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Study Abroad Program 2023 in Madrid


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Rio Hondo College is a member of the Southern California Foothill Consortium, a cooperative enterprise among more than 10 California Community Colleges.

Rio Hondo College students will have the opportunity to study abroad in the spring semester of 2023. The capital of Spain, Madrid, is where students will spend 12 weeks enriching their knowledge and to discover the Spanish culture and its cultural heritage.

Rio Hondo College offers this new program, run by neighboring Citrus College, to students interested in expanding their horizons who also meet the requirements to participate in this opportunity.


Students wishing to be part of the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in 12 or more units at an accredited college, must enroll in 12 units in the spring of 2023, and the student must be at least 18 years old when the program starts.

If the student meets all the requirements, the next step is to apply for the Southern California Foothills Consortium Study Abroad Program with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and complete the AIF application. After completing the application, students will receive more information, as well as next steps.

Faculty and courses

First, study abroad students will be enrolled in different general education classes to respond satisfactorily to each student’s educational project. Additionally, classes will be taught by teachers from Rio Hondo College, Citrus College, Cuyamaca College, and local Spanish instructors.

Some of the courses students can enroll in are:

SPAN 127 – Spanish Civilization,

SPAN 101 – Spanish I,

SOC 114 – Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships

SOC 201 – Introduction to Sociology

ENGL 280 – Introduction to Women’s Literature

ENGL 291 -Film as Literature, among other classes.

The full list is on the Citrus College website. At the same time, students will also be able to choose an online course abroad.

Fees and scholarships

According to the official website for this program, Citrus College, based on enrollment of 45 to 64 participants, the fee per person is $8,245. The program includes aaccommodation in student apartments or homestays, a Madrid Metro pass for unlimited travel by metro, buses and trams in central areas, orientation program in Madrid, in addition to other tourist activities in the city.

These fees do not include airfare, meals other than those listed, which are breakfast daily and dinner five nights a week, personal expenses, and any additional trips or excursions arranged by course teachers .

However, there are scholarships available that you can apply for, for example, AIFS Ambassador Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship. Additionally, you can check the college’s financial aid page for more information on internal or external scholarships.

Program deadlines

The deadline for the registration deposit of $450 is November 23, 2022

Total balance due December 23, 2022

Mandatory orientation on January 21, 2023

US Department: Thursday, February 16, 2023

Arrival in Madrid: Friday, February 17, 2023

Departure from Madrid: Saturday May 13, 2023

For more information, please contact Professor Rebecca Green at [email protected]