Spain Exchange

Spain Students taking part in the exchange program in Spain often visit
Barcelona to see landmarks such as the famous cathedral La
Sagrada Famlilia, above.

Universitat de Lleida (Catalunya)


Each year, two Centre students will enroll in the Universitat de Lleida in northern Spain (Catalonia) and will take classes in the mainstream university community. There will be no Centre faculty on-site and students who choose this option will need to be mature, motivated individuals who are open-minded, self-sufficient, adaptable, and resourceful.

Eligibility. This program is only open to juniors and seniors. Because there are no courses specially-designed for international students, participants will need to have an advanced knowledge of Spanish. Preference will be given to Spanish majors and minors who will have completed SPA 250 prior to departure. Some basic Catalan also helpful, but not required. Courses will be conducted in Spanish.

Housing. On-campus housing is not an option. In Europe, most university students either live at home and commute to school, or they rent apartments or rooms near campus. Centre students will likely share an apartment with other students, but the variety of housing options will be discussed during the international student orientation period prior to the start of the term. During the semester they spend in Lleida, Centre students participating in this program will not pay room-and-board to Centre; they will instead use that money to pay for their housing and meals in Spain.

Dates. Students should be aware that a semester in Lleida lasts longer than semesters at Centre. Students who choose to study in Lleida in the fall spend CentreTerm there as well; those who study in Lleida for the spring should expect to be in Spain from mid-January through mid-July.

Orientation. Before the UdL semester begins, all international students participate in a two-week orientation to the university, the city, and they are enrolled in an intensive, 40-hour course in beginning Catalan.

Grades. Upon conclusion of the term in Lleida, the students' courses and grades will transfer back to Centre as upper-level credits in SPA. Some of these may be applied to the student's major coursework, while others will count as electives.

How to Apply. By February 6, 2014, interested students should submit to Nuria Sabate-Llobera:

1. A 500-word essay in Spanish describing your academic experience to date, your reasons for wanting to go for a semester to Lleida, and your goals or expectations (personal and/or academic) for the term abroad;

2. The names and contact information of three references who can attest to your character (maturity, independence, adaptability, resilience, and curiosity) and/or to your academic ability (language skills, potential for success, interest areas).

* After the committee has had a chance to read your essay and contact your references, you may be asked to appear for an interview.

Cost. The comprehensive fee (for tuition & fees, room, and board) is the same as for study in Danville, except that (1) there is a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge due by Tuesday, March 4, and (2) students pay for their own airfare to and from Spain. Fifteen dollars of the deposit/surcharge will go into the Centre carbon mitigation fund; there will also be a $20 fee for the Travel Clinic, which all students studying abroad must attend. During the semester they spend in Lleida, Centre students participating in this program will not pay room-and-board to Centre; they will instead use that money to pay for their housing and meals in Spain.

A Note on Semester-long Centre Programs. Students may only study abroad on a semester-long Centre program once, though they may participate in as many CentreTerm and/or summer programs as they wish.

Statement about Grades Abroad. The grades that Centre students studying abroad have received in the past have been consistent with, or even a bit higher than, grades received on campus. Nevertheless, we want to make certain that you understand from the outset that the courses you take abroad will not necessarily be taught or evaluated as they would be at Centre. In the past, some abroad students have complained—after the fact—that it was unclear how their work was being evaluated, that they received little or no feedback of their progress from the professors, that they were unfairly competing with more advanced students, that they didn't receive their grades until months after they returned, etc. We will, of course, do what we can to advise you on courses you take, but finally you are responsible for those choices, and you must live with the results. The faculty committee on curriculum and academic standards will almost certainly not agree to change an abroad grade because you believe it is too low.

Medical Insurance. Students studying abroad through any Centre program receive travel and accident insurance at no additional cost. Centre's Study Abroad Insurance, while provided through EIIA (Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators), is administered through AIG Assist. Every student studying abroad with Centre College receives an AIG Assist contact and information card. Each has the Centre insurance policy number, which is the only information needed to receive services. The categories of coverage provided are: accident and sickness ($100,000 limit with a $250 deductible); emergency medical evacuation and emergency family travel ($100,000 limit); accidental death and disability ($200,000 limit); and repatriation of remains ($100,000 limit). For specific questions, please contact the International Programs office at 859.238.5285 or leigh.cocanougher@centre.edu.

Book Air Tickets Early to Save Money. Students in the past have generally been able to find economical round-trip air tickets. Some have found studentuniverse.com, statravel.com, cheapflights.com, or hipmunk.com helpful sites. Book early for the lowest prices.

Pre-Departure Training. Selected students will attend several required pre-departure meetings to prepare them for living and studying in another culture. Students must also attend the mandatory Travel Clinic and safety meeting, both held on Centre's campus.

Psychotropic Medication and Counseling. The kind of counseling and support services available on campus are not available abroad. Because any significant life transition can exacerbate and complicate already existing mental health issues, students who are currently on psychotropic medication and/or have been in mental health counseling are encouraged to consider participating in the three-week Early Summer Strasbourg program or one of the CentreTerm programs abroad. In addition, those students are urged to meet with a Centre Student Assistance Program counselor prior to their leaving, to develop a support plan for their time abroad.

Pre-Registration/Convocation Credits. While in Spain, you pre-register for future courses via e-mail with your regular academic advisor. You will automatically be credited with six convocation credits during your term abroad.

Passport. If you do not currently have a passport that will remain valid for at least six months after your return, begin the process of obtaining one as soon as you are selected. In the recent past, some students have waited three months to receive a passport, even though the passport agency has stated that it will take six to eight weeks. Do it now!