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Study & Intern in Toledo (UofM Students)

Europe
LAC Program

Live and study in a charming Medieval walled city. Improve your Spanish language skills. Intern at banks, governmental bureaus, hospitals, and libraries. Wander the winding streets to discover historical attractions and breathtaking vistas. In your free time, explore the rest of Spain and Europe.

Program Details

Location
Toledo, Spain
Term
Academic Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
May Session
Summer Session
Housing
Dormitory
Homestay
Credit Type
Resident Credit
Sponsor
Learning Abroad Center

Program Eligibility

GPA
2.5
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
Language Prerequisite
Passed SPAN 1004 (4th semester Spanish) or above

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Program Locations

Jose Ortega-Marañon

On-site program office

Latitude
39.856200
Longitude
-4.021700
La Plaza Zocodover

Main plaza

Latitude
39.859700
Longitude
-4.021300
Supera Centro de Agua de Toledo

A new gym

Latitude
39.873600
Longitude
-4.036400
Estacion de Trenes

Train station to catch the AVE/direct train to Madrid

Latitude
39.862200
Longitude
-4.011200
Estación de Autobuses

Bus station

Latitude
39.864600
Longitude
-4.020900
Movistar

Cell phone provider; store is located close to the Calle del Comercio.

Latitude
39.859400
Longitude
-4.022100
Zococentro
Latitude
39.873400
Longitude
-4.026400
La Piedra

A huge rock just outside of the walls of Toledo that students can hike to. It offers the best view of the entire city. *Unsure of location

Latitude
39.873300
Longitude
-4.226400
Medína Mudéjar (Baños Árabes)

Arabic bath house.  They have 3 pools of bathwater, one hot, one cold, and one lukewarm. They also have a sauna and serve tea while you relax. Flat fee includes a massage as well.

Latitude
39.858500
Longitude
-4.028500
Correos

Post Office in Toledo

Latitude
39.859400
Longitude
-4.024600
Alcazar

Army Museum & Library in Toledo (every student has access to a free library card)

Latitude
39.857800
Longitude
-4.020500
El Catedral

Cathedral in Toledo, often a hotspot during festivals

Latitude
39.857100
Longitude
-4.023600
El Museo del Greco

Greco was a Spanish artist from Toledo, this is a museum of his works as well as his house.

Latitude
39.855900
Longitude
-4.029300

About

Live and study in the walled city of Toledo, home for more than 2,000 years to a succession of Roman, Jewish, Visigoth, Moorish, and Christian civilizations. Declared a World Heritage Site, Toledo is a living museum, a preserved part of Spanish history where people still live, work and play. A city of approximately 80,000, Toledo offers an environment where you can be immersed in Spanish culture through coursework, internships, and daily life. 

This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega-Marañón Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Based at the San Juan de la Penitencia residence, a converted 16th-Century convent, it offers modern learning facilities surrounded by spectacular views of the city, as well as easy access to the downtown area and public transit. On this program, you'll have the opportunity to improve your Spanish language ability and take a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Located just an hour from Madrid, Toledo is an excellent base from which to explore Spain.

Housing & Meals

Choose to live either in San Juan de la Penitencia Residence or with a Spanish host family. Make sure to compare residence housing and host family options, since each option has its own benefits—your choice will depend on your preferences and priorities. Housing requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Academic year students may choose different housing options for each semester and can change spring semester housing plans during fall semester in Toledo. Staff members have years of experience coordinating homestays and will be your most valuable resource for questions or issues regarding host families or the Residence.

All meals are included in both housing options. Students who participate in the academic year session are responsible for housing and meal costs between terms.

We encourage you to compare host family and residence housing options below.

Student Residence

Choose from single, double, and triple rooms with shared bathrooms. Residence occupants are almost entirely program participants. The residence includes dining, classroom, library, recreational, laundry facilities, and daily maid service. This option offers convenience and flexibility to come and go as you please. Because the Residencia is within walking distance to virtually everything Toledo has to offer, it is easy to get out into the community and meet Toledanos. Meals are included in the program fee and are taken at the residence.

Homestay

For many students, living with a family is their best experience while in Spain. Many students make life-long ties to their families and, through them, can meet other Spaniards. If you choose a homestay, you will have a first-hand look at Spanish culture and society and will be immersed in the Spanish language. Typically, you and your family will live in an apartment, as single family houses are not as common in Europe as in the US. You will have your own room and private study space.

Many homestays are located outside of old Toledo, approximately seven kilometers from the program facilities. Toledo has a good bus system and homestays students are provided with a bus pass. Meals are included in the program fee and are taken with your host family. If you are unable to go home for lunch, you can sign up to eat with the other participants at the Residence.

Families are screened very carefully. Upon arrival students will stay in the Residence for approximately one week. During that time students will have the opportunity to meet with the housing placement coordinator to discuss the placement process and to meet the family. If frustrations or concerns arise, the homestay coordinator is there to help you and can even arrange a new family if necessary.

Excursions

Four 1-day excursions (3 in summer) are included in the cost of the semester program to provide participants with cultural and historic perspectives of Spain. Visits are made to such sites as Madrid, Aranjuez, Cuenca, the grand El Escorial, Segovia, and the Route of Don Quixote. An optional extended excursion is usually available each semester for an additional fee.

Flight

The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.

