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Earn University Credit Abroad

Universtiy credit is available for Maximo Nivel’s programs. Our programs can fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements. You won’t miss a beat by studying abroad with Maximo Nivel—in fact you will be another step closer to graduation. Get the credit you earn!

2 Ways to Get University Credit at Maximo Nivel:

1. California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB)

Spanish Immersion
Volunteer Abroad & Service Learning
International Internships

2. Your University

Spanish Immersion
Volunteer Abroad & Service Learning
International Internships

Maximo Nivel is one of the very few organizations in the world that offers university credit for volunteer and service learning programs. If you’re interested in receiving university credit, just let us know when you register and we’ll guide you through the entire process.

University Credit California State University – Monterrey Bay

California State University Monterey Bay

At Maximo Nivel, our Volunteer Abroad, International Internships, and Native Spanish programs are approved for university credit through our School of Record, California State University Monterey Bay. CSUMB is an accredited 4-year institution of higher education and is part of California’s state university system. As our School of Record, CSUMB has already verified the quality and academic standards of the programs we offer and awards university credit and issues your official transcript for the courses you complete abroad at Maximo Nivel.

Volunteer Abroad & Service Learning

To be eligible for university credit through CSUMB, your Volunteer Abroad program must be at least 4 weeks long. During your Volunteer Abroad program, you work 3-4 hours each day (60-80 total hours) and you complete five (5) required Guided Reflection Workshops. You must also keep a daily field journal and write a final paper about your experience. The course is designated SPAN203SL – Service Learning. While it is designated as a Spanish course, this program does NOT require previous Spanish language experience and the guided reflection workshops are in English. A syllabus is available on request.

Volunteer & Service Learning programs available for university credit include:

Working With Kids
Teaching English
Construction
Animal Care
Medical & Healthcare

International Internships

International Internships are designed to provide professional work experience abroad in a structured, supervised environment, while fulfilling academic requirements. During your International Internship program, you work 6 hours each day and you complete five (5) required Guided Reflection Workshops. You must also keep a daily field journal and submit a final project about your experience. A syllabus is available on request.

International Internship programs available for university credit include:

Education (K-12)
Special Education
Micro-Business
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Rights
Medical

Native Spanish Program

Spanish courses are offered in group or private lessons, Monday through Friday. To be eligible for university credit through CSUMB, your Spanish immersion program must be at least 3 consecutive weeks with a minimum of 60 classroom hours.

Generally, you should already know what level you are at and which course you will need to enroll in. Either you should know what courses you have already completed or the course levels that you have tested out of. We can also conduct an oral interview by phone or Skype to determine your level.

Spanish courses available for university credit:

– SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish I (4 credits)
– SPAN 102: Beginning Spanish II (4 credits)
– SPAN 103: Beginning Intense Spanish I & II (4-8 credits)
– SPAN 200: Beginning Spanish Conversation (4 credits)
– SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits)
– SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 credits)
– SPAN 203: Intermediate Intense Spanish I & II (4-8 credits)

A syllabus for each course is available on request.

CSUMB Program Tuition

University credit awarded by California State University-Monterey Bay requires an additional tuition fee of $195.00 per credit hour, plus a $100 registration fee. The tuition and registration fees for CSUMB credit are paid directly to Maximo Nivel.

Example: A four (4) credit course is $880, which includes $780 in CSUMB tuition and a $100 registration fee. These fees are in addition to Maximo Nivel’s regular program fees.

Your University

At Maximo Nivel, we work directly with many universities and we can help you get credit for your program abroad. If you take Spanish courses, complete a Volunteer Abroad program, or do an International Internship at Maximo Nivel, we can provide all the documentation needed to help you receive credit directly from your home institution.

Spanish Immersion

For Spanish courses, your university may have specific requirements. No worries—we can do this! It’s important that you work with Maximo Nivel’s Admissions & Client Service team to establish exactly what your school requires—such as course syllabus, record of total hours, attendance reports, teacher evaluations, curriculum summary, and final exam with letter grade. Spanish courses at the 100, 200, 300, and 400 levels can be completed at Maximo Nivel.

Volunteer Abroad

For Volunteer Abroad programs, your home university may award credit either as a language course or to fulfill service learning requirements. Some universities also accept Volunteer Abroad programs to fulfill internship requirements. It’s important that you understand your school’s requirements ahead of time and that you work with Maximo Nivel’s Admissions & Client Service team to be sure we can help you get the credit you want.

Note that Maximo Nivel’s Volunteer Abroad programs have Field Managers attached to each project, however this does not include an advisor—volunteer placements have a great deal of independence. If your university has specific supervisory or evaluation requirements, check out our International Internship programs below.

International Internships

International Internships are designed to provide professional work experience abroad. It’s important you understand your university’s requirements ahead of time and that you work with Maximo Nivel’s Admissions & Client Service team to be sure we can help you get the credit you need.

International Internship programs for university credit include:

Education (K-12)
Special Education
Micro-Business
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Rights
Medical