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Spain and the Mediterranean


Program Details

One of the variables that has most influenced Spain's history and culture is the Mediterranean Sea. Its waters have brought to this nation many cultural aspects that have shaped irreversibly the lives of its inhabitants. From ancient cultures to today's immigrants, different people have left and are leaving their mark on the Peninsula. This study abroad program will immerse students in the culture of Spain through the analysis of the lives of people who live in Spain and their interactions with an environment common to most peoples around the Mediterranean. Students will visit several cities and towns near the Mediterranean, Our Sea, as Romans used to call it and Spaniards still do. The base for the Study Abroad trip will be in Valencia, with field-trips to Andalucia, Madrid, and other small communities. Students will learn about the roles, lives, and contributions of people in ancient cultures and their role today as the country is immersed in economic and social situations that exemplify the effects of globalization.

This program will challenge the idea of “Spanishness” as a homogenous concept based on commonly held views and perceptions of what “being Spanish” means. We will pay special attention to and follow current events and issues faced by today’s Spanish society while on the trip and will analyze their impact in the development of Spanish identity.

Selection Criteria:


  • Must have completed the lower-division Spanish language sequence up to 2020 or equivalent.


  • Valencia, Spain

Program Dates:

May 21, 2022 - June 18, 2022


$3525 (Airfare Not Included)

Suggested Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit: $500
  • Jan. 7, 2022: $600
  • Feb. 4, 2022: $600
  • March 4, 2022: $600
  • April 1, 2022: $600
  • May 6, 2022: $625

Must be paid in full by May 20, 2022

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit online and future payments. Charges should show on your account within 24 hours after registration. As always, you can pay with a credit card as well. To keep our trip costs low, we encourage the use of ACH Bank Transfers, or payments by cash or check whenever possible.

Includes: room and board, domestic transportation, excursions, and some meals.

Not included: airfare, passport, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and some meals.


Schedule is subject to change. Please attend all pre-departure meetings!

Saturday May 21: Arrival to Madrid. Historical walking tour.
Sunday May 22: Entrance to Royal Palace. Prado Museum with guide.
Monday May 23: Historical walking tour. Transfer to Valencia.
Monday May 23 - Tuesday June 14: Classes and activities (attend meetings for more information)
Tuesday June 14: Departure to Seville by fast train. Visit of Cathedral and Reales Alcazares.
Wednesday June 15: Full day tour in Cordoba.
Thursday June 16: Transfer to Granada. Visit of Jardines del Generalife.
Friday June 17: Alhambra Visit. Free time in Granada.
Saturday June 18: Transfer to Madrid. Depart to SLC.

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to six (6) semester credits through Weber State University in 

  • SPAN 3570 (3)
  • SPAN 3850 (3)

Program Directors

Dr. Vicente Iranzo has participated in Study Abroad Programs in Seville, Spain. Dr. Iranzo is a native of Spain and has visited all of the cisites that the group will visit.

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8711.