Learning Outcomes

  • Strengthen Spanish language skills
  • Deepen crosscultural understanding though interaction with local community
  • Gain Spanish and international perspectives on academic disciplines
  • Increase independence and self-reliance by learning to navigate Spanish society

Faculty & Staff

Enjoy individual attention from native Spanish-speaking program faculty who are dedicated to their topics as well as to each participant. Classes are taught by faculty chosen from the staff of the Fundación Ortega-Marañón, the majority of whom hold degrees from renowned American or European universities and/or have experience teaching at such institutions. All faculty are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

Housing Options

  Homestay Residence
English vs. Spanish Immerse yourself in a Spanish-speaking environment where you will be forced to speak with native speakers. There will be many temptations to speak English instead of Spanish. Few native Spanish speakers in the Residence makes it somewhat harder to meet Spaniards and speak Spanish
How do I meet Spaniards? Experience the daily life of Spaniards from a first-hand perspective, with the chance to learn more about culture and society. Develop life-long ties to your family. Live and eat with many Americans. You must get out into the city and meet people to integrate into Spanish life.
How much does it cost? Pay an additional fee (unless your home institution absorbs this cost). The homestay fee is non-refundable. Complete cost is included in your program fee.
Where will I live? Most host families live outside old Toledo, approximately seven kilometers from the program facilities. Live in the same building as the dining hall and classrooms in the center of old Toledo.
What's my commute like? Get some exercise! The commute can be 10–30 minutes or more one way. After dark you can catch a taxi. All homestay students also receive bus passes. No commute to class. Walk down the hall to the dining room and classrooms.
Do I have my own room? Enjoy a single room and private workspace away from the noise of dorm life. You might have roommates who are not native Spanish speakers. You can choose between single, double or triple. You may not get your first choice in room type.
Can I use the landline phone? No phone calls are allowed without expressed permission from your family. A public pay phone in the residence is available for all participants.
What will I eat? Home-cooked food! If it is inconvenient to return home for lunch, you can request a to-go lunch or eat at the Residence. The cafeteria offers a salad bar, main entree, dessert, and beverage.
What if I don't like the food? Living in a new culture means trying new foods. You will need to adjust to the diet and meal schedule of your family. Living in a new culture means trying new foods. A different meal is prepared each day, with a salad bar as an alternate option.
I want to be independent. You come and go as you please but should inform the family of your schedule. You come and go and you please but can only eat meals at designated times.
I want to go out at night. Enjoy the nightlife! Walk or take a taxi with other home students who live in your neighborhood. Enjoy the nightlife! The Residence closes at 6:30 a.m., so you will not need to inform someone about a late night.
Where can I hang out during the day? Study, relax, or socialize in the Residence lounge and cafeteria. Study, relax, or socialize in the Residence lounge and cafeteria.
Overnight guests You are not allowed to stay overnight at the Residence, and overnight guests are discouraged at the homestay. Talk to your family about specific rules. No overnight non-Residence guests are permitted in your room. Visiting guests may pay to stay overnight in the Residence with advance arrangements.
What if I don't like my housing option? If conflicts arise, you can switch to another family, or if necessary, the Residence. If you want to switch to a homestay, talk to the housing coordinator and LAC contact.
On-site support The housing coordinator will help you and can even arrange a new family if necessary. The housing coordinator will help you and can resolve any issue you might have.

Program Structure

Program Level
3000 level courses
Courseload

13–18 credits per semester, 3 credits for May session or 6–9 credits for summer session. Classes are held Monday–Thursday on the semester and summer program, leaving long weekends for cultural immersion.

Students are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credit enrollment status per semester or maintain the minimum program credit enrollment determined by their study abroad program, whichever is greater. Grades earned on study abroad programs (for UMN resident credit) are converted to UMN A-F grades according to pre-established grade conversion criteria, if necessary. 

Coursework

Semester or Summer Program

Your semester will consist mainly of study center courses. Learn more about what a study center is at this link. Courses cover a wide range of topics, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, history, interdisciplinary studies, linguistics, political science, Spanish cultural heritage, Spanish language, Spanish and Latin American literature, women's studies, Spanish theatre and business.

View the Course list for a complete list of classes offered. 

You may also take classes at la Universidad de Castilla la Mancha for an additional cost. Courses are available in environmental science, sport science, history, art history, philosophy, psychology, geography and other areas. There is an additional fee to enroll in courses at the university. Students should also plan to stay beyond the official end date of the program as the university term ends after the program end date.

University of Minnesota students could complete 4 courses towards a Spanish Studies minor in one semester of study in Toledo. Most courses in Toledo count toward requirements for the Spanish major. Contact the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Advising office for more information.

May Session

Tracing Three Cultures (TLDO 3024) explores the cultural heritage of Toledo. This three-week, 3 credit, intensive course combines in-class lectures and discussions with regular field trips and excursions to museums and monuments, including Madrid's Museo del Prado and guided tours of Judaic Toledo and Mozarabic Segovia. 

Full Course List

All courses are taught in Spanish and are 3 credits, unless indicated otherwise.

Instructions for the Course Selection Form

Fall or Spring Semester

  • Semester students are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credits per semester.
  • Total registration must equal 13 to 18 credits (approximately four or five classes).
  • List classes in order of preference so that the on-site staff is better able to accommodate your choices.
  • List two to three alternate classes in case your first choices are not offered.
  • Contact Amy Garwood-Díaz if you would like to take a class at Universidad Castilla la Mancha.
  • The internship and community engagement course cannot be taken during the same semester.
  • If you plan to take the internship or community engagement course, you must also complete the corresponding application form.
  • Internships and community engagement cannot be listed as alternates.
  • If you would like to take the 1-credit Global Identity course, list that on your form.

