About International Program in Toledo, Spain
Live and study in the walled city of Toledo, home for more than 2,000 years to a succession of Roman, Jewish, Visigoth, Moorish and Christian civilizations. Declared a World Heritage Site, Toledo is a living museum, a preserved part of Spanish history where people still live, work and play. A city of approximately 80,000, Toledo offers an environment where you can be immersed in Spanish culture through coursework, internships and daily life.
This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega y Gasset Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Based at the San Juan de la Penitencia residence, a converted 16th Century convent, the program offers modern learning facilities surrounded by spectacular views of the city, and easy access to the downtown area and public transit. In addition to the opportunity to improve Spanish language ability, the program offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences and arts. Located just an hour from Madrid, Toledo is an excellent base from which to explore Spain.
Take upper-level Spanish courses, complete a Spanish minor in one semester, complete a service-learning project or intern with a Spanish company.
This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining fluency in Spanish, would like to choose classes from a wide range of fields and/or want to take classes at a Spanish university.
- Strengthen Spanish language skills
- Deepen cross-cultural understanding though interaction with local community via internships, service learning, and coursework utilizing the city as a classroom.
- Gain Spanish and international perspective on academic disciplines
- Increase independence and self-reliance through learning to successfully navigate Spanish society
Housing & Meals
Choose to live either in San Juan de la Penitencia Residence or with a Spanish host family. Each housing option has its own benefits—your choice will depend on your personal preferences and priorities. Housing requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Academic Year students may choose different housing options for each semester and will have the opportunity to change Spring Semester housing plans during Fall Semester in Toledo. Staff members have years of experience coordinating homestays and will be your most valuable resource for questions or problems regarding host families or the Residence.
Students are encouraged to compare host family and residence housing options when considering this program.
SAN JUAN DE LA PENITENCIA RESIDENCE
Single, double, and triple rooms with shared bathrooms are available, and residence occupants are almost entirely program participants. The residence includes dining, classroom, library, recreational and housing facilities. This is a convenient and flexible living arrangement, where you can come and go as you please. The Residencia is within walking distance to virtually everything Toledo has to offer. This makes it easy to get out into the community and meet Toledanos. A maid service cleans your room and bathroom every day, and there are laundry facilities in the basement. Meals are included in the program fee and are taken at the residence.
For many people, living with a family is their best experience while in Spain. Many students make life-long ties to their families and, through them, can meet other Spaniards. If you choose a homestay, you will have a first-hand look at Spanish culture and society and will be immersed in the Spanish language. Typically, you and your family will live in an apartment, as single family houses are not as common in Europe as in the US. You will have your own room and private study space.
Many homestays are located outside of old Toledo, approximately seven kilometers from the program facilities. Toledo has a good bus system and homestays students will be provided with a bus pass. You will be provided with three meals a day with your family. If you are unable to go home for lunch, you can sign up to eat with the other participants at the Residence.
Families are screened very carefully. Upon arrival students will stay in the Residence for approximately one week. During that time students will have the opportunity to meet with the housing placement coordinator to discuss the placement process and to meet the family. If frustrations or concerns arise, the homestay coordinator is there to help you and can even arrange a new family if necessary.