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
Contact Melissa Rifinio-Juarez
(562) 463-3429 or @
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: $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
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
Free E-mail/Internet access at school.
$50 non-refundable application fee.
Student medical and program fee refund insurance
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,
$250 refundable damage
passport and visa fees if applicable
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
Three-day/two-night optional excursion (in three- or
four-star hotels in twin or triple-bedded rooms with private
facilities) to Lisbon,
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
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
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
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
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
Follow this link to being this process immediately http://www.citruscollege.edu/Projects/225/spain-finaid-factsheet.pdf
. Please 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,
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.
AIFS provides each student with a group insurance policy issued by
Virginia Surety Company, Inc. The policy provides two distinct types
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
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
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
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
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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