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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Packing

Simplify! The overwhelming majority of our events (classes, activities, etc.) are casual. There is no need for fancy clothes. A few nice outfits for dinners, going out, etc. are fine. A more extensive suggested packing list is provided for students. It is important to pack in carry-on luggage any essential items, as well as up to two days of “emergency” clothes (in case of lost luggage).

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Arrivals

We provide transport for students within Spain. After collecting his/her belongings from baggage claim, your son/daughter should walk outside to the arrival hall just before exiting the airport. A Centro MundoLengua coordinator will be waiting with a sign. We will communicate and confirm this information in writing by email beforehand. The coordinator will be available to help with any concerns (lost baggage, etc…).

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We normally have a coordinator in the airport all day during arrivals, so this should not be a problem. There are many students arriving on certain days. As well, students and parents will have access to a set of emergency 24-hour numbers. Simply by calling one of these numbers, we can make the necessary arrangements for the revised pickup.

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Schools

We offer classes for all levels of Spanish ability. Some are advanced, such as our AP® prep classes, whereas others are for students who have had absolutely no Spanish at all.

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Typically they are young university students (25-27 years old), who are doing Masters or Doctorate work. Our teachers are friendly, outgoing, extremely approachable, and above all, they genuinely care for their students. All of our professors are native speakers, and classes are conducted entirely in Spanish.

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Students are normally in class for several hours a day. Considering the fact that most Spanish classes in their home country are one hour or less, it’s almost like doing three days of class in Spain for every one day back home. In two weeks time, this would be the equivalent of thirty days of class. Add to the fact that all of our teachers are native speakers, able to conduct the classes entirely in Spanish, and this can mean significant language learning. Students are immersed in the language from every angle… in the classes, at home, and on the streets. You will be amazed at the difference!

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Family Homestays

Please see the part on families for an explanation of this extensive process.

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Students might find this strange, but just about everyone lives in apartments. Space is at a premium. They are clean, comfortable, middle class apartments, providing the usual comforts of life. Students normally share a bedroom with another student in the program, as well as share a bathroom with other family members. Students can select their own roommate.

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We try to place students in homes where there are children of a similar age, but it’s not always possible. Although we do have families with a mom/dad/children, many families also consist of a middle aged woman who might be married, separated, or have lost her loved one. She might have children living at home (as most Spanish sons/daughters live at home until getting married), or children living in the same city, but outside of the home. Given the closeness of Spanish families, even if your son/daughter is not living with siblings, he/she will most likely meet the entire family as they drop by for meals, to talk, etc…

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We only ask that you communicate this to us in advance. We have all types of students with special allergies/issues (nut, lactose, vegetarian, Crohn’s disease, etc.).

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Communication

Depending on the location of the program, students may have access to one of our computer labs. Some families have Internet at home. There are also numerous Internet cafes around town, as well as many Wi-Fi spots for free. Students who bring mobile phones with them have used these to connect and speak with their parents. It’s also possible for parents to call the host family’s home at any time. As an additional service, Centro MundoLengua has provided phones through Piccell Wireless during the past years. These are mobile phones (unblocked international phones and yours to keep) delivered to your home before departure, with a working Spanish mobile number. Upon arrival in Spain, you simply need to turn the phone on. More information can be found at: www.piccellwireless.com/mundolengua

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Money

This depends on each student. Some have extravagant tastes, while others spend hardly anything at all. Students do have everything included with the program, so extra money is really only necessary for souvenirs, gifts, going out with friends, etc. A good rule of thumb is perhaps about 100-200 euros of extra money per week of the trip.

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We recommend that he/she bring about 100 euros in cash to start. This will provide immediate access to funds, in case of any emergencies. Beyond that, we recommend that students bring a credit card (Visa is widely accepted) with numeric pin. This will allow them to take money out of the ATMs (everywhere in the city), and to obtain the best possible exchange rates.

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Health

Unless otherwise stated, all students enjoy full health insurance. Centro MundoLengua will make all of the necessary arrangements, including accompanying students to the doctor. We never allow students to be alone for medical appointments. Students and families have a set of 24-hour numbers for emergencies at any moment.

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General

We have been organizing study abroad programs since 2005. We select academically challenging host institutions for our students, and serve as a liaison for all of their academic needs. This even includes one-to-one tutoring. We carefully select their host family. We provide high quality cultural activities and excursions. We also arrange community service and internship opportunities for students.

