University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE

Intensive Spanish in Salamanca, Spain

: Salamanca, Spain

Dates   January: Jan 01 - Jan   28, 2015
             Spring: Jan 01 - April 30, 2015
             Spring Interim: May 30 - June 27, 2015
             Spring Interim + Summer: May 30-July 29, 2015
             Fall: Aug 29 - Dec  11, 2014
             Other Dates (individual travel)

Courses:              SPAN 203 (HU) (XC), 204 (HU) (XC), 300, 301, 304, 308,
                            309, 312, 313, 318, 332 or SPAN elective
Accommodation: host family
Program Model: Direct Enroll through a Provider (Spanish Learning)
                            OR Faculty-led (June only)
Contact:              David Gomez-Torres, Radford 325, 424-7292 or
                            Elena González-Muntaner, Radford 319, 424-4011

Study intensive Spanish.      Live with a host family.

Universidad de Salamanca

The Universidad de Salamanca was founded in 1218 and remains the oldest University in Spain. A UNESCO World Heritage City, it is also one of the oldest in Europe. Over the past forty years, more than 150,000 students and teachers from around the world have studied at the Universidad de Salamanca.

Universidad de Salamanca-Cursos Internacionales

Intensive language courses are taught at the Universidad de Salamanca-Cursos Internacionales, which is the intensive language division of the university offering Spanish as a Foreign Language courses at all levels. All participants become official Universidad de Salamanca students, with the same access to all University facilities and services as Spanish students.

Spanish Learning (SL)

Spanish Learning (SL) is an organization which assists individual students and groups traveling to intensive language schools in Salamanca. SL makes all individual and group arrangements from airport pickup to airport drop off and serves as liaison between the student and Cursos Internacionales or the student and the host family when necessary. Students who participate through a one-month group option will travel to and from Salamanca as a group, with flight arrangements made through the UW Oshkosh Office of International Education and arrangements in Spain made through SL. Students who travel independently also have the option of using SL's services.

A representative from SL meets the individual or group at the airport in Madrid and accompanies the individual or group to Salamanca (June group or individual travelers) or on an entry tour to various Spanish cities (January group). SL staff are also available to answer student questions throughout the experience and in case of emergency. Services through SL include: airport pickup (Madrid’s Barajas airport), host family selection and introduction, orientation, escort to the placement test, meeting after the first day of class to resolve any issues with class placement and host family placements, 24-hour emergency phone contact, field trips, taxi service to field trip departure sites; transportation to Madrid at the end of the program; airport drop off (Madrid’s Barajas airport). UW Oshkosh students meet up with students from other parts of the world for many of the SL events.

Individuals who travel on their own (apart from a group) and who do not elect programming through Spanish Learning have the option of traveling to/from Salamanca on their own to study at Cursos Internacionales and/or through the Integrated Studies Program at any time of year. See the Cursos Internacionales course schedule for detailed class start and class end dates (click on "Spanish Courses" and "Spanish Language and Culture Courses"). The UW Oshkosh OIE will enroll participants through the program at Cursos Internacionales initially; participants are responsible for making all other arrangements pertaining to their travel and stay in Salamanca.

UW Oshkosh Faculty Leader (June only)

A UW Oshkosh faculty member accompanies our student group either from UW Oshkosh or from the airport in Madrid to Salamanca and remains in Salamanca for the first four or five days of the group program.

Click here to learn what alumni of this program have to say!

Academic Coursework

All courses are taught in Spanish, with class enrollment at 15 students maximum (14 maximum during July & August). Completion of Spanish 332 (Culture and Civilization of Spain) before traveling to Spain is highly recommended though not required.

airplanebulletpointJanuary & June Programs Only

Course options include SPAN 203, 204, 300, 301, 304, 308, 309, 312, 313.

Optional Course

International Studies 333    1 unit (cr.)
Study Tour
Prerequisites: none; syllabus

If you request enrollment in this course on the study abroad application, you will be automatically enrolled and will not be contacted about the coursework involved. Assignments for this course must be done independently. Contact the Office of International Education with questions.

airplanbulletpointSemester & Modular Programs Only

Course options include all of the above plus 318, 332 & courses in English (Social Science Elective (SS) for European Union and Current Spain; Business Elective for International Marketing).

Advanced speakers may take courses with Spanish students; course equivalencies will be determined by the appropriate UW Oshkosh department/college.

Absences on Semester & Modular Programs
Consistent with the course attendance policy at UW Oshkosh, the maximum number of absences allowed by UW Oshkosh during a semester program in Spain is five days, including planned absences for university-sponsored field trips.  While Cursos Internacionales at the Universidad de Salamanca will allow additional missed classes, UW Oshkosh will monitor course attendance separately.  Missing more than the five days allowed in one or more classes will result in an “F” grade; Cursos Internacionales courses do appear on the UW Oshkosh transcript, along with the grade, and grades from these courses do calculate into the official UW Oshkosh G.P.A.  Participants should be cautious in planning to miss class for purposes other than illness.  Participants who miss more than five days of class due to a combination of planned absences (e.g. for travel or relaxation) and illness will not be considered to have met the attendance requirement.

airplanebulletpointI've taken all of the courses listed above. Can I stil earn credit?

