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The Application Process

First, we want you to be sure you know what our program is. We have Spain-specific info sessions in both Fall and Spring (the same session is offered four times in the fall and twice in Spring). This goes well beyond the general Study Abroad sessions, focusing entirely on Spain. We'll show you some pictures and video clips, answer all questions, and share some plans to make the money happen. Then, when you are ready to say yes ...

To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Submit (all together) the application form, two letters of recommendation (using the enclosed forms), a one to two paragraph statement of intent that says what you hope to get out of this experience, and an unofficial transcript from your most recent school. These go as a bundle to the International Education office.
  2. Set a time to meet with Tom Shoemaker (the program director) for an informal interview. Tom is located in Building 43A, at the north end of the Southern/Dobson campus. His window looks out at the Cashier's door). Come with about 20-25 minutes to spare. This is a good time for you to get answers for any questions you have.
  3. Complete an intake session with International Ed. When I get their schedule, I will post it here.
  4. Pay (within 14 days) the $250 deposit at the Cashier's office.

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How many spots are left?
Every time a student completes all six application steps, another circle will turn orange. We have 30 active spots and 5 stand-by spots. Last year, four of the five stand-by students ended up going.





From Today to Spain

It might help to think step-by-step:

  • Download and complete the application
  • Have two teachers write recommendation letters for you (forms are included in the packet)
  • Send/Bring your form to Tom Shoemaker or Maria Martell -- the sooner you do this, the faster everything else rolls out.
  • Complete the formal application interview
  • Pay the $250 deposit at the Cashier's office
  • Be sure you have your passport -- the process to get one takes about 4-6 weeks. The form is here, and instructions are here. You do have to submit this (with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate, with a passport photo and the fee of $135) in person. Click here to look up the closest place to do this.
  • November 19 (6:00 pm): We will gather all the applicants together for a partly-social, partly-business meeting. You will fill out an informal interest survey (what you want to do for fun in Spain, such as bullfights, hiking, the museums and/or the beaches), and match you up with others who share each of the interests. We'll also talk fundraising.
  • When you receive the formal acceptance letter, you will also receive a three-page form to complete. Be sure to check the boxes that indicate you have read the various info pieces, and complete the last page with emergency contact information and your preference for release of personal information, sign the form, and return it to Tom Shoemaker.
  • Make a funding plan, including savings, grants/scholarship applications, group and individual fundraising
  • February 1 (1:30 pm): The group gathers at Venezia's for pizza and info. On our agenda: travel details (packing, phone service in Spain, etc.)
  • March 1: The first day to enroll in your MCC class choice -- you'll need a permission number or override slip from the instructor
  • Submit two photocopies of your passport's picture page to MCC's International Education office.
  • Buy your airline ticket as soon after March 1 as possible in order to get the very best price.
  • March 21: The deadline to make your program payments -- but if you are working with financial aid or A New Leaf, you can make special arrangements to fit their disbursement dates.
  • April 12: The mandatory Internationational Education all-group orientation. This is required for all participants in all programs.
  • May 24 (9:00 am to 1:00 pm): More than just our last gathering at before take-off, this is our first day of class. It is required for all students. Lunch is included. We will have host family assignments by then.
  • May 29: We leave for Granada.