Utah State University's Office of Global Engagement
and the USU Spanish Language program
are proud to present one scholarship opportunity for Spanish language learning at the Fundación of La Rioja
, in partnership with the Spanish government.
The scholarship consists of:
- Approximately 2,375 Euros toward USU tuition (for spring semester 2019)
- Airfare reimbursement (750 Euro maximum)
- Medical insurance for the full period
- Accommodation at the University Hall
The program includes:
- Educational materials
- Guided tours around the city, tourist sites and museums chosen by the organization as well as nearby places of interest
- Certificates and diplomas
- Access to the University of La Rioja facilities
January 8-June 7, 2019
Students must complete and submit an application for the program for the spring 2019 semester
, AND complete and submit a scholarship application (click the "Apply Now" button on this page to start a scholarship application). When applying to a program and a scholarship at the same time, payment of the program application fee may be postponed until the student is notified about scholarship awards. Once the scholarship award is announced, the selected student must pay the application fee to move forward with their program.
- One-page personal statement that must be at least 500 words in length, describing why the applicant should be considered for the scholarship.
- Official copy of USU transcript (please submit hard copy to USU Study Abroad, Military Science 118)
- Recommendations -- 2 required, specifically from USU faculty members, and at least one recommendation MUST be from a USU Spanish faculty member. The same recommendation(s) may be used for the program as well as the scholarship.
- Students must be enrolled in a degree related to Spanish studies or which has Spanish language and/or culture within its program.
- Intermediate Spanish language skills - neither beginning nor advanced students will be selected.
- Valid passport.
Students must meet all requirements to be admitted to the program, be a current USU student, and complete all program and scholarship applications.
Preference will be given to students who demonstrate the following:
Responsibility of Scholarship Recipient:
- Have performed well in Spanish 2010 and 2020 or in Spanish 3040 or 3300, but who have not yet taken other advanced coursework in the USU Spanish program.
- Have shown potential for language learning through a minimum GPA of 3.2 in their Spanish courses.
- Have a minimum overall USU GPA of 3.0.
Applicants are required to:
- Apply for a student visa to study in Spain. The student who is selected for the scholarship will be responsible for the costs related to getting the student visa, including visa fees, document fees, and travel costs to the Spanish Consulate. Note: applicants must apply for a long term visa IN PERSON. For Utah residents, the consulate is in Los Angeles. Please review all requirements for the long-term visa very carefully on the Spanish consulate website. Visa information and application requirements for the consulate in Los Angeles can be found here.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to:
- Apply for a State or FBI background check at the same time they are submitting the scholarship application, even if they may not be selected to receive the scholarship. A background check is required for the student visa application and can take several weeks to receive. Again, it's important that you review all visa requirements very carefully.
- Sign up on the Spanish consulate website for a visa appointment at the Spanish consulate for your state of residence now. If you wait too long to sign up, you may not be able to get a visa appointment in time. You may need to check daily, or several times a day to check for cancellations. It would be best to have the visa appointment scheduled no later than the beginning of August. You can cancel your appointment if you do not receive the scholarship.
- It is the responsibility of the student to make sure they have all of the proper documentation and apply for the visa in time to participate in the program. Consulate visa requirements are subject to change - continue to monitor the consular website for any updates before your scheduled visa appointment.
- Students should be aware that if selected, they have to provide a legal official translation of all documents required by the Embassy of Spain. Check the Embassy website for detailed information.
- Students are responsible for all meal costs during the scholarship period.
- Students will be charged for the USU ACE/SOS international insurance plan, which is standard for all study abroad programs.
- Students are responsible for all personal and miscellaneous expenses not included with the scholarship, including local transportation costs.
The scholarship essay and recommendation requests will be available in the scholarship application -- click the "Apply Now" button above to get started!
Scholarship and Program Contact: Study Abroad, studyabroad.usu.edu