Spain: Teacher Assisting

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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  • Spain: Teacher Assisting Photo
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Tell me about this program

Open to: Students enrolled in the College of Education

EXTENDED Application Deadline (2018 Program): April 1, 2018

Ourense, Spain: This program offers an opportunity for students in the College of Education to explore the educational system and cultures of the Galicia region in Northern Spain. Students will also be teaching in the local schools, either in English or Spanish based on student needs. Students will be placed depending on two considerations: 1) Their certification needs dictating placement at the secondary or elementary level 2) Their major/minor needs if secondary. There is no language prerequisite for this program. Students will participate in a dual placement program that facilitates half a semester placement stateside and half a semester placement abroad during the teacher assisting semester.

Students will be housed with host families, thereby immersing them in Spain’s culture. Students will explore Ourense by taking a tour of the city and trips to The Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral, the Capilla del Cristo, the Ponte Vella (Old Bridge), and the Spa and Thermal area. Additional cultural experiences include weekend trips to Santiago de Compostela, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century and home to Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Students will also spend a weekend in Albergue “Os Biocos” where they will go hiking, make astronomical observations, visit medieval castle "Castillo de Castro Caldelas", explore Roman mines, and see century old chestnut and oak trees. 

This experience could greatly impact a student’s ability to teach in a multi-cultural setting. It will also offer students the opportunity to experience another culture and assist in the creation of culturally competent students and educators.

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When can I go?

October 26 – December 6, 2018

(6 weeks)

Where will I live?

Program participants will stay with host families.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is intended for Education majors and/or minors admitted into the GVSU College of Education. There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA (3.0 for graduate students), and be registered for Teacher Assisting EDI 330/331, EDF 310, and EDR 320/321 as co-requisites.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

EXTENDED Application Deadline (2018 Program): April 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 11 credits

EDI 330/331: Methods and Strategies of Teaching (5 credits)

EDF 310: Organizing and Managing Classroom Environments (3 credits)

EDR 320/321: Content Area Literacy (3 credits)

EDT 370: Technology in Education (if needed)

**One course can fulfill one Issues requirements

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,295

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodations
  • Most meals
  • Some field trips
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition is included in your Fall Tuition
  • Additional meals ($200)
  • Passport ($140)
  • OPTIONAL Excursion to Madrid and Portugal ($1,600)

Total Projected Cost (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $6,263

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email 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. 

Financial Aid FAQs


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.

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:

Visit for more information on these and other grants/scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Sherie Williams
College of Education
465C DeVos Center

Learning Outcome

  • Create culturally sensitive teachers by immersing them in a culture different than their own
  • Create culturally aware teachers by offering teaching experience in a diverse cultural environment
  • Prepare teachers to be advocates for diversity within their classrooms
  • Expose students to a culture where English is not the prominent language

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.