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Spain: Literature, Art & Food

Dates: 26 June–10 August 2023
Application Deadline: 31 January 2023

Make Madrid, Toledo, Almagro, Barcelona, and other great Spanish cities your classroom during summer 2023!

Earn valuable GE credit as you study in Spain, one of the most storied and beautiful countries in the world. Modern Spain emerged from centuries of migration, conflict, and co-mingling among divergent peoples and cultures. Students will gain an appreciation for and an introduction to Spain’s complex history through firsthand experiences with Spanish literature, art, theater, and architecture. Our travels will take us from bustling cities to rural settings and from literary and artistic quarters to beaches and natural wonders. We will also show due deference to Spain’s rich and varied culinary traditions!

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Marlene Hansen Esplin
3050 JFSB
(801) 422-6246


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Students must register for a total of 6 credit hours from among the following classes:

IHUM 202—The Empire and Its Others (3 credit hours of general education). Fulfills a Civilization requirement.

UNIV 210R—Discovering Spanish Art and Literature (3 credit hours of general education). Fulfills the Global and Cultural Awareness Requirement.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students); housing; meals at the student residence; a transportation pass to trains, buses and subway; admissions; excursions within Spain and Portugal; hotels with continental breakfast while away from Alcalá; and international health insurance.

Does not include airfare, meals on excursions, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

BYU Experiential Learning funds may also be available—check with the advisement staff for your major.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

All students who are accepted into the program are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201, 1 credit hour) during the second block of winter semester 2023.

Part-time and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee for enrolling in the prep class.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will live in the Lope de Vega residence hall at the Universidad de Alcalá. This residence is centrally located, and students will interact with other university students from Spain and Latin America. While on excursions, students will stay in hotels.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Deadline: 31 January 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Marlene Hansen Esplin is an associate professor of Humanities. She often teaches courses on Latin American humanities, translation studies, and global women’s studies. Her research centers around problems of translation between US and Latin American literatures, and she brings a transatlantic lens to approaching the cultures of Spain, the US, and Latin America. She is happy to traverse Spain with her husband Emron and their five children.

3050 JFSB
(801) 422-6246

Emron Esplin is a professor of English and inter-American literary studies. His classes usually take a comparative approach to the literatures of the Americas. He also teaches and publishes on US authors who have been influential in both Spain and Spanish America—especially Edgar Allan Poe. His training in US and Spanish American literature provide a transnational lens through which he examines Spanish literature and Spain’s colonial influence on the Americas. He is excited to join his wife, Marlene, as a co-director of this program and to bring their five children along for the ride.

4148 JFSB
(801) 422-9077
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.