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14th Annual Spanish Language FDIB in Spain (2013)
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Avila and Madrid, Spain June 9 - 15, 2013 Deadline to enroll is April, 15, 2013

6/9/2013 to 6/15/2013
When: 6/9/2013
Where: Avila and Madrid
Contact: Ciber

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14th Annual Spanish Language FDIB in Spain (2013)

June 9 - 15th, 2013

Avila & Madrid, Spain

Don't miss out on this unique and great opportunity. Deadline to enroll is April 15th, 2013. To apply, please click the link below:

Program Description

Spanish Language Faculty Development Program - Teaching Spanish for Business: A Global Approach is designed for Spanish college and university faculty, Spanish high school teachers and advanced graduate students.Immerse yourself in a week long seminar in Avila and Madrid, Spain where you will be introduced to business terminology and methodology of teaching Spanish for Business. During the seminar, participants will meet with European experts and have the opportunity to attend company visits.Participants will be staying in a single occupancy, 16th century boutique hotel with air-conditioning, private bath, breakfast, and ground transportation.

Program Fee

Program fee is $1,700 USD per participant. The program fee includes single occupancy lodging in an air-conditioned hotel room for five nights in Avila and one night in Madrid with private bath, breakfast, ground transportation during the program and some meals. International airfare is not included in the program fee. Please see the International Travel Information section below.Discounted program fee is available for participants wishing to bring their spouse or a guest (over the age of 21). Spouse/guest will share hotel room with the participant and be involved in all cultural activities, but not the business visits/workshops. Please contact us for more information.
International Travel Information

Participants will be required to arrange their own international airfare to Avila, Spain, and departing back to their home country from Madrid, Spain. Participants should make their travel arrangements so that they arrive in Avila, Spain by noon on Sunday June 9th, 2013, and should plan to depart from Madrid, Spain on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Tentative Program Schedule

For a tentative program schedule, please visit
Hotel Accommodations Hosteria Las Cancelas
Calle De La Cruz Vieja N, 6
Avila, Spain
Tel: (34) 920-212-249
Hotel Agumar
Paseo de Reina Cristina, 7
Madrid, Spain
Tel: (91) 552-6900

Visa Information

For travel to Spain, citizens of Canada, the U.S. and most Western European countries will not need visas; participants from Colombia and a few other Latin American countries will need visas.Participants should contact the Spanish consulate nearest their home on information about applying for a visa to Spain.

Travel Insurance

Participants are encouraged to purchase international travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. Participants may contact STA TRAVEL at 1-800-387-2427 or purchase online at or any other International travel insurance company.

What Others Had to Say

"Everything was very useful, inspirational and has exceeded my expectations. Maida’s contacts are specialists with superb communication skills. The content and pedagogy were outstanding.""This seminar is probably the most useful and well-organized program I have attended. Very little time was lost or wasted, and I found all the programmed activities to be worthwhile. I learned a great deal about how to organize a Spanish for business course and am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this seminar before I teach a business Spanish course for the first time."

About Maida Watson

The FIU CIBER Seminar in Spain will be directed in 2013 by Dr. Maida Watson who created this program and has directed it for over 12 years. Dr. Watson is a Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University and has published over 30 articles and 6 books, many in the field of languages for business. In addition to a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Florida, she holds an MS in Finance and has taught Spanish for Business for many years, both totally on line and in a face to face mode. She speaks native-level Spanish and has been Foreign Language Coordinator for the Center for International Business Education and Research at Florida International University since 1997.Dr. Watson has written and directed many federal grants involving the development of programs and curricula in Foreign Languages for special purposes in the fields of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese. She has also received grants from the Kaufman Foundation for Entrepreneurship, the Fulbright-Hays Office, the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is presently working on an article comparing how business culture is taught in textbooks for Spanish for Business published in Spain with those published in the United States. She is active in organizations for Languages for Special Purposes both in the United States and in EuropeThe 2013 Seminar will include lectures from Spanish faculty on topics related to teaching Spanish for Business as well as visits to small and medium Spanish companies. In addition, participants will share their experiences teaching Spanish for business through interactive discussions and workshops.

Miscellaneous Expenses

Participants will be responsible for any and all personal and/or additional expenses including (but not exclusive to) round-trip international airfare, visas, passports, currency exchange fees, internet, faxes, phone, lodging incidentals or extensions, meals not covered in the program, Value Added Taxes (V.A.T.), appropriate tips, vaccinations/inoculations, and any other voluntary tours or excursions not covered in the program fee.

Contact Information

For questions regarding your study abroad application, please contact CIBER at (305) 348-1740 or by e-mail at
ciber@fiu.eduor Maida Watson, Ph.D. by email at

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