Study abroad should be more than tourism, more than a language barrier, more than culture shock… it should challenge you as a person. Take on a summer program that makes you think critically about the world around you, teaches you to navigate situations with empathy and respect, and helps you develop the skills and knowledge base to not just learn, but to do.
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Take on Global Issues
Explore broader global themes and issues at every level—how they influence you on a personal level, how they play out in a US-based context, and finally what they look like nationally in Spain. Compare American concepts of identity and culture with that of Spain. Identify where the US can learn from Spain’s successes in environmental sustainability. Then connect with peers all over the world for even more perspectives.
Introduction to Global Perspectives
Your core course explores global interdependence through identity/power/culture, public health, environmental sustainability, and civic engagement. To foster a global understanding inclusive of many perspectives, you and your Global Perspectives peers (based in Italy, China, France, Japan, and Washington, DC) maintain a summer-long discussion online. Compare respective responses to environmental emergencies, juxtapose national identities and cultures, and identify the most critical barriers to public health across all countries. See the class syllabus.
Learning the Language
Language learning is weaved into every module throughout the summer. Not only do you learn Spanish vocabulary and grammar sets that help you navigate your daily life abroad, but you also learn terminology specific to the program’s academic themes. And because you can’t learn a language without real-world practice, your assignments use Málaga as an extended classroom.
Traveling Around Spain
Enjoy worry-free travel with program-sponsored excursions that go beyond your home base in Málaga. Take a day trip with your peers and group leader to Granada, Seville, or Ronda to explore the history and unique cultures of each city. Then end the program in Madrid, where you visit the Congress of Deputies, a European bipartisan think-tank, and several nonprofits throughout the city.
In Partnership With
CET works with Dickinson College to offer options in France and Spain, where we don’t operate college programs. You study at the Dickinson center in Málaga and interact with Dickinson’s on-site staff. CET oversees the curriculum, hires group leaders, and advises you during the pre-departure stage.
YOUR SPAIN Itinerary
Summers with CET + Dickinson are packed with classes, activities around the city, and even regional travel. These are a few highlights to give you a better idea of what your summer might look like outside the classroom.
As a beautiful port city along the Alboran Sea, Málaga offers something for everyone—from incredible museums and beautiful gardens to historical sites and Costa del Sol. Whether you’re at the port learning about the city’s shipping history, on an excursion to explore the Roman and Moorish sites around the city, or you’re simply basking in Málaga’s beach town atmosphere, there’s always something new to discover.
HOUSING & MEALS
Where you live and what you eat is another layer of developing your global perspective. You go beyond a tourist’s experience and live with a local host in a residential neighborhood in Málaga.
You either have your own furnished room or share one with another CET student or a host sibling of the same gender. Because you’re staying with a local host (selected and trained by Dickinson staff), all residences will look different but provide the same general amenities. You have a daily commute to class on foot or by bus (30 minutes maximum).
Connecting Locally Starts in Your New Home
Living in a homestay with a locals is the best way to get to know and experience life in another country. Not only does your host house and feed you, they provide you with instant community—help your host mom prepare Saturday morning breakfast, share what you learned in class over a home-cooked dinner, and even explore all their favorite spots in the city. At the end of summer, you’ll find that Spain isn’t simply somewhere you visited, it’s a place you called home.
Eating in Málaga
Most meals are had with your hosts, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy home-cooked Spanish cuisine. Breakfasts and dinners are shared together at home, while your host parent packs your lunch for days spent on campus. And throughout the summer, you try all the varieties of tapas downtown with your classmates and end meals with chocolate tejeringos (churros).
2022 Summer Fees
2021 Summer Fees: $6,190
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees.
We arrange for you to live with a local family in a CET-vetted homestay in Málaga. Families are vetted and trained by local Dickinson staff, and matched with students based off the housing questionnaire.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You receive a CET Certificate of Completion and an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 16-18 at the program start date
- Be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in high school, or a recent graduate not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
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CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.