Spain: Comparative Perspectives on Education
*Please note: The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.
OURENSE, SPAIN - The program will take place in Ourense, which is in the Region of Galicia, in Northwest Spain, 40 min away by train from Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, and 2 hours from Porto Portugal. Schools in this region are becoming more and more multicultural, and in response, education has become trilingual: the subjects are taught in Galego (Galician), Spanish and English. By working in local classrooms, students will be able to compare the current education systems in the U.S. and Spain and learn the foundations of both systems. Field trips and home stays with local families will further allow students to be immersed in Spanish culture.
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Program Dates and Application Deadline
Program Dates: May 8, 2023 - June 16, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)
Students will register for a total of 6 credits:
*EDF 315: Diverse Perspectives on Education (3 credits)
Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity General Education requirement.
*Fulfills a requirement for admission in the College of Education.
EDF 380: Cultural Exploration in Spain (3 credits)
Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.
Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required
Language of Instruction: English
Program participants will live with host families.
Cost and Scholarships
2023 PROGRAM COST:
Program Fee: $4,725
- Round-trip airfare
- Most meals
- All excursions and fees
- All ground transportation
- Tuition ($3,690)
- Passport ($200)
- Additional meals ($140)
- Personal Expenses ($240)
TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,995
Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.
FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.
Global Programs Scholarship (Varies): The purpose of this scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad or complete an internship abroad.
James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. To apply, visit MyScholarships.
Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for more information on these and other grants/scholarships.
To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail.
Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.
Open to ALL majors. No language prerequisite.
2.0 GPA required.
Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for participation in this program.
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