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Application

Students must be in good academic standing at their home university. Some programs will also have a grade point average requirement. Check with Centro MundoLengua.

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The majority of students apply one semester, or several months (for summer) in advance of the program. Centro MundoLengua does accept late applications (see the deadline dates), subject to space availability and a late fee. Also, remember that we have early application discounts available.

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For summer programs, no. For semester programs, they will need one. You need to start the process as early as possible, even months in advance. Once accepted into the program, students need to contact their nearest embassies for a student visa application.

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Centro MundoLengua programs attract students from all majors, as most programs allow students to choose from a variety of subjects, both in English or Spanish.

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Payment

In some cases, you will send the payment directly to Centro MundoLengua. In other cases, you may be pay your son/daughter’s home university, and they will send in the payment on your behalf. Payment is normally made as a deposit upfront to secure a place, with final payment due six weeks prior to the program start date.

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We do offer some scholarships for our summer programs. For semester programs, there is no aid offered.

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Packing

Simplify! The overwhelming majority of our events (classes, activities, etc.) are casual. There is no need for fancy clothes. A few nice outfits for dinners, going out, etc. are fine. A more extensive suggested packing list is provided for students. It is important to pack in carry-on luggage any essential items, as well as up to two days of “emergency” clothes (in case of lost luggage). It is also a good idea to bring a laptop computer.

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Family Homestays

Please see the part on families for an explanation of this extensive process.

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Students might find this strange, but just about everyone lives in apartments. Space is at a premium. They are clean, comfortable, middle class apartments, providing the usual comforts of life. Students normally share a bedroom with another student in the program, as well as share a bathroom with other family members.

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We try to place students in homes where there are members of a similar age, but it’s not always possible. Although we do have families with a mom/dad/children, many families also consist of a middle aged woman who might be married, separated, or have lost her loved one. She might have children living at home (as most Spanish sons/daughters live at home until getting married), or children living in the same city, but outside of the home. Given the closeness of Spanish families, even if your son/daughter is not living with other family members, he/she will most likely meet the entire family as they drop by for meals, to talk, etc.

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We only ask that you communicate this to us in advance. We have all types of students with special allergies/issues (nut, lactose, gluten, diabetes, vegetarian, Crohn’s disease, etc.).

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Communication

Depending on the location of the program, students may have access to one of our computer labs. Some families have Internet at home. There are also numerous Internet cafes around town, as well as many Wi-Fi spots for free. Students who bring mobile phones with them have used these to connect and speak with their parents. It’s also possible for parents to call the host family’s home at any time.

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For our semester programs, we do. Students will receive a basic phone, with some credit. They will have their own Spanish number. Parents can call these phones at any time, as it does not cost money to receive calls.

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Money

This depends on each student. Some have extravagant tastes, while others spend hardly anything at all. Students have almost everything included with the program, so extra money is really only necessary for travel, souvenirs, gifts, going out with friends, etc. Of all things, travel will be the biggest part of any incidental expenses.

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We recommend that he/she bring about 100 euros in cash to start. This will provide immediate access to funds, in case of any emergencies. Beyond that, we recommend that students bring a credit card (Visa is widely accepted) with numeric pin. This will allow them to take money out of the ATMs (everywhere in the city), and to obtain the best possible exchange rates.

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Health

Typically, most students travel with the international insurance plan provided by their host university. If you wish to have additional health insurance while in Spain, please ask for further information. In some cases, students will already have health insurance included with Centro MundoLengua. In any case, Centro MundoLengua will make all of the necessary arrangements, including accompanying students to the doctor. We never allow students to be alone for medical appointments. Students and families have a set of 24-hour numbers for emergencies at any moment.

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Pre-departure

Teachers announce the trip at school, usually some time in advance. The trip may be a school sponsored trip, or a trip taken by the teacher outside of the school system. Teachers encourage students to consider the trip, and spread interest. They will normally hold an informational meeting with parents and students, to inform them about details. A Centro MundoLengua director can be on-site for the meeting, or available by Skype/phone. They will answer follow-up questions by parents and students, always with the full support of Centro MundoLengua.

In terms of flights, we will either purchase the tickets for you, or put you in touch with one of our agents to help you with this component of the program. In terms of payments, this can be done online by each individual student (so teachers do not have to handle any money).