May

  • Total registration should equal 3 credits.
  • Only one course is offered during May session. Write in the name of the course (TLDO 3024 Tracing Three Cultures).

Summer

  • Total registration must equal 6–10 credits.
  • Choose to take classes, an internship, or a combination of the two. 
  • If you plan to take classes only (no internship), list 2–3 courses as well as alternates in case your first choices are not offered.
  • If you enroll in the 3-credit internship course, list Internships in Spain and one additional course for a total of 6 credits.
  • If you plan on doing an internship, list two distinct areas on the Internship Application.

Course Planning Links

Global Identity

Course ID
OLPD 3332
Terms
  • Online (all terms)
1
Credit

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

Syllabus for Global Identity

Language Taught In
  • English

20th Century Spanish Literature

Course ID
TLDO 3001
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Contemporary Spanish literature from the Generation of 1898 to the postwar era. Discussion of the current and past political and social events that shaped literature and representative authors and works.

Syllabus for 20th Century Spanish Literature

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3212

Survey of Spanish America Colonial Literature

Course ID
TLDO 3002
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

Survey of major works form the Colonial periods to Independence and Romanticism. Texts by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Fray Bartolome de las Casas, Garcilaso de la Vega, Alonso de Ercilla, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi, Esteban Echevarria and Jorge Isaacs.

 

Syllabus for Survey of Spanish America Colonial Literature

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3221

Marketing in European Business

Course ID
TLDO 3004
Terms
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

The main purpose of this course is to study principle marketing concepts, focusing on Spanish and European companies. Other topics that will be explored: pricing decisions, branding strategies, distribution, communication, marketing plans & more.

Notes from CSOM: approved for a Marketing Elective (major or minor) and the International Business co-major (depth course)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
CSOM: approved for a Marketing Elective (major or minor) and the International Business co-major (depth course)

Camino de Santiago: Then & Now

Course ID
TLDO 3006
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The Camino de Santiago constitutes a cultural landmark that links Spain’s medieval past with the recovery of its use in the present. In this course, students will be immersed in Spanish and European medieval society, learn about the exceptional patrimonial importance of the primary Camino de Santiago – the “Camino Francés,” and examine the new forms of use that the Camino represents today.

Syllabus for Camino de Santiago: Then & Now

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Comparative Public Health

Course ID
TLDO 3007
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course will introduce students to the Spanish health care system and the context in which it is developing, studying the key changes that have taken place up to the present day. Based on a series of case studies, students will be able to compare the Spanish health care model with other models like those of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, and/or developing nations.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish

Healthcare Marketing and Communication

Course ID
TLDO 3008
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course centers around the knowledge, analysis, and management of communication and marketing in the healthcare setting, and how it is applied to different audiences—from specialized groups, such as healthcare professionals, to more general audiences, such as the society at large—to communicate the importance of healthcare policies in an increasingly global atmosphere that requires patient-centered care, incorporation of innovation and efficiency, as well as a goal of sustainability.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish

Diversity in Global Health

Course ID
TLDO 3009
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course will dive into sociological diversity and existing culture in order to reflect on the  influence of global and local dynamics on the health of different populations. Students will learn about the ecological and sociological dimensions using models like Sustainable Development Goals or questioning supposedly universal constructs like the Human Development Index, while remembering to reflect on concrete social situations and the cultural setting in which they develop.

 

Syllabus for Diversity in Global Health

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
UofM Anthropology Department major or minor elective

Global Bioethics

Course ID
TLDO 3012
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The complex, multi-disciplinary model of modern healthcare creates numerous ethical conflicts. When the values of all the actors are taken into account when making decisions, there is inevitably a disparity of criteria. The conflicts generated are not merely technical; they are also ethical, because the values of the people or institutions involved can be in conflict. In these instances, it is important that the medical professional knows to consider technical issues (the medical facts) and the values at play (the preferences of those involved, principles, norms, etc.), in order to make a good decision. At present, bioethics is considered a practical or applied ethics (to biomedicine) that attempts to resolve ethical dilemmas present in biomedicine.

Syllabus for Global Bioethics

Language Taught In
  • Spanish

Spanish for Business

Course ID
TLDO 3022
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

In this course, students will learn the vocabulary associated with various aspects of business, especially those associated with finding a job, as well as learning about Spanish work culture, the economy, and labor relations among other topics.

Syllabus for Spanish for Business

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
U of M Spanish Department equivalent: SPAN 3022. CSOM: used for International Business major (Depth)

Cross Cultural Business: Business in Spain and the US Compared

Course ID
TLDO 3023
Terms
  • TBD
3
Credits

Analyze the contemporary business environment of Spain: social, economic and political context, labor market, financial markets, legal framework and the impact of the European single market.

Syllabus for Cross Cultural Business: Business in Spain and the US Compared

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
U of M Spanish Department: SPAN 3022. CSOM: can be used in the International Business major (Depth)

Tracing Three Cultures: The Christian, Muslim and Jewish Legacy in Architecture, Literature and Painting

Course ID
TLDO 3024
Terms
  • May
3
Credits

Explores the cultural heritage of Toledo through in-class lectures and discussions with regular field trips and excursions to museums and monuments, including Madrid's Museo del Prado and guided tours of Judaic Toledo and Mozarabic Segovia. We will study the traces of Christian, Muslim and Jewish culture in literature and art and the way they conform with the current identity of modern Spain. The course focuses on three areas. The first one is the Sephardic heritage in literature and architecture in Toledo. The second one is the interaction between Islamic and Hispano-Mozarabic artists. The third one is the role it has had in Spanish folklore and traditions from music and festivals to food.

