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Princeton in Spain

General information

Princeton in Spain, a quality program for advanced Spanish students, will hold its 8th session from May 30 - June 27, 2015, in Toledo, Spain.
During the last seven years, the program has been evolving and growing stronger while remaining true to the spirit in which it was born: meeting the needs of Princeton students who are willing to immerse in the Spanish culture to strengthen their language skills, to expand their intellect, and to explore their capacity for working in foreign environments. Toledo is a museum-like city that has a lot to offer to the curious mind.
The program is based in a privileged enclave, the former convent of San Juan de la Penitencia, and we work in partnership with the renowned Fundación José Ortega y Gasset – Gregorio Marañón, with a satellite center in Toledo. The program is, however, the product of Princeton’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese, so we travel to Toledo with the same high standards for academic excellence. Syllabus, course materials, and even half of the faculty, are a Princeton product.
We’ve been lucky to find a partner institution whose personnel understood since the beginning both our particular academic needs and the strong interest we have in combining academics with hands-on activities and cultural exploration. With their assistance, we’ve developed a full schedule for our students, including the opportunity to work with the community in local institutions, day trips to adjacent historical cities and/or cultural events, and pre-arranged meetings with locals for conversation exchange and city tours. The goal of the program is in line with Princeton’s interest in internationalization of our students, and we want them to have the occasion to function in foreign settings as part of an outstanding education. The four weeks that we spend in Toledo should be a life experience, a learning experience, but also a time for thinking and reflecting about how other people live, think and function. All this takes place in a productive and cheerful atmosphere.
With all this in mind, the Princeton in Spain program has established its own distinctive methodology around the idea of combining academics, community, culture and, of course, some free time for students to enjoy the city. We’ve had very positive results in the past seven years and aspire to make it even better for the 2015 experience. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth every minute!

Program specifics

  • Classes are exclusively for Princeton students. Class content and syllabi provided or supervised by Princeton.
  • Based in Toledo, Spain.
  • Open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. 
  • Maximum of 30 students, divided into two levels
  • Courses: SPA 207S, Studies in Spanish Language and Culture (for students who have completed the language requirement), and SPA 310S, Spanish Art and Culture (for students who have taken at least one SPA course at the 200 level)
  • Directed by Alberto Bruzos Moro (Director of Princeton's Spanish Language Program)
  • The resident faculty member for the summer 2015 program will be Sylvia Zetterstrand.
  • Weekly excursions
  • Cost: $3,900 ($2,542 will cover tuition and excursions, and $1,358 will cover room and board, 3 meals per day).  Airfare, books, pocket money, and passport fees are not included.  Please see FAQs for more information about out-of-pocket expenses. 
  • Fiancial assistance is available.

View from the tower of the Alcázar of Segovia

Stained glass window in the Alcázar of Segovia

Cheering the Spanish national soccer team in the Plaza de Toros of Toledo

Roman aqueduct of Segovia (1st Century AD)