The Notre Dame Summer Spain program is located in Toledo at the Fundación Ortega- Marañón (FOM), which was founded by a private academic research institute from Madrid. FOM houses the International Program of Spanish Language, Latin American and European Studies and was inspired by the liberal spirit and intellectual legacy of two great Spanish humanists, Jose Ortega y Gasset and Gregorio Marañón. It promotes cross-cultural student and faculty exchanges.
Program Dates: June 15 - July 27, 2018
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.
Summer participants will enroll in two courses each worth 3 credits. Students will be able to select courses from a variety of disciplines the Fundación offers, many of which have been approved to fulfill major and/or University requirements. The course options typically include Spanish grammar, Spanish and/or Latin American Literature or History, Art History, Anthropology, and Political Science. A 3-credit internship is possible and may count as the second course. Download a list of classes offered last summer: 2017 Summer Toledo Courses.pdf
Grades for the two courses will be included on the Notre Dame transcript and in the computation of the GPA.
A detailed program calendar will be posted once available.
Important notes about the academic calendar:
•Please do not book travel prior to your departure since dates can change.
•The Fundacion reserves the right to make changes and modifications.
•Exams may be held on a Saturday.
Freshmen, sophomore, and junior Notre Dame students who maintain a 2.75 GPA are eligible to apply. All classes are taught in Spanish. Students must complete or test out of the equivalent of four semesters of college-level Spanish to be eligible (through Intermediate Spanish) by the beginning of the program.
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.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in 3 one-day excursions (Madrid, El Escorial, and Segovia) and a guided visit to Toledo. An optional trip to Andalucía (Códoba y Granada) will be offered for an additional fee (€250). Outside the classrooms, students will be able to participate in extra-academic activities including cena rompehielos with Spanish students, flamenco dancing classes, voluntary work in the community and conversational exchanges.
Housing and Meals
Toledo participants may choose to live with a Spanish host family or in a dorm at the Fundación. Students should carefully consider the pros and cons associated with each option. In either case, the program provides full room and board.
Students who choose to live in the Fundación will take their breakfast, lunch and dinner there. Students who prefer to live with a host family have breakfast and dinner with their families and may choose to have lunch at the Fundación or with their host family.
The Summer Toledo 2017 fee is:
$8,000 - students who wish to live in a dorm
$9,000 - students who wish to live with a host family
- 6 Notre Dame credits
- full room and board
- complete health insurance coverage
- 3 one-day excursions and 1 guided visit to Toledo
- bus from and to the airport
- extra-academic activities (cena rompehielos with Spanish students, flamenco dancing classes, voluntary work in the community, conversational exchanges, etc).
Airfare between the U.S. and Spain is not included.
Students should plan their own travel and should arrive at the Madrid Barajas airport before 11:00 am on the first day of the program. Students who arrive before 11:00 am will be met by a representative of the Fundación and will receive transportation to Toledo.
Financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.
Information and application procedures are available on the Office of Financial Aid website. Please note the April 25th deadline for some summer loan applications.
Application deadline for online application and all supporting materials is February 7, 2018 (11:59 p.m.)
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 of your anticipated 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. You can get more information about obtaining and renewing passports here: United States Postal Service.
- Complete the Summer Study Abroad Application Questionnaire
- You need ONE FACULTY language reference
- You do NOT need to get academic or Dean approvals for summer programs
- Rector reference will be requested by the Study Abroad office