villodre will determine a student's readiness before they apply to the program.


This course will introduce students to the history and culture of Spain.  Through select primary and secondary readings and a unique travel experience to Spain, students will get a fuller sense of Spanish history and culture (both medieval and modern).  The format for this course will include 4 class meetings (to be arranged with students) during the Spring 2012 semester and a 11 day travel excursion to Spain where On Location course particiapants will experience first hand Spanish history and culture.  The course is open to regular undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni and friends of the college.  Students may take the course for regular college credit (up to 3 credits) or audit.  Undergraduate course substitutions (Spanish, Art, Humanities, etc.) may be available (check with professor).  Additional travel fees apply.  

The History On Location: Spain travelers will depart from New York City (NYC) on May 23, 2012 and return by June 2, 2012.  EF Tours will schedule a "Stay Behind" for people who wish to extend their stay in Spain or anywhere in Europe.  Departures from cities other than NYC are also available.  Travel locations in Spain include Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, and Barcelona. 

Registration (Credit, Audit, or Travel Only)
Students (Undergraduate and graduate) wishing to take the History On Location: Spain course for credit or official college audit, should register during the regular Spring 2012 registration time.  Students should contact Professor Stansbury to register for the travel segment.  All other non-matriculated students, alumni and guests who do not wish to take the course for credit, can register for "travel only" by going to www.efcollegestudytours.com and enrolling as a traveler.


Educational Highlights

For the Semester Study Abroad: Spain - Classes take place in the ancient part of Avila, in a historical, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) protected twelfth century building famously known as the "Posada de la Estrella" ("The Inn of the Star"). In its time, it housed many medieval personalities and today maintains this medieval ambience and character. 

 Avila is centrally located, only an hour by car from Madrid, the capital of Spain.  From the spectacular medieval city walls to the 11th century alleyways, Avila, the birthplace of Saint Teresa, is filled with beautiful, ancient Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals and monasteries.  "Castellano", the official language of Spain, is spoken in here, providing a superior environment for learning the Spanish language.

For the History On Location: Spain - attractions will include the Royal Palace in Madrid, the Church of Santo Tome in Toledo, the Cathedral in Seville and much more.



For the Semester Study Abroad Program in Spain - There is a $4000 scholarship for those who participate in this program.  Fees include Roberts' tuition, round-trip airfare to Madrid, RWC room and board, a $375 travel fee, transport from Madrid to Avila, an admission application deposit, and NYC trip expenses to secure a visa.  Personal expenses while in Avila are not covered.

The fee for the History On Location: Spain is approximately $3,500 which includes the EF Tours Lifetime Membership/Registration Fee, all departure and travel fees including round-trip air fare from NYC to Spain, local transportation, hotels, daily breakfast and 4 dinners, guided bi-lingual tours, and much more.



 More Information  Contact Professor Maria Villodre with further questions at VillodreM@roberts.edu.  Learn more about applying for the Semester Study Abroad Program in Spain.

For additional information about the travel segment of the History On Location: Spain, log into www.efcollegestudytours.com and enter the tour number 1055383.  You will also need this number to enroll as a traveler.  Once you log onto the site, you can view additional information and register for the trip.  For questions, please contact Professor Ronald J. Stansbury directly via email at Stansbury_Ronald@roberts.edu or by phone at 585-594-6335.