Study Abroad at the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset
About Study Abroad in Toledo through Arcadia
You can design a study experience through Arcadia in Toledo that's uniquely yours! Choose to enroll in a variety of courses or undertake an internship at the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, and/or directly enroll in courses alongside Spanish students at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM). All programs require knowledge of Spanish language (2 years study or equivalent).
The Fundación José Ortega y Gasset is a degree-granting institution that focuses on strengthening knowledge of Spanish language and culture. You can enroll in either five or six, three-credit courses per semester, for a total of 15-18 hours of credit. Six credits must be in Spanish language at a level that matches your proficiency. Courses are taught exclusively in Spanish, by Spanish professors.
- Study in a former 16th century convent in the heart of the historical district of one of Spain’s loveliest and most culturally-rich cities.
- The widely-respected Fundación José Ortega y Gasset is within walking distance of some of the most famous landmarks of Toledo, la Capital de las Tres Culturas.
- Enroll in a wide range of courses in Spanish language and culture, with the opportunity to complete an internship or service learning course.
- Students take part in a four-day excursion to Morocco.
- A summer program is also available.
The program requires that you have 4 semesters (or the equivalent level of proficiency) of Spanish to enroll. But, there’s no reason to be intimidated! The courses were designed with the specific needs of the non-native speaker of Spanish in mind. Class sizes are small (typically under 30-35 students per class) and you will find the instructors to be both knowledgeable and approachable. Because much of your learning will take place outside of the classroom, you will be encouraged to participate in the many field study activities sponsored by the Fundación.
The learning environment of the Fundación complements the rich historical backdrop of Toledo. Classes are held in the San Juan de la Penitencia, a former 16th-century convent. While the convent retains old world charm, it's replete with modern amenities. What's more, the Penitencia offers magnificent views of the old city from its tower and its beautiful, cloistered courtyard provides a wonderful retreat for studying or meeting with friends.
If you would like to further immerse yourself in Spanish culture, it may be possible to incorporate an internship or service learning opportunity as part of your studies. Both the internship and service learning options require students to enroll in specific courses that complement their work/service in the field along with other courses chosen from among the liberal arts offerings at the Fundación. More information about these exciting opportunities is available here.
Students spend four days and three nights in Morocco through Morocco Exchange, a non-profit organization for cross-cultural education.
This exciting excursion is included in the Toledo program fee and covers transportation to and from Morocco, accommodation (required home-stay and hotel accommodation) and most meals!
Students will participate in a range of cross-cultural activities, including discussions about Islamic culture and politics, visiting various historic and cultural sites and attending sessions with Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright Scholars, along with hiking and exploring.
Those students who participate in this program are eligible for notation on their Co-Curricular Learning Certificate.
Note: Granada and Barcelona students may also participate on this excursion for an additional fee.
You will earn the following semester hours of credit:
- Fall and spring semester: 15-18 credits
- Academic year: 30-36 credits
GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation from a Spanish faculty member and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.
- Fall semester: April 20
- Spring semester: October 1
- Academic year: April 20