The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. MU professor Mamadou Badiane will lead this six-credit program in Oviedo, Spain.
The University of Oviedo, where students will take courses at La Casa de las Lenguas, is located on the north coast of Spain. In Oviedo, participants will take courses with students from a wide variety of countries, while learning about Spanish and European cultures. Participants will also be immersed in the Spanish language and culture outside of the classroom, as homestays are provided with Spanish families. This program is a fantastic way to improve students' knowledge of the Spanish language, history and literature by experiencing the culture firsthand.
Students will take a placement exam that will qualify them for one of three tracks for a total of six credit hours. The language and culture courses will be taught by University of Oviedo faculty members. The Spanish literature course will be taught by Professor Badiane.
All students will be enrolled in actual MU courses. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.
MU students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.
Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.
The University of Oviedo, one of the oldest universities in Spain, was founded in 1574 and began teaching classes in 1608. The University has been offering language and culture classes for international students since 1978. University of Oviedo staff from the Las Casa de las Lenguas will arrange all student accommodations and land travel for the duration of the program.
Students will live with a Spanish host family, which will offer them the unique opportunity to strengthen their language skills and learn about Spanish life. Host families will provide students with room and full board for the duration of the program. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by host families and during excursions.
Oviedo is an ideal place to be immersed in the Spanish language and culture. Oviedo is a town of medieval origin, located in Northern Spain, the region of Asturias. Oviedo offers visitors a breathtaking landscape of valleys and mountains, close proximity to Asturian beaches, and the tranquility characteristic of a small city in Spain. Asturias is one of the most distinctive regions in all of Spain; it is rich with pre-Romanesque art and architecture, gastronomical delights, and hospitable people.
Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad. Travel might include visits to:
University of Missouri faculty member Mamadou Badiane, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will accompany the students to Oviedo as the faculty program director.
Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.
I was born in Senegal where I attended high school. I then spent three years at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, where I was granted a scholarship to further my studies in Spain. From Spain, I moved to New York City, where I received my bachelor's of arts in Spanish and French at Hunter College (CUNY). After that, I moved to Iowa City, Iowa, to pursue a master's of arts and Ph.D. in Spanish. I have been teaching at MU since 2006. I have traveled to Spain, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Gambia and France.
In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.
Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.
If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.
Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.
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Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the early acceptance date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for International Center scholarship funds reserved for early acceptance applicants. Applications are still welcome after the early acceptance date, but must be received by the final application deadline for consideration.
We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.
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