The KIIS two-week program in Segovia, Spain exposes students to Spanish culture and history by offering courses that are part of the General Education offerings for colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and surrounding states. Courses are taught in English, and classes are held five days a week for four hours.
Segovia is a beautiful provincial capital set in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. The city has a visible history that dates back to pre-Roman times. Segovia's 1st-century aqueduct is a living lesson on art and history. Its majestic cathedral was the last Gothic structure built in Spain, and the Alcazar, the fortress/castle, sits like the prow of an imaginary ship against the background of blue Segovia skies. Segovia also offers a weekly open-air market, picturesque plazas and cafes, a lively nightlife and frequent cultural events.
Only 60 miles north of Madrid, Segovia's location makes it ideal for individual and group excursions. The program includes one-day excursions to Toledo,Salamanca, Avila and Madrid.
Please note: No Spanish is required (all instruction is in English). Students with some language proficiency may be able to improve their knowledge of Spanish culture as well as their speaking skills through interactions with their homestay family and local people.
COMM 263 Fundamentals of Communication and Culture*
PSY 220 Introduction to Developmental Psychology
SPAN 105 Introduction to Hispanic Culture
*Fulfills Colonnade Connections: Social & Cultural credit.
Note: All courses are taught in English and are part of the General Education or Core Curriculum requirements for all institutions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. No Spanish is required (all instruction is in English). Students with some language proficiency may be able to improve their knowledge of Spanish culture as well as their speaking skills through interactions with their homestay family and local people. Each student must select one three-credit hour course. Course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer your grade to your home institution approximately 12 weeks after the completion of the program. We encourage all students - long before KIIS program departure - to contact their Academic Advisor, Department Head, and/or the Study Abroad Office to determine the credit equivalencies at their home institution (that is, confirm ahead of time with your college or university how your desired KIIS courses will count towards your major and/or overall degree requirements). Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment.
A key feature of the two-week Spain-May program is that all students live with carefully chosen Spanish families in Segovia. This affords students the opportunity to experience the culture of daily life in Spain. Generally, no more than two or three students will be placed with each family. All meals are taken with the host family, who will also provide towels, bed linens, and laundry facilities. Most families live in or near the city center and relatively close to our classroom building, the Centro KIIS, which is located in the beautiful and historic Plaza Mayor of Segovia.
Please note: Many Europeans smoke, and KIIS cannot guarantee that the housing will be smoke-free, either from the occupants or their guests. Host families will attempt to accommodate special diets and a smoke-free environment, but KIIS cannot guarantee that all requests can or will be met entirely. Students with serious dietary restrictions or acute need for smoke-free conditions should bear this in mind when considering whether the home stay-based program is suitable for them.