Syllabus for Tracing Three Cultures: The Christian, Muslim and Jewish Legacy in Architecture, Literature and Painting

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Medical Spanish

Course ID
TLDO 3044
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This class is designed for students at the advanced Spanish level who want to learn specific medical vocabulary, concepts and expressions used in Spanish language health systems. An additional goal of the course is to improve students’ knowledge about Spanish society and culture because of the key role this plays in working effectively as a health professional in such a context.

Syllabus for Medical Spanish

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3044

Art of Reading Literary Texts

Course ID
TLDO 3104W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Critical reading of Spanish and Spanish-American texts; works representing principal genres — novel, drama, poetry, essay — diverse approaches to literature. Terminology of criticism, literary problems and techniques.

Syllabus for Art of Reading Literary Texts

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
  • Writing Intensive
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3104

The Cultural Heritage of Spain

Course ID
TLDO 3105W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Overview of main periods of Spanish history highlighting political, social, anthropological and economic characteristics of each one. Second half of course examines Spanish culture and society from the beginning of the Franco regime in 1939 until the present. Cultural trends in literature and the arts are analyzed in relation to social phenomena.

Syllabus for The Cultural Heritage of Spain

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
  • Writing Intensive
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3105

Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics

Course ID
TLDO 3107W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicology, pragmatics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and history of the Spanish language. Also introduces you to the study of Hispanic linguistics as a discipline in relation to social, cultural and literary studies.

 

Syllabus for Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Writing Intensive
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3107

Writers of the Spanish Empire and Its Decline

Course ID
TLDO 3211
Terms
  • Fall
3
Credits

Masterpieces of Spain's most significant Renaissance and Golden Age writers, including Lope de Vega, Calderón, Cervantes, Garcilaso, Góngora, Quevedo & the authors of picaresque novels and mystic poetry.

 

Syllabus for Writers of the Spanish Empire and Its Decline

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3211

Spanish Golden Age Theatre

Course ID
TLDO 3215
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

Spanish Baroque Theater. Plays by Lope de Vega, Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Calderon de la Barca or Luis Velez de Guevara are read and discussed in class. Students attend the theater either in Toledo or Madrid.

Syllabus for Spanish Golden Age Theatre

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3910

Directed Studies in Literature

Course ID
TLDO 3217
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

Individual research projects or readings in literature, under faculty direction, to meet objectives not covered by the regular curriculum.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3970

Seminar: Narrative in Spanish America

Course ID
TLDO 3222
Terms
  • Fall
3
Credits

Current narratives in Spanish America from Carpentier and the emergence of magical realism to the present day. Authors studied include García Márquez, Borges, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, Cortázar and others.

Syllabus for Seminar: Narrative in Spanish America

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3222

Advanced Spanish Conversation

Course ID
TLDO 3230
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Classroom discussions centering on contemporary issues in Spain and other subjects of interest. Periodic error evaluation and systematic review of the most frequent structural and grammatical problems.

Syllabus for Advanced Spanish Conversation

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3699

Spanish Composition & Communication

Course ID
TLDO 3231
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
4
Credits

Difficult aspects of Spanish grammar and structures are mastered through composition writing. Analyses problems of style as well as language. Several compositions are written outside class each week and common errors are reviewed.

Syllabus for Spanish Composition & Communication

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3015

Art and Architecture in Spain: Periods and Styles

Course ID
TLDO 3232
Terms
  • Summer
3
Credits

Characteristics of major periods in Spanish art and architecture including Greek and Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Classical. Also Romanticism, Modernism and 20th Century avant-garde styles.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Christian, Muslim, Jewish Art: Toledo

Course ID
TLDO 3233
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

The art of the three cultures, which determined the national character of Spain today, are studied in and around Toledo, which represented the maximum synthesis of this unique heritage.

Syllabus for Christian, Muslim, Jewish Art: Toledo

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Master Painters of Spain

Course ID
TLDO 3234
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Development of Spanish painting studied in works of five of Spain's greatest artists: El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Dalí. Visits to Madrid’s Museo del Prado and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Syllabus for Master Painters of Spain

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Politics & Society in Latin America

Course ID
TLDO 3235
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Contrasts political and social structures in various Spanish-American nations in the 20th Century to show their diversity, but also to provide insight into common problems they share.

Syllabus for Politics & Society in Latin America

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3512

Spanish Phonetics

Course ID
TLDO 3236
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Practical as well as theoretical aspects of Spanish phonetics geared towards correcting specific pronunciation problems of the non-native speaker. Students are divided into small practice groups according to their native languages.

Syllabus for Spanish Phonetics

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3701

Transition to Democracy

Course ID
TLDO 3237
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

In this course, students will learn about 20th century Spain and the political turmoil of this period including the Second Republic, the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s regime, the eventual transition into the democratic nation we know today, along with the social, political, and economic changes that accompanied this transition.

Syllabus for Transition to Democracy

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Spain and the European Union

Course ID
TLDO 3238
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Study the process of the formation of the EU and the impact of building a single European market on the Spanish and greater European economies. Readings from the daily press are used in class.

Syllabus for Spain and the European Union

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510, ECON 3970, CSOM: can be used in the International Business major (Depth)

Directed Studies in Art History

Course ID
TLDO 3241
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

Individual research projects or readings in art or archeology, under faculty direction, to meet objectives not covered by the regular curriculum.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3970

History and Memory

Course ID
TLDO 3242
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

Improve Spanish language skills, knowledge of recent Spanish history & the role of oral testimonies in history research by meeting and conversing with the elderly. The final objective of the course is for students to create a Memory Archive with digital recordings of the interviews.

