Spain: Intercultural Communication & Service Learning

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

Ourense, Spain — This 3-week Study Abroad program focuses on building intercultural communication skills and competence for careers in business, health, education and more. Students will live with Spanish host families, experience the diverse language and culture of the region, and engage in discussions on cultural awareness.

Students will participate in a minimum of 20 hours of service learning placements in schools or a medical setting. 

Students will begin their journey in Ourense, located in the beautiful Galicia region of Northern Spain. We will continue our exploration of Spain through field trips to Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, “Old Santiago”, and more. The 3-credit course offered during this program will fulfill General Education requirements, making it attractive to students from any major. This program was designed to be accessible to NCAA student-athletes. There will be ample access to facilities and time for work-outs in order to accommodate training schedules.

Check out the VIDEO from the 2019 trip! 

Questions? Contact Alissa Lane at [email protected] or 616-331-3898

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement
Issue Friendly

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: May 2023 - May 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

(3 weeks online followed by 3 weeks in Spain ) 


ITC 100: Introduction to Intercultural Competence and Communication (3 credits)

Fulfills General Education US Diversity requirement AND

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement.Reflection required

Language of Instruction: English


Host families

Cost and Scholarships

Program Fee: $3,990


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation
  • Gym access

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (3 credits = $1,794)
  • Additional meals ($200)
  • Passport ($150)

Total Estimated Cost: $6,134



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.

** STUDENT ATHLETES ** Felix V. and Gladys A. Zukaitis Athletic Scholarship: APPLY NOW:

** STUDENT ATHLETES ** Student-athlete Study Abroad Scholarship APPLY NOW:

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. MyScholarships: APPLY NOW

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Open to all majors. 2.0 GPA required.

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US State Department Information

The first step to an international trip is to read our Traveler’s Checklist to find out things to consider before you go. Pay special attention to our safety and security information and assess for yourself the risk of traveling to a particular country or region.  Some U.S. citizens with special considerations – such as students, women, and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges when abroad.  If you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas. 

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2023
Alissa Lane
Program Director
Justin Pettibone
Program Director

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