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Updated Application + Deposit Deadline: February 15, 2009

Master of Arts in Spanish (Spain Summer Program)

The Sacramento State Master of Arts Spanish Summer Program offers participants a total Spanish immersion experience, featuring homestay accommodations with selected host families and an academic program of courses, educational tours, and lectures by scholars and authors. The programs provide college students and Spanish teachers with the opportunity to perfect their competence in the four language skills (comprehension, speaking, reading and writing) and the chance to gather personal examples and anecdotes from their daily immersion in the culture of the country. Through both formal instruction and informal contacts with people, participants will gain a cultural and linguistic understanding of Spanish. The directors and teaching faculty are all experienced academic tour leaders who understand the importance of a solid but pleasant academic experience.

The Summer 2009 program will take place in Spain, cradle of all Hispanic civilization. A cultural tour of the capital and southern part of the country will be followed by four weeks of classes in the lovely and lively Castilian city of Valladolid, located in the central plateau of the country. Birthplace of Phillip II and home at various times to Christopher Columbus and even Miguel de Cervantes, Valladolid is now a modern, thriving university city with a true Spanish flavor. Undisturbed by tourists, yet full of wonderful plazas, museums, eateries, and nightspots, it is the perfect place for graduate study and the four-week homestay. Classes will be held on the campus of the historic Universidad de Valladolid.

In response to requests from graduate students and Spanish teachers alike, the Sacramento State Master of Arts in Spanish Program was created to offer the opportunity for summer study abroad at the graduate level in the areas of Hispanic literatures, cultures, and linguistics. Each summer our department offers a full six-week graduate program in either Mexico, Spain, Central or South America that combines a cultural tour with a month of intensive classes. The program enables participants to fully immerse themselves in a specific Spanish-speaking country and its culture, customs and history so that they can in turn share their knowledge and experiences with others.

Participants take courses in literature, linguistics, or civilization/culture, and the program is open to both our regular Sacramento State graduate students in Spanish, as well as those who can only take courses during the summer. Students can finish all course work in as little as three summers and then complete the culminating requirement the following November or March (thesis, project or comprehensive exam) to earn their master’s degree. Some students, of course, may elect to take courses over four summers or even skip summers, provided that the master’s is finished within a seven-year period.

Application Process

Updated Application + Deposit Deadline: February 15, 2009

If you are interested in applying to the Sacramento State graduate program, please send the graduate coordinator a photocopy of your Spanish and linguistic coursework for an evaluation of your prerequisites prior to officially applying to the graduate program in Spanish in the Sacramento State Department of Foreign Languages. At a later date, you will have to officially apply to Sacramento State as a graduate student and enroll for the Summer Graduate Program.
If program prerequisites are met, then formal application must be made by sending the graduate coordinator the following in one large envelope:

• A brief cover letter, followed by a one-page Statement of Purpose written in English or Spanish.

• A five-page writing sample in Spanish (from any previous coursework) that was graded by
an instructor.

• Two letters of recommendation if you did not complete your bachelor’s at Sacramento State.

• One sealed copy of your official transcripts.

Send to:

Edward Baranowski
Graduate Coordinator in Spanish
Mariposa Hall 2039
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6087

If accepted into the master’s program, then the applicant will need to officially apply online to the Office of Graduate Studies ( and enroll in the Spanish Summer Graduate Program ( These are two separate applications which must be completed only if formally accepted into the master’s program.

Click here to download the required Application for Travel Study for Spain 2009 as a PDF/printable file.

If you are a returning student or have just been accepted into the master’s program, you may fill out and mail the Travel Study application and deposit to:

Deborah Hansen
College of Continuing Education
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA

Click here for information about the Academic Program portion of the Spain 2009 Summer Graduate Program.

Click here for more information about the Master of Arts in Spanish Program.


For questions regarding the Master of Arts in Spanish Program, contact:

Dr. Edward Baranowski
Coordinator, Spanish Master’s Program
(916) 278-6336

Summer Program Cost

Total Cost: $5,350 This includes the 10-day cultural tour (double occupancy in all hotels plus two daily meals), 0-6 units of academic credit, homestay in Valladolid (double occupancy), all ground transportation within Spain, all excursions, museum fees, and a flamenco show.

Students make and pay for their own airline reservations, which are not included in the cost of the program. They should plan on arriving in Madrid in the afternoon or evening of Thursday, June 25, and schedule their departure for any time on Monday, August 3. There will be no airport shuttle pickup and students should go straight to the hotel in Madrid upon arrival.

In order to reserve a place in a program, a payment of $1,000 payable to Sacramento State, should accompany each participant’s application, to be postmarked no later than January 15, 2009. After these dates, applications will be processed on a space-available basis only.

The College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State will not permit any specialized logistical or financial deviations to the fee structure or travel schedule for the Valladolid, Spain, graduate program. All participants will pay the same program costs, except when additional units (beyond the six units) are earned. Participants must travel to and from the destinations on the scheduled dates and participate in the homestay as well as all official tour activities.

Personal conduct: Participants will be held to the same level of conduct stipulated in the Sacramento State conduct code. At the director’s discretion, participants who are disruptive or dangerous to the group will be asked to leave at their own expense.

Deposit: Application + $1,000 by February 15, 2009 (Make checks payable to Sacramento State)

Second Payment:
$1,000 by March 1, 2009

Final Payment:
Remaining balance, $3,350 by May 1, 2009 (for a total of $5,350)

Units: Program fees include 0-6 units of academic credit transferable to most accredited universities. Students may enroll in an additional three units of course work at an additional cost of $225 per unit (for a total of $675) payable to Sacramento State. A maximum of nine units may be earned overall, but no more than two 200-level courses can be taken in a given summer.

Refund Deadlines:
Cancellation up to May 1, 2009: All but $150 of amount received will be refunded.
Cancellation between May 2 - June 1, 2009: All but $500 of amount received will be refunde
Cancellation after June 1, 2009: No refund (unless an approved replacement for the participant can
be found).

There will be no refund for unused portions of the program. Sacramento State is only responsible for providing instruction and academic support, and the program director reserves the right to cancel or substitute program sites should the necessity arise. Participants will be given the option to participate at the substitute site, though if they choose not to, all payments will be refunded in full.

All payments and paperwork from students who have already been accepted into the program should be submitted to:

Deborah Hansen
Travel Study Programs
College of Continuing Education
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6103

For questions about the Spain 2009 program, and general and admissions questions about the Spanish Masters program, please contact Professor Edward Baranowski at

Important Information: The College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State will not permit any specialized logistical or financial deviations to the fee structure or travel schedule for the Master of Arts in Spanish Program. All students will pay the same program cost, except when additional units beyond the six units are needed. Students must be in Madrid on the scheduled date and participate in the homestay and all official tour activities.

Spain 2009 is a specially-designed travel study program, and while in the past some modifications were permitted with individual students’ logistical plans, this has complicated matters for the College of Continuing Education. As a result, the dean of CCE will no longer permit any “tailor-made” logistical or financial deviations for any student or group of students. There will be no refunds for unused portions of the program.


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