Syllabus for History and Memory

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Ethnology and Folklore of the Iberian Peninsula

Course ID
TLDO 3302
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Traditional forms of life in the Iberian Peninsula in terms of social and economic features as well as literary, artistic and religious aspects.

Syllabus for Ethnology and Folklore of the Iberian Peninsula

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Directed Studies in Anthropology and Archaeology

Course ID
TLDO 3303
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

Individual research projects or readings in anthropology or archeology, under faculty direction, to meet objectives not covered by the regular curriculum.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3970

20th Century Spanish Art

Course ID
TLDO 3314
Terms
  • Summer
3
Credits

This course presents the principal artists and movements of the 20th century in Spain and their relationship to avant-garde Europe. A series of styles and authors will be studied, from modernism at the beginning of the 20th century to the artistic tendencies of the final decade of that century. Due to the range of the material, the methodology will be based on knowledge of the principal artistic concepts, and the students’ reflections on each of those topics.

 

Syllabus for 20th Century Spanish Art

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Spain Since 1936

Course ID
TLDO 3502
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Main and social significance of Franco's authoritarian regime as opposed to the German and Italian models. Origins of the Civil War and later social and economic development. Problems in the political and constitutional transition since Franco.

Syllabus for Spain Since 1936

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3502

Directed Studies in History

Course ID
TLDO 3503
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

Individual research projects or readings in history, under faculty direction, to meet objectives not covered by the regular curriculum.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3970

Theology of Spanish Mysticism

Course ID
TLDO 3515
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Historical, social, cultural and theological basis of Spanish mysticism. The three main groups studied are the Carmelites, Franciscans and Jesuits.

Syllabus for Theology of Spanish Mysticism

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Spanish Philosophical Thought

Course ID
TLDO 3516
Terms
  • Fall
3
Credits

Three-part course: Characteristics of the Spanish Renaissance (16th century); influence of Erasmus, mysticism and philosophy of Juan Luis Vives, overview of philosophical development from 17th to 20th centuries; and contemporary Spanish philosophy, with focus on Unamuno, Ortega-Marañón and Zubiri.

Syllabus for Spanish Philosophical Thought

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Introduction to the History and Present Situation of Spanish Women

Course ID
TLDO 3517
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

A theoretical and practical approach to the fundamental transformations that have conditioned the lives of Spanish women from the Golden Age to the present. Concentrates on aspects of their participation in the economic world and in the culture.

Syllabus for Introduction to the History and Present Situation of Spanish Women

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Advanced Individualized Spanish Language Study

Course ID
TLDO 3699
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Directed study combined with individual tutoring to improve specific language skills identified through mutual agreement of student and supervising professor.


Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3699

Colloquial Spanish

Course ID
TLDO 3706
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Characteristic phenomena of the Spanish language in its colloquial spoken form. Variations based on age, social and regional background, etc. New lexical, morphological and syntactical coinages.

Syllabus for Colloquial Spanish

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3730

Recent Spanish Film

Course ID
TLDO 3810
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Study the role of Spanish movies as a form of collective reflection and as a reflection of 20th century mass society. Cinematographic analysis of ten films permits the understanding of essential aspects of Spanish culture, history and society. Includes works by Carlos Saura, Alejandro Amenabar and Pedro Almodovar.

Syllabus for Recent Spanish Film

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
  • Technology & Society
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3800

Internships in Spain

Course ID
TLDO 3970
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Experiential learning in many fields, coupled with a classroom component, which deepens your understanding of the meaning of work in Spain and of the social organizational structure and culture of the workplace.

Syllabus for Internships in Spain

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite beginning Summer 2018

Community Engagement and the Immigrant Experience in Spain

Course ID
TLDO 3975
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Immigration in Spain has grown tremendously in recent decades and has become an important political, social and economic issue. In this course students will volunteer at one of several Toledo institutions related to the immigration phenomenon in Spain, collaborating directly either with the immigrant population or with Spaniards who work with the immigrant community. A weekly classroom seminar will further explore the students' volunteer experiences through related readings, discussion, reflection and presentations.

Syllabus for Community Engagement and the Immigrant Experience in Spain

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3401 

Internships

Participating in an internship is a great way to immerse yourself in Spanish culture while gaining work experience. Internships are available during the semester (3 credits) or summer (3 credits) and include an academic seminar.

Semester students who have an internship should be prepared to work 7-8 hours per week at their site. Summer students should be prepared to spend 15 hours per week at the internship site.

Examples of internship sites include the Regional Parliament, museums, newspapers, Toledo City Hall, schools, radio stations, community service organizations and a physical rehabilitation hospital. Internship site descriptions are available for the semester program and summer program

Selection for the internship requires successful completion of the internship application and an on-site interview. 

Police Report

A police report is required for students doing an internship in Toledo. We will not be able to place you in an internship without a police report. 

A police report is a background check stating whether you have a criminal history. Different governmental agencies or police departments refer to this document as a background check. Explain that you need the document in order to provide a record of any violations that you may have in order to participate in an internship abroad. The document you receive varies by jurisdiction. 

Have the background check completed before you depart for Toledo and bring the document with you in your carry-on. This document can be in English.

If you live outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area you should check with the local governmental agency or police department in your hometown. Some local police departments may require your personal appearance in order to conduct the search. 

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Minnesota Justice Information Services—CHA

1430 Maryland Ave. E.  

St. Paul, MN 55106

You can find additional information at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website.

