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DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll Recommended GPA: 2.75
Housing Options: Dormitory, Host Family Language Prerequisite: Minimum 4 semesters of Spanish with a grade of ‘B’ or better
Language of Instruction: Spanish Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior
Language Courses Offered: Yes Program Director: Christiane Buessard
Special Opportunities: Community Based Learning, Internships Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Language Reference
Program Information:

The Notre Dame Spain program is located in Toledo at the Fundación Jose Ortega y Grasset-Marañón, which was founded by a private academic research institute from Madrid. The Fundación houses the International Program of Spanish Language, Latin American and European Studies and preserves the international interests of the great Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset, by promoting cross-cultural student and faculty exchanges. Toledo, located about 40 miles south of Madrid, has been called the quintessential Spanish city; for Cervantes, Toledo was "the glory of Spain and the light of her cities." For two thousand years its central location made Toledo the coveted prize of a variety of peoples—Romans, Visigoths, Moslems and Christians. Toledo's architecture and monuments display a splendid variety of medieval and renaissance styles, from Arabic mosques to Jewish synagogues and Christian churches. The city is also famous for its collection of El Greco paintings, one of the largest in the world. Students live and take classes in a renovated 16th century convent, the San Juan de la Penitencia Residence, a beautiful example of renaissance and mudejar architecture with its peaceful inner courtyard and arched balconies.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Early September through late April
Fall Semester: Early September through mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-January through late April

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
Participants attend classes alongside students from North American institutions - the program is tailored for non-native speakers. In addition to Spanish language and literature, students choose courses in history, anthropology, government, philosophy, economics, theology and interdisciplinary studies, many of which have been approved to fulfill Notre Dame university and major requirements.

All courses are taught in Spanish by Spanish and Latin American faculty chosen for their teaching experience and their scholarly records.

  • Notre Dame students must take 15 credits per semester.
  • Grading is according to the American system and results are entered on the students' records at the University of Notre Dame where they are included in the computation of the grade point average.
  • Credit bearing internships are available at various sites, including museums, the media, social service and government organizations, hospitals and educational facilities.
  • Also available is a service learning course dealing with immigration in Spain.

Site Calendar
Please do not book personal travel prior to your departure since dates can change. The Fundación reserves the right to make changes and modifications. Exams may be held on a Saturday.

  • Sophomore or junior years; seniors will also be considered.
  • 2.75 minimum GPA
  • Minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish with an average grade of B or better - ideally students will be eligible for courses above ROSP 20202 before departure. 
Housing and Meals
Students can choose to live:
  • With a host family selected by the Fundación staff: students living with families are provided with a single room. They eat breakfast and dinner at home and may choose to eat lunch in the Fundación dining room or with their host family.
  • In the San Juan de la Penitencia Residence: single, double, and triple rooms are available in the Residence, which also includes several lounges, a library, classrooms, an infirmary, a cafeteria and two small computer clusters. North American students can be paired with Latin Americans in the dormitory rooms. All meals are taken in the Residence dining room.

Special Opportunities
The city of Toledo itself has been proclaimed a National Monument. It resembles a rich museum with buildings that date from the 10th century mosque of El Cristo de la Luz, to churches and synagogues from the 12th to 15th centuries and with examples of Baroque and neoclassical architecture. Many of these splendid churches, as well as the El Greco house and Museum, provided backdrops for masterpieces of El Greco's work.

Field trips are an integral part of the Toledo Program, especially as part of the excellent art courses at the Foundation. A trip to southern Spain, as well as day trips to Avila, Segovia, Madrid, Salamanca and other cities near Toledo, are scheduled by the Fundación each semester.

Mara Fox Scholarship: after being accepted into the program, students with high financial needs will be offered the opportunity to apply to this scholarship.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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