Summer programs are excellent ways to study abroad in a country for a short period of time, though still becoming well-immersed in the language of the country or cultural studies.
Study abroad for a semester or an academic year may not be possible for everyone, depending on a number of factors. One factor could be your major, where there may certain courses you have to take at your home university that only offered during the academic year. If that is the case for you, then a study away program during the summer may be the best option for you.
Summer programs are offered in 3 to 4-week sections, and they often bear 3 semester credits per section. So, if you were to do 3 sections, you would be able to bring back 9 credits to your home university.
Course offerings for summer programs in Spain will be intensive language courses or general courses on Spanish culture, going across humanities and social sciences divisions. If you have a few general education courses left to take, especially that pesky second-language requirement, then studying abroad in the summer may be beneficial.
Summer programs can also be excellent for Spanish majors or minors. Summer-term programs are an great way to get you acclimated living abroad and to prepare you for a semester or year abroad in the future. They are also a good way to improve your Spanish quickly, in a more intensive environment then you would receive at your home university.
Semester and year-long programs are higher in cost because longer-term programs tend to offer more college credit. The more credits, the more costly the program will become. Summer-term programs are great for not spending a lot of money, while also being able to go abroad and gain new knowledge in Spanish language and culture you would not otherwise get. If financial reasons are preventing you from going abroad for a semester or year, I would consider a few sections during the summer.
I hope this guide helped you gain some interest in summer program options. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
For those who are considering a summer program or those who have gone abroad during the summer before, what encouraged you to do this sort of program? Did you enjoy studying abroad in the summer months?