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  • Locations: Leon, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. (Exchange program applicants click application here)

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/19/2018
Rolling Admission 05/28/2018 08/03/2018

** 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.

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Program Description:

Program dates: May 25th- August 3rd 2018

Program rotation: summer 2018 - Leon, Spain summer 2019 - Latin America  summer 2020 - Leon,Spain

Watch the  León Program 2016 Video

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Program Overview

The León Program is a faculty-led study abroad program at Humboldt State University and the first of its kind in Spain. The León Program is an intense 10-week summer immersion Spanish language and culture program. This Program is offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures to Humboldt State University students from all fields of study who meet minimum program admission requirements. The León Program is a comprehensive all-services included program. Consequently, the students live with selected Spanish families, take classes five days a week, participate in service learning activities with local organizations, and participate in various academic visits to outstanding cultural sites in Spain. The Program is also open to and welcomes students from other universities and colleges from the State of California, out-of-state, and international students. This is a 12 unit academic program. Minimum enrollment of participants is required.


Watch Cursos de español para extranjeros.

The León Program is offered in partnership with the Universidad de León at the Centro de Idiomas, which has been offering Spanish language instruction since 1956. The University of León's Language Center offers a wide range of academic programs related to learning Spanish as a foreign language.



All students take the following courses for a total of 12 units:

SPAN 325 Grammar: Regional Studies (3 Units)
SPAN 335 Reading and Writing: Regional Studies (3 Units)
SPAN 355 Hispanic Civilization: Regional Studies (3 Units)
SPAN 365S Field Experience: Regional Studies (3 Units)

For course descriptions see: Course Descriptions


churchLeon is a city that goes back many centuries, and is a major site and a crossroads on the Camino de Santiago [the Pilgrims’ Way to Saint James of Compostella]. It is about four hours’ journey from Madrid, two from Salamanca and about the same from Spain’s northern coast. Its population is some 150,000 people. This city is an ideal context for learning the Spanish language and its culture. Leon City is the administrative and commercial centre of Leon Province. It is a welcoming and friendly city that offers visitors a perfect balance between the mediaeval old town and the modern zones surrounding it, as well as an extensive historical and artistic heritage. Safety and tranquillity, along with a low crime rate, are distinctive features of this city, which makes visitors very welcome. Both the City and the Province of Leon have much to delight the visitor. They can offer a great artistic heritage, rich and varied scenery, and also the hospitality and congeniality of their inhabitants.

See: Why Live in León.

Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Spain.
  • Live with a Spanish family.
  • Visit cultural and natural places guided by faculty.
  • May use Financial Aid to cover all related expenses. Plan in advance with Financial Aid counselor.
  • This is a rigorous program that requires 45 hours a week of study time. All field trips are mandatory.


GE and/or Major, Minor Requirements

  • All courses apply to the Spanish Major or Minor.
  • This program meets International Residence requirement for the Spanish Major and the International Studies major (Consult with major advisor).
  • Courses in this program meet and exceed one year of college Spanish language requirement in various HSU majors.
  • This program meets and exceeds the International Studies language proficiency requirement.
  • All courses in this program count as HSU graduating elective units. 
Estimated Program Fee: $6,500.00. Final Program Fee will be determined Spring 2018



Dr. Matthew Dean, 2016 León Program Director
Phone: 707-826-3134

Department of World Languages and Cultures
Phone: 707-826-3226

HSU Offices

College of Extended Education and Global Engagement
2nd Floor Student & Business Services Building
Phone: (707) 826-3731

Center for International Programs
Feuerwerker House (House 13)
Tel:  (707) 826-4142

This program is currently not accepting applications. (Exchange program applicants click application here)