Community Engagement

Semester students have the opportunity to take TLDO 3975 Community Engagement and the Immigrant Experience in Spain. In this course, work with one of several Toledo institutions related to the immigration phenomenon in Spain, collaborating directly either with the immigrant population or with the Spaniards who are working with immigrants. Connect your experience working three hours per week with these organizations with the seminar portion of the course. Readings, discussion and debate in the classroom help you better understand the important issue of immigration in Spain. At the end of the course, a workshop day is held to which collaborating institutions, students, and residents of Toledo are invited.

Thing to know about the course

1. A community engagement course is not an internship: you’re not merely trying to improve your résumé working in a company, but serving the community. Also, in this particular case, there are other small differences between the internship in Toledo and this course:

a. 7 hours per week working in the internship course versus 3 hours in the CE course (as a consequence, more hours in the classroom for the CE course, but the same number of contact hours altogether).

b. A general perspective on Spanish society in the internship course versus a focus on immigration in the CE course.

c. A final meeting-celebration to share what you have learned and help the community to raise public awareness about immigration issues in the CE course.

2. A Community-Engagement course is different from straight volunteering also. The community and you will experience an exchange: You’ll serve in order to learn now and in order to serve in the future. Accordingly, you will find some differences between the particular volunteer offerings in Toledo and this CE course. The most important ones are:

a. Of course, you will receive credits for your CE course.

b. It implies you will have to complete weekly assignments and other homework, like in any other class.

c. The learning is as important as the community engagement. Community engagement is part of the course pedagogy, and the placements are designed as an additional window into the issues studied in the course, in this case immigration.

4. This course do not include exams, and it ends prior to the other classes, so that you have time to prepare other final exams. In other words, it’s more intense but shorter than other courses.

5. You must understand you will be participating in a uniqe situation through this course:

a. The immigrant issue requires a very delicate and sensitive behavior.

b. When you work with immigrants in the US you can help them to integrate into a society whose language and parameter you can control. In Spain you will have to integrate yourself and try to understand Spanish society while you are trying to help others. That’s why you have to understand that your first mission is helping Spaniards to help their immigrants, carrying out the work they consider you can be useful for. You’ll have to listen, watch, feel, analyze what you experience, and be extremely respectful and flexible.

5. Some jobs will involve more office work than others, always in connection with immigration (although you will have the chance to listen to immigrants’ “voice” on several occasions). Don’t think those jobs are less interesting. Remember you don’t know the Spaniards yet; working with them through the Community Engagement and the Immigrant Experience in Spain (Fundación Ortega y Gasset, Toledo) will be a new experience for you too (maybe difficult at the beginning?), and you can be extremely useful organizing the dossiers about immigrants who need help or collaborating on a campaign to raise public awareness. Also, you will need to reflect on your academic and personal skills in order to decide what your preferences are: maybe you’re better researching than communicating, or you take your time when you face a new situation, or you are kind of shy, etc. Of course, the staff and the professor in Toledo will help you to make the final decision, but think about it in advance: help them help you!

6.Sometimes, the Fundación Ortega y Gasset can adapt to the students’ particular academic interests, but the organizations are working to help immigrants in real life, and you must adjust first and foremost to their needs. Remember you will have a busy schedule in Toledo, so sometimes you’ll have to be flexible with the available options for your particular case.

Police Report

A police report is required for students doing community engagement in Toledo. We will not be able to place you in a community engagement site without a police report. 

A police report is a background check stating whether you have a criminal history. Different governmental agencies or police departments refer to this document as a background check. Explain that you need the document in order to provide a record of any violations that you may have in order to participate in community engagement abroad. The document you receive varies by jurisdiction. 

Have the background check completed before you depart for Toledo and bring the document with you in your carry-on. This document can be in English.

If you live outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area you should check with the local governmental agency or police department in your hometown. Some local police departments may require your personal appearance in order to conduct the search. 

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Minnesota Justice Information Services–CHA

1430 Maryland Ave. E.  

St. Paul, MN 55106

You can find additional information at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website.

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Orientation Dates & Locations

Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

May 2021

Application Open Date: August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: April 20, 2021

Schedule Date
Depart the US May 20
Arrive in Spain May 21
Orientation, guided tour of Toledo, first day of class May 22
Excursion to Madrid May 28
Excursion to Segovia Jun 4
Final Exam, Closing Ceremony Jun 10
Departure Jun 11

May & Summer 2021

Application Open Date: August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: April 20, 2021

Schedule Date
Arrival May 21
Orientation, guided tour of Toledo, first day of class May 22
Excursion to Madrid May 28
Excursion to Segovia Jun 4
Final Exam, Closing Ceremony Jun 10
Orientation, Internship Interview, Spanish Evaluation, and Welcome Party, Jun 17
Guided visit of Toledo Jun 18
First day of class Jun 21
Excursion to Madrid Jun 25
Excursion to Segovia Jul 9
Excursion to El Escorial Jul 16
Final exams Jul 21 – 22
Closing ceremony Jul 27
Departure to US Jul 28

Summer 2021

Application Open Date: August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: April 20, 2021

Schedule Date
Depart the US Jun 15
Arrive in Spain Jun 16
Orientation, placement testing, & internship interview Jun 17
Guided visit of Toledo Jun 18
First day of class Jun 21
Excursion to Madrid Jun 25
Excursion to Segovia Jul 9
Excursion to El Escorial Jul 16
Final exams Jul 21 – 22
Closing ceremony Jul 27
Departure Jul 28