Yes! Your advisor may approve course transfer to UW Oshkosh as one of the following options.

*Spanish 001U
Upper Level Elective that does NOT count toward major/minor requirements.

**Spanish 004U
Upper Level Elective that DOES count toward major/minor requirements.

airplanebulletpointSelecting Courses

Make an appointment with Dr. Elena Gonzalez-Muntaner (June program only) or Dr. David Gomez-Torres (all other time periods) in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Spanish Division to determine course enrollment in Salamanca and course equivalencies at UW Oshkosh. Your advisor will complete, sign and give you a copy of your Course Enrollment Approval Form during your meeting. You must turn this form in to the OIE with your study abroad application.

When there is a difference between levels within the same course, you will be placed into the appropriate level after taking a placement exam in Spain. Your Course Enrollment Approval Form will show the lowest level into which you must place in order to receive transfer credit. If you place lower AND you have elected to study through Spanish Learning, SL will contact the UW Oshkosh OIE to discuss options and to ensure that course transfer is still possible.

airplanebulletpointCourse Descriptions & Syllabi

Course Descriptions & Syllabi

Courses are offered at the INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED AND PROFICIENCY LEVELS (except during the modular program).

  • January & June Courses Join a UW Oshkosh student group for a one-month intensive language course.
  • July & August Courses Spend June with the UW Oshkosh group and remain in Spain to earn additional course credit. Or, travel to Spain on your own for a summer of intensive language study.
  • Trimester Courses (fall or spring semester) Designed for students who want to concentrate on intensive Spanish study. *Not all courses on the list are offered in March, September and/or December.
  • Modular Program Courses (fall or spring semester) Designed for students who want to take regular courses in Spanish or English, not necessarily concentrating on the study of the Spanish language.
  • Programa Especial Integrado (P.E.I.) Depending on your level of Spanish fluency, consider combining intensive language study with two to five courses offered through the PEI.

airplanebulletpointClass Hours

Courses are normally offered between 9:00 am and 1:00 or 2:00 pm. Afternoons are available for planned and individual activities.

airplanebulletpointAssignments and Exams

Participants should expect to spend anywhere from 1-3 hours on assignments outside of class, depending on their level of fluency, the number of class hours they are taking and class level. Participants should also expect to take exams.

airplanebulletpointChanging Course Enrollment through Cursos Internacionales

Students who want to change course enrollment may do so for a fee. However, students who change course enrollment while in Spain will not be guaranteed credit transfer upon return to UW Oshkosh. All course enrollment changes which take place in Salamanca should be approved in advance by the advisor who approved credit transfer for you originally.

airplanebulletpointOptional Conversation Practice - Afternoons in July & August only

If you want additional practice, enroll in Conversation Outside the Classroom. These classes have a maximum of 10 students per group and meet in coffee shops and cafés in Salamanca. No UW Oshkosh credit will be awarded.

airplanebulletpointSpanish Culture Courses - July & August only

Universidad de Salamanca - Cursos Internacionales also offers cinema, dance, guitar, songs and cooking. No UW Oshkosh credit will be awarded. Fees are payable directly to Cursos Internacionales.

airplanebulletpointStudy Abroad and Graduation

Students participating in June, July and/or August and graduating at the end of this study abroad experience must choose a summer graduation date. Summer graduates may choose to walk in the May or the December graduation ceremony.

airplanePointerDPI Study Abroad Requirement for Foreign Language Teachers

College of Education & Human Services students planning to teach a foreign language after graduation must meet the DPI requirement for study abroad and must have a completed Certificate of Residency. For more information, visit the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Office on the third floor of Radford.

UW Oshkosh students who study in Salamanca for a minimum of 30 days (or on the January program) satisfy this requirement. Students from other campuses must check with their home institution to find out whether this program meets their requirement.

Full Estimated Cost of Participation

The "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" includes your Program Fee (the amount due directly to UW Oshkosh), your airfare and other expenses related to your participation on this program.

Full Estimated Cost of Participation:
$ 6020 January 2015
$14,350 Spring Semester 2015
$  6,790 Spring Interim (June) 2014
$10,267 June/July 2014
$13,390 Fall Semester 2014

As part of the application process for this program, you are required to review, sign and submit the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" worksheet for your program. The worksheet includes all of the cost details for your program and is linked from STEP III of the "Apply" section of this guide.   

Accommodation & Meals



While studying in Salamanca, students live in accommodations in private residences with native Spanish speakers located around Salamanca. The homestay hosts provide a private room and three meals daily (meals must be eaten in the home). UW Oshkosh Spanish Division faculty recommend that two to three UW Oshkosh students stay at each homestay location. Families may also be hosting students from other parts of the world at the same time. Due to a limited number of host families, Spanish Learning will not be able to accommodate individuals as the only student per family.

