Just a few more details on the CEHS Summer Program. It’s definitely something to think about for next year or even in the fall of this year. Make sure to check out their website!
1. Homestays with Spanish families, one student per family. They recommend living with a family, and the overwhelming majority of students choose this option. The families work with CEHS from program to program, are accustomed to having American students in their homes, and this is the ideal way to have an authentic “Spanish” experience. You will be treated like a member of the family, you will receive your three meals per day, and it is a chance to practice Spanish. If you and a friend wish to be placed two to a family, they can accommodate your request.
If you prefer to live in a Residence Hall, maybe with a friend, they can guide you through this option, but it is dependent on availability. Keep in mind that this option may add to the program cost, since one or more meals daily are often not included. Nevertheless, if you do choose the Residence Hall, the arrangement is between the student(s) and the Residence Hall management, in terms of conditions and the responsibility of the parties, not of CEHS. The Residence Hall in Segovia is a private company, and is not run by any educational entity.
2. Big excursion package: 5 days/4 nights in Andalucía (Córdoba, Sevilla, Granada); 2 days/1 night in Madrid; 2 one-day excursions (Escorial/Valle de los Caídos; Palacio Real de la Granja/Real Fábrica de Cristales). They also do an optional, albeit free hike in the Guadarrama Mountain Range. There is so much to see in Segovia, so they also make many visits in the city: The Roman Aqueduct, Alcázar (palace/castle), Cathedral, Alameda walk following course of Segovia’s rivers and defensive wall, tour of the Medieval Jewish Quarter (with Main Synagogue and cemetery), tour of Segovia’s Romanesque architecture, the 16th-century Mint (one of the few 16th-century industrial buildings anywhere that is still intact), to name just a few.
All hotels, transportation, entrance fees, meals, etc. are included.
They are leaving open one free three-day weekend for students interested in doing some independent travel. Last year, many of the students went to Barcelona. No one is obligated to travel during this weekend, so feel free to stay with your family in Segovia.
3. Classes Offered (Added two classes to the original list):
-SPAN 1102: Beginning Spanish II (Beginners II)
-SPAN 2103: Second-Year Spanish I (Intermediate I)
-SPAN 2104: Second-Year Spanish II (Intermediate II)
-SPAN 2115: Conversation in Spanish
-SPAN 2201: Contemporary Readings of Spain
-SPAN 3402: Spanish Civilization and Culture (this class is offered in Spanish and English)
-Photography (taught in English). Initiation to Digital Photography.
Students can choose one class (3 credits) or two classes (6 credits). The transcript fee is the same whether you register for one or two classes. If you are taking SPAN 1102 or 2103 in the program, you can combine that with a class offered in English (check with your academic advisor). If you take SPAN 2104 or SPAN 2115 in the program, you may combine that with SPAN 2201 or SPAN 3402.
Not included in program price:
-transportation to Segovia if student does not arrive within a predetermined timeframe
-textbook(s) for classes (all photocopied materials are free, even if there is no textbook). Total textbook costs will not exceed $25.00.
Application process: The application deadline is April 1, and there is no charge for applying. The following application materials, all of which can be found on the CEHS website (cehsegovia.com/forms.htm) and submitted online, or printed, scanned and sent in an email attachment, must be submitted no later than April 1:
1 – Study Abroad Application form
2 – Program Waiver/Release form
3 – Housing Profile Form (for homestay). On the study abroad application there is a space to indicate your housing preference. If you have chosen to live with a family, as they recommend, then also fill out the Housing Profile form.
4 – Faculty Recommendation form. You must seek the recommendation of one faculty member, and her/his evaluation must be received by April 1. This letter of reference must be sent separately by the professor/instructor you have chosen, but no later than April 1.
Students are accepted into the program on a rolling basis, so the sooner the application is submitted, the better. CEHS will not review your file until all forms have been submitted, and no later than April 1. Within 4-5 business days of receiving the completed application, the student will be notified. The notification will include payment information (credit card or wire transfer) and deadlines (all payment deadlines are in April) . The student can make payment in two installments (equal amounts), or all at once. The $300 payment for the academic transcript must be made separately a minimum of two weeks before the program start date, and you will also be given this information in the notification.
Medical/Health Insurance. In the Study Abroad Application you must indicate whether or not you have a Medical/Health insurance policy that will cover during the program dates. If you do not possess. If you indicate that you do not have such insurance, CEHS will secure a policy for you free of charge after you have made full payment of the program cost. Article 6 of the “Program Waiver/Release Form” reminds the student of the obligation to have a policy that will provide coverage while in Spain.
Summary of steps to take. The forms are simple, and easy to fill out (10-15 minutes, tops!)
1. Fill out and send application materials:
– Study Abroad Application
– Housing Profile Form (if living with family)
– Program Waiver/Release Form
– Faculty Recommendation Form (to be sent separately by professor or instructor)
Note: There is no application fee, and you should not make any program payments before receiving notification of your acceptance.
2. Notification. In 4 business days or less your application will be reviewed, and you will receive notification indicating if you have been accepted into the program. Payment information and deadlines will be included in this notification.
3. Payment. Payment deadlines are in April (2 installments or all at once, and separate transcript fee payment), although you may make payment in advance of the deadlines.