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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Madrid, Spain; Santander, Spain; Segovia, Spain; Toledo, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2
Housing Option: Homestay Areas of Study: Art, Arts and Sciences, Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: Spanish Education Abroad Coordinator: Jeannie B. Simmons
Program Description:
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Program Spain GB tab 1

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the multicultural and global history of the city of Madrid. The course will examine the history of Madrid, a city which, like Spain itself, was shaped by empires, global crossings, immigration, migration and international commerce throughout history, long predating Madrid's designation as the capital. This program also explores the northern region of Spain, including Bilbao and Santander. 

By participating in this program, students will be able to recognize and describe similarities, differences, and interconnections between Spain and the U.S. through the analysis of course materials and participation in class discussion.  Students will also be able to compare specifics of immigration, integration and diversity with regard to realities in both the US and Spain. 

These goals are achieved through a variety of course work, including regular guided discussions of the assigned readings, student’s experience and thoughts about the field trips and guided tours to the cultural and historical sites; students’ collaborative research, and presentation of analysis, comparison and reflection. 


The program is based in Madrid, with regional excursions. 


Students will be paired and stay with a Spanish family . Most meals will be provided at the homestay. 

Resident Directors

Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza
Spanish and Portuguese

Education Abroad Coordinator

Jeannie Simmons
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Courses and Credit Spain GB tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of Spanish 2798.3 for summer. This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE.



Application Requirement Spain GB tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Spain GB tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4985 program fee. The program fee includes housing, most meals, local transportation and  required excursions. It does not cover airfare, some meals, a passport or immunizations. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions Spain GB tab 5

              Tuesday,  October 10,  4:00-5:00pm, 160 Enarson
              Monday, November 13, 4:00-5:00pm, 100 Enarson


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



The most valuable lesson I gained from this study abroad was learning the value of patience and trust. Going to a foreign country with 12 other students that I did not know very well can be intimidating at first. However, because of this we were all able to become close and trusting of each other. We also learned patience when learning the new cultural norms of Spain and dealing with the language barrier. I believe that by participating in a study abroad, especially the May in Madrid, I was able to grow as a person and gain new logistical skills that will be with me for life.
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/03/2018
01/10/2018 05/06/2018 06/02/2018
NOTE: These dates included estimated travel from the U.S. to Spain
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 TBA TBA

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