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This is the cornerstone of our program. That is, you are able to custom-design each component of your program. We will put you in touch with our academic director to design the classes. We will work with you to include the most relevant cultural activities and excursions. You will have direct access to our housing coordinator to make your wishes known. We don’t have one stock program for all. You and your students are unique!

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Besides travelling for free, teachers can earn free courses and stipends.

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While Abroad

Chaperones normally come to school each day, in order to check-in with their students. Some come at the beginning of class, while others choose to come during the break, or even after classes have ended. Chaperones normally accompany the students and Centro MundoLengua guides during cultural visits, as well as any excursions. In the event that a student becomes ill, Centro MundoLengua will always accompany him/her to the doctor. The chaperone will normally come along, for added support. In general, in case of any type of issue with students, Centro MundoLengua relies on the added advice and support of chaperones before taking action.

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Cultural Activities

Absolutely. Given that our program is highly structured, you will find that you have a lot of free time to pursue outside interests, or to simply relax. Each group is assigned their own Centro MundoLengua coordinator who takes care of them. As well, there is always a program director onsite for added support. Some teachers use the time to study, investigate, get in shape, shop, lay at the beach and catch up on summer reading, etc.

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Payment

In short, nothing. Teachers travel for free. They receive the entire student package for free, with housing included in a host family (individual room), or hotel. As well, we can work with you to include the airline tickets for chaperones for free.

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Application

It is completely online and easy. Nevertheless, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at yayebaena@centromundolengua.com.

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Payment

In some cases, students will send the payment directly to Centro MundoLengua. In other cases, students may pay their home university, and they will send in the payment on their behalf. Payment is normally made as a deposit upfront to secure a place, with final payment due six weeks prior to the program start date. Payments can be made online.

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Packing

Simplify! The overwhelming majority of our events (classes, activities, etc.) are casual. There is no need for fancy clothes. A few nice outfits for dinners, going out, etc. are fine. It is important to pack in carry-on luggage any essential items, as well as up to two days of “emergency” clothes (in case of lost luggage). It is also a good idea to bring a laptop computer, if you plan on working.

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Programs

For summer programs, we design completely personalized programs. Provided there are a minimum number of students (normally at least 10-15), we will develop an entirely customized curriculum according to your specific needs (Linguistics, Art History, Business, Medicine, Law, etc.)

For semester programs, students will choose with our guidance among the wide variety of courses offered in English and in Spanish by our partner universities. The students will have the chance to study in Spanish with Spaniards or in English and Spanish with foreigners, according to their preferences and level of Spanish.

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Our proven track record since 2005, combined with our knowledge of worldwide university systems, allow us to organize high-quality programs targeted to your students’ needs.

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Besides the professors of the associated universities, in some cases, the accompanying professors can choose to teach certain classes (generally for summer courses only).

For semester programs, the university professors of our associated universities will teach the classes. Our professors in Spain are well-prepared, holding a Masters or Doctorate degree in their relevant field.

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Of course. Check with Centro MundoLengua and we will send you examples of syllabi at the earliest opportunity.

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Of course. Before making your choice, Centro MundoLengua will give you all the necessary details to check if they match the requirements of the syllabus of your home university. We can send you the material that students will work on before your arrival in Spain.

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This is our prime concern. Many professors travel to Spain, entering into classes with their students and interviewing professors. We provide direct access to the study abroad directors in Spain at the various universities, facilitating one-on-one meetings. Centro MundoLengua is also there to advocate for the interests of our partner universities, making their needs known to the Spanish universities.

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Depending on the city where the program takes place, students have the option to walk, bike, or take the bus, tram, or metro to the university campus.

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Transfer Credits

We know that when studying abroad, transferring credit is perhaps the most important academic concern. Courses successfully completed at the host university can be transferred directly to your students’ degrees. Centro MundoLengua will provide any necessary support during the credit transfer procedure, but students are encouraged to speak with you or their academic advisor beforehand about how certain courses in Spain will transfer over. We of course will provide all the relevant documentation concerning courses here in Spain beforehand.

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Cultural Activities

Absolutely. Besides the academic program, we also organize cultural and gastronomic visits for visiting professors. Upon arrival, you will be provided with a personalized guide with suggestions.

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The transport network in Spain and Europe is excellent. There are many low-cost airlines to travel in Europe in a cheap manner. We can help you organize your excursions and trips during your free time.

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Accomodations

It will depend on the duration of your trip. We can help you find the best hotel if you will only be in Spain for a few days. If here for a longer time, we can help you find the perfect apartment.

