San Diego Mesa College students planning to take Spanish 102 or 201 this summer are
invited to spend a month in Spain to study abroad for a true immersion experience
from June 26 to July 22.
The study abroad program is part of a hybrid class program where students will have
classes online from June 12-23 before departing to Spain.
“Study abroad is a really unique learning opportunity and it is kind of transformative,”
said Dora Schoenbrun-Fernández, a Spanish professor in her second year as the director
for the Madrid Summer 2017 Study Abroad program. “You learn a lot of things while
you’re abroad – of course, you learn the academics, which is important to us, and
then you apply to the classroom. One of the greatest things about studying abroad
is that you learn more about yourself.”
Schoenbrun-Fernández said that students who study abroad often gain confidence with
the language that they are studying, and that the “security net” of being in the program
helps students more than if they were traveling alone.
“It is an immersive experience, so academically, it’s catapulting you into the fast
lane of learning,” she added. “One thing that we talk about in class is that you have
to actively learn your vocabulary through flash cards, reading things or repeating
things to yourself. In the case of living in a foreign country, you’re surrounded
by all that language actively and using it in your daily experience.”
Once in Madrid, students will take classes with Mesa College professors at the Universidad
Complutense Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students will stay
at the Colegio Mayor Universitario Fundación SEPI in single occupancy dorm rooms,
each equipped with a private bathroom.
Included in the $2,789 cost of the trip are the dorm rooms; 3 meals a day, seven days
a week; pre-departure orientation; guided tours of Madrid, Royal Palace and various
museums; pick up and drop off at the airport; use of gym facilities and an unlimited
transportation pass for the bus and metro. The study abroad tuition also includes
weekend excursions to the Spanish cities of Toledo and Segovia.
Not included in the cost of the trip are the $100 application fee with Modern Language
Studies Abroad, the Mesa College tuition, roundtrip airfare, airport taxes, personal
expenses and personal effects insurance.
Details on the study abroad program in Madrid can be found online. For more information, contact Spanish professor Dora Schoenbrun-Fernández at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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