Deeper, More Meaningful Study Abroad
The IPSL Segovia program is a great program for people interested in sustainable tourism, art, architecture, or Spanish language and culture. It is also rich with North African culture, art and architecture and a perfect location to study Arabic language and culture and explore Moorish history. In Segovia, IPSL participants live amidst a 2000 year-old Roman aqueduct, a castle, a 14th-century cathedral and more in this walkable, friendly Spanish city. Segovia is manageable in size, but also only thirty minutes from the metropolis of Madrid by high-speed rail. From Segovia, you can reach most regions of Spain within a few hours.
Experience Segovia from a Local Perspective
The city of Segovia and its Aqueduct are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Within the environment of the old city, there are buildings that commemorate the cultures of Segovia, including Sefardic Jews, Moors, Catholics, and Romans. Like anywhere, there is also unmet need within the community, and IPSL students perform volunteer service by teaching English to underserved children, helping unemployed people learn marketable skills, rescuing animals, assisting in an international studies office, or helping recent North African immigrants acclimate to life in Spain. Gaining valuable, international work experience by helping others and greatly improving one’s Spanish proficiency are some of the many rewards.
Language of Instruction: English and some Spanish
Affiliated Institution: Lope de Vega Institute
Intensive Spanish Language Grammar and Conversation | Credits: 3
Institutions in Society-the IPSL Service-Learning Reflections Course | Credits: 3
working with children in schools and day care centers
working with people who are unemployed
working with people who are developmentally disabled
working with immigrant populations including Arabic-speaking peoples
working with animals at the Humane Society
working in an international education office
…and other options…
Housing: You will live in a homestay with a local host family. Some host families are located within the historic walled city and some a short distance outside. All are within walking distance and/or a short bus ride to the campus. The homestay is an integral part of both the program, giving you the opportunity to make lifelong friends, reinforce the language skills acquired during daily lessons, and experience modern Spanish culture from "the inside." Host families are carefully selected, experienced with hosting students, and view the experience as a form of cultural exchange. Full room and board is included; all meals, 7 days per week. Wi-fi is available in MOST houses and readily available at Lope de Vega and the Universidad de Valladolid, which has a branch campus in Segovia; as well as in local libraries and cafes. Most students bring their own laptop.
Accelerated language learning
Full cultural immersion
Real cultural understanding
Meaningful growth and personal insight
Program Director(s): Ms. Maria del Mar Tejedor Plomo
Eligibility: The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550.
Programs Fees Include: Program tuition; orientation; homestay (including all meals); service agency placement and supervision; academic excursions and program-related activities; health insurance; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials.
Expenses Not Included: Personal expenses such as airfare; books; spending money; and travel money for the semester break. Local cell phones are provided and students are responsible for buying" pre-paid" minutes. Students have access to the library and other resources on the nearby Universidad de Valladolid campus.