Information on your host family will be shared with you no more than two weeks prior to travel. Typically, the information is quite basic. Our partners send us the family (last) name, the first name of the female head of household, the home address and sometimes the gender and ages of other family members.

You should bring either one gift for your entire host family to share or individual gifts for host family members (if you know something about each of them in advance, but this is unlikely). You don’t need to spend a lot of money; give something made in your local community, something which represents the U.S. or a local food item (something non-perishable and which can be taken across borders - so no meats or seeds).


January & June - Group Accommodation

Check the link for your accommodation for amenities, room size and location. Rooms can be extremely small. It isn't unusual to have very little space around the bed, shorter beds, only a few inches for a closet pole, tight showers and/or buildings directly outside your window.

Hotel Convención (or similar; Madrid)
Tel: 011-34-91-221-4060; Fax: 011-34-91-574-5601
Situado junto a los centros comerciales de Goya en el Barrio de Salamanca y a sólo 500 metros del Parque del Retiro. Bien comunicado con el centro histórico. 790 habitaciones totalmente equipadas.

EUROSTARS/ PLAZA ACUEDUCTO (or similar; Segovia)
Address: Avda Padre Claret, 2-4, 40001 Segovia, Spain; Tel: 011-34-92-141-3403; Fax: 011-34-92-143-6999
El hotel Eurostars Plaza Acueducto se encuentra enclavado a las puertas del casco viejo de la ciudad y del Acueducto, que puede ser contemplado desde alguna de las habitaciones. Se trata de un edificio clásico, pero totalmente renovado para su inauguración en el 2006. En su interior ambiente y decoración se aúnan para ofrecerle una estancia memorable.


You and your friends may request each other as roommates by editing your on-line study abroad applications. The Office of International Education will not assign roommates unless students request EACH OTHER!

In some cases, participants may be able to elect a single room. There is always a significant fee; check with the Office of International Education for an estimate if you are interested.

Those who do not make a request will be assigned a roommate.


Your host family will provide three meals daily while in your host's home. Plan to pay for all meals eaten outside of the host family's home, including meals while on excursion, and all food and beverages eaten outside of meal times while in the host family's home.

Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet. It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!


Undergraduate students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0, be in good standing, and meet course prerequisites. As part of the application process, your disciplinary file will be reviewed. If you have a campus disciplinary file, this will be taken into consideration when determining your eligibility. Undergraduates who do not meet minimum GPA and course requirements should contact the program leader prior to applying to determine course eligibility.

Participants With Disabilities

If you have a disability that requires reasonable accommodation, it is best to consult with disability services on the UW Oshkosh campus at least a few weeks prior to the study abroad application deadline. If this isn’t possible, consult with disability services as far in advance as possible or by the study abroad application deadline. If you are a student on another campus, please consult your own disability services office first and then ask that office to contact the UW Oshkosh disability services office at (920) 424-3100. Additional information on traveling with a disability is available from Mobility International U.S.A.


Pre-/Post-travel Class Dates

Inability or failure to attend class prior to or following your program abroad may affect your ability to participate, course grades and/or ability to receive and use financial aid.

  • A pre-travel class date will be announced directly by your Program Leader.

Application Process

airplanePointerBefore You Apply

  1. Write the deadline for completing the On-line Study Abroad Orientation in your calendar. Failure to complete orientation will affect your ability to participate.
  2. Write all payment deadlines in your calendar.
    If you aren't the person who will be making payments, share this information with the person who will be.
  3. Understand how seats are assigned on study abroad programs.

airplanePointerSecuring Your Place on a Study Abroad Program

Seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed STEPS I & II of the application process, provided STEP III has also been completed by the STEP III application deadline.

This means that you may be conditionally admitted following completion of steps I & II, but NOT receive a seat if you then fail to complete STEP III on time.

If you are on the waiting list, you may receive a seat if applicants who have been conditionally admitted have not completed STEP III by the deadline.

After the deadline, seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed all three steps.

airplanePointerApplication Deadlines

The Fall 2015 Interim program has an early application deadline!

STEPS I & II: September 19th by 12:00 pm

STEP III: September 26th by 12:00 pm

Spring Semester Programs

STEPS I & II: 1st Friday in October by 12:00 pm.

STEP III: 2nd Friday in October by 12:00 pm.

Summer Programs

STEPS I & II: last Friday in February by 12:00 pm.

STEP III: 1st Friday of March by 12:00 pm.

Spring Interim Programs

STEPS I & II: 1st Friday of Spring Semester by 12:00 pm.

STEP III: 2nd Friday of Spring Semester by 12:00 pm.

Fall Semester Programs

STEPS I & II: 2nd Friday in March by 12:00 pm.

