Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

WISE Spain

WISE Spain

Spend a month immersed in Spanish language and culture with a group of other WIU students.  Participate in excursions and tours of outstanding historical and cultural treasures of Spain led by Spanish-speaking professional guides.  Staying with a host family provides a greater understanding of Spanish culture and helps improve your Spanish proficiency.     

Salamanca, Spain
Term   Summer 2020
Credit   SPAN 361 & SPAN 499, 3 sh each    
Class Sessions On-site
Travel Dates May 30-June 29, 2020
Housing   Host families hotels (for overnight excursions)
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Judicial Good status
Grad credit No 
Non-WIU   No 
Pre-requisite SPAN 121 and approval from Foreign Languages
Student Year Undergraduates (Freshmen through Seniors)
Entry Requirements

Passport required - Must be valid until at least December 31, 2020.

Visa required if not a US citizen. It is your responsibility to check the Consulate of Spain in Chicago website for more information.  Visa cost not included in program cost. 

Health Insurance

You must have health insurance for the time you are on your program.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

Health Precautions

Walking/mobility/travel - Walking included in excursions but varies in length and intensity.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Some excursion sites and historic areas have limited handicapped accessibility.  Sidewalks in these areas can be narrow with uneven surfaces.  You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage.

Environmental - Highs in the low 80s, lows in the low 50s.  Excursions and some portions of the program will be conducted outside, rain or shine.  Sun protection is highly recommended.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel  if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions. 

Vaccination - No vaccinations are required for entry into Spain.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

Accommodation - Accessibility and accommodation are very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $4,640-$4,935
Included in the program
  • Round trip airfare from Chicago
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging--homestays (two students per family) and hotels on overnight excursions (up to three people per room)
  • Entry fees to scheduled sites
  • Meals
Application Deadline February 2, 2020
Application Fee
$75 due February 27, 2020
Non-refundable deposit $1,000 due February 28, 2020 
Final payment* $3,640-$3,935 due March 31, 2020

* Costs subject to change based on student enrollment. 

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals.

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: April 1, 2020  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and increased costs. 

Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2020


Credit offered

SPAN 361 - Taught by Dr. Guada Cabedo-Timmons

SPAN 499 (Spanish language course) - Taught by Colegio de España instructors.  Placement at the Colegio determined by Foreign Languages

Participation in this program counts towards a major or minor in Foreign Languages.  Option for Foreign Languages/Global Issues graduation requirement. 

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.

  • Improve your speaking/listening and reading/writing skills in Spanish in a total language and cultural immersion environment
  • Learn aspects of Spanish culture not easily gained from traditional classroom instruction--habits, food, traditions, etc.--by living with a host family 
  • Experience unique components of Spanish culture first-hand

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Program.  Students are responsible for completing assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities.  Questions about academic content should be directed to Dr. Guada Cabedo-Timmons

Student testimonials

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Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Dr. Guada Cabedo-Timmons
Faculty leader

Morgan Room 332F


Information Sessions

  Wednesday, January 22nd 

Meeting at 3:00 pm in Morgan 330 

  Tuesday, January 28th 

Meeting at 3:30 pm in Morgan 330