Fall 2021

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: April 20, 2021

Schedule Date
Depart the US Sep 5
Arrive in Spain Sep 6
Orientation, welcome party, internship interview Sep 7
Classes begin Sep 8
Guided tour of Toledo Sep 10
Excursion to Madrid Sep 17
Optional excursion to Ávila and Salamanca Oct 1 – 3
Excursion to Alcalá de Henares Oct 15
Midterm exams Oct 18 – 21
Fall break Oct 22 – 26
Excursion to El Escorial Nov 5
Excursion to Segovia Nov 12
Final exams Dec 6 – 9
Closing ceremony Dec 14
End of program, departure to US Dec 15

Spring 2022

Application Open Date: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Schedule Due
Depart the US Jan 18
Arrive in Spain Jan 19
Orientation, language placement test, welcome party, internship interview Jan 20
Guided tour of Toledo Jan 21
Classes begin Jan 24
Excursion to Madrid Jan 28
Excursion to El Escorial Feb 11
Midterm exams Mar 1-3
Optional excursion to Andalucía Mar 11-13
Excursion to Ruta del Quijote Mar 18
Holy Week (no classes) Apr 8-17
Excursion to Segovia Apr 22
Final exams Apr 28 - May 4
Closing ceremony May 6
End of program, departure to US May 7

Fees

University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Bridging Loan

Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

Fall 2021

Study & Intern in Toledo

Dormitory 1—Dormitory (single room)

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $13,262
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $3,498
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $17,360
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $16,360

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations*Visit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $700
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $800

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $19,095
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Toledo

Dormitory 2—Dormitory (double room)

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $13,262
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $3,498
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $17,360
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $16,360

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations*Visit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $700
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $800

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $19,095
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Toledo

Dormitory 3—Dormitory (triple room)

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $13,262
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $3,498
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $17,360
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $16,360

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations*Visit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $700
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $800

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $19,095
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Toledo

Homestay 1—Homestay

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $13,262
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $5,693
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $19,555
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $18,555

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations*Visit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $700
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $800

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $21,290
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Toledo

Homestay/Dormitory Combination—Homestay/Dormitory Combination

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $13,262
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $4,598
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,460
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,460

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations*Visit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $700
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $800

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $20,195
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Academic Year 2021-22

Study & Intern in Toledo

Dormitory 1—Dormitory (single room)

Academic Yr Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $24,804
International health insurance $400
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $6,996
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $32,600
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $31,600

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,600

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $35,135
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Toledo

Dormitory 2—Dormitory (double room)

Academic Yr Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $24,804
International health insurance $400
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $6,996
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $32,600
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $31,600

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,600

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $35,135
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Toledo

Dormitory 3—Dormitory (triple room)

Academic Yr Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $24,804
International health insurance $400
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $6,996
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $32,600
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $31,600

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,600

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $35,135
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Toledo

Homestay 1—Homestay

Academic Yr Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $24,804
International health insurance $400
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $11,386
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $36,990
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $35,990

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,600

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $39,525
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Toledo

Homestay/Dormitory Combination

Academic Yr Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $24,804
International health insurance $400
Housing and/or mealsAll meals included $9,190
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $34,794
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $33,794

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa and LAC service fee $235
Travel clinic/immunizations* $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,935
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $0
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,600

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $37,329
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Spring 2022

May 2022

Summer 2022

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

Due to COVID-19, current US passport processing times are significantly delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now

Complete

After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received.  Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Course Selection Form (meet with your academic adviser(s) to ensure appropriate courses are chosen)
  • Transcript (Non-UofM students only)
  • Toledo Internship Application (Required only for internship applicants)
  • Toledo Community Engagement Application (Required only for community engagement applicants)
  • Toledo Universidad de Castilla la Mancha Application (Required only for applicants planning to take additional coursework at the Universidad)
  • Home Institution Nomination (Non-UofM students only)

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you. 

If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when they have been added.

Application Review Process

After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will have two weeks to confirm your spot on the program.  Once confirmed, you will have additional required forms to complete before participating in the program.  If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

Visa

Passport

You must obtain a passport to enter Spain. Your passport must be valid for at least seven months after your return to the US. US citizens spending fewer than 90 days in Europe will only need a passport. A Spanish tourist visa, which is valid for 90 days, is automatically issued to all US citizens who enter Spain. If you have not already obtained your passport, see Passports for more information.

Visa

US citizens participating on the Learning Abroad Center Spain programs for a semester or year, or US citizens staying in Spain for more than 90 days, must obtain a student visa. US citizens participating in May or Summer session do not need a visa. Non-US citizens should check with the Spanish embassy to determine any special regulations pertaining entry into Spain at any time.

Remember to read all information that you receive regarding student visas carefully. Requirements could change at any time and can vary from consulate to consulate.

University of Minnesota Visa Service

The Spanish Consulate in Chicago has graciously granted the University of Minnesota the ability to both drop off Spanish student visa applications and pick up the completed student visas on behalf of students studying abroad in Madrid and Toledo who also live within the Consulate of Spain in Chicago jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

This is an optional service, and is only available to students on the Toledo and Madrid programs. Each student MUST inform the Learning Abroad Center of his or her plans for obtaining the student visa whether they chose to use this service or not.

Using the Visa Service

  • If you use the visa service, a $100 fee will be assessed to your University of Minnesota account. This fee will not be listed separately on your student account. It will be added to the overall program fee.
  • The deadline to use this service comes on or quickly after the program application deadline. To use the service, students must attend an in-person or virtual appointment with the Spanish visa adviser to drop off or mail visa application materials before the deadline.
  • Only complete visa applications will be accepted. If you fail to include one or more of the necessary pieces to receive your visa when you present your visa application to the Learning Abroad Center, you will have to return at a later time with your complete visa application. 
  • If you live outside of the state of Minnesota, completed visas will be returned to the student via Fed Ex once picked up from the Chicago Spanish Consulate by the UofM.

