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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can't speak Spanish?

No problem! You will be required to take a beginning Spanish course during your semester abroad. You will also get plenty of experience in day to day life. If you would like to get a head start, sign up for a Spanish course with Señor Mata.

I really want to study abroad, but the classes offered don’t exactly fit in my degree plan.

Not to worry! We want to help you and your advisor make this semester work for you. In addition to taking online classes, your advisor can substitute classes offered in Avila for classes required on your degree plan. Make sure you talk to your advisor before you decide to study abroad!

What is this study abroad fee I have to pay?

The study abroad fee allows LCU to book things like your plane ticket to and from Spain, and group excursions and tours that you will take during the semester.

Will Financial Aid cover my expenses?

Your regular financial aid will go towards your tuition and fees, room and board, books, and your study abroad fee.

When are payments due?

Your first payment will be your $250 deposit that is due with your application. Applications are due by noon on February 26th. Your second payment of $500 will be due April 1st. The rest of the fee will be applied to your student bill, with your tuition and fees, and room and board for the Fall semester. The Business Office sets that due date for October 1st.

What expenses should I expect, other than the Study Abroad fee?

You will be responsible for your tuition and fees at the block rate for 12-18 hours, and room and board fees equal to the price of Johnson Hall or Katie Rogers. You should also expect to purchase books, and be prepared for online course fees. The dormitory will provide three meals a day, but you are free to eat elsewhere at your own discretion. The group excursion price is included; however, any other travel you choose to do will be your responsibility. The Study Abroad program recommends taking an excess of $750-$1500.

Will I be safe while I travel?

LCU takes the safety of its students extremely seriously. Every effort has been, and will be, made to ensure that students will feel comfortable in their study abroad environment. In addition to the security provided by the dormitory complex and the Catholic University of Ávila, the city is also home to the nation’s police training academy. As with any travel, whether across the state of Texas, the United States, or abroad, some safety risks are present, but LCU includes safety training in the orientation part of the Study Abroad process.

Am I allowed to travel on my own?

You are encouraged to make your own travel plans outside of class time and group activities. Classes will meet Monday-Thursday, which allows for three-day weekends each week. Students will be required to travel in a minimum group of three outside of Avila.

Will I have wifi access?

Yes. The dormitory and college have free wifi access. You can also find wifi at various cafes around town.

Will I be able to use my phone?

International data plans are available through your service provider, but they tend to be extensive. Local phone plans can be purchased for daily use in Ávila, and FaceTime and Skype are great resources for calling home.

How do I access money in Spain?

LCU recommends accessing cash through ATMs located throughout the city. Be sure to notify your bank before you depart that you will be traveling overseas. It is possible to exchange cash at local banks, but is not recommended. If you have not yet received a chip card from your bank, please talk to them about obtaining one prior to August.

What spiritual opportunities are available in Ávila?

As with life on the Lubbock campus, you are free to connect with any church in Ávila you choose. LCU has contact with a church that has a very similar faith background to Churches of Christ, which will be pointed out upon arrival. Weekly chapel meetings will be held on Sunday evenings led by the visiting LCU faculty, and other times determined by the directors.

What if I have a medical emergency?

You will be required to purchase travel insurance, which should cover a variety of medical problems. There is a hospital centrally located in Ávila that accepts this insurance. A faculty member will be available to accompany students in an emergency.

Can my family visit?

Of course! You will be responsible for attending your classes, and other required meetings, but your free time is yours to spend how you choose. Family will be required to purchase their own flights and lodging, and are not permitted to eat in the dormitory cafeteria.

How do I get a Passport?

Passport forms are available online at www.travel.state.gov, or copies are available in the Provost Office. Follow the instructions on your form to send in your application. It is imperative you obtain a passport as quickly as possible so that your flight to Spain can be booked.

What do we do before we leave for Spain?

Students will be required to attend on-campus orientation before they depart for Spain, beginning on the first day of classes. Students will need to be in Lubbock at that time. You will be responsible for your own living arrangements for those few days.