Frequently-Asked Questions

Academics, Application and Selection

What are the selection criteria? 
Students will be selected based on general academic performance, performance in Spanish courses at Princeton, engagement in the program (participation in language tables, conferences, and events promoted by Spanish instructors), possible interest in being either a concentrator or a certificate student in Spanish, maturity and openness to new experiences and international traveling. All candidates will follow a selection process, which may include an interview by Princeton faculty.  

I am also interested in other programs. Can I apply to more than one? 
Yes, you must submit an application for each program that you want to apply for. As part of the application form in GPS, you will be asked to select whether you are applying to more than one program and which program is your first and your second choice. 

In the application, do I select which course I am applying to (207S or 310S)? How do I know which course I belong in? Yes, based on your current Spanish course/language placement you will select which course you are applying to. Please check the Spanish Course Sequence. If you are not sure, please contact the faculty director or visit the Language Learning page to find important information and contact information for the Spanish Language Program. 

Does SPA 310S fulfill a distribution requirement? 
Yes, it counts as an LA. SPA 207S does not fulfill a distribution requirement.

Can the courses be taken pass/fail? 
No.

Travel and Logistics

Do I need a passport and/or a visa to travel to Spain? 
Yes, make sure your passport is current and valid six months from the date of your return. You must obtain or renew your passport prior to the trip. U.S. citizens need only a passport for stays of up to 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens may also require a visa, even for short-term stays. Please contact the Spanish Consulate in New York for details (Ph: 212-355-4080). Passport and visa processing may take weeks. Please apply early.

What time do I need to arrive at Madrid airport? 
Students must arrive in the airport on Saturday, May 30. The group will convene at the Madrid-Barajas (MAD) airport at 12 noon (Spain time) to be transported as a group to Toledo. Allow time for claiming your baggage, going through customs, and other possible delays.

What if I do not connect with the group at the airport? 
We will provide instructions on how to get to Toledo on your own.

When should I plan on leaving Toledo? 
The program will conclude with a closing ceremony on Friday, June 26th. The ceremony will end around 3:00 pm. You are free to leave Toledo any time after that. If you want to buy a return ticket on Friday, June 26th, take into account that a taxi from Toledo to the Barajas airport in Madrid will take 70-90 minutes (depending on traffic); other means of transport will take longer. Even if you are willing to share a taxi or take one on your own, you should not select any flight earlier than 6:00 pm. You can also stay until Saturday, June 27th, which is the the latest date that you can stay in the dorms or homestay.

Please note that, because of the variety of schedules and destinations, transportation from Toledo to the airport (or any other destination where you may want to go) at the end of the program is not included in the program fee therefore students are responsible for paying for their transportation to the airport. The professors and the personnel from the Fundación Ortega-Marañón can assist you in planning and arranging your transportation to leave Toledo.

May I arrive to the program late? 
No. The program is very intensive and group orientation from the beginning is very important. No exceptions will be made.

What if I get sick? 
There is a doctor who comes to FOM every Tuesday afternoon. A doctor is on call for emergencies at any time.

Do I need to purchase health insurance?
No need to purchase health insurance.  All University members on University sponsored trips are automatically enrolled in the International SOS coverage. Please visit the International SOS (link is external) website for more information. 

What type of accommodations are provided at the dorms? 
There are some single and some double rooms. Two singles share a bath; two doubles share two baths. Laundry facilities are available on-site. The rooms are cleaned from Monday to Friday. Every Tuesday towels and sheets are changed. (Students do not have to bring towels and sheets to Toledo.) There are three computer rooms and WiFi is available in the building. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the cafeteria. 

What are the details of the homestays? 
FOM makes every effort to place students within a 20 minute walk of the school. If anyone is placed farther away, FOM will provide a bus pass for travel to classes, and more than two Princeton students will always be placed in the same area. There will normally be one student per family. Students will have lunch at FOM Monday–Friday when they have classes. The rest of the meals will be with the family. The family will wash the clothes of the student or the student can wash their own clothes at the home. Students will be asked in advance if they have any allergy to pets or cigarette smoke, so they can be placed accordingly. 

Finances

What additional costs will there be? 
You will need to pay for your roundtrip transportation to/from Spain, approximately $1,200. You may have to pay fees to obtain or renew your passport or visa. These fees vary. Lodging and three meals per day are provided. You should have at least $600-700 in pocket money. This a good estimate of what you will need for basic needs (refreshments, toiletries and other incidentals.) Please note that this estimate does not include additional expenses for students who may want to do independent travel on weekends and/or outside of the program.  
 

Will financial aid cover the summer program? 
Please view the Financial Assistance page for detailed information. 
 

 

Lanterns

Photo by Isabel Hirshberg '19

Madrid

Photo by Sebastian Ortiz '19