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  • Locations: Cadiz, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: Villanova applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/04/2019 05/24/2019
NOTE: Program begins on 4 February. Students should plan to arrive on 2 February (depart US on 1 Feb, overnight flight). The last day of the program is 24 May. Students should plan on departing Cadiz on 25 or 26 May. **A Spanish visa is required for this program. Application materials must be submitted in a timely fashion, according to instructions sent from OEA. Failure to complete visa app by stated deadlines will jeopardize entry into Spain and, thus, participation in program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Villanova Semester Program Search by Major: Art History, Communication, Economics, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, History, Honors, Humanities, Marketing, Physics, Spanish
Language of Instruction: Spanish Housing Options: Host Family, Student Residence
Academic Highlights: All Colleges Internship available?: No
Available to non-Villanova Students?: No GPA Minimum: 2.75
Class eligibility: 2 Freshman, 3 Rising Sophomore, 4 Sophomore, 5 Rising Junior, 6 Junior, 7 Rising Senior, 8 Senior Language prerequisite: 1122 - Completed through Intermediate
Number of credits: 15 Credits Type of Credit: Transfer Credit
Program Manager: Levi Brautigan Program specific scholarships available?: Yes
Program Description:

Program Goals

The primary objectives for students studying with the Villanova Program in Cádiz are two fold:

  • To acquire and improve Spanish language skills and ability in grammar, linguistics, conversation, and composition
  • To pursue academic discovery in different disciplines such as art, communication, history, and poltics.


The program lasts 14 weeks. The fall semester begins in early September and and ends in December and  the spring semester lasts 16 weeks, since it includes two vacation weeks that correspond to Carnival and Easter. Classes are offered four days a week (Monday through Thursday). Each course consists of 45 hours (42 hours of on-campus learning + 3 hours of guided autonomous learning.

Resident Director

The program has an on-site Villanova resident director, Dr. María Jesús Ruiz Fernández ( Professor titular de la Universidad de Cádiz (Associate Professor at the University of Cádiz). She will serve as a local adviser to students and is available to the students on a daily basis from the day of arrival.  You may contact her for information prior to leaving for Cádiz. The Villanova Program in Cádiz also enjoys the full support of the Centre for Modern Languages at UCA, and the technical coordinator María del Carmen Fernandez Molero.


Students enroll in a total of 5 courses during their time in Cádiz for a total of 15 Villanova credits. A total of 3 courses (9 credits) may be applied toward the Spanish major in a semester. Students will be placed in to at least one required Spanish Language course. Participating students should be able to demonstrate upon arrival at least an intermediate (1122) college-level Spanish proficiency for successful completion of the program.
  • SPA 1131 Conversación y composición I
  • SPA 1132 Conversación y composición II
  • SPA 1138 Gramática Avanzado
  • SPA 3214 Introducción a la Lingüística Española

ELECTIVE OFFERINGS (availability may be limited due to enrollment)
  • SPA 2220 Literatura y cultura en la España moderna y contemporánea
  • SPA 2012 Special Topics Abroad - Génesis y evolución de la novela moderna: de Cervantes a Muñoz Molina
  • SPA 2012 Special Topics Abroad - Poesía, teatro e imagen: las vanguardias artísticas, la generación del 27 y la poesía latinoamericana contemporánea
  • AAH 3009 Historia de España a través de sus manifestaciones artísticas
  • HIS 3950 La Constitución de Cádiz de 1812 y sus repercusiones en las constituciones de América
  • CST 3100. La España del exilio: actividad artística y editorial en Latinoamérica y la Unión Soviética (1937-1977)
  • SOC 4000 Tradición, identidad e interculturalidad en la España actual
  • PSC 4875 Cultura, pensamiento y democracia: de la re-generación republicana a la transición política (España, 1931-1975)
  • COM 3290 Representación, imagen y comunicación: la sociedad española hoy
  • COM 3490 Marketing y comunicación en el ámbito empresarial europeo
  • COM 3390 Comunicación, prensa y opinión pública

