As representatives of Sam Houston State University in a foreign country, our goal is to maintain high standards while learning about and enjoying the culture. The SHSU Study Abroad in Spain is a long-term study-abroad program that could be jeopardized by illegal or disrespectful behavior. Keep in mind that Spanish culture is more traditional and conservative than U.S. culture. Good manners and observation of cultural decorum will help ensure that future SHSU students will be welcome guests for years to come.
All Sam Houston State University regulations apply to the Study Abroad - Spain.
No illegal drugs are permitted. Spain law carries stiff penalties and imprisonment for illegal drug use. Marijuana is illegal in Spain. Typical legal procedure in Spain involves detaining the accused for one year in jail before the trial. Also, just as under Texas laws, “public intoxication” is illegal in Spain.
SHSU advocates abstaining from alcohol. If you decide to use alcohol, responsible use is required at all times. No alcohol is permitted during class times and field trips.
When enjoying nightlife activities, stay in groups and look out for one another. Don't leave anyone stranded. If one person has to leave, it is time for the whole group to leave. No-one should ever be out alone or out late at night, even in a group. Use common sense; if you feel uncomfortable in a situation or would not do something in Texas, do not do it in Spain.
No firearms are permitted.
Hotel rules and etiquette are to be respected. This includes:
a) appropriate attire in all areas outside of one's room;
b) observance of appropriate noise levels;
c) respect must be shown to hotel personnel and other guests;
d) alcohol consumed at the hotel must be purchased at the hotel;
e) no overnight guests allowed without management's written approval
f) no parties on hotel premises are allowed without management's written
The hotel has the responsibility to notify the Spanish police if laws are being broken (see #2, above).
You will be staying with a family and you must show respect for them and follow all house rules. Be considerate of your host family.
You are traveling as United States citizens. If your personal conduct has legal ramifications, the University will not become involved.
I agree that if my behavior jeopardizes the SHSU Study Abroad in Spain
or its participants, I may be sent home immediately without recourse.
Signature ___________________________________ Date ______________
For more information, contact
Dr. Enrique Mallen
SHSU Study Abroad in Spain
Dept. of Foreign Languages
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Tx 77341-2147
Office: AB IV 339
tel (936) 294-1433