Modern Languages

Spain Trip: May 15 - June 13, 2015

Interested applicants are urged to act promptly due to space limitations.  (limit: 15 participants) 


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The Department of Foreign Languages, in the spirit of the university’s international mission, presents its annual summer study abroad trip.  This year’s study abroad program will be in Salamanca, Spain!  True knowledge and mastery of a foreign language implies a process of acculturation. Adapting to another culture is not only a matter of language proficiency; it is also a living experience that transforms the individual.  By living with a family and traveling abroad, Missouri Southern students will not only acquire the language skills necessary to survive in another environment, they will also learn to better understand and deal with a foreign culture in a foreign language.


LocationSalamanca is situated approximately 124 miles west of the Spanish capital Madrid and 50 miles east of the Portuguese border.   With a population of 165,000 inhabitants, Salamanca is home to some of the most impressive architecture in Spain, yet it remains a lively and dynamic community.  The city is characterized by its unique yellow stone façades, which fill the streets with color and light.  The diverse architectural styles of its cloisters, churches and Renaissance palaces blend together in the streets and plazas of the old town.  The striking engravings that characterized the Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, the House of Shells, and the façade of the university all reflect Salamanca’s historical importance, proving it worthy of its prestigious title given by UESCO as a “World Heritage Site”.

Location2Salamanca's summer weather and climate is extremely appealing, with a long summer season stretching from May until September, when temperatures average 77°F. Night time temperatures often remain mild and Salamanca's nightlife thrives during the balmy summer evenings, when many restaurants offer outdoor dining patios.  


You can earn three hours of college credit with Missouri Southern by taking Spanish Study Abroad (SPAN 399).  You will need to register for this class during regular summer enrollment in April, 2015. The course will meet entirely during the dates of the program. This course will not fulfill any portion of the foreign language requirement for students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, but it will count as upper division credits and as an elective for the Spanish minor or major.  This course will also meet the immersion requirement for Spanish majors and Honors students.



  • All meals and accommodations;Feature
  • Health insurance with a 100% coverage;
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport transfer from Madrid-Salamanca, Salamanca-Madrid
  • Home-stay with a Spanish family
  • Access to laundry service
  • Placement exam
  • Instructional materials
  • Three classroom hours per day, Monday through Friday
  • Afternoon lectures on Spanish history, art, health care, literature
  • Activities such as tapas tours, dance lessons, a guitar workshop, a jewelry workshop, a cooking class, an ice cream tasting and a Spanish film series
  • Excursions to local museums and nearby cities such as Astorga, León, Madrid, Sierra de Francia, Lisbon, Andalucía1
  • Welcome reception and farewell dinner
  • Access to a computer lab with printing facilities
  • Free WiFi in the classroom building


All current Missouri Southern State University students are eligible to apply. 

  • The prerequisite for participation is completion of SPAN 102 or its equivalent at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.  Students who have not taken any Spanish prior to the Spring 2015 semester should enroll for the SPAN 101/102 intensive courses offered from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday OR take the placement exam to meet eligibility requirements. 
  • A valid passport is required in order to travel to Spain.  NOTE: Passport applications are available at the post office.  ***Allow 8-10 weeks for processing.***  Students should apply for passports no later than FEBRUARY, 2015.


The total estimated cost for the Summer Study Abroad Trip to Salamanca, Spain is $3,600.002. It does not include Missouri Southern summer tuition and fees.  Participants are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid.  If your application for a grant is accepted, you will receive $750.00 towards the cost of the program.



ApplyTo apply click here to fill out the form online, or submit the form(s) included in the brochure and return it to Leslie Smith as soon as possible. Completed applications are due no later than February 13, 2015.  Program applicants seeking grant assistance will receive first priority.  In the event that space is still available, applicants not seeking grant assistance will be considered.  All applicants will be notified no later than February 13, 2015  about the status of application.  


costIt is recommended that students bring at least $100 to cover incidental expenses during the program in addition to other funds for souvenirs.  Students will need to pay for their own transportation to and from classes during the stay in Salamanca.  Some students may be able to walk to class, but others may want to take public transportation.  The average cost of transportation per day is approximately $3 (THREE DOLLARS). 


feeMSSU tuition is not included in the cost of the program. Missouri Southern students pay regular summer tuition and fees: $173.20 per credit hour for in-state tuition / $353 per credit hour for out-of-state tuition.


All payments are due to the Cashier’s Window in Hearnes Hall by 4:00 p.m. on the designated date.



  • February 13, 2015: Payment #1: $1,000.00 (Non-refundable deposit)
  • March 13, 2015: Payment #2: $1,000.00
  • April 1, 2015:  Payment #3: Balance due

ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION                            

Leslie Smith
Department of Foreign Languages
Webster Hall 343
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Tel: (417) 625-3109
Fax: (417) 625-9585



May 15       Departure from USA

May 16       Arrival in Madrid, Spain

                   Transfer to Salamanca

                   Dinner with Host Families

May 17       Orientation Sessions & City tour

May 18- May 22

Classes: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon activities: Visit to cathedrals, History lecture, Art lecture, Salsa dance class, Tapas tour, Spanish film series, Lecture on Spanish Literature, Visit to Bullfight Museum, Visit to Art Decò Museum, Lecture on Spanish Health Care

May 23       Excursion to Segovia and Ávila

May 24       Excursion to Astorga & León (optional 30€)

May 25 – May 29

Classes: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon activities: Visit to San Esteban, History Lecture, Tapas tour (optional 9€), Visit to Towers of the Clerecia Church, Art Lecture, Sevillanas Dance Class, Tour: Isabel the Catholic, Visit to Museum of Salamanca, Spanish Guitar Making Craft Workshop

May 30       Excursion to Madrid

May 31       Excursion to Sierra de Francia (optional 30€)

June 1 – June 4

Classes: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon activities: Visit to Casa de las Conchas, History Lecture, Tapas tour (optional 9€), Art Lecture, Mediterranean Cooking Class, Horseback riding (optional 30€), Artisan Jewelry and Filigree Workshop, Visit to a food market, Iberian Cure Meat Tasting

June 5 – June 7  Excursion to Lisbon or Andalucia (optional 250€)

June 8 – June 12

Classes: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon activities: History Lecture, Tapas tour (optional 9€), Art Lecture, Ice cream tasting, Spanish Film Series, Lecture on Spanish Literature, Iberian Cure Meat Tasting

June 12       Farewell Dinner

June 13       Transfer to Madrid

                    Departure to USA