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Alamo Colleges in Spain

Deadline to apply: November 18, 2016 Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.

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Alamo Colleges in Spain

Deadline to apply: November 18, 2016 Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.


Immersion has often been considered one of the most effective methods of second language acquisition. Through participation in the Study Abroad program, students will be staying with host families which will require their use of the language, experiencing the culture through daily activities and excursions and gaining insight into the Spanish culture through full immersion. Students will see and experience art and architecture of various time periods throughout their stay in Spain. Photography will provide an approach for critical thinking through direct experience in applications of concepts taught in the Art Appreciation course. The Interpersonal Communication course satisfies a core requirement and the focus of the course as taught abroad will be intercultural communication. As future global citizens, it is imperative that our students learn to become aware of the influence of culture on all facets of communication. This course highlights the impact of culture as it affects nonverbal communication, listening, empathy, self-concept, conflict resolution and all aspects of interpersonal communication both in private and business settings. Students will be able to become participant observers in an international setting while examining the impact of proxemics, kinesics and chronemics on all facets of communication. Additionally, while staying with host families, students will be able to gain firsthand knowledge of the nuances of intercultural communication only available through personal experience rather than studying the concepts in the classroom. 



May 12 - June 2, 2018



Salamanca, Spain


Introduction to Spanish I (SPAN 1411); Introduction to Spanish II (SPAN 1412); Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 2311); Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301); and Interpersonal Communication (SPCH 1318)


Students are required to take two courses and will receive up to seven hours of credit upon successful completion of the program.   


2.0 GPA and 12 cumulative academic credits. Alamo Colleges expects study abroad participants to perform academically at standards commensurate with on-campus performance. This includes attending class, taking exams, reading required materials, completing homework, etc. If students' GPA drops below a 2.0 before they study abroad, they will not be allowed to participate in the program.


Professor Lloyd Walsh has led Study Abroad courses to Spain for Alamo Colleges in 2005, 2010, 2013, and 2016. Walsh holds an MFA in Studio Art and has developed course material specific to Spain that puts emphasis on a "hands on" approach to Art Appreciation through digital Photography, which is a Core designated course that fulfills the Fine Arts requirement needed for graduation. Walsh has worked with the program coordinator in Spain, Arturo Jarque (Director of ALA) since 2010. Contact:

Professor Barbara Mayo has led Study Abroad Courses to Spain for Alamo Colleges in 2013 and UTPA in 2004. In addition to Spain, Mayo has traveled extensively with students throughout Mexico and has traveled independently to Costa Rica, Portugal, Canada, Italy and France. Mayo holds a Master's degree in Communication Studies with emphasis on interpersonal and intercultural communication. The material in the course covered will focus on intercultural communication with a participant observer focus. Additionally, the course satisfies the Alamo Colleges core requirements and fulfills the additional Communication core requirement needed for graduation. Mayo has worked with the program coordinator in Spain, Arturo Jarque (Director of ALA) since 2013. Contact:

Dr. Pilar Damron is originally from Seville, Spain, and earned her PhD in English at Texas Tech University. She studied at Seville University in Spain where she graduated in English Philology, and at Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid, Spain, where she she got her MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. Dr. Damron has travelled extensively, studying, working and living overseas. She has been teaching Spanish for more than twenty years. She worked at Texas Tech University in Seville, Spain, teaching Spanish language and culture. At Northwest Vista College she has organized and led a Study Abroad Program in Seville in 2007. She was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at Northwest Vista College. She was appointed as colaboradora for the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española in New York. Currently she teaches in the department of Foreign Languages at Northwest Vista college where she has been the language coordinator for eight years.  Contact:



*$5,100 Includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, all meals, and entrance fees. This does NOT include tuition, passport fees, visa fees, books, materials, and spending money. Financial aid is available.


November 18, 2017 ......................... $200 due with application (non-refundable fee) 

Once students are accepted into the program, they will follow the scheduled payments:

December 2, 2017 ................................. $500 intial deposit

January 20, 2018 ..................................... $1,467

February 10, 2018 ................................... $1,467

March 10, 2018 ....................................... $1,466

Failure to pay by the scheduled deadlines will result in cancellation of participation in the selected Study Abroad program.


May 12         Depart US                      Arrive Madrid, Spain (Arrive May 13)

May 13                  Madrid                            Museo del Prado & Parque de Retiro

May 14                 Depart Madrid/Toledo    Arrive Salamanca

May 15                   Salamanca                    Classes Daily

May 19                 Salamanca                    Study Day

May 20                 Sevilla                            Flamenco / Paseo / Museum

May 22-25 Salamanca                    Classes Daily

May 26-28         Canary Islands              Historical Sites / University 

May 29 - June 1 Salamanca                    Classes Daily

June 2         Depart Madrid, Spain    Arrive San Antonio, TX


Students receiving a Pell grant are eligible for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. If awarded, students may receive up to $5,000. Learn more at



A valid passport is required for travel. You can visit for additional information. 


Maria Rivera-Midence

(210) 485-0084

*Alamo Colleges has taken considerable care in preparing information and materials for specific Study Abroad programs, but this information is subject to change. Although accurate at the time of publication, external events could result in changes in dates, itinerary, costs and other aspects of a program. Revised information will be provided as soon as it is made available, and participants should check with the faculty leader or the District Office of International Programs for the most recent information. Alamo Colleges will not be held responsible for unintentional misinformation.



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Maria Rivera
Alamo Colleges District Office
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