St. Lawrence University


Office of International Education
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617
Tel. (315) 229-5991
Fax (315) 229-5989


Director: Steven White
Office: 011.34.915.335.834
Fax: 011.34.915.335.954

The St. Lawrence University Program Abroad in Spain, established in 1967, is located at the Colegio Mayor Isabel de España in the Ciudad Universitaria in Madrid. Students may participate in the program for the entire academic year or for the fall or spring semester. After an orientation period in Salamanca, fall and year students spend the month of September living and working in villages in the province of Segovia, each student in a different village. 

During this time, students live with local families and pursue a course of study oriented to life in the village. Once a week the entire group meets with the program director in the city of Segovia for a seminar. Spring semester students have a similar program and stay in small towns and cities in the province of Salamanca during January. Fall term course work at the Colegio Mayor Isabel de España in Madrid begins in October and ends in December. During January and part of February, year students undertake full time internships for which they receive academic credit. 

Recent host organizations have included a public school, an art auction house, an advertising agency, a public relations firm, a brokerage, etc. Optional internships are available to spring semester students from mid-May through the last week in June. Spring course work runs from mid February through mid May. All courses are given in Spanish by Spanish professors, most of them from the various facultades or schools of universities in Madrid. Year students may earn 9 credits for successful completion of the program. Fall semester students earn 4 1/2 units. Spring semester students also earn 4 1/2 units of credit and are granted an additional unit if they complete an internship. The program provides a broad range of cultural activities, including a variety of excursions within Spain, attendance at plays and concerts and other extra-curricular activities. Students are also reimbursed for many individually selected cultural activities. 

Courses of special interest include Nature and Culture in Spain and The Madrid Stage. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors from St. Lawrence and other colleges and universities are eligible to participate. Applicants should have three years of college Spanish or the equivalent, an overall 2.8 average and a B (3.0) average in Spanish. Fifteen to twenty students take part each year. Credit is granted by St. Lawrence University in the United States. Students are housed in Madrid, as in the towns of as in the towns of Segovia and Salamanca, in private homes, one student per family. St. Lawrence believes that the family experience can be one of the most rewarding aspects of the program in Spain. For this reason, families are carefully selected by the program resident director. The comprehensive fee for the Program Abroad in Spain, which includes tuition, room and board, cultural activities, excursions and orientation is the same as the annual on campus comprehensive fee at St. Lawrence University. Applications should be submitted by February 28.