Spanish Culture and Research Study Abroad

Program Description

The "Culture & Research in Spain Study Abroad" constitutes a key initiative within the KSU-UVa Memorandum of Understanding, and will provide graduate students with the possibility of embracing Spanish culture in a university with more than eight centuries of history. 

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The program cornerstones are two courses, INED 7781 (3-Credit hours), and a special topics course on Case Study Research Methods (3-credit hours).  

  • INED 7781: Students in this course, the first of three ESOL Endorsement courses, will have the opportunity to explore issues of culture, identity and teaching English as an additional language while immersed in a new culture and language context. They will complete the 3-credit hour course within the two weeks that they are in Spain (similar to Maymester) due to the organization of the formal and experiential course time.
  • Special Topics course on Case Study Methods: Students in this course (3-Credit hours) will examine in detail all the steps involved in the design and implementation of case studies. Students will be asked to design and develop a small - but complete - case study emerging from their experience at the University of Valladolid. This way, the study abroad will constitute the fieldwork for the final assignment of the course that will be assessed online during three weeks after the visit to Valladolid.

In addition to the regular coursework, participating students will have the opportunity to experience Spanish culture at the heart of the Autonomous Region of Castilla y León, where the Spanish language was originated. Visits to innovative schools in the region as well as opportunities to share experiences with and learn from Spanish faculty and students will be provided. Ancient medieval castles, Roman aqueducts, museums, 13th century libraries and the well-known tasty tapas will also help students experience the culture of the Kingdom of Spain.

Program Dates

June 3 – 18, 2017 (subject to change)

Pre-departure Meetings

  • April 17, 2017
  • May 8, 2017
  • May 15, 2017
  • May 22, 2017

Post-trip Meeting

  • June 19, 2017

Itinerary itinerary

  • We will arrive Madrid on June 4th, Spain’s Capital city.
  • We will then travel to Valladolid, which is a couple of hours North
  • During the 2-week stay in Valladolid we will visit Ancient medieval castles, Roman aqueducts, museums, 13th century libraries and the well-known tasty tapas will also help students experience the culture of the Kingdom of Spain. We will return to Atlanta on June 18th.



Program Cost

  • $2,700.00* Cost includes airfare, lodging, ground transportation, 10 meals, and insurance.
      • *Cost does NOT include tuition, tips, incidental expenses, passports, visas or souvenirs.
      • *Eligible students will receive the $1000.00 Global Learning Scholarship!
      • *Tuition is paid separately.
  • A $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application. This deposit will be subtracted from your total fee.
  • Payments are broken down into two installments:
      • March 3rd - $1,200.00
      • March 17th - $1,200.00*
          • *Students eligible for the KSU Global Learning Scholarship will have the scholarship award amount applied to the second payment installment.
  • For information about scholarships available for this program please visit this website.


While in Valladolid, students will stay at “The Book Factory” a brand new hostel inaugurated in 2015, which is located in downtown Valladolid, and 10 minutes (walking distance) from the Facultad de Educación y Trabajo Social, where courses will take place.

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Safety & Security

During pre-departure orientations, students will receive information on health considerations, travel safety, money matters abroad, cultural adjustment, cross-cultural immersion and sensibility, student responsibilities and course requirements.

The U.S Department of State offers excellent travel, health and safety information for specific countries. For up-to-date information, please visit the following website

The Center for Disease Control also provides useful information for travelers and a list of vaccinations and/or health concerns for specific countries. 


Undergraduate and masters preservice education students must take the 3-credit hour INED 7781 course. If they are completing the ESOL Endorsement, they may also enroll in the online section of INED 7782 offered through KSU.

Graduate students enrolled in the Case Study Research Methods course must take 3 credit hours.

You will have to choose one of the following courses:

INED 7781 Culture for ESOL Instructors (3 credit hours): 

INED 7781 is designed to develop a knowledge base about culture, its influence on learning and teaching, and its role in intercultural classroom settings. In this course, participants will examine major theories related to educating immigrant students and a culturally diverse student body; critically analyze education policy and practice at the institutional level; analyze the sociopolitical context of teaching, and develop new strategies and tools to prepare candidates to resist oppression through advocacy, community engagement, and collaboration within the school context. Issues of culture, schooling and policy within the Spanish context will be included.

Students must be accepted into one of the following programs as a prerequisite to this course: ESOL Endorsement, a graduate program in Bagwell College of Education, or the Senior Privilege program for the ESOL Endorsement. Participating students must be in good standing and must meet with their advisor prior to applying for this program.

EDRS 7900: Case Study Research Methods (Special Topics Course)

This course aims to help students improve their understanding of qualitative research practices and case study methods, while experiencing a study abroad in a different culture. It is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the theoretical and practical dimensions of conducting case studies, as well as to develop their data gathering, data analysis and narrative writing skills. To accomplish this, the course introduces students to fundamental definitions in the field as well as to data collection procedures and practices traditionally employed in naturalistic research. The first two weeks of the course will be conducted at the University of Valladolid (Spain) where students will have the chance to discuss their dissertation topics and research interests with Spanish doctoral students and faculty. Moreover, students will use the experience provided by the study abroad itself to conduct a case study pilot project reflecting on issues related to research and cultural differences, impact of a study abroad program for graduate students, language issues and qualitative research among others.

 No course prerequisites are required, however participating students must be in good standing (2.0 GPA for undergraduate, 3.0 GPA for graduate students) and must meet with their advisor prior to applying for this program.

Pre-Departure Orientation Conference

KSU students participating in this education abroad program are required to attend the Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation Conference. This conference is designed to inform students about a variety of critical pre-departure concepts and other important themes, ranging from cross-cultural content to practical safety information all students should know when traveling abroad. 

For more information on the PreDOC including registration, please click here.

Application Deadline

  • February 1, 2017
    A $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application.
  • Important notes: You will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid the deposit and completed your application. 

Faculty Director Contact Information

(470) 578-3389

(470) 578-2231

Faculty Backgrounds

Iván M. Jorrín-Abellán: He has lived for twenty years in the city of Valladolid. Fourteen of them working as faculty at the Facultad de Educación y Trabajo Social at the University of Valladolid, our local partner in this study abroad proposal. His academic and cultural connections in Valladolid will help not only to manage the proposal but also the successful development of the program next summer.

Linda Shuford Evans: She has traveled to Spain on numerous occasions and has family living in the northeastern region of Spain. She traveled to Valladolid on a site visit to the University of Valladolid in spring 2014, where she met numerous faculty in the Facultad de Educación y Trabajo Social, as well as delivering a presentation for a doctoral research seminar. During the site visit to UVa, she visited two school sites to speak with administrators and teachers about their programs, and experienced a number of the cultural events proposed in this study abroad program.

Education Abroad Contact Information

Nadine Jones, Sr. Education Abroad Program Coordinator



The University of Valladolid

The University of Valladolid is one of the oldest in Spain, its origins dating back to the end of the 13th century. The first written reference to the university occurs in a document signed by King Sancho IV of Castile in the year 1293.

It is also one of the most important centers of higher education in Spain: it has more than 100 degree courses, 80 doctoral programs (14 of which meriting a special mention for Excellence) and 68 postgraduate degrees (43 Master’s and 25 Specialist’s degrees). and galleries.

Valladolid, a charming city

The City of Valladolid offers a special appeal for international students thanks to its heritage and its cultural and university tradition. It is a medium-size city - quiet and safe - and provides a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. With around 1,000 years of history, Valladolid’s city center contains an interesting array of ancient monuments, old houses, palaces, churches, squares, avenues and parks, as well as wealth of museums and galleries.


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