Not Using the Visa Service

  • If you choose to apply on your own and live within the Chicago consulate's jurisdiction, you will need to make at least one in person appearance at the Spanish Consulate. For example, if you have someone drop of your materials on your behalf, then YOU must pick up your passport in person. If you drop off your materials and want your passport returned by mail, you must bring in a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope. The Consulate only accepts Express Mail from the US Postal Service with appropriate postage. No other carrier service is accepted. We highly recommend you utilize the Learning Abroad Center visa service.
  • If you are not within the Chicago consulate's jurisdiction, check with the consulate within your jurisdiction, as requirements and procedures may differ.

Visa Application Requirements

To date, the following items are required to apply for a student visa through the Chicago consulate. 

  • Two copies of signed and completed National application—the Step-by-Step Instructions below will assist you in completing the visa application
  • Original, signed passport
  • Money Order for $160 payable to the Consulate of Spain. This can be purchased at a Post Office or bank. You must pay with a debit card or cash. More information can be found at USPS—Money Orders
  • Two photocopies of the information and photo page of your passport
  • Two photocopies of your student ID card
  • Two passport-style photos, white background, 2x2", glued to the upper right hand corner of the National application and copy
  • Letter of acceptance—this serves as proof of admission, medical insurance, & financial means (Provided by the Learning Abroad Center to all students, regardless if you are using our visa service or not)
  • Acknowledgement Letter - (Provided by the Learning Abroad Center to all students)
  • If you are using the Learning Abroad Center visa service, you will also need a notarized letter granting the University of Minnesota permission to pick up and drop off your visa materials (use template provided). Do NOT sign the letter before meeting with the notary public.

Academic Year students (students going for more than one semester) must also provide the following:

  • Medical Statement: A doctor’s recent statement, on doctor's or medical center's letterhead, indicating that the student has been examined and found to be free of communicable diseases and in good physical and mental health to travel and study abroad (make your appointment early.)
  • Background Check
    • The Spanish Consulate allows students to obtain State background checks, which are generally easier to obtain. Students from Minnesota can obtain their background check from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In addition to this background check, students will have to obtain an Apostille from the Secretary of State's office to verify its authenticity.
    • Students can obtain an FBI background check, though it is not recommended because it may take between 3 to 8 weeks to receive. 

Step-by-Step Instructions to complete the Application for a National Visa

  1. Last name.
  2. If you have changed your last name (through marriage, for example), former last name.
  3. First and middle names.
  4. Date of birth (day-month-year).
  5. Place of birth (city, state).
  6. Country where you were born.
  7. Your nationality.(If you were born in the US, put US). If you have not always been a US citizen indicate your nationality at birth.
  8. Gender (the Spanish Consulate only recognizes two genders at this time)
  9. Marital status.
  10. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  11. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  12. Type of travel document. Check 'Ordinary Passport'.
  13. Passport number.
  14. Date your passport was issued (day-month-year). This date is listed in your passport.
  15. Date that your passport expires as listed in your passport (day-month-year). This date must be at least one year from the date the visa application will be submitted to the consulate. 
  16. Enter US Department of State or the passport agency that issued your passport (NOT where you applied).
  17. Write your permanent address, email address, and phone number.
  18. Check 'No'. Check 'Yes' if you are not from the US but reside in the US.
  19. STUDENT.
  20. Main purpose of the journey: Check 'Studies'.
  21. Provide your intended date of arrival in Spain (day-month-year). You may estimate your arrival date if you have not purchased a flight at the time of application for the visa.
  22. Check 'More Than Two'.
  23. Fundación Ortega-Marañón, Callejón de San Justo, 45001 Toledo, SPAIN
  24. Complete only if you have previously received a Spanish student visa.
  25. Complete only if you have previously received a Spanish student visa.
  26. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  27. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  28. Data of the educational establishment or research centre in case of applying for a student or research visa
    1. Name of the educational establishment or research centre ~ Fundación Ortega-Marañón
    2. Postal address of educational establishment or research centre~ Estudios Internacionales, Fundación Ortega-Marañón, Callejón de San Justo, 45001 Toledo, SPAIN
    3. Telephone number of educational establishment or research centre~ 011.34.925.28.49.02
    4. Email of educational establishment or research centre~ [email protected]
    5. Intended starting date for studies or research~ provide the start date of the Toledo program (day-month-year)
    6. Intended finishing date for studies or research~ provide the end date of the Toledo program (day-month-year)
    7. The remainder of this section is not applicable to you.
  29. Current address and today's date (day-month-year).
  30. Your signature.

Program Contact

For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

Amy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537

Contact Program Alumn

Below is a list of students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

Spring 2021

  • Menolly P. - Spanish, Supply Chain and Operations Management, International Business Majors; Participated in an internship
  • Lauren H. - Political Science and Spanish Studies Majors, Management minor
  • Kaylee K. - Linguistics Major, Spanish minor; Participated in the Community Engagement course

Summer 2021

  • Ashley H. - Spanish and Kinesiology Majors 
  • Richelle H. - Philosophy and Spanish & Portuguese Studies Majors 
  • Maddy W. - Dance Major, Spanish Studies minor
  • Mairi J. - Sociology LCD Major, Spanish, AMES Korean track, Joint Military Leadership Minors; Took course at local university