As home to one of the two campuses of the Universidad de Extremadura, Cáceres, with a population of some 80,000, combines the charm of life in a provincial city with the night life that one expects to find in a Spanish city with a large and active student population. Cáceres is located in the region of Extremadura, halfway between Madrid and Lisbon, and has some of the most significant historical and cultural attractions in Europe.
Since prehistoric times several groups have settled in Cáceres. The Romans laid the foundation for present-day Cáceres in 25 BC, followed by other groups including the Arabs. The old quarter still boasts ancient walls dating from those time periods. During the Middle Ages, the city walls were expanded outward, and in the sixteenth century Conquistadors and colonists returning from the New World spent their riches constructing Renaissance palaces and towers which today are the home to the symbolic birds of the region of Extremadura, storks. This perfectly maintained medieval and Renaissance section of Cáceres is so authentic that the city has been featured in several documentaries and feature-length films.
This well-preserved historical center led UNESCO in 1986 to declare Cáceres a "Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad" and the city has been named a candidate to be Cultural Capital of Europe for 2016!
The Program at a Glance
Host Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Program Length: semester
Courses: Spanish language, literature and culture at the 300-400 levels, internships for qualified students.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Dates: Click Here
Estimated Cost: Program fee of $5800 plus study abroad fee of $500
Program Fee Includes: home stay with a Spanish family (full board), University of Extremadura instruction, class space, and management; emergency medical Insurance; weekend trip to Córdoba and Granada (hotels, guides, transportation, most meals); excursions to Salamanca and Mérida; bus transportation from Madrid to Cáceres; museum and historical site visits; Cáceres city tour; pre-departure sessions and materials. Activities organized by the university.
Additional Expenses: airfare, some books and spending money.
Scholarships and Financial Aid: most scholarships and financial aid apply. Talk with your scholarship administrator or representatives from the Financial Aid Office.
Application Deadline: October 1 (for spring) and March 15th (for fall) (or first working day after)