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This page will be updated several times until students depart for Spain. Check back regularly for answers to your questions.

Who should I contact with questions about the program?

Inquiries can be directed to program directors Dr. Scott DeVries or Dr. Nan Hussey or to the Study Abroad office.

How can someone contact me while I am on the program?

As the date for our departure approaches, the specifics of the itinerary, including hotel addresses and phone numbers, will be posted on this site. During your stay with the host family in Spain, phone calls can be placed to these private residences; although for informal, non emergency calls, it is better to use a phone card and call from one of the many public phones in the Salamanca area. Also, like in the rest of Europe, Spain has extensive coverage for cellular phone service. Check with your provider to see what kind of European coverage and international rates it offers. Many students purchase a phone in Spain with a pay-as-you-go plan for the duration of the program. These plans are relatively inexpensive and do not limit you to land based pay phones, your host family’s line, or the exorbitant rates that hotels may charge to make and receive calls. Finally, as part of the tuition for the program at Dile Cursos in Salamanca, all students will have access to computing services at the school which includes a connection to the internet. Additionally, inexpensive internet cafes with fast connections and all the most current plug-ins and software are common throughout Spain. Also, DILE, the hotels where we will stay, and some host families have wifi access and will give you a password to their network.

Is Spain safe?

Like any modern nation, Spain’s cities have their share of problems with petty crime. Our program, however, will not visit any of the areas in any of the cities where crime has become a problem. Students on the program may elect to visit any part of any city we are in during periods of free time when no activities have been planned with the program. These informal visits in the cities where we are staying are encouraged and can be an especially important part of the study abroad experience. However, all of the same precautions a student would use on Bethel’s campus should be employed when venturing out at night in Spain: do not go out alone, remain aware of your surroundings, do not loiter in dark and secluded places. The program is designed to give students free time at night to explore the cities we are in and there should be no problem finding other students who wish to go out. Additionally, the program director has planned regular informal outings where students can, if they wish, be accompanied by Dr. Morales in order to familiarize themselves with the layout of each city, to find good places for hanging out at night, and to identify the means of transportation which are available if students wish to visit places that are not within walking distance. In general, Spain is a nocturnal nation and people of all ages are out and about until well past 2 a.m. Thus, it is a safer place to be at night than most cities of similar size in the United States.

What’s the weather like in Spain where we will be?

The program’s itinerary includes cites in the central and northern part of Spain. These cities have very little humidity in the summer with warm days and cool nights. While we are in La Coruña, Bilbao, and Burgos, students should be prepared for even cooler temperatures, particularly at night. You should plan to dress as you might for those late spring days in Indiana with low humidity and plenty of sun: warm days, cool nights with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s and 40’s.

What if I don’t like the family I’ve been placed with?

Although all of the families that have been contracted to house students in Salamanca have been carefully screened and regularly evaluated by the staff at Dile Cursos, any problems that may arise with any student’s living situation will be speedily rectified. If there is any problem with your host family, no matter how small, please contact Program Director Nan Hussey immediately.

How will I get a grade for the classes on the program?

You will be assessed throughout the four-week portion of formal classes at Dile cursos and your grade will be determined by your attendance and your performance in these classes, just as it would in any class you take at Bethel College. The additional 3 credit Civilization and Culture or Special Topics in Art course will be taught by Dr. Nan Hussey on the trip, and assessments for the course will include several projects which you must prepare and research on the trip and present upon your return.

Can I travel within Spain during the program to a destination that is not among those listed in the itinerary?

There will be one free weekend scheduled during our four week stay in Salamanca. Students are free to do anything they wish during this weekend, but it is not recommended to travel too widely due to the requirement that students return for classes the following Monday.

Can I stay in Spain after the program has concluded?

Students may elect to remain in Spain and continue to travel after the program has concluded. This may involve extra costs if the departure city for the return flight to the United States is not Madrid or if the longer stay incurs a higher ticket price. In order to get the best deal if you are planning on staying longer, you should inform the program director as early as possible so that those arrangements can be made without incurring additional fees and penalties which are typically assessed by airlines in cases such as these.

What type of credit card is most accepted internationally? I want to take mine to Spain, and it's a Visa. Should I get a new one of another type like Discover or Mastercard?

Visa is the most widely accepted credit card, Mastercard is a distant second and almost no one accepts Discover in Europe. One piece of advice I can give you, it is a good idea to get a second card and keep it in a separate place from your primary card. That way, if you lose your first card, you can cancel it and still have a back up. Also, be sure to get an ATM card.

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