Summer Travel Study

Spanish: Spanish Language and Culture

  • Dates

    June 25 – July 28, 2018

  • Location

    Granada, Barcelona, and Madrid

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $5600

    UC Grad Students: $6100

    Visiting Students: $6100

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Enjoy your summer in Spain while studying Spanish language and culture in the charming city of Granada.

Your journey will begin in Barcelona, the sophisticated capital of Catalonia. Next, you will travel to Madrid to explore the world-famous Prado museum, the Royal Palace, and other historical sites. Once you have eased into Spanish life, you will spend four weeks in Granada focused on intensive language instruction and sightseeing.

This program is best suited for students who are serious about improving their language skills, especially speaking and oral comprehension.  A minimum of one-quarter of Spanish is a prerequisite for the beginning curriculum.

In addition to studying Spanish and practicing the language outside the confines of the classroom, you will discover, via day-trips, other cities in Castile and Andalusia, such as Segovia, Toledo, Cordoba, and Sevilla.

Join us for this exciting and stimulating summer of study, travel, and cultural exploration in Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada.


Required Courses:
Curriculum I

Spanish 2A-3A: Intensive Spanish (Elementary) (8 units)

Spanish 2A and 3A complete the sequence of elementary Spanish and satisfy the general one-year language requirement at all UC campuses. Conducted entirely in Spanish, these grammar-based courses stress oral communication skills.

*Prerequisite: One quarter of college-level Spanish with a grade of B or better, or 1 year of high school Spanish with a grade of A- or better.

Curriculum II

Spanish 4: Intermediate Spanish (4 units)

Spanish 5: Intermediate Spanish (4 units)

Spanish 4 and 5 emphasize advanced conversation and include review of major grammatical points and vocabulary expansion. Courses cover reading and writing skills as well.

*Prerequisite: One year of college-level Spanish with a grade of B or better, or three years of high-school Spanish with a grade of A- or better.

Curriculum III

Spanish 191A: Variable Topics in Spanish: The Formation of Spain and the Development of Spanish (4 units)

Spanish 150: Topics in Contemporary Studies: The Literary and Cultural Production of Spanish Civil War Exiles in Mexico  (4 units)

The course is an examination of Spanish exile culture in Mexico. With the victory of the right-wing Nationalist faction in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), and the rise to power of the dictator General Francisco Franco, many Spanish artists and intellectuals were thrust into exile. This course looks at the work of Spanish writers, philosophers, and film-makers who settled in Mexico, including Luis Cernuda, Max Aub, Eduardo Nicol and Luis Buñuel, as well as Catalan authors such as Agustí Bartra and Anna Murià, with a focus on their views of Mexico and their impact on Mexican culture.

*Prerequisite: Two years of college-level Spanish with a grade of B or better, or four years of high-school Spanish with a grade of A- or better or a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Examination.


Grades are based on attendance, class participation, journals, a mid-term examination, and a final examination.  The instructor reserves the right to vary this format.


All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructors.


You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart.

UCLA students can purchase textbooks at the UCLA bookstore after June 1. Non-UCLA students can have books mailed to them by calling Customer Service Desk at the UCLA bookstore at (310) 206-0791. Be sure to ask for “Mail Order Summer Books” section.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee  $5600  $6100  $6100
Textbooks  $150  $150  $150
Airfare  $1900  $1900  $1900
Meals  $1000  $1000  $1000
Spending Money  $500  $500  $500

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance. Program fee also includes daily breakfast, lunch (M-F) while in Granada, and transportation between Barcelona, Madrid and Granada.

Textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. 


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, Internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location


Participants will reside in centrally located hotels in each city. Rooms are double occupancy.

UCLA Travel Study reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Keep in mind that (with a few exceptions to be announced at a later date) meals are not provided on weekends.

Barcelona: Buffet-style breakfasts are provided daily.

Madrid: Buffet-style breakfasts are provided daily.

Granada: Buffet-style breakfasts and lunches will be provided Monday through Friday. Beverages are not included. For dinner, there are many inexpensive Spanish and American-style fast-food restaurants near the hotels.

We hope you will approach your meals-and all other aspects of the culture in which you will be living-with an open mind. Although no vegetarian menus are provided, our restaurant in Granada will make substitutions for red meat. However, if you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate all of your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you do have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum. In addition to Barcelona and Madrid, the program covers excursions to Cordoba and Sevilla (in Andalusia). For these excursions transportation will be provided.

Free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.

On Location

Barcelona: We will spend our first three days in the metropolitan capital of Catalonia. All along the Ramblas are street performers, musicians, and vendors selling everything from books to flowers to birds and plants. You may want to stop in one of the many charming cafes and enjoy the colorful commotion that is constantly flowing down the boulevard. Or, you may want to walk a couple of blocks to the Plaza de Catalonia, to take lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. We will take a group excursion to visit the famous architect Gaudí’s unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral and, time permitting, La Pedrera. We will also visit, in the Barrio Gótico, the Museo Picasso. This collection of Picassos is absolutely amazing! In the evenings, treat yourself to a night out on the town with your Travel Study buddies. Barcelona at night is truly a city of lights.

Madrid: The program will then move to Madrid, the metropolitan capital of Spain. You may spend your day exploring Madrid’s Avenue of Art. If you only see one museum, make it the Prado. The Prado’s collection is one of the richest in the world, including works by Goya, Rubens, El Greco, Hieronymous Bosch, Vel·zquez, and many other renowned artists. You may also be tempted to visit other addresses on the Avenue of Art. Don’t miss the Thyssen-Bornemiza Museum, which houses a huge range of historical western art from medieval to modern, or El Centro de Arte Reina SofÌa National Museum, which houses masterpieces by Spain’s avant-garde artists of the 20th century, Picasso, MirÛ and DalÌ.

Granada: During our lengthy stay in the cultural capital of southern Spain, you may visit the Archaeological Museum, the Arab Baths, and the Museum of Hispano-Muslim Art. We will make a special visit to the Alhambra. The last stronghold of Moorish Spain, the Alhambra is a remarkable creation of ornate design. The detailed lacework carved in the stone walls is exquisite. The lavish fountains and lush gardens of the Generalife fragrance the air with delight. Monuments, such as the Patio of the Lions, the Hall of the TwoSisters, and Sala de la Barca are visually enthralling. Another must-see is the Cathedral of Granada, which is home to the Royal Chapel, where the remains of Fernando and Isabel are interred. Across from the Alhambra, on the other side of the Darro River lies the AlbaicÌn. Here, clusters of traditional houses are spread across the hills demonstrating the characteristic atmosphere of this charming region.