Each semester, students will complete a total of 225 hours of classroom teaching. Optionally, students can expand their program with the following materials:
  • Spanish as a foreign language for students Erasmus (European integration in the program) Highly recommended
  • Other disciplines: either offered by the University of Cadiz in its regulated programs (Humanities, Philology, Classical Philology, Geography, History, Medicine, Nursing, Economics, Law, Industrial Relations, Tourism Management, Engineering, Environmental Science, Education, Psychology, Mathematics). Please note that fall semester enrollment in University classes may be affected by the timing of end of semester exams, which are typically held in Spain in January. 
  • Non-credit bearing work experience and or volunteer opportunities

Partner Program

All students will be paired with a Spanish Partner as part of the program. The Partners provide a entry point in to the University of Cadiz lifestyle and students are encouraged to meet and socialize with their Partners throughout the semester.  Students will also write and reflect on their extra curricular experiences as part of the partner program.  


All students are placed in host family accommodations in Cádiz. Students in the host family accommodations will receive a full room and board scholarship for the entire semester. Staying with a family enables students to achieve a high level of immersion in terms of using the language and helps them to learn the everyday life in a Spanish home.There is no doubt about the advantages of residing with a local family for increased integration into the culture and social environment, as well as a comprehensive and practical learning period of the language being studied. This period of family life will provide not only the opportunity to put into practice the Spanish language theory the student is learning, but will also promote the knowledge of the customs, values, food, habits and culture of the Spanish families.

All students will request family accommodation for the period of their course by filling in a housing questionnaire, essential for adapting the needs of each student to the characteristics of the families. After the form has been reviewed and enrollment finalized, the student will be assigned family accommodation according to their prior requirements.

An accommodation specialist will be available on-site to the students throughout their stay. Upon arrival in Spain, the accommodation service, and the Villanova resident director will coordinate a pick-up at the train or bus station in Cádiz and introduce students to their assigned family. On their arrival, both parties (student and family) will sign the corresponding accommodations agreement.

Program Activities

The activities program offers several extracurricular excursions to various locations throughout Spain. The following is a sample of possible

Trip to Seville: 1-day field trip to Seville. Morning departure from Cádiz. Sightseeing tour of the most emblematic monuments and neighborhoods (barrios) of the capital city of Andalucía: the Jewish quarter of Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Cathedral, La Giralda and the Alcázar.

Trip to Madrid: 1-weekend trip to Madrid. Departure on Friday morning and return to Cádiz on Sunday afternoon. This includes visits to the Prado and Reina Sofía Museums and a tour of the city’s most emblematic parks and neighborhoods (barrios and districts).

Trip to Granada: 1-weekend trip to Granada. Departure on Friday morning and return to Cádiz on Sunday afternoon. This includes visits to the Alhambra Palace, Nasrid Palaces, the Palace of Carlos V, Mirador de San Nicolás (San Nicolas viewpoint) as well as walk tours of the city’s most popular sights and neighborhoods through.

Trip to Córdoba: 1-weekend trip to Cordoba. Departure on Friday morning and return to Cádiz on Sunday afternoon. This may include visits to the Great Mosque of Córdoba, Archeological and Ethnological Museum of Córdoba,


Spanish Student Visa

All non-EU citizens are required to apply for an obtain a Spanish Student Visa prior to departure to Spain for the semester.  The Office of Education Abroad will provide visa application instructions and will collect all completed visa applications and submit them to the Spanish Consulate in NYC on behalf of our students.  Students are responsible for submitting a completed application to the OEA by stated deadlines. If a student does not submit a completed application by the deadline, he/she will be responsible for booking an individual appointment at the Spanish Consulate.  During the visa application process, students must surrender their passport to the Spanish Consulate and no international travel should be planned during that time. For full information on the student visa please see:

Cost Estimate

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