Cal Poly in Spain Fall 2018

Cal Poly Global Programs offer Cal Poly courses taught by Cal Poly faculty.

Spain offers students a rich history, extraordinary architecture, and a diverse multi-cultural population. Cal Poly in Spain is an optimal place to learn and improve your Spanish language skills while living with a Spanish family.

Valladolid, Spain

Valladolid lies 192 km. (115 miles) northwest of Madrid in one of Spain’s most visited areas of Old Castile (including Salamanca, Segovia, Avila, and Burgos). The city is compact and urban, and most of its locals do not speak English. Similar to other European regional capitals, Valladolid is has a combination of the old and the new with pleasant sidewalk cafes and narrow streets as well as modern structures and freeways that add to the unique charm of the city.

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This program is open to students in all majors.


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Not actively on academic probation
  • Good disciplinary standing

Minimum Enrollment

  • 16 students

Maximum Enrollment

  • 24 students

How to Apply

First, attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop and complete the Advising Module. Then, click the 'Apply Now' button to apply for this program.
Application available during Fall Quarter 2017. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

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Fall quarter offers students an extended stay, 12-week intensive 18-unit program. Students take two Cal Poly General Education course, two Spanish language classes, and a 2-unit activity course.

Course # Course Title Unit
SPAN 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, 301, or 302* Spanish
HIST 306 Witch-Hunt in Europe GE D5** 4
WLC 310 Culture of Spain GE C4 4
WLC 318 Spain Activities 2
*Choose 2 D3 credit may be requested via substitution on a case-by-case basis NOTE: Pre-requisites for WLC 310 and HIST 306 will be waived for the Fall 2018 program!

Paul Hiltpold

Dr. Hiltpold first went to Spain in 1977 and has lived a combined 15 of the past 36 years in Burgos and Valladolid. He is the co-creator of the Cal Poly in Spain Program, serving as Faculty Leader on 7 different occasions. He has also published scholarly works on 16th Century Spain and has won 13 teaching awards.

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