STEP III: 3rd Friday in March by 12:00 pm.

airplanePointerApplication STEPs & Application Checklist

Complete the three steps below in order, or work on all three steps simultaneously. Check off items as you SUBMIT them to the Office of International Education.

Step I
Complete the on-line study abroad/away application.

**Be aware that the application will time out without warning! Save often, and if you answering the longer questions we recommend typing them into a Word document and pasting them in to the online application.
Step II
Print the application packet and sign where appropriate.
Pay the UW Oshkosh application fee
( $200 for in-state residents and $300 for out-of-state residents) per the instructions in the application packet and turn in your receipt to the OIE. If you have mailed the application fee to the Cashier's Office, notify the OIE so that OIE staff can contact the Cashier's Office for confirmation.
Print an unofficial copy of your university transcript

course prerequisites (if applicable) and final GPA.

To print your transcripts, EITHER copy and paste your transcript from TitanWeb into Word and print OR follow these instructions:

1) Open your transcript in TitanWeb using Internet Explorer.
2) Highlight all of the information in your transcript.
3) Go to "print preview"
4) Click on "as selected on screen"
5) Change the orientation to "landscape"
6) Print
Credit Overload Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you will exceed the maximum credit limit for the semester.
Special Student Form for Undergraduate Admissions
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not a student at UW Oshkosh OR if you are not a student at all.
Graduate Registration Form and Graduate Special/Non-Degree Information Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn graduate level credit, or if you are in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn undergraduate level credit.
Submit the Disciplinary Clearance Form
Complete ONLY IF you are a student at a university or college OTHER THAN UW Oshkosh. Submit this form to the appropriate office on your HOME campus; request that the office on your HOME campus submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:

Course Enrollment Approval Form
  The following is due ONLY if applicable to YOU.
Programa Especial Integrado Form (ONLY if taking courses through the Programa Especial Integrado (P.E.I.) in addition to taking intensive Spanish courses)
Step III
Review, sign and submit the worksheet associated with your program dates:
January 2015 Full Cost of Participation
Spring 2015 Full Cost of Participation
Spring Interim 2014 Full Cost of Participation OR
Spring Interim + Summer 2014 Full Cost of Participation OR
Fall 2014 Full Cost of Participation worksheet.
Edit the "medical" and "medical III" sections of your on-line study abroad application to ensure that every question is complete. Each and every question must be answered, even if the answer is obviously "none" or "n/a"!
Provide proof of passport
Complete only if you will travel outside the U.S.

If you already have a passport
, edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include all requested passport details.

If you do not already have a passport, apply for one and submit a copy of your receipt to the OIE showing that you have applied.

Click here for passport forms and instructions.
Edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include your full name.

If you are traveling OUTSIDE the U.S., enter your full name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport or on your passport application.  DO NOT GUESS! 

If you are traveling WITHIN the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on your driver’s license.  DO NOT GUESS! 

Your name will be printed on your airline ticket exactly as you enter it.  If the name on your airline ticket does not match the name on your identification, you will be charged a correction fee or may not be allowed through airport security.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:

Homestay Preference Form
Passport-size photo (may be digital and e-mailed to - will be used for student I.D. in Spain)

STEP IV (post-application deadline):

If you plan to study in Spain for 91 or more days, submit one or both of the following (read instructions below for details) directly to the Spanish Consulate in Chicago a minimum of three months before travel.

Student Visa Application
Required for students planning to be in Spain for 91 or more days.
Late applications, especially those submitted within four weeks of travel, will not be processed in time for travel. All Wisconsin Residents must travel to the Consulate General of Spain in Chicago to apply in person. Visas can be returned by mail.
FBI Background Check
The turnaround time for a background check is 22 days plus mailing.Required for students planning to study for 6 or more months. Also requires students to obtain a set of their fingerprints.
Medical Certificate- Required for students planning to study for 6 or more months. A recent doctor’s statement (not older than 3 months in doctor’s or medical center’s letterhead) indicating that the applicant has been examined and found free of any contagious diseases according to the International Health Regulation 2005’. Signed by a M.D.

Application Status

Log in to your on-line study abroad/away application to see the status of your application; this is explained in the the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Use the "application status" tab on your on-line application to check for missing application materials. Because our on-line application system is unable to generate application materials lists which are specific to each individual study abroad program, missing "program-specific" materials aren't outlined on the system. Use the check boxes above to keep track of forms you've completed and then to track forms you've submitted to the OIE.

Communicating with the OIE

airplanePointer"Add Comment" vs. UW Oshkosh email

Prior to completing a study abroad application, OIE staff will correspond with you via your UW Oshkosh email account.

After completing the first step of the study abroad application process, which is done on line, you'll mainly communicate with the OIE via this same application. This allows all staff in the OIE to review questions or issues even when the primary staff member working with you is out of the office.

To ask or respond to a question, log in to your application and click on "Add Comment". Comments are emailed to you and to and are saved in the application "history".

