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Semester: Spring 25

Course Information: International Studies – 3 Credit Core Course

Course Code: IS 398 Spain

Lead Faculty: Dr. Krissie Butler

Travel Assistant: Dr. Mark Butler

Course Title: Stories of Spain: Understanding Spain Through History and the Written Word.

Course Description: This course will introduce students to Spanish culture through one of its principal cultural productions: literature. (Our primary text will be Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote, one of the most translated books in the world.) By “reading” Spain, students will engage in various aspects of Spanish culture, including its gastronomy, art, dance, and song. The study of these texts will be complemented by traveling to various cities in Spain during spring break including Madrid, Alcala’de Henares (Cervantes’ birthplace), Consuegra (where students, like Quixote, can tilt at windmills), and Sevilla.

Travel Dates: Spring break 2025

Estimated Cost: TBA

Housing/Accommodations: Local hotels (double or triple room)

Contact: or for more information.

Eligibility Requirements: Anderson students are eligible to enroll in an international study course (AU Abroad) with their advisor’s approval. This includes freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. However, scholarship eligibility depends upon class rank, GPA and financial need.

Scholarship Eligibility: Scholarships are awarded to help reduce the cost of the travel fee, which is an additional charge as part of student’s registration for the program. The AU Abroad scholarship ranges up to $1,000.00 and is awarded upon eligibility, GPA and financial need.  To be eligible for the AU Abroad scholarship, students must be a junior or senior. However, students who are sophomores in the nursing and/or education major are eligible for the AU Abroad scholarship. (This exception is made because nursing and education majors have limited availability for classes in their junior and senior year.) First-year students are not eligible for the AU Abroad scholarship but can register and take any international studies course with academic approval. 

Application and Registration Deadline: Students will register for the class during open registration for the spring 25 semester. Students should speak with their academic advisor regarding how the IS 398 (AU Abroad) course will be used for their academic plan before applying online for this class. (Students can only apply for one AU Abroad course during the semester.)

Payment: TBA

Payment Details: TBA

Passport: It is recommended that you expedite your passport application or renewal. Passports are not required at time of course registration. However, you need a valid passport which is a t least six months current to travel. Passports are taking longer to process by the US State Department. Please allow 4 months for renewals or initial applications. We are not responsible if your passport renewal or application is not processed in time for the program.

Included: Round trip airfare, breakfast at the hotel each morning, accommodations, and entrance to tours as listed on the itinerary.

Exclusions: Transportation to the airport: Please note that we do not provide transportation to the airport. Flights are not determined at this time and are normally out of ATL. However, it can also be GSP or CLT. We do not provide transportation to the airport or cover the cost for this expense. It is up to you to get to the airport. Meals: Normally, only breakfast at the hotel is included. You are responsible for your meals, refreshments, and all food/snacks while abroad. Government Id: Passports and any required official documentation to enter the country are not covered and students are required to pay these charges. Baggage Fees: Normally on an international flight, one bag can be checked for free. Additional baggage fees whether for extra luggage or due to over luggage weight, will not be covered. Additional Tours/Sites: Entrance fees to places not listed on the official itinerary are not covered. Personal Expense: Students should bring additional funding to help cover personal expenses while abroad including funding for meals, personal expenses, gifts, etc.

COVID Vaccination: Anderson University recommends students follow CDC guidance regarding vaccinations.