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The Salamanca Program

*       Eligibility
Eligibility to participate in the program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in at least 12 units of previous college level course work. Students not meeting this eligibility requirement may petition for consideration to participate through their campus study abroad office.

Contact Melissa Rifinio-Juarez
(562) 463-3429 or @
MJuarez@riohondo.edu  for more info.

*       Academics
Classes are held at the Colegio Hispanico Miguel de Unamuno in Salamanca's university quarter. In the heart of the old city, the Colegio accommodates students from around the world. Students enroll in 12-14 units of college credit classes designed to enhance the study abroad experience and maximize the benefits of living and studying in Spain. Most classes meet general education requirements transferable for a bachelors degree. Courses taught by faculty from your home college or from other community colleges who are members of the Southern California Foothills Consortium. Instruction is complemented with cultural and social events and guided excursions. Students are encouraged to enroll in a Spanish course, but Spanish is not required. Follow this link for a listing of courses offered in Spring 2010 http://www.citruscollege.edu/studyabroad/studyspain/Pages/CoursesFacultyandItinerary.aspx

Program Cost
Program cost: $6,295 based on a minimum 30 students
Program fees cover:

*       Overnight stay in a Madrid hotel on arrival including one night's accommodation (twin and triple rooms) in a three-star hotel with breakfast included

*       Half-day guided sightseeing tour of Madrid with entrances to the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace.

*       Group transfer by private coach from Madrid to Salamanca, escorted by the AIFS Program Coordinator.

*       Accommodations in student apartments in Salamanca.  Apartments are fully furnished and equipped with facilities and equipment for cooking.  Apartments include twin or triple-bedded rooms, lounge, TV, kitchen and washing machine.  Single rooms are available in the apartment for an additional $525. *   Spanish homestays are also available for and additional$1000.  See more details below.*

*       Orientation program in Salamanca, consisting of a welcome reception, an orientation meeting with the Salamanca AIFS staff, and half-day guided walking tour of Salamanca.

*       A weekly social and cultural program (trips to museums, historical/cultural sites, cinema, sporting events).

*       Spanish Culture and Civilization Course (Art, History, Literature, Culture) to include the following two Friday full-day guided excursions for all students: Segovia/Avila and El Escorial/Valley of the Fallen.

*       Farewell dinner in Salamanca.

*       Escorted group transfer at end of program from Salamanca to Madrid.

*       Final night in Madrid hotel (twin/triple occupancy) accompanied by AIFS staff.

*       Services of AIFS Student Services Staff throughout the semester.

*       Free E-mail/Internet access at school.

*       $50 non-refundable application fee.

*       Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies.


Housing and Meals
*Students have two options.  The first is to live in Spanish homes. Not only do students experience Spanish culture firsthand, but they have a special opportunity to practice Spanish daily. Accommodations are based on two students per room and include two meals a day for 5 days and laundry service. Homestays require an additional fee of $1000. Single rooms are limited and optional and cost an additional $500.  The second option is to live in an fully furnished apartment.  These apartments come equipped for cooking, have twin or triple-bedded rooms, a lounge, a TV, a kitchen and a washing machine.  Single rooms may be available for an additional $525.


Program Fees do not include:

*       This program fee does not include the optional airfare (See Optional Transportation Package below), additional mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes and fees for which the students will be billed separately, a refundable damage deposit ($250), passport fees, meals other than those indicated on the itinerary, personal expenses, any Southern California Foothills Consortium enrollment fees, and anything not specified.

*       California community college tuition fees ($26 per unit for California residents), books, school supplies

*       $250 refundable damage deposit

*       passport and visa fees if applicable

*       personal expenses

*       If students want a single room in the apartment, the supplement is $525.  The single room supplement in the home stay is $500.


Optional AIFS Transportation Package

*       On a space-available basis, students may purchase the optional transportation package consisting of round-trip transatlantic airfare (Los Angeles - Madrid - Los Angeles) and roundtrip transfers between the Madrid airport and the hotel in Madrid for a supplemental fee of $635, excluding mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges for which students will be billed separately.

Excursion to Lisbon, Portugal $495
Three-day/two-night optional excursion (in three- or four-star hotels in twin or triple-bedded rooms with private facilities) to Lisbon, Portugal. This excursion includes group transportation by private, deluxe air conditioned motor coach; daily breakfast and one group meal; sightseeing tour of Lisbon and entrances to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the services of a multi-lingual AIFS Tour Manager and professional local guide in Lisbon. The excursion is offered at a cost of $495 per student. A minimum enrollment of 25 students is required for this tour to operate. A deposit of $50 is required with the application.

Application and Registration
Rio Hondo students apply to participate by submitting an AIFS application and deposit of $350 (add $50 if you'll be going on the optional tour of Portugal.) to Study Abroad Coordinator Katie O’Brien by the deadline below:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 25th, 2009

 Paying the AIFS deposit does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Applications are reviewed for academic eligibility, and students will be notified by mail if they do not meet requirements. If a student is deemed ineligible for academic reasons, the deposit will be returned.

Registration materials are mailed to applicants after their AIFS application has been accepted. Enrollment for 12 units of credit is mandatory. Registration fees are paid at the student orientation prior to departure.

For more information on the historic city of Salamanca, follow this link  http://www.citruscollege.edu/studyabroad/studyspain/Pages/AboutSalamanca.aspx

For an application or additional information, please contact Melissa Rifinio-Juarez, the Study Abroad Coordinator,  at (562) 463- 3429 or at MJuarez@riohondo.edu .

Financial Aid
Grants, loans and academic scholarships are available if you qualify. It is important to note that if you will be seeking financial aid, you must apply through Citrus College.  Follow this link to being this process immediately http://www.citruscollege.edu/Projects/225/spain-finaid-factsheet.pdfPlease note that the Cal Grant deadline for Spring 2010 is September 2nd, and if you are already receiving a Cal Grant you must inform CSAC of the change in schools. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange to have documentation sent from the financial aid or lending institution stating the amount of the award and the date it will be disbursed. AIFS provides applications with an AIFS financial aid form. This form must be completed and returned to Patty Cardenas, AIFS, River Plaza, 9 West Broad St., Stamford, CT  06902-3788  on or before the payment deadline.

Applicants notified that they will NOT be awarded aid (full or partial) and, therefore, are unable to participate in the program must send notification, including verification of the denial, 45 days before the scheduled departure date. Requests for refunds must be made in accordance with AIFS refund policy.

Medical Insurance
AIFS provides each student with a group insurance policy issued by Virginia Surety Company, Inc. The policy provides two distinct types of coverage:

*       Before the program begins, AIFS will refund fees paid by students who are unable to participate in the program because of covered injury or illness or quarantine in area of travel. However, a fee is retained from the fees paid which includes a $65 processing fee, the $35 non-refundable application fee and any non-refundable tour deposits.

*       Once the program has begun, the plan covers the cost of medical treatment abroad - up to a maximum of $10,000 per sickness or accident and with a daily hospital charge limit of $300 per day. There is a $50 deductible for each accident or illness.

These two categories of insurance are mutually exclusive -- the policy does not cover medical expenses before the program begins, nor does it refund any portion of the AIFS program fees once the program has begun.

The insurance also covers return air fare if a student is unable to complete the program due to a covered accident or illness or quarantine in a travel area. It offers 24-hour travel assistance in case of emergency, legal assistance, medical transportation and emergency cash transfer in case of theft or loss. Details of the coverage are provided to students with their final invoice for payment of the balance of program fees. Your campus coordinator also has information about insurance and claims.

AIFS Refund Policy
If a student's application is not accepted by AIFS, a refund of all payments is made. If a student withdraws before December 8th, full refund will be made less a $150 processing fee and any non-refundable tour deposits. Notification of withdrawal must be made in writing to Patty Cardenas, AIFS, River Plaza, 9 West Broad St., Stamford, CT  06902-3788  on or before December 4th .

If a student is forced to withdraw from the program because of medical reasons after final fees have been paid, but before departure to Spain, full refund of all payments will be made, less the $150 processing fee, any non-refundable tour deposit, through the Fees Refund and Medical Insurance Policy, which requires proof of medical reasons.

Students withdrawing voluntarily for any reason less than 10 days prior to departure, or withdrawing because of medical reasons not protected under the fees refund policy, receive no refund of fees paid unless they are able to provide a qualified replacement. In this case, they receive a full refund of all payments less a $100 processing fee and any non-refundable tour deposits. Once the program has started, students withdrawing receive no refund under and circumstances. Please note: AIFS cannot accept verbal notification of cancellations or substitutions.

The following policy applies, using the postmark date of a student's withdrawal letter, as the official withdrawal date. If a student withdraws more than 45 days prior to departure, he/she receives all fees less $200. If withdrawal is 10 to 44 days prior to departure, he/she receives all fees less $400.


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