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UK Sponsored: Service Learning in Seville (Arts & Sciences)
Seville, Spain
Program Terms: Summer 2
The Education Abroad at UK deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor or Education Abroad at UK (
Fees and Policies Summer 2
Fact Sheet:
 Experience Type:
Service Abroad, Study Abroad
 Area of Study:
Anthropology, Economics, Education, International Studies, Political Science, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Language, Spanish Studies
 Course Language:
 Housing Options:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
 Minimum GPA:
 Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Thomas Teague
 Program Director:
Ruth Brown
 UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:

Service Learning in Seville

June 16 - July 14 2014

Program Overviewindoors

This program is designed to engage students both inside the classroom and out. By engaging with the local community of Seville through service projects, students will examine relevant community issues such as immigration, health care, educational, political and social programs. Through classroom meetings and community projects, students will study the effects of service-learning on the acquisition of second languages and reflect on what is learned from the community. Students will broaden their knowledge of Spanish language variation and improve communicative and intercultural competence in Spanish.

In addition to examining the language, culture and "contact zones" of Seville (Spain), students will participate in two field/study visits to other cities in Southern Spain. Students will spend two days exploring the main sites in Gibraltar, visiting the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia and an overnight stay at a beachfront hotel in Tarifa. The second field study trip will be to Granada and Córdoba with guided tours of La Alhambra Palace, and the Mezquita-Catedral. All lodging and meals during the field/study visits are included in the program fee. 

More details about this program may be found in a program summary (PDF) and Prezi from the Program Director.


  • Engage with your local Spanish community through homestays and daily service work in Seville
  • Develop your ability to discuss and think critically about historical and contemporary zones of cultural, linguistic, and religious contact in a variety of contexts
  • Expand your understanding of individuals from diverse backgrounds through personal reflection, academic inquiry, and first-hand experience
  • Immerse yourself in contact zones from Spain's past and present during overnight visits to Gibraltar, Tarifa, and Cordoba
Read more about this exciting opportunity on the College of Arts & Sciences website!


  • This program is open to undergraduate students with Spanish language proficiency at the 202/203 level or above.

Academic Credit

  • UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty.  UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Students will enroll in SPA 300: Contact Zones: Cultivating Intercultural Competence (3 credit hours).
  • Students who participated in the program during summer 2013 and wish to participate again in 2014 may be eligible to enroll in SPA 400: Special Topics in Hispanic Literature and Languages (3 credit hours), with permission from the faculty director
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

  • Students will be live with host families in Seville. Living with a host family is an excellent way to improve Spanish language skills. Two students will be placed with each host family. Selected host families have extensive experience in hosting US students. 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by the host families. Students will have access to laundry facilities. 


  • Students will have internet access in both the homestay and at the school.
  • Students have the option of renting a smart phone (incoming calls, texting, and data) for an additional fee (approx. 10 Euros).
  • Spanish-Only Contract: all students will sign an agreement with the host provider (CC-CS: Center for Cross-Cultural Study) to use Spanish as their sole language of communication while at the Center in Seville, in their Spanish home and on any cultural visit or study trip during the program. Exceptions will be made in case of emergency, but failure to abide by the pledge will be deemed misconduct.    

Scholarships & Financial Aid rock of gibralter

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline application material is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Required Applications

  • Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and a supplemental application with the Center for Cross-Cultural Study (CC-CS). The supplemental CC-CS application will be provided to all accepted students after the application deadline.

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the Spanish Embassy.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Ruth Brown, faculty member in the Hispanic Studies department at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Brown will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The Education Abroad at UK deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor or Education Abroad at UK (