- What is included? Airfare, all in-country transportation, lodging, meals and an accredited transcript.
- When is the registration deadline? March 1
- How many total slots are available for the trip? 20
- What is the course?
Spanish Language: Grammer and Conversation (6 credits) from Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
Spanish-European Culture with Dr. Boncho Dragiyski
- How much spending money do I need?
You will want some spending money for souvenirs as well as the occasional coffee, ice cream, and spontaneous adventure. Credit cards are a safer alternative to cash, but find out any international transaction fees your card has prior to travel.
- How do I know if I'm getting my money's worth? What are the benefits?
We exist to deliver world-class study abroad experiences at unbeatable value. Our passion for global education and hands-on learning and the unique way we operate our business, ensures that a smaller monetary commitment can lend to a richer experience. Our founders have led dozens of tours and have a long list of satisfied customers.
- Why study abroad?
We live in a global age. The odds of encountering people who speak, look think, and act differently than you are pretty strong. You need to be able to connect with them. We offer experiences and a broader platform for learning to prepare you for that. Studying abroad will expand your horizons and understanding. It will deepen your appreciation for the diversity of perspectives and culture. It will fuel your curiosity!
Taking learning outside the classroom brings it to life. You will not be disappointed.
- I have never learned Spanish/my Spanish is weak. Can I take language courses?
You will be assigned to a course based on your level of proficiency, from brand new, just know a bit, all the way to advanced. You will be challenged, but if you apply yourself you will be richly rewarded in seeing your skills improve. The teachers are wonderful and patient. Your immersion experience will take the concepts outside the classroom to direct application.
- Can parents participate?
Parents are more than welcome! If you are interested in exploring what that could look like, please contact us to get the conversation going.
- How safe is it? Our customers' safety and comfort is our top priority. Our founders have lived for years overseas and traveled to over 50 countries between them. They have visited places like Somalia, the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Burma, Kenya and Ecuador.
Dr. Dragiyski has led dozens of tours for students of various ages across multiple countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. We are firm believers in understanding the culture we find ourselves in, the current events, and at all times remaining "situationally aware," a skill we will pass onto you. That might mean drinking only bottled water in China, or not venturing out alone after dark in Paris. In Italy, it means making sure everyone is paying careful attention before crossing the street. In Japan, it means that everyone stays very close together when boarding the subway. Additionally, we contact the local embassy to let them know where we are and get any real-time safety advice. Your safety is our top priority. We have never had a travel safety incident and intend to keep it that way.
- Who travels with you? We are an independent organization and work with students around the world. We cater to these who appreciate an academically rich, world-class, transforming global education experience. If you're up for an adventure and a great time, join us!
If your institution would like to partner with us, we would love to explore that option with you.
- What kinds of students participate in your programs?
Our students act appropriately and agree to our rules of conduct, which are designed to maximize fun and ensure that we all treat one another, and behave, like responsible adults, and good ambassadors of our home countries. We have a selection process and accept the best-qualified students for our ventures. If someone's behavior is outside these bounds, they will return home early.
- What travel experience do students have?
Many of our students have never traveled internationally.
Part of what we teach you are the tips to travel confidently on your own. You will travel with experienced leaders who are committed to helping you navigate the new cultures and experiences of international travel.
- Why should I trust Global Perspectives?
Experience: Our founders have traveled the globe, taking dozens of groups to various countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia, giving them a great experience and returning them safely.
Passion: We love our students and are committed to creating an unbeatable experience to remember for the rest of your life.
- What is the rooming situation?
You will most often stay in a double occupancy room with someone of the same gender.
In Salamanca, Dr. Dragiyski has built a network of host families over many years. Families take 1 to 3 students. If there is more than one student, they are assigned with other students of the same gender. Most of our hosts are middle aged or retired women or families who have been hosting students for years. You will feel safe and comfortable with your host family. We have never had a student safety issue with a host family.
- What is the itinerary? We will see as much of Spain as time and resources allow without wearing ourselves out. We want you returning home enthused and refreshed, not exhausted. For the next trip's itinerary, please see the Destination: Spain page.
- What are we eating?
We will eat local cuisine. Spain is known for great food! Their coffee, cheeses and meat dishes are amazing. We will eat in a variety of local restaurants, cafés and even some homes. If you're a "picky eater," you'll probably have your culinary bandwidth expanded, but you definitely won't starve.
- What about health issues or food allergies?
Please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
If you have allergen needs, we are experienced in traveling with students with allergies and dietary concerns.
You are responsible to bring and keep track of any necessary medicine(s).
- What if we get sick or have a health issue while we're there?
Dr. Dragiyski has dealt with various travelers' health issues over the years and is very familiar with Spain's medical system. You need to ensure that your healthcare provider covers you in Spain (most do). We provide emergency medical evacuation, but this is not to treat your symptoms; it gets you back to your family as expeditiously as possible.
- Is there a packing list?
A packing list and further travel tips will be provided for confirmed students.
- What is the weather like? Central Spain is about the same latitude as Washington, DC. But it is a little warmer thanks to the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean currents. For more information, check out Spain's climate.
- What is the balance between studying and seeing the sights? This is not a vacation, but you will have the time of your life! We are big believers in experiential learning, academic rigor, and fun! Done right, they all go together quite nicely. Each day there will be time for learning, as well as getting to know Spain. Learning time is short on classroom lecture and long on practical experience and application.
- Will there be English speakers there?
Most Spainards are multi-lingual. For many, English is their second or third language. Spaniards are very helpful; ask any English speaker who has ever been lost in Spain: the locals are extremely helpful and courteous.
- Will a translator travel with us? Yes, Dr. Boncho Dragiyski is from Spain and fluent in Spanish. Guides at various venues are at least conversant in English as well.
- Do cell phones work there?
You will need local cell coverage for safety and communication. Your cell carrier probably offers coverage, but it is most likely expensive.
If you join us, we will provide you with more information about your options for the most affordable cell coverage that will meet your needs.
- Will I be able to communicate with my family? You will have access to wifi (but it's not as prolific as in the US), so FaceTime and other apps should give you plenty of opportunity to phone and text home.
- What is the time difference? Spain is GMT+1. The East Coast is GMT -4 during daylight savings time.
If you have more questions, feel free to contact us or send us a Facebook message. We will work closely with our students to prepare you to have the best possible experience before, during, and returning from your adventure!