2012 Southwestern Summer Study Abroad Programs

Application deadline: February 3, 2012

Granada, Spain

May 25 - July 7, 2012

Students apply to Southwestern, not to API directly.

Download an application here.

Academic Programs International (API) in collaboration with Southwestern University have created a program in Granada, Spain specially designed for Southwestern students. Advanced Spanish in Granada is a six-week, eight-credit program for students with a minimum of two years of college-level Spanish.


The cost for this six-week program is not yet confirmed (summer 2011 = $5,300). The program fee includes: tuition for eight credits, room and meals with the host family, laundry service once a week, airport pick-up and ground transportation to and from the airport as well as all API organized excursions, hotel and breakfast costs during organized excursions, entrance fees during excursions and cultural activities, API resident director, medical insurance, and tutoring sessions.The fee does not include airfare to and from Madrid, Spain (students are responsible for their own flight arrangements), lunch and dinner on excursions, transportation within Granada, internet café expenses, or passport and personal expenses (toiletries, activities, snacks, personal travel, etc.)


While in Granada, students will live with carefully selected host families who will provide students with three meals per day and laundry service.  Two students will be assigned to each family.

Plan of Study/Classes

During the week, students will attend classes taught by Southwestern professors.  Students will select between Cultures of Spain (15-354) offered by Dr. Katy Ross, and International Business (30-304) offered by Professor Andy Ross and taught in English.  Students will also take one advanced Spanish course (15-304).  Several academic visits related to the content of the courses will be arranged outside of the classroom.  


The program begins with a two-day orientation in Madrid.  Students will attend sessions on cultural adaptation, host family living and safety while also visiting some of Madrid’s most important sites.  A guided visit to the Alhambra - the greatest Moorish monument in Spain and an overnight excursion to Sevilla will also be on the itinerary.


Students who have met the language prerequisite (the equivalent of Spanish IV) are encouraged to apply. Selection will be based on GPA, recommendations, the essay, and performance in previous Spanish courses.**Students apply to Southwestern, not to API directly. **


Lucea, Jamaica

May 10 - May 30, 2012

Download an application here, as well as a faculty recommendation form.

Introduction and Plan of Study/Class

Successful completion of the program will yield 3 credits and a Social Science distribution credit. The Jamaica program is being led by Dr. Stephen Marble, Professor of Education.

The centerpiece of this course will be living with families for almost three weeks in one of the oldest continually settled communities in Jamaica: Lucea, a village of about 7,800 on Jamaica’s northwest coast. Lucea is also located between the tourist meccas of Negril and Montego Bay, and many residents of Lucea work in the tourism industry. As we live in the community, and help out as requested in the local schools and other community institutions, we will be studying the ways in which the Caribbean has been and still is constituted by global forces, focusing particularly on the current role of tourism. Before departure students will be required to participate in periodic sessions throughout the spring semester, as well as a two-day on campus seminar. Upon return to Georgetown, there will be a final seminar.


The cost for the 2012 Jamaica Service Learning Project is approximately $3,000. This price includes housing and most meals, tuition, and airfare. There will also be visits to nearby locations to explore various constructions of
Jamaican life. Transportation for the excursion is also covered in the program price.


Students will live with carefully selected families in Lucea. Living with a family is one of the best ways to enhance cultural immersion. The on-site coordinator will arrange housing based on student needs, and the faculty director and the on-site coordinator will be available to assist with any concerns related to housing.


San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica

May 13 - July 7, 2012


Students apply to Southwestern, not to API directly.


Spanish III & IV

More information here:

Download an application here 

Download a faculty recommendation form here


Students will be able to attend a program run by Academic Programs International (API) in San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica. Southwestern faculty will not be accompanying this program, but API has a well developed on-site structure and students will be well taken care of.


  • receive credit for Spanish III and IV
  • study in a beautiful region of Costa Rica
  • live with a carefully selected host family
  • optional volunteer opportunity in the local community
  • participate in program-sponsored field trips at no additional charge


  • Program fee is $5,275
    • Includes:
      • Tuition
      • Room and meals with host family
      • Program excursions
      • Health insurance
      • Tutoring sessions
      • On-site support services