Study Abroad: Spain

Summer Program in Salamanca

Salamanca: Cuidad del Español 
Dates and prices are tentative and can be subject to change

Salamanca is home to Spain’s oldest university and also what is generally accepted as the country’s most beautiful Plaza Mayor.  Located in the western part of the country near the border with Portugal, the city is known for its well-preserved historic center, its hearty castellano cooking (including wonderful cheeses and delicious Serrano ham), as well as for its sizeable student population. Not only does its university attract students from all over Spain, but also students from all over the world, who come to study Spanish language and culture there.

Location: Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca, Granada & Barcelona
Dates: June 23-August 5, 2017
Estimated Fees: Undergrad NJ Resident: $6,200, Grad/Undergrad Non-Resident: $6,600
Credits: up to nine undergraduate credits or six graduate credits
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Program Director: Prof. Celines Villalba,
Program Coordinator: Vivian Vega,

The Summer Study in Spain is ideal for students who wish to experience speaking Spanish while integrating in a culture known for its excellent food, art, Flamenco dance and bullfights. Travel to Madrid, Salamanca, Granada, Barcelona and other gorgeous cities while improving your linguistic skills.

The Salamanca program offers a five-week session through a wide selection of academic courses. Language instruction is in Spanish and designed for students at all levels. Students will be required to take a placement exam upon arrival at the University of Salamanca.

See the list of courses being offered.

Program Benefits

  • Improve your Spanish in Salamanca University, a renowned center for arts and culture in Spain.
  • Travel to Madrid, Salamanca, Granada and Barcelona to expand your knowledge of Spain and the Spanish life and culture.
  • Earn up to 9 credits on this six-week program. 


Admission is on a rolling basis. 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. Submit all materials to Vivian Vega,, by the deadline.

Prerequisites/Language Requirements 

  • Successful completion of SPAN132: Intermediate Spanish prior to Summer 2016. If you have not taken 132 and want to study abroad, students will need to participate in an evaluation conducted by director of the program.
  • Students who have had previous experience or are Native Speakers, will need to take a placement exam and at least one semester of Spanish before studying abroad.
  • Before traveling abroad, all Spanish majors and minors are required to meet with the undergraduate director for the pre-evaluation of courses.


There will be weekend excursions to Madrid, Toledo and Granada and a three-day excursion to Barcelona. You will travel through Spain in private coach and stay at hotels provided by the travel agency. Breakfast is included; however lunch and dinner are not. Students will be given time to explore the cities on their own. 

Accommodations and Meals

Students will be housed in Aula Magna Residence in Salamanca. Students will reside (double occupancy) and dine at Aula Magna. While traveling through Spain students will stay at hotels provided by the travel agency. All three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided by Aula Magna residency. For weekend and three-day excursion, students will be responsible for lunch and dinner. Hotels will provide breakfast.

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid is available for Study Abroad programs. For more information on how to apply for financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid site.
  • Summer Financial Aid is available, but funding is limited. Summer aid online applications will be available at the beginning of April 2017. 


Find out about Study Abroad Scholarships.

Travel Information

Students interested in traveling with the department are welcome to contact the travel agent to book their airlines tickets or students may purchase their own tickets on an individual basis. For agency contact information, email Vivian Vega at

Students are not required to travel with the SpanPort department, however will need to provide their own travel arrangements to the Madrid upon arrival.

Questions about Summer Study in Spain? Please email Vivian Vega at

Study Abroad: Latin America

Summer Program in Perú (July 6- August 11, 2017)

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Valle Sagrado, Lake Titicaca, Lima (five weeks)

Meet the people. Use the language. Live the Experience!

There is no better way to know the culture of Perú than to visit the places that made Perú famous. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese invite you to be a part of the university’s 2017 Summer Study Abroad Program. Learn about history, culture and language while earning up to nine college credits.


“Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city.” –UNESCO

Program Benefits

  • Earn up to nine credits studying the Spanish language in Peru, enough to complete half of the Spanish minor
  • Take part in a service-learning experience helping disadvantaged children in Cuzco as you work in a hospital or local orphanages
  • Explore the cultural heritage of Peru from the peaks of Macchu Pichu to the mysterious Nazca lines

Raritan River Review: Read the article about Study Abroad in Peru.


Admission is on a rolling basis, Applications will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and will be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term’s application deadline. Application deadline for 2017: March 1, 2017.

Download the application materials:


Summer Study in Cusco, Peru: Spanish language and culture, community service, and indigenous cultures.

Have you completed at least a year of college Spanish? 

Apply for Rutgers Summer Study Abroad in Peru, and earn 9 Rutgers credits, or half of a Spanish minor.

  • two language/culture courses: six credit
  • one independent study – two credits
  • community service – one credit

Courses on Quechua language are available, too. Students may apply their financial aid to the cost of the program.

These are the courses available towards the major or minor:

Intermediate Spanish I and II, Spanish Culture I and II, Conversation and Composition, Introduction to Hispanic Literature, Introduction to the Study of Language, Advanced Grammar and Composition, Intro. to Translation Studies, Literature and Culture of Spanish America, Civilization of Spanish America, Topics in Hispanics Linguistics, Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture. The two-credit Independent Study results in a research project related to the Peruvian experience.

Work hard:

Serve the Cusco community working with disadvantaged children. Pre-med, nursing and pharmacy students may work in a local hospital. Complete a one-credit Service Learning Internship by volunteering 10 hours a week (40 hours total) at the local hospital for children with disabilities, a nearby  orphanage, or in the hospital.  Support the staff with the daily care of the children or by assisting with important auxiliary activities. Get the information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts.


Visit the Inca archeological sites around Cuzco, romp with the masked dancers of  Paucartambo, climb Macchu Pichu, navigate the waters of Lake Titicaca, spend a night with villagers on an island and taste the amazing flavors of Peruvian cuisine.

Accommodations and Meals

While in Cusco you will be accommodated during the first week at a comfortable and conveniently located hostel. The hostel is located a five-minute taxi ride from the language school and the ancient Plaza de Armas, center of the Inca Empire. During the last three weeks in Cusco students will live with selected local families, the perfect opportunity to practice Spanish and have an in-depth experience with local culture. Students will be paired and share a room.

Financial Information

Estimated Program Cost: $6,200 for N.J. residents; $6,600 for non-residents

Program cost includes tuition, excursions, housing, most meals, HTH Health Insurance and program administration.


Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. 

For Rutgers Camden students: 

General grants from the Rutgers Global office: 

For minorities and interest groups: