Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

WISE Spain Summer

WISE Spain Summer

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.        

Location(s)  Salamanca and Madrid, Spain
Term   Summer 2023
Credit   SPAN 361 and SPAN 499, 3 sh each  
Class Sessions On-site in Spain
Travel Dates June 2023 (exact dates TBA)
Housing   Homestay, hotel (Madrid)
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Conduct
Good status
Grad credit No
Non-WIU   No 
Pre-requisite SPAN 121 or permission of instructor 
Student Year Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Entry Requirements

Passport required - Must be valid until at least December 31, 2023.  For information on how to apply for or renew a passport, see Passports 101 .
Current passport processing times are 8-11 weeks.  Plan accordingly to avoid issues obtaining your ETIAS, visa, airine tickets, and other necessary items for travel.  Failure to receive your passport in time can lead to postponement of your program.

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

Health Insurance

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

Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this program.  Proof of vaccination required prior to acceptance of your deposit.

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 accessibiity.  Sidewalks in these areas can be narrow with uneven surfaces. 
You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage.

Environmental - Average daytime temperatures are in the low 70s to low 90s for this time period.  Excursions and some portions of the Course will be conducted outside, rain or shine.  Sun protection is strongly 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.

Accessibility - 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* $4,700-$4,900 based on similar programs
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging, entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline January 31, 2023
Commitment fee
$75 due February 28, 2023
Non-refundable deposit $1,500 due March 1, 2023 
Second payment $1,000 due March 31, 2023
Final payment* Balance due May 1, 2023

* Costs subject to change based on student enrollment, exchange fluctuations and flight costs.

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: March 1, 2023.  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and increased costs.

ETIAS copy deadline: May 1, 2023

MANDATORY Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2023


Credit offered

SPAN 31 - Taught by Dr. Dan Brown.  Includes cultural components of the program.

SPANN 499 - Taught by Colegio de España instructors.  Placement determined by Foreign Languages.

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

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Program 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
  • Learn about Spanish history and culture through tours and site visits in Salamanca and Madrid 

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Dan Brown .  






Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
Study Abroad Advisor

Horrabin Room 8


Advising appointments

Dr. Dan Brown
Faculty leader

Morgan Room 3rd floor


Information Sessions

October 18, 4 pm

November 2, 4 pm

November 14, 4 pm

All meetings will be hybrid (In-person and Zoom). In-person location: Morgan Hall 330.  Registration requested for in-person attendance, required for Zoom attendance:  Registration form

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