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Spanish Language and Culture in Toledo, Spain

June 10 to July 12, 2019

Available Credits

Choice of one or two of the following courses:

Undergraduate Credit

  • FLSP 302 - Advanced Composition in Spanish
  • FLSP 311 - Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • FLSP 461 - Seminar on the Cultures of Spain
  • FLSP 400 - Special Topics in Spanish Language, Literature, Linguistics or Culture

Graduate Credit

  • FLSP 561 - Seminar on the Cultures of Spain
  • FLSP 500 - Special Topics in Spanish Language, Literature, Linguistics or Culture

Toledo has a very rich cultural history and is one of the most picturesque and beautiful places in all Castile. Novelists such as Cervantes and Galdós, poets such as Garcilaso de la Vega, Bécquer and Lorca, and painters such as el Greco and Dalí as well as filmmaker Buñuel have all walked Toledo’s narrow and winding cobbled streets.

Classes meet three times a week for a total of six hours. There is a two-hour morning session (9:00 am – 11:00 am) and a two-hour afternoon session (11:30 am – 1:30 pm). Students eat lunch at 2:00 pm either at the residential hall or with a host family. Cultural activities (Flamenco dance classes, Spanish omelet cooking classes, etc.) usually begin at 4:00 pm, and the walking tours at 7:00 pm. Dinner at 9:00 pm.

A day-in-the-life of an NIU student in Toledo

Students are housed in double rooms in the Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha student residences, which are located within walking distance (approximately 10 minutes) from the Palacio de Lorenzana where classes are held. Three meals per day are provided Monday through Friday with the residence hall option. Students who opt to live in the student residence may request to live with a student from the NIU program, or with a student from one of the other programs from around the world being hosted by ESTO.

Students also have the option of staying with a host family in Toledo at an additional cost. Meals are eaten with the family, therefore making practice of one's Spanish a necessity. There will be an additional host family fee of $260 for students who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Various cultural activities and trips will be arranged by ESTO. Examples of past activities and trips: Guided tours of Toledo, Cuenca and Segovia as well as Flamenco/Sevillanas dance classes, Spanish cooking classes, and Spanish film nights. The number and types of cultural activities and trips may vary and will be confirmed upon arrival in Toledo.

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, applicants may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply.

Contact Tim Condon, International Affairs Business Manager, Williston Hall 407, (815) 753-9530, for more information.

World Languages and Cultures also offers various study abroad scholarships.

Program Director

Professor Stephen Vilaseca


Español en Toledo (ESTO), Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha



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