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Health and Safety

Typically, most professors travel with the international insurance plan provided by their host university. If you wish to have additional health insurance while in Spain, please ask for further information.

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The cities where our programs take place are very safe. We have had a lot of students and we have never had any serious issues. These cities are used to having tourists and the local authorities do a good job to ensure that the environment is safe for everybody.

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Application

Just follow our online process. It’s fast and simple!

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Packing

Most of you know by now that many areas of Spain tend to get hot in the summer. It’s dry heat in Seville and somewhat more humid in Madrid and Barcelona, for example.

We do have AC at the school, but do not count on this with the families. Hotels and residencias will invariably have AC. Your best bet is to rely on comfortable and light clothing. Most importantly, bring along comfortable shoes. You will probably do more walking in these two weeks than you have done in your life. People walk everywhere in these cities. You might also want to bring a few nicer outfits for going out at night. People do tend to dress up a bit if they are going out for a night on the town.

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Arrivals

Round-trip transport from the airport/train station/bus station is not included (for teachers travelling with students, this is included).

Please remember to confirm with us your arrival date/time/location. This will be extremely important for those teachers that are staying with families. You will go directly to your host family and we will need to inform them of your arrival so they can plan to be at home to receive you.

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  • Seville: Seville´s airport is located about 15-20 minutes from the city center. The airport itself is tiny. There is only one exit door for all flights. After exiting outside, you will have two options for transport into the city. The first (and easiest) is to simply take a taxi. There is a fixed rate from the airport to the first stop anywhere in the city (it changes somewhat depending on the day, luggage you have with you, etc.). This fixed rate tends to be about 25-30 euros total (not per passenger). For those unsure of tipping practices in Spain, generally it is not necessary to leave a tip when taking a taxi.

The second option is to take the public bus, which stops at the far end of the terminal (opposite end from where the taxis line up). If it doubt, just ask. This bus runs every 20-30 minutes or so and will take you into the city center. The fare is about 4 euros. The only problem with this is that once in the city center, you will most likely need to take a taxi to get to your final destination. It’s a good idea to have some small change if you opt for this option, as the bus drivers will not accept bills larger than 5 euros.

  • Madrid: Madrid’s airport is located about 25-30 minutes from the city center. There are many options for transport, including taxi, train (both Cercanias and metro), and bus. The easiest option is to simply take a taxi. It should cost about 30-40 euros to go the center, depending on your final destination. There is also a Cercanias train that runs every half hour from Terminal 4 to various stations in Madrid. More information can be found here: http://guias-viajar.com/madrid/capital/trenes-cercanias-aeropuerto-barajas/

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you may consider taking the metro. This is a very economical alternative, but it will certainly take a bit more time, and could involve changing lines. More information can be found here: http://www.metromadrid.es/es/viaja_en_metro/red_de_metro/planos/index.html

  • Barcelona: Barcelona´s airport is located about 20-25 minutes from the city center. There are several options for transportation to arrive to the city center including metro, taxi, or Aerobus (a shuttle bus service). The easiest option is to simply take a taxi. It should cost about 25-30 euros, depending on your final destination.  The Aerobus option also take you directly to the city center. The bus runs every 5 minutes from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. A single ticket costs 5,90 euros which can be purchased upon arrival (cash only) or online here: http://www.aerobusbcn.com/en/buy-tickets.
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  • Seville: Seville has only one train station called Santa Justa. The station is located very close to the city center and taxis will be waiting in front. Your best bet is to take a taxi to your hotel or family. This should be a short ride and no more than 5-10 euros.
  • Madrid: Madrid has two main train stations – Atocha and Chamartin. Both are located on metro lines, so you will be able to transfer to the metro, if necessary. It is also possible to take a taxi located out front to your final destination.
  • Barcelona: Barcelona has two main train stations – Estació de Sants and Estació de França. Both are connected to the local Renfe train and the metro. By metro, a good exit stop for the city center is Passeig de Gracia. A ticket must be purchased to use the train or metro, which costs between 2-6 euros. It´s easiest to take a taxi which is available directly outside the train station. Costs of a taxi are approximately 5-10 euros.
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  • Seville: Seville has two bus stations called “el Prado” and “Plaza de Armas”. Both are within the city center. After exiting, you will find taxis waiting outside and your best bet is to take a taxi to your home or hotel. This should be a short ride and no more than 5-10 euros.
  • Madrid: Madrid has several bus stations, with the major one being Mendez Alvaro, or Estación del Sur. It is located in the south, a short metro ride from Atocha. It might be easier to simply take a taxi outside of the station to your final destination.
  • Barcelona: Barcelona´s major bus station is Estacio Nord and is located only 10 minutes from the city center. It´s easiest to take a taxi which will cost about 7-10 euros.
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Classes

We will schedule to meet at a designated location on the first day. This information will be communicated through our social media pages, as well as a group email to participants. We will start with a group breakfast to go over the specifics of the program, before starting with our classes or activities.

