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March 22, 2017


Olé! Students Invited to Study Abroad in Madrid

By Lauren J. Mapp

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.

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 dschoenb@sdccd.edu.

Tags: Spanish, Study Abroad, Languages, Madrid

Additional Information

Contacts

Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
jnkearns@sdccd.edu
(619) 388-2759

Dora Schoenbrun-Fernández
Professor - Spanish
dschoenb@sdccd.edu