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UK Sponsored: Health & Wellness in Spain (Education) (Summer)
Valencia, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
The UK Education Abroad 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 EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Behavioral Sciences, Dietetics & Human Nutrition, Human Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Pre-Health, Public Health, Spanish Studies
Course Language:
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Laurence Tuccori
Program Director:
Joaquin Fenollar
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
Health and Wellness in Spain

May 11 - June 19, 2015

Applications will be accepted for the 2015 summer program once program itinerary has been established!

valencia palmsProgram Overview

In the wonderful and historically rich setting of Gandia City (Valencia, Spain), students will engage in the comparative study of American and Spanish lifestyles relating to health and wellness, health services, and stress management. During this six-week program, students will participate in a variety of workshops and educational excursions, as well as classroom sessions at the Gandia Campus of the University of Valencia. During their time in Spain, participants may opt to visit some of Spain’s main cities (Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, etc.) as well as European neighboring countries (France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, etc.).

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  • Discuss and compare concepts and dimensions of health and wellness, stress, protective and risk health factors in different cultures
  • Through required field trips, explore and discuss the value of different cultural lifestyles relating to health and wellness, health services, and stress management
  • Participate in workshops led by local instructors designed to increase participants' understanding of health principles and stress management
  • Learn about the universal healthcare system of Spain and contrast it with the US healthcare system
  • Through optional field trips, develop basic knowledge of the history of Valencia and the surrounding region, including the two largest cities in Spain, Madrid and Barcelona


This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.
Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting/transient students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting/transient student go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to participating in the program to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

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  • 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 KHP 509: Workshop in Safety and Health: Managing Stress in a Changing World (3 credit hours), KHP 420G: The Physiology of Exercise (3