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  • Seville: classes take place at a partner school of ours in the center of Seville, very close to the charming neighborhood of Santa Cruz, on calle Fabiola 26. As we maintain agreements with many local schools, please consult with us before each session to make sure of the classroom location.
  • Madrid: Our partner school is located at Barbara de Braganza 11, very close to the Colon metro stop.
  • Barcelona: Our partner school is located on calle Pelai #8, very close to Plaça Catalunya. The name of the center is Click and Do. 
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For  the Seville programs, the instructor is Ken Stewart from NC. For the Madrid program, our instructor is Maritza Sloan from MO. Our instructors are College Board certified teachers. 

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College Board materials are included, as well as special materials developed by MundoLengua´s professors for our student AP® prep program.

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All participants will receive a College Board certificate upon completion of the program for the total number of AP® contact hours.

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Graduate Credits

We have an agreement with the University of California at Riverside. On the first day of class, we will hand out to all participants a form. The fee for these 5.0 quarter units of credit (3 semester hours) has typically hovered around $325-$350 total.  Payment can be made by credit card (Visa or MC) or personal check. There will be some additional work required if you are opting for the credits and the instructors will let you know what is expected.

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Cultural Activities / Travel

We will review this program upon arrival, but expect to delve into the history of Spain and take back ideas for your students. This is one of the nicest additions to the program and something that cannot be gleaned from sitting in a classroom in the states or abroad doing a similar program. All entrances are included, so there is no need to budget extra money for this. However, there may be additional optional activities included in the cost. For teachers travelling with spouses, etc., it might be possible for them to join us on certain activities. We will let you know in advance, in addition to any related cost.

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The weekend is free for you to plan travel on your own. This is an excellent opportunity to visit Andalusia, southern Portugal or even Lisboa, Morocco, Barcelona, Valencia, etc. The possibilities are endless, as the cities where our programs take place are well connected.

Check www.rumbo.es if you want to get an idea of fares. For those of you that may be planning train travel within Spain, check www.renfe.es. We are always happy to offer suggestions and work with each of you on an individual basis to work out travel plans.

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Accomodations

Some of you have opted for staying with a family. You will be staying in an individual room (unless otherwise agreed with our housing director), and will have three meals per day provided. In Madrid, it might be possible to opt for less meals per day. You also have reasonable laundry service for any dirty clothes (your host family will wash these for you). In Barcelona, you do have the possibility of staying with a host family. We work with a partner school who finds families for us. You are able to choose the regimen of meals that you want. Simply let them know. As well, they may be able to help with residence stays. Remember that our school is located near Plaza Catalunya and you will be responsible for getting to school. It is quite easy to use both the metro and bus in Barcelona for the longer distances. Please contact us for the contact person in Barcelona who will be happy to help you. You will pay them directly for this service.

Please understand that families are compensated for their participation in the program. This is not intended to be a “money making operation”, but rather an “ayuda”. It is imperative that you communicate with us immediately any problems (big or small) with your host family. Our housing director is in Seville and can resolve most problems very easily. Communication is key.

Some of you will have done study abroad back in college, but all should realize that the concept of family is somewhat different here and you should be prepared and maintain an open mind for these differences. Let´s talk about just a few differences:

