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  • Locations: Toledo, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Spanish Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Student At Large Housing Options: Dormitory, Home Stay
Language of Instruction: Spanish Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Language Prerequisite:
Program Description:

Spanish Language & Culture in Toledo, Spain



Faculty Director:
Associate Professor Francisco Solares-Larrave

Program Overview

Every year since 1984 ESTO (Español en Toledo) has been offering a variety of courses on Spanish Language and Culture, aimed at non-natives, under the auspices of the University of Castilla - La Mancha and the sponsorship of the Patronato Universitario deToledo. The overall objective of this program is to provide students with the opportunity of living in Spain for five weeks, while also being immersed in the language and culture of contemporary Spain. The program endeavors to provide enrichment of the student’s general culture through small classes in the picturesque old part of the city, along with a strong orientation toward both humanistic learning and more pragmatic studies in Spanish business and commercial correspondence. Not only does the program increase the student’s knowledge of Spanish, both written and oral, but a series of afternoon cultural lectures and field trips on dance, film, cuisine,historical monuments and museums provides opportunities to expand one’s cultural knowledge beyond the formal literacy, historical and commercial course work of the morning classes. In addition, the program includes various field trips to unique and exciting cultural and historical sites.

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Course Offerings

ACADEMIC CREDIT: Participants are required to enroll in one or two of the following courses. The courses taken while participating on a study abroad program cannot be audited.

Undergraduate Credit:
FLSP 301, Advanced Spanish Grammar
FLSP 302, Advanced Spanish Composition in Spanish
FLSP 311, Advanced Spanish Conversation
FLSP 461, Special Topics in Spanish Civilization
FLST 481, Special Topics in Literature I

Graduate Credit:
FLSP 561, Spanish Civilization
FLST 581, Special Topics in Literature I


FLSP 461: Special Topics in Spanish Civilization 3 semester hours
Instructor: Professor Solares-Larrave
Description: Development of the Spanish pattern of civilization from pre-Roman times to the present.
Prerequisite: FLSP 320 or FLSP 361 or FLSP 362, or consent of department.
FLSP 301: Advanced Spanish Grammar 3 semester hours
Instructor: UCLM Instructor
Description: Emphasis on understanding grammatical concepts and terminology, recognition of
grammatical forms and structures, and understanding their use to communicate meaning. Attention
also given to conventions of orthography. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: FLSP 202 or FLSP 215, or equivalent.
FLSP 302: Advanced Composition in Spanish 3 semester hours
Instructor: UCLM Instructor
Description: Introduction to different forms and styles of written Spanish.
Prerequisite: FLSP 301 or equivalent.
FLSP 311: Advanced Spanish Conversation 3 semester hours
Instructor: UCLM Instructor
Description: Intensive practical training in conversational skills to achieve flueand search for the Spanish Language and Culture in Toledo, Spain program) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program. Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office. More detailed instructions can be found on the website.   Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a Signature Verification Form and copy of their state issued ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found at website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or
$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the deadline.
NIU Students - The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students).  
Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the application website mentioned above.  

IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.


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  • Three years college level Spanish.  Undergraduates  must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 6 semesters of college level courses in Spanish prior to application to the program.
  • Spanish majors/minors must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and 3.00 in Spanish courses.
  • A brief essay written in Spanish outlining your background in Spanish language and culture, your interest in this program, as well as how the program will assist you academically and in the future.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Approval from the NIU Director of Undergraduate Advising and the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

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Program Fees

PROGRAM COST:  The cost of the program covers the following items and services:
•    Housing (arrive June 26 – depart no later than July 31) and three meals daily (double occupancy dorm or host family options).
•    Admission fees and land transportation for all program-related field trips.
•    If arriving in a group, transportation to and from Barajas International Airport (Madrid) to Toledo on Sunday, June 26.
•    International Student Indentification Card (ISIC)
•    NIU tuition for 3 or 6 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit.
•    NIU major medical insurance.
    All prices quoted are subject to change The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.      
    Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad.  Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.
    ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS:  Other expenses that will be incurred by the participants include:
•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $135)
•    Visa fees (if applicable)
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee (Applies to non-NIU undergraduate students only)
•    Round trip airfare between the U.S. and Spain
•    Transportation from Barajas Airport if not arriving in a group
•    Transportation to the Barajas Airport at the end of the program
•    Transportation and expenses for free-time pursuits
•    Purchases of a personal nature
•    Gift for host family (recommended, but not required)

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or for more

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after April 8, 2016 will not be refunded the $100 program deposit.
Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf. This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $100 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.
If the applicant must withdraw after April 8, 2016 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1) The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and
accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a
physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2) NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.

CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office and ESTO reserve the right tocancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Spain, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program. If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Spain, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in
this program. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas. Individuals who do not currently posses a valid passport should apply for one immediately. Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website:

U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this program. Foreign passport
holders may need special visas for travel in Europe and are responsible for obtaining
all necessary visas.

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.