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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Madrid, Spain: Spanish Conversation and Cultural Immersion Virtual - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Sharpen your Spanish language skills in this intensive virtual visit to Spain. This virtual program will focus on improving your conversational Spanish skills while having an immersive cultural experience. The Spanish 17 course will augment your language learning, while integrating you with local communities. This course differs from a typical online course in that it focuses on cultural exchange and engagement with local communities and people in Spain, giving students an opportunity to learn more about the local culture and history.

    • Virtually tour cities like Segovia and Toledo, which were declared a World Heritage Site for their extensive cultural and architectural history

    • Experience Flamenco and other Spanish cultural arts directly through online ZOOM experiences.

    • Be paired with local Spanish language buddies

    Dates: July 6 - August 6, 2021
    All dates are subject to change.

    Program occurs within Session D

    Units: 3 units

    Language of Instruction:
    • SPANISH 17: Intermediate Spanish Conversation, Spanish History and Culture (3 units) 

    *Note: This program can be taken simultaneously with Spanish 3 or Spanish 4.

    • All course content will be delivered online.
    Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet.
    • Classes will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 12-3 p.m.


    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program 2.0 GPA or higher
    • Must have one year of beginning college-level Spanish by the start of the program
    • Alternatively, this program is also open to Heritage Speakers with sufficient language proficiency. Please email with any questions about eligibility and language level.


    • Application opens February 1, 2021
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is May 2, 2021

  • Courses

    For any questions regarding placement or program content, please contact Victoria Robertson at

    Course: Spanish 17
    Title: Intermediate Spanish Conversation, Spanish History and Culture
    Instructor: Victoria Robertson, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 unit
    Class Times: MWF 12-3 p.m.
    Prerequisites: Applicants must have at least one year of beginning college-level Spanish or equivalent by the start of the program. Alternatively, this program is also open to Heritage Speakers with sufficient language proficiency. Please email with any questions about eligibility and language level.

    You can fulfill the L&S Historical Studies breadth requirement by full participation in this Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may also fulfill.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into tuition and fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2021 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (3 units) $1,257 $1,650
    Program Fee $ - $ -
    Campus Fee $380 $ -
    Registration Fee $ - $450
    Document Management Fee $ - $62
    Total Cost $1,637 $2,162

    Fees are subject to change. Please note that the overall tuition amount you will be responsible for in Summer 2021 depends on how many total units you are enrolled in. These costs are only inclusive of the Summer Abroad program tuition costs

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    For Virtual Programs, students will participate from their own residences. Therefore, estimates of out-of-pocket expenses are not customized for each program. Each participant will determine their own unique living situation, be it with family, friends, or living independently. Because of this, each individual student must consider their own expenses and create an accurate individual budget for their summer.

    UC Berkeley students who have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act application and enroll in a minimum of 6 units will be eligible for financial aid. Financial aid eligible students who want more information on how out-of-pocket expenses will be packaged for this program can read about it here (PDF)

  • Timeline

    Program Dates
    July 6 - August 6, 2021
    Program occurs within Session D

    Program Deadlines
    All deadlines are 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PT).

    Submit Application May 2, 2021
    Cancel from Program w/ Refund* July 16, 2021
    Change Grading Option July 30, 2021

    *Adding or dropping any non-program course(s) should follow the normal Summer Sessions deadlines. Canceling from the program does not constitute cancellation from the summer term if you are enrolled in any non-program courses.

  • Instructors

    Victoria Robertson, Ph.D.
    Program Director & Spanish 17 Instructor

    Victoria Robertson was born to a Russian mother and a Spanish father. She lived long periods in Russia and Spain and is fluent in Russian and Spanish, as well as in English. Victoria holds a Ph.D. degree in Spanish literature from the University of Washington. She has taught Spanish language, literature, and civilization in several universities and community colleges in Idaho, Washington, and California. She is an expert on contemporary Spanish theater and is a published author. 2018 will be Victoria's seventh time to lead the Language and Culture program in Madrid (Spain) offered through Study Abroad at UCB.

    Please see the course catalog for the instructors and sections available for Spanish N3 and N4.