Off-Campus Programs/International Studies

Spain Term (Fall 2017)

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  • Immersion in the language, culture and lifestyle of Segovia
  • Interaction with local students and families through homestay
  • Travel to Madrid, Andalucía, and regional areas of interest
  • Seamless integration of courses with Bethel’s Spanish language curriculum.

Program Description

At the Center for Hispanic Studies, an on-site director and qualified faculty teach all classes in Spanish, taking into consideration the proficiency of the students. Students will live with a Spanish host family and will also be able to interact with native Spanish speakers and university students through organized cultural and language exchanges at the Center. Though geared toward Spanish majors and minors, Spain Term is open to any student who has completed two years of college level Spanish or the equivalent.


(15-18 credits total)
Classes are held at the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos de Segovia (Center for Hispanic Studies), a study center located in the historic XVI Century Palacio de Villafañe.  a renovated 15th-century mansion that is spacious and centrally-located. The center is situated in the heart of the historic center of Segovia ("El Casco Viejo") and provides modern facilities in its classrooms, meeting spaces, and free WiFi. Classes are taught by local faculty to Bethel participants and other study abroad students at the CEHS facility.  Students may also look into taking one course directly through a local university. Spain Term participants will fulfill the Z-tag general education requirement.

SPA120A Photography in Spain (carries cross-credit in Art)

SPA292 Ibero-American History in Spain 

SPA300 Introduction to Hispanic Literature

SPA303U Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPA316 Modern Spain:  An Examination in Ethics

SPA317 Advanced Communication in Spain 

SPA318 Classical Literature in Spain

SPA481 Internship in Spanish

SPA499 Senior Seminar (with departmental approval)

BUS327 International Marketing and Management in Spain (cross-listed as SPA327)

TEL240 TESOL Practicum Abroad (students will register for this in the spring upon return)

              A directed study can also be arranged with departmental approval.  

Dr. Donna LeGrand, Associate Professor of Spanish Education (Department of Modern World Languages) is the Director of Spain Term.  She can be contacted at 651.638.6544 or via e-mail at

Academic Extras
Multiple internship or service-learning opportunities are available. The prestigious Museo de Esteban Vicente offers an internship to a Bethel student with the appropriate art-related interest and level of Spanish proficiency.  Other students have completed internships with the municipal government or local businesses.


A United Nations Heritage of Humanity site, Segovia is a quaint, yet modern city just one hour from Madrid. Beautiful mountains and vast cultural and natural attractions surround Segovia. This city of 55,000 also offers numerous plazas, cafes, museums, historic sites and its famous Roman aqueduct. It is an ideal setting for language study and interaction with Spaniards.


Students have the opportunity to explore many different regions in Spain through travel (included in program fee):

  • Andalucía  Five days in southern Spain, exploring Moorish influences in the cities of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada.
  • Madrid  Two days in this exciting city, Spain’s capital and a major European cultural center.
  • Barcelona  Three days in in this Catalonian city on the Mediterranean coast, known for Gaudí architecture.

Five one-day excursions:

El Escorial / Valle de los Caídos
An amazing complex which once housed a monastery, basilica, palace quarters, and tombs of the royals. Nearby is the Valley of the Fallen, where visitors can climb a massive granite cross which stands as a memorial to those who died in the Spanish Civil War.

Considered the “gem” of Spain’s history, a famous city influenced by three major religions, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Salamanca / Avila
Quintessential Spanish towns with a medieval feel. Considered to be free from advertisements and pollution, these towns boast stone walls from the 12th century.

Ruta de los Castillos
Castles are one of the most impressive images of Europe, and Spain offers many of them. The “route” of castles features many constructed in the 12th century.

La Granja de San Ildefonso / Real Fábrica de Cristales La Granja
This is considered to be the most extravagant of the four royal summer palaces and houses the Royal Crystal Factory.



Living in Spanish homestays provides students with maximum cultural and linguistic interaction with one student per home. The on-site director chooses the families with great care and excels at communicating his expectations with them. Students receive their meals at home. On group excursions of more than one day, students are responsible for their meals.

Faith Formation

Students have the opportunity to explore faith integration in a variety of ways, including participation in a local church and a student-led Bible study; students also may volunteer in community outreach activities in a suburb near Madrid.


  • Completion of two years of college-level Spanish (through Intermediate II) or the equivalent
  • Minimum sophomore standing
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • See application for additional policies


Students pay a comprehensive fee which is the equivalent of Bethel tuition, room (junior level), and full board (Royal meal plan). (For Fall 2016, this was $22,205.  Fall 2017 fees will be announced in March 2017.) This includes tuition, room, most meals, approximately eight trips/ excursions, and round-trip airfare (Minneapolis–Madrid). Financial aid applies (with the exception of work-study and Bethel performance scholarships, i.e. orchestra, forensics). Additional costs include meals on excursions longer than one day, Spanish student visas (may involve a trip to the Spanish consulate in Chicago or other location), passports, immunizations, and personal spending. 

Next steps

  • Talk with Donna LeGrand, Spain Term program director, 651.638.6544,
  • Talk with your advisor – off-campus study should complement your field of study.
  • Ask questions – feel free to contact the OIS for any additional information.
  • Obtain an application from CC320A or email to request one.

Important dates

The tentative program dates are August 26 – December 8, 2017.

Applications include a $50 nonrefundable application fee.  A $250 confirmation deposit will be required two weeks after acceptance to hold the spot.

Jan 20
Priority application deadline 
Feb 28 Secondary application deadline (if space available) 
April (date TBD)
Study Abroad Orientation (mandatory for Bethel University students) 
Students' passports are in Chicago at the Spanish consulate for student visa processing
August Final program payment due with Fall tuition bill 
Aug 26
Tentative departure date 
Dec 8
Tentative return date