  • Food: Breakfast (around 8am-9am) usually consists of a simple piece of toast or bread with olive oil, jam, butter, etc. People often accompany this with a cafe, juice, or milk. If you prefer to eat at one of the many bars where you will inevitably see many Spaniards standing packed together eating in the mornings, you might opt for your tostada outside of the home. A morning routine is a tostada con jamón serrano, aceite de oliva y tomate y un zumo de naranja. This costs about 3-4 euros. Lunch is the biggest meal and usually consists of a starter salad or soup, followed by a meat or fish dish, and dessert. Water is completely safe to drink from the tap here and will accompany many meals. Lunch is usually served around 2pm-3pm. Dinner (served around 9pm-10pm) is a meal somewhat lighter than lunch. People do not tend to eat heavy meals for dinner. It is of course possible to eat out at the many restaurants that the cities have to offer. You will find every type of food and something for all budgets. If you are not eating with your family, it is important to let them know as soon as possible so they are not waiting with a meal prepared. It is also very important that you let your family know about your eating preferences on day one (vegetarian, vegan, etc.).
  • Space: Forget about the concept of detached housing with backyards and alleys. People here are living in close quarters, normally in small apartments that are shared with an extended family. Room and home sizes will vary, but expect smaller and expect to share a bathroom with other members of the family. Also, do not expect air conditioning. If you are very hot, it may be possible to request or buy a fan, but you must check with your family first about leaving this on for extended periods.

People are extremely conscious about using electrical appliances, leaving lights on, etc., as electricity is expensive.

  • Phone usage: Teachers are typically not permitted to use the phone at home to make calls. People use the public phones on the street to make calls. You can buy a simple phone card from any Estanco (where they sell tabaco, etc.) once you arrive. This might be your best bet as you are guaranteed that it will work. You might also buy a local SIM card for your mobile phone, if you bring one.

Some teachers might opt to buy phone cards from the states or abroad, but realize that usage of these cards might incur a cost while here. Cards that promise to be “toll free” often times are not, or simply do not work. Buying a phone card here will solve this problem (and cost you no more than 5-10 euros). You are allowed to receive calls at the home, but please let relatives know of the time difference when calling Spain.

We are also offering teachers the opportunity to purchase mobile phones before leaving their home country. Please let us know if you are interested in this service (alternatively, see www.piccellwireless.com/mundolengua). This is an unblocked international cellphone for a low fee, and could be quite useful for keeping in touch with friends, family members, etc. back home or here in Spain. You are under no obligation to purchase the phone, but we offer it as an additional service to make your lives easier.

You will receive a detailed description of your family before the program begins (about 2 weeks before). You are welcome to call them and introduce yourself. Remember to dial 01134 before the number if dialing from the states (0034 if dialing from Europe outside of Spain). You can also write directly to our housing director, Laura Aguilar : alojamiento@centromundolengua.com. Laura speaks both Spanish and English fluently and handles all housing requests.

 

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We can help with finding economical hotels located close to the school. Please let us know if you need help here.

We also recommend www.airbnb.com for apartment rentals. There are plenty of nice, affordable apartments in both cities for rental. This could be in the form of a private room, or having the entire apartment to yourself / for your family.

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Student Travel

Each year, we have a group of high school students coming from different areas to participate in our AP® prep program (AP® Spanish Language prep and AP® Spanish Literature prep). We are available if you would like to discuss planning a group trip for your students for either spring or summer to our schools. We offer programs for all levels of students, in addition to educational tours, volunteer opportunities, school exchanges, etc.

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Communication

Our schools offer wireless internet. Consider bringing a laptop computer for assignments and group work in class. A flash drive would be useful. We will provide the course workbook, notebook, pen, pencil, etc. The instructors will get in touch with any additional requirements.

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Security / Health Insurance

Our programs take place in safe cities. We have had a lot of students and we have never had any serious issues. The cities where we operate are used to having tourists and the local authorities do a good job to ensure that the environment is safe for everybody. Summer is a wonderful time to be here because you are going to see that the people do not stay indoors at night. After the afternoon siesta and it’s cooled down a bit, everybody hits the streets to socialize, walk, drink, eat… it’s a festive atmosphere every night. This means that you should expect to see people strolling casually in the streets until the wee hours of the mornings. This often includes little children with their parents. The only thing we tend to caution people with is minding your wallet, purse, camera, etc. in crowded spaces or restaurants, bars, etc. Almost all crimes that have been committed against our students have been pick-pocket type crimes. Again…this is not rampant and nothing to worry about, but you should be alert.

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This can be purchased for $US5 per day for the program (see the add-ons when paying online for prices in your respective currency). The insurance covers all medical emergencies, but does not cover the cost of ordinary prescription medicines. No teachers have insurance included with the program, so if you do not hear back from you on this, we will assume that you do not want it. It is also possible to pay for medical visits on-site (costs are not anywhere near what they would be in many other countries), or in some cases pay and have your insurance companies reimburse you when you return home.

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