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  • Locations: Toledo, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, May Term, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 04/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Study Abroad in Toledo

Head back in time in Toledo, a charming Medieval walled city. Strengthen your language skills, choose from a variety of program courses, and immerse yourself in an internship.


This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining fluency in Spanish, would like to choose classes from a wide range of fields, or want to take classes at a Spanish university.

  • Program type:
    • Study Abroad in Toledo is offered in collaboration with the José Ortega y Gasset Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Take classes at the Foundation. You may also take additional classes at the University of Castilla la Mancha for an additional cost, as well as take a three-credit internship.
  • Level:
    • 3,000-level coursework.
  • Term:
    • Fall semester
    • Spring semester
    • Academic year
    • May session
    • Summer session
  • Prerequisites:
    • 2.5 GPA.
    • Minimum four semesters college-level Spanish.
    • B average in Spanish is preferred.
  • Courseload:
    • 13–18 credits per semester.
    • 3 credits for May session.
    • 6–9 credits for summer session.
    • Classes are held Monday–Thursday on the semester and summer program, leaving long weekends for cultural immersion.


Enjoy individual attention from native Spanish-speaking program faculty who are dedicated to their topics as well as to each participant. Classes are taught by faculty chosen from the staff of the Fundación Ortega y Gasset, the majority of whom hold degrees from renowned American or European universities and/or have experience teaching at such institutions. All faculty are specialist in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

How to Apply

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About This Program

Live and study in the walled city of Toledo, home for more than 2,000 years to a succession of Roman, Jewish, Visigoth, Moorish, and Christian civilizations. Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, Toledo is a living museum, a preserved part of Spanish history where people still live, work, and play. A city of 50,000, Toledo offers an intimate environment where students can be immersed in Spanish culture through coursework, internships, and daily life. Located just an hour from Madrid, it is an excellent base from which to explore Spain.

Three photos from previous trips

This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega y Gasset Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Based in a converted 16th-Century convent, the program offers modern learning facilities surrounded by spectacular views of the city and easy access to the downtown area and public transit. In addition to the opportunity to improve Spanish language ability, the program offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Courses are taught entirely in Spanish by Spanish faculty. You can also take a three-credit internship (3 or 6 credits in the summer) to immerse further in the culture while gaining work experience.

The program is based in San Juan de la Penitencia Residence, which includes dining, classroom, library, recreational and housing facilities. Meals are included in the program fee and are taken at the residence or with the host family.

?Choose to live either in San Juan de la Penitencia or with a Spanish host family. Each housing option has its own benefits—your choice will depend on your personal preferences and priorities. Housing requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also choose half dorm and half homestay.

Four one-day excursions (three in the summer) are included in the cost of the semester program. Visits are made to such sites as Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, Cuenca, the grand El Escorial, Segovia, and the Route of Don Quixote. An optional extended excursion to Avila-Salamanca (fall semester) or Andaclucia (spring semester) is available for an additional fee. All excursions are led by faculty who specialize in their areas.

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 80 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.