• Location: Oviedo, Spain (Map)
  • Dates: Spring 2018
  • Class requirement: Sophomore
  • GPA requirement: 2.5
  • Prerequisite courses:

Nestled in the mountains with the ocean just a half-hour away, Oviedo is a great place to study Spanish. In the advanced language program, you'll spend interim and the spring semester living and studying in Spain.

Almost everywhere you look, you’ll see reminders of a rich and long history surrounded by remarkable beauty. Oviedo, considered one of Spain’s cleanest and most elegant cities, is located in the center of the mountainous terrain of Asturias. From the 35,000-year-old Paleolithic Cave Art to the university walls scarred by the 1934 Revolution of Asturias, vestiges of human history are evident everywhere.

Just to the north you will find the cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Asturian coast reaching into the Cantabrian Sea, and in all other directions you will see the peaks of the Cantabrian mountain range, home of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful national park. This is the natural setting surrounding Oviedo, one of Spain’s historic university towns and an ideal place for you to meet Spaniards of all ages and to deepen your understanding of the Spanish language and culture.

Our semester in Spain programs partner with the Casa de las Lenguas at the University of Oviedo, where you’ll take courses in Spanish language and culture. You’ll also live with a local family and learn about the Spanish way of life firsthand.

Oviedo, Spain

Oviedo is on the northern coast of Spain. It is located 16 miles from the Atlantic coast and 270 miles northwest of Madrid.

Approx. 225,000, with more than 860,000 in the metropolitan area
Things to do
  • Walk around the beautiful pedestrian zone
  • Attend a pro soccer or basketball game
  • Take public transit to one of the many beaches on the coast, mountain hiking trails or ski stations during the winter
  • Golf at one of four local courses
  • Take in a concert at one of Oviedo's two music auditoria, or visit one of the many museums in town
  • Make day-trips to regional destinations like León, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao and Burgos
  • Take extended trips to cities like Barcelona, Granada or Madrid
Oviedo's climate is moderate and is generally described as oceanic (similar to the Pacific Northwest). Temperatures range from an average high in the mid-70s F (low 20's C) in the summer to an average low in the mid-40s F (low 10's C) in the winter.
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The prerequisite for the Interim/Spring semester program is SPAN 301.

All students will take:

  • STSP 315: Contemporary Spanish Civilization, taught by the Calvin director
  • At least once Spanish language class at the appropriate level at the La Casa de las Lenguas.

In addition, students who have completed SPAN 302 or SPAN 34x on campus will enroll in at least one university class taught at the University of Oviedo. Students may choose from among hundreds of courses regularly offered to Spanish university students in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines.

Most students will take STSP 308 and 309 in Spain, which are the Calvin courses offered there. Majoring students are advised to reserve those courses for their semester abroad.  Those who are completing a second semester abroad or who have taken 308 and/or 309 on campus should discuss their case with their advisors or the program director.

Previous to the program orientation, the directing professor will provide documentation to facilitate course selection. Given that the selection and enrollment situation in Oviedo is more complicated, you should not fill out the “Course Selection Sheet” (part of the common program application) for Spain.

Contact Alisa Tigchelaar for additional information concerning courses. Learn more about direct-enroll transfer credits in academic services.

Course Fulfillments

All courses will count toward a Spanish major or minor.


As part of this language program, you will live in a Spanish household in Oviedo.


You must be of at least sophomore status and have a 2.5 GPA or higher to study in Spain. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors if there are more applicants than there are spots in the program.

You must be planning to study Spanish at an advanced level to be considered. You must successfully complete SPAN 301 before beginning the program.

The Spring Semester in Spain is offered every Spring.


The final program cost is expected to be within $2,000-$6,000 of Calvin tuition and room and board on campus. More specific cost information will be sent with your acceptance letter. The final program cost is based on many factors and is not known exactly until the number of students in the group has been identified. The financial information page covers the details that go into the cost of the program and rough estimates for each. The cost for the Advanced Spain semester will include:

  • Round trip transportation between Grand Rapids and Oviedo
  • A number of program-related excursions
  • Tuition, room and board
  • Local transit
  • Visa fees

Additional expenses not included in the program fee: passport, books, medical insurance (required) and spending money.


Click the Application link above to see more information and to submit an application to the Off-Campus Programs Office. The final application deadline for the SPRING 2017 program will be September 15, 2017.

Questions / contact

Alisa Tigchelaar

Alisa Tigchelaar

Associate Professor
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Edward Miller

Edward Miller

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Dwight TenHuisen

Dwight TenHuisen

Professor, Department Chair
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