Communication to groups will be via UW Oshkosh email.

To avoid having our messages to you end up in the cyber trash, if you do not have a UW Oshkosh email address you must use your work or university email address. The OIE will not accept hotmail or yahoo addresses under any circumstances.

airplanePointerI've never used my UW Oshkosh email address before. How do I do this?

See for instructions. For help, call (920) 424-3020.

Withdrawal & Program Cancellation

airplaneBulletPointProgram Withdrawal

You are subject to the withdrawal and refund policy which you signed (or will sign) when you applied to a UW Oshkosh-sponsored study abroad program. Because this is a financial contract between you and the university, it is in your best interest to read this if you haven't already!

If at any time in this process you decide to withdraw, you must formally request to withdraw following the OIE Withdrawal Process.

airplaneBulletPointProgram Cancellation by UW Oshkosh

If a program is cancelled by UW Oshkosh, you will receive a full refund.

Paying Your Program Fee

airplaneBulletPointFinancial Aid

Using financial aid to cover some or a

ll of your costs? See our detailed financial aid information.

airplanePointerPayment Deadlines

Fall Semester Programs

  • First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of April.
  • Final Payment is due the last Friday of July.
  • Tuition payment deadline is the same as the normal university tuition payment deadline for this term.

Spring Semester Programs

  • First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of October.
  • Final Payment is due the first Friday of December.
  • Tuition payment deadline is the same as the normal university tuition payment deadline for this term.

Fall Interim Programs

  • First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of October.
  • Final Payment, including all related tuition fees, is due the first Friday of December.

Spring Interim Programs

  • First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of March.
  • Final Payment, including all related tuition fees, is due the first Friday of May.

Summer Programs

  • First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of March.
  • Final Payment, including all related tuition fees, is due one month before the trip departure date.

...more on payment deadlines

airplanePointerFirst Program Fee Payment

Your emailed study abroad acceptance letter (the one that says that you have been officially accepted to participate) includes a link to a statement for your first payment. This statement will not be sent to you in any other way. No one else will receive this statement or a copy of your bill; no further reminders will be sent. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the payment deadlines; you will need to forward your statement to the person who pays your bills if you are not that person!!!

The initial Program Fee Statement is also provided here. You can use this copy or the copy included in your acceptance letter (they are identical) when paying your fees.

airplanebulletpointSecond Program Fee Payment

You will receive a link to a statement for your second payment VIA EMAIL from the Office of International Education just prior to the second payment deadline. Some programs have been advertised using a range of fees; if this is the case, you must plan to cover fees at the top end of the range until you receive your second statement. This statement will indicate whether there have been cost savings due to increased participant numbers, exchange rates, etc. and, therefore, a reduced program fee.

airplanebulletpointTuition Payment

If your program includes a required tuition payment IN ADDITION TO YOUR PROGRAM FEE, this will be clearly indicated on the Full Cost of Participation Worksheet linked within the "Apply" section of this guide.

For interim programs, follow the program fee payment deadlines ($1,000 total due by the first deadline date, the remaining tuition and program fee due by the final deadline date).

For semester & summer programs, tuition will be billed by Student Accounts just before the term at UW Oshkosh begins, just as it normally is. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the normal university tuition payment deadlines.

airplanebulletpointPayment by Cash or Check

All payments by cash or check must be accompanied by a copy of your program fee statement. Make checks payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and write “Study Abroad” in the memo section. Pay fees at the Cashier's Office on the second floor of Dempsey Hall or mail your check to: Cashier's Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Cashier office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30-4:00 (8:30-3:00 the day after Thanksgiving).

airplanebulletpointPayment by Credit Card or E-check

Payment by MasterCard or American Express carries a 2.5% convenience fee and can be made through TitanWeb E-checks carry a fee of $0.50 per transaction.

airplanebulletpointPayment by Financial Aid, Grant, Scholarship or External Loan

Submit the "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form to Student Accounts by the first payment deadline. Students who plan to to cover some costs on their own and remaining costs using financial aid, grants or scholarships must pay costs not covered by aid/loans/scholarships, up to $1,000, by the first payment deadline.

For UW Oshkosh students, financial aid will automatically be applied toward study abroad-related fees on your student account. If you are a student elsewhere, you may need to pick up your change check from your home campus, cash the check, and send payment to UW Oshkosh.

Once your "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form has been submitted, a "positive service indicator" will appear on your record indicating that financial aid will be paying your study abroad program fees.  This should not prevent you from doing anything except printing transcripts.


Scholarships offered through UW Oshkosh and outside organizations. 


Flight & Program Schedule

airplanePointerOshkosh - Departure (Spring Interim Group)

Mode of transportation: school bus

Meeting Date & Time: 30 May 2014 at 9:45 AM

Departure Time: 30 May 2014 at 10:00 AM

Departure Location: Parking Lot 30 (616 Pearl Ave, next to Gruenhagen)

airplanePointerFrom Oshkosh to the Airport

If the "mode of transportation" to the airport for your program is "bus", there is a bus scheduled to take participants from Oshkosh to the airport.

If there is a bus, and if you plan to ride the bus...
your on-line study abroad application must show "I will take the group bus from Oshkosh to the airport" on the transportation tab. You may request a pickup or end-of-program drop-off in Milwaukee by emailing If you don't make this request in advance, the bus will not stop in Milwaukee. Check your on-line application if you aren't sure what you indicated when you first applied; if the information is incorrect, edit your information AT LEAST two business days prior to your departure.

If there is a bus, and if you do not plan to ride the bus...
your on-line study abroad application must show "I will arrange for my own transportation from Oshkosh to the airport" on the transportation tab. It is then your responsibility to arrange for transportation between your residence and the airport and to arrange to meet the group at the airport. Check your on-line application if you aren't sure what you indicated when you first applied; if the information is incorrect, edit your information AT LEAST two business days prior to your departure.

Park in UW Oshkosh Lot 30 with a Valid UW Oshkosh Parking Permit

If you have a valid UW Oshkosh commuter parking permit (look for the “S” on your permit) AND will be away for one month or less over summer break or interim, you may park in university parking lot 30 (located next to Gruenhagen Conference Center), for the duration of your study abroad program.  You must use one of the stalls that is furthest from the parking lot entrance.  Check the expiration date on your parking permit to be sure that it is valid for the duration of your program. 

Students with “evening parking permits” (also called a night permit) may not leave cars parked in this lot for the duration of their program.

If you don't have a valid permit, you may purchase a temporary permit from Parking Services ((920) 424-4455) in the lower level of Blackhawk.

airplanePointerFlight - Departure (Fall Interim Group)

1 JANUARY 2015
4:55 PM Depart Chicago on Iberia Flight # 6274

1 JANUARY 2015
7:05 AM Arrive in Madrid

airplanePointerArrival Abroad

A representative from Spanish Learning will be at the airport in Madrid to pick up UW Oshkosh students who arrive together on a group flight.

airplanePointerProgram Schedule

Dates   January: Jan 01 - Jan   28, 2015
             Spring: Jan 01 - April 30, 2015
             Spring Interim: May 30 - June 27, 2015
             Spring Interim + Summer: May 30-July 29, 2015
             Fall: Aug 29 - Dec  11, 2014
             Other Dates (individual travel)

Extending Your Stay in Salamanca

Students taking advantage of the group travel option are encouraged to extend their stay in Salamanca. Students may elect to travel to Salamanca with the group but return to the U.S. on their own later in the summer, after fall semester or after spring semester. Students returning apart from the group must make arrangements on their own.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh reserves the right to make changes to itineraries, travel arrangements, hotels, excursions, activities or other arrangements made necessary by factors beyond its control. On certain dates when some attractions or activities may not be available, UW Oshkosh reserves the right to substitute alternate attractions or activities.

airplanebulletpointFlight - Return (Spring Interim Group)

29 JUNE 2014
10:25 AM Depart Madrid on Iberia Flight # 6277
12:45 PM Arrive in Chicago IL

airplanePointerFlight - Return (January Group)

28 JANUARY 2015
11:50 AM Depart Madrid on Iberia Flight # 6275
2:30 PM Arrive in Chicago IL

airplanePointerOshkosh - Return (Spring Semester Group)

Mode of transportation: participants arrange their own transportation home

airplanebulletpointOshkosh - Return (Spring Interim Group)

Mode of transportation: school bus

Estimated date & time: 29 June 2014, 4:30pm at the earliest

Return Location: Parking Lot 30 (616 Pearl Ave, next to Gruenhagen)

airplanebulletpointOshkosh - Return (January Group)

Mode of transportation: school bus

Estimated date & time: 287 January 2015, 5:30pm at the earliest

Return Location: Parking Lot 30 (616 Pearl Ave, next to Gruenhagen)

Visas & Residence Permits


A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country in a U.S. passport that makes it possible for the bearer to visit that foreign country.

U.S. citizens and citizens from many other countries must apply for a visa prior to entering the host country ONLY if staying in that country or in the "Schengen" area (borderless region of Europe) for 90 days or longer.

If you will be studying abroad for 90 or more days, you will learn how to apply for your student visa at orientation.

Health Insurance

If I am on a UW Oshkosh-sponsored program, do I have insurance for medical and emergency services while studying abroad?

YES - but only during your official program dates! UW System requires all participants on UW Oshkosh-sponsored programs abroad to purchase insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This insurance is included in your study abroad program fee; your coverage will begin on the first day on which you are required to be in the host country and end on or just after the last day on which you are required to be in the host country.

All benefits are clearly explained on the Description of Coverage. If your program begins

Are there additional insurance requirements?

In addition to CISI, all students studying through an Australian, German, Japanese or New Zealand university are required by the foreign government to carry additional health insurance and our partner in Canada (UNB) requires additional health insurance. You will receive instructions and the necessary paperwork to obtain your insurance card at your host university’s orientation.

How do I access information about my CISI coverage and print my insurance card?

Instructions on accessing information and printing your insurance card, among other things, are available from the myCISI portal. Use the CISI Participant Portal to

  • View, print and email your
    • Consulate letter (if you are applying for a visa to enter a foreign country, you may need this),
    • Claim form (submit this directly to CISI)
  • Access travel-related sites.
  • Research country specific information.
  • Access a personal security assistance website.
  • Extend your coverage (prior to or following your program dates).

I will arrive abroad prior to my official program start date and/or will return after my official program end date. Do I need to extend my insurance coverage if I'm on a UW Oshkosh-sponsored program?

YES! If you don't extend your insurance coverage, you won't be covered. Follow the instructions to extend coverage in the myCISI portal. You must pay for the additional coverage directly to CISI at the time that you request the extension.

Can I use my personal health insurance plan without purchasing additional insurance for travel abroad?

If studying on a UW Oshkosh-sponsored Program, no. UW System does not allow for the exemption of any participant for any reason.

If you are studying through a program not sponsored by or affiliated with UW Oshkosh, sickness and accident coverage while in a foreign country may be included in your personal health insurance plan, but it is rare for personal health insurance plans to cover medical evacuation, security evacuation, repatriation or emergency medical reunion. BEFORE you travel you should be familiar with the type of coverage you have and the steps you need to take in order to use your policy abroad. If you are not satisfied that you have sufficient coverage abroad, you can purchase a temporary policy.

My insurance company requires me to be a full-time student in order to take advantage of a lower premium. Will study abroad affect my ability to keep this premium?

Your insurance company may require you to be a full-time student in order to take advantage of lower premiums. IF you are NOT enrolled in classes at UW Oshkosh for a full semester (i.e. you are transferring credits back to UW Oshkosh at the end of your study abroad program), AND you are NOT enrolled for full-time credit through another accredited U.S. institution, this may affect your premiums. Information on your enrollment status is automatically extracted from UW Oshkosh records and sent to a Clearinghouse, which many insurance companies monitor. You will show up in the Clearinghouse as “not enrolled” at UW Oshkosh IF you are not enrolled for courses AT UW OSHKOSH, and your premiums may be affected.

In order to avoid problems, contact your insurance company BEFORE leaving for your study abroad destination. Your insurance company will either give you a form or a list of information which they need. You can fax this form/list to the institution abroad for verification of full-time status while studying there.

Please note that if you are on Academic Leave of Absence, you are being reported by UW Oshkosh as "not enrolled."

What are some insurance supplements or alternatives?

  • If you need comprehensive security evacuation insurance, Global Rescue and International SOS both offer to individuals.
  • At $22, the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is a popular option for students. The ISIC can be purchased on line; policy details are available from the link above. To call STA Travel: 1-800-329-9537 (menu option “Student, youth and teacher identity cards”). A second option is to search on the internet or contact your local travel agent. There are many other insurance companies that will cover you during your time abroad.

What are medical evacuation, security evacuation, repatriation and medical reunion?

Medical evacuation, security evacuation and repatriation benefits cover the insured when the insured is moved to a location outside of the host country or returned to the U.S. because a medical condition cannot be treated locally, because of a security risk at the site abroad or because of the death of the insured. Medical reunion benefits cover a family member who travels to the location where the insured is undergoing medical treatment. If you have medical reunion, identify one or more family members who have a valid passport as your emergency contact. Anyone not holding a valid passport will need to apply for one before being able to take advantage of emergency medical reunion.

Is the insurance offered through CISI sufficient?

CISI insurance is not comprehensive. It is each participant's responsibility to review the policy for sufficient coverage. If you feel that coverage is insufficient, purchase additional coverage through your insurance agent. Do not cancel your health insurance policy in the U.S. while you are gone. In most cases, your international policy will cover you while you are gone and/or bring you back to the U.S., but once you return, your domestic policy will need to provide coverage.


Emergency Contacts

In a life and death emergency ABROAD

U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.

To reach your student directly

If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F)

Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education -
Kelsey McDaniels, Study Abroad Advisor -
Emily Hoffmann: Hessen & NSE Advisor -
Mary Reinke: Program Manager -
Sarah Christensen : International Student Advisor -
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours

University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216

To reach an on-site local contact, IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY.

June Only:
The UW Oshkosh program leader can be reached using the contact information listed under Accommodation in this guide.

All time periods:

Spanish Learning - (Mr.) Fº Javier Salvadores Vega, Director
This is the organization that supports the full program in Spain.
Address: Paseo del Rollo 46-48 7º 3ª, 37003 Salamanca, Spain

  • Home/Office Phone: 011-34 923 60 45 85
  • Mobile Phone: 011-34-619-916-155
  • Email: or
  • Spanish Learning Staff - Sonia Tapioles; Tel:  011-34-683-415-497; email:
  • Spanish Learning Staff - Samantha Morante; Tel:  011-34-683-416-253; email:
  • If you use the home/office number, please be aware that while Javier speaks a bit of English, his wife Elena does not. Be sure to identify your student by name before identifying yourself. The phone connection is not always clear, so speak slowly and enunciate well.

Cursos Internacionales at Universidad de Salamanca
This is the intensive language school where participants will study. You will be able to communicate in English by phone, fax or email.

  • Address: Patio de Escuelas Menores s/n, 37008 Salamanca, España.
  • Tel: 011-34-923-294-418
  • Fax 011-34-923-294-504
  • Email:


To help you prepare for your travel experience away, we'll begin with an orientation through which we'll share information on topics such as course registration & enrollment, flights, itineraries, housing, meals, emergency contacts, financial planning, program withdrawal, health & personal security, and travel.

Your orientation consists of:

  • required reading materials
  • required on-line presentation
  • orientation quiz submitted to the OIE
  • optional in-person Q&A
  • in-person orientation with program leaders or department advcoates (These may be required or optional, or may not be offered for your particular program; check your program web guide and/or with your program leader for more information.)

The orientation deadline for fall interim & spring semester programs is the 2nd Friday in November and for spring interim, summer and fall semester programs is the 2nd Friday in April.

  • Participants who do not complete the orientation requirements prior to the orientation deadline will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
  • Share the this orientation with parents, spouses, and/or other family members who may also want to review the orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who would like to participate.


airplanebulletpointReading Materials - REQUIRED

Before beginning your on-line orientation, review the materials listed below; you will refer to these materials during the on-line orientation. Share these materials with interested family members.

airplanebulletpointOn-line Orientation - REQUIRED

Schedule approximately 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation.

To access the on-line orientation

  • Open the study away orientation in PowerPoint.
  • Click on the "Slide Show" tab along the top menu.
  • Click on the "Custom Slide Show" menu item.
  • Choose your program.

airplanebulletOrientation Quiz - REQUIRED

Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the orientation deadline.

airplanebulletProgram-specific Orientation - REQUIRED

All participants are required to complete the in-person program-specific orientation. This orientation covers topics not already covered in the on-line orientation and focuses on topics about which participants will have questions and will need clarification.

Participants who do not complete in-person program-specific orientation will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.

Your in-person program-specific orientation will be held on

  • Mandatory Site Specific Orientation for Spring Semester students studying in Spain - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 4-5 pm in Dempsey 202.
  • Mandatory Site Specific Orientation for Summer & Fall Semester students studying in Spain - Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 3-4 pm in Dempsey 202.

airplanebulletpointIn Person Q & A - OPTIONAL (Formerly called "Family Orientation")

Following completion of the on-line orientation, participants are invited to attend an OPTIONAL, in-personQ & A session on:

  • Fall Interim & Spring Semester programs: Sat, 11/8/14, 9:00am-1:00pm, Location TBA
  • Spring Interim, Summer and Fall Semester programs: Sat, 4/11/15, 9:00am-1:00pm, location TBA

Family member attendance at the Q & A session is invited and encouraged. Family members who plan to attend the Q & A session should understand that this will not replace the orientation outlined above. Family members should review the full orientation prior to attending in person.

Driving Directions to in-person Orientation: From highway 41, take the highway 21 exit east into Oshkosh (from the south, take a right; from the north, take a left).  After crossing the bridge, take a right onto High Avenue. Parking is available in Parking Lots 15 & 32 (available from High or Algoma) or Lot 34 (available from Elmwood). You can purchase a parking permit on campus (the parking office is accessible from Lot 15) or park only in lots with a meter. Campus Map

Accommodation During In-person Orientation: Accommodation is available on the Oshkosh campus to participants & family members. To make reservations, contact Gruenhagen Conference Center at (920) 424-1106. Be sure to reference the study abroad orientation when you call.


Cultural Adjustment Resources


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Culture & Key Facts


  • Fodors: French, German, Italian, Spanish useful phrases and word lists
  • Travlang: foreign language useful phrases and word lists with AUDIO


Polk Library

  • Back in the U.S.A.: Reflecting on your study abroad experience and putting it to work
  • Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication
  • Cross Cultural Communication: A Visual Approach
  • Developing Intercultural Awareness: A Cross-Cultural Training Handbook
  • Do's and Taboos of Preparing for Your Trip Abroad
  • Everybody's Guide to People Watching
  • Mindsets: The Role of Culture and Perception in International Relations
  • Safety and Study Abroad (32 minute video)
  • Study Abroad: A Parent's Guide
  • Survival Kit for Overseas Living: for Americans planning to live and work abroad
  • Whole World Guide to Culture Learning

This page was last updated on: October 1, 2014