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Iowa Hispanic Institute

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Valladolid, Spain




Good academic and disciplinary standing, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish.

Application Due:

Mar. 6

Program Cost:

Refer to the Application tab

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, this program will not be offered during Summer 2021.

This program is designed to improve students' written and spoken Spanish and enhance their understanding of Spanish culture and life in Spain. The program offers five weeks of academic instruction and one week of independent travel. University of Iowa Department of Spanish and Portuguese Professor Ana Rodriguez-Rodriguez serves as the faculty leader, remaining in Valladolid with students and guiding their experience abroad.

Program Dates

The planned program dates for 2020 were Friday, May 22 (departure from U.S.) to Saturday, July 4 (departure from Spain). Classes in Valladolid were due to begin on May 25 and conclude on June 26, after which students would have completed their week of independent travel. See the Logistics tab for more information on travel arrangements.

Academic Program

Students take three courses, taught in Spanish, for a total of 7 semester hours. Depending on their Spanish level, students enroll in one of the following pairs of courses taught at Universidad de Valladolid: 1) one course in Spanish Language and one course in Spanish Culture or 2) one course in Spanish Culture and one course in Spanish Literature. Classes meet from morning to mid-afternoon five days a week. In addition, all participants enroll in the one-credit course "Life in Spain" taught by UI faculty leader Prof. Ana Rodriguez-Rodriguez and designed to prepare students for the week of independent travel at the end of the program. In conjunction with this course, students write a final paper about Spanish culture and their study abroad experience. One day each week, students will practice their language skills by meeting with Spanish students who attend the Universidad de Valladolid and serve as conversation partners.

This program results in 7 s.h. of credit and is approved for fulfill the following requirements of University of Iowa students:

  • 7 s.h. for the Spanish major or minor
  • Values, Society and Diversity or Values and Culture CLAS Core requirement, whichever is applicable

Cultural Activities

During the five-week stay in Valladolid there are several cultural events of note. The 7-hour long concert Valladolid Latino brings together some of the most popular names in the Spanish and Latin American music scenes. The internationally regarded Festival de Teatro y Artes de Calle offers hundreds of high-quality street performances in many locations of the city, most of them free of charge. The Concurso Nacional de Pinchos is a gastronomic contest in which dozens of Valladolid’s tapas bars and restaurants compete for the best appetizers and small dishes.

For More Information

Prof. Ana Rodriguez-Rodriguez
UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Emily Brown, Senior Study Abroad Advisor
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax: 319-335-0280


Valladolid, a city of 350,000 inhabitants, is the capital of a province set in the heart of Spain. Situated 120 miles from Madrid, Valladolid is rich in history and monuments; it was the site of the wedding of Ferdinand and Isabella in 1469 and served as the capital of the Spanish Empire under Phillip II and Phillip III. The College of San Gregorio, built between 1488-1496, is the home of the National Sculpture Museum. Other museums include the houses of Columbus and Cervantes and the Patio Herreriano, which is devoted to contemporary art. The Plaza Mayor is of 16th-century design, and the lovely downtown gardens and park, known as Campo Grande, were originally a jousting field. Universidad de Valladolid, founded in the 13th century, is one of the oldest in Europe, and a number of the school’s buildings date from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Nowadays, it has a student body of 25,000.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

While taking classes in Valladolid, Students are housed, usually in pairs, in Spanish family homestays. Students eat three meals daily with their homestay and the families also provide laundry service to the students.

Students are responsible for making their own travel and accommodations arrangements during the week of independent travel at the end of the program.

Local Transportation

Students will be picked up at the airport in Madrid and transported to Valladolid as a group.


This program is open to UI students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance, will not be allowed to study abroad, and are wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.
  • Minimum four semesters of college-level Spanish: Students must have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) by the start of the program in May 2020.


The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid and planning purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill (course fee, Study Abroad Administrative Fee, and mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance), as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic. Contact your Study Abroad advisor with questions regarding the cost sheet.

The 2020 course fee is $4,266. The course fee does not include the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, CISI Travel Insurance, or out-of-pocket expenses, all of which are listed in the cost sheet below. As with the other out-of-pocket expenses, the amount listed for independent travel and housing during the last week of the program is an estimate, and participants may be able to reduce this cost through careful budgeting.

PDFCost Sheet for Iowa Hispanic Institute, Summer 2020

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%

How to Apply

The application for the Summer 2021 program opens on January 1. The application deadline will be in early March (exact date TBD). The application process consists of the following steps:

  • UI applicants complete the UI Online Application for Study Abroad. Non-UI applicants should email Study Abroad Advisor Emily Brown ( for application instructions. Applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Once the application process is complete, application materials will be reviewed by the program director, Prof. Ana Rodriguez-Rodriguez. All applicants will receive official notification of their acceptance status shortly after the final application deadline. Accepted students will also receive information about how to confirm their place in the course.

Health & Safety Planning

All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.


You must have a passport in order to enter Spain and take part in this program. Students whose passports are currently valid should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from Spain, i.e., through January 2021. If your passport is not valid through January 2021, you will need to renew your passport before traveling to Spain.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.


US passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for a stay in Spain of less than 90 days. Non-US passport holders should consult with the UI Study Abroad advisor.

Financial Aid

For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:

UI Financial Aid Information


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

During this in-person orientation, students will receive information on registering for their program inn MyUI, payment and billing, course approvals and other practical matters. Students will also have the opportunity to ask the program director, a native of Spain, questions about academics, Spanish culture, and other general topics.