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  • Locations: Toledo, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/07/2017 ** Rolling Admission 06/11/2017 07/14/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Program Description:

Spanish Language & Culture in Toledo, Spain


Faculty Directors:
Professor Stephen Vilaseca

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.

To download the complete PDF, please click Toledo 17.pdf.

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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

A completed description of each course can be found in the downloadable program PDF.

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Student Life

Students are housed in double rooms in the Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha student residences, which are located within walking distance (approximately 10 minutes) from the Palacio de Lorenzana where classes are held.  Three meals per day are provided Monday through Friday with the residence hall option.  Students who opt to live in the student residence may request to live with a student from the NIU program, or with a student from one of the other programs from around the world being hosted by ESTO. 
Students also have the option of staying with a host family in Toledo.  The additional cost for this option is $140.  Students normally become a part of the family.  Meals are taken with the family, therefore making practice of one’s Spanish a necessity.   There will be an additional host family fee of $260 for students who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

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Application Information

Space in this program is limited, so early application is recommended.  Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

- Important -
Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must change their status to “Committed” and complete all post-decisions items on the
Study Abroad Portal in order to be considered an active participant and reserve their place in the program.
:  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.

For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office (SAO). Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript - the SAO will make this request on behalf of the applicant. Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the registrar at their home institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the SAO. (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)

Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School. For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript. However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled nor previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a copy of transcript or diploma from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned. This document must be provided to NIU before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program. (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)

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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 10 – depart no later than July 16) 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 Identification 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 Tim Condon, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after April 7, 2017 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit.
Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated or paid to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf. This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.
If the applicant must withdraw after April 7, 2017 for medical reasons, funds obligated or paid 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; and
  3. The program has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM:  The NIU Study Abroad Office and ESTO and the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha reserve the right to cancel 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 program.

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in this seminar. 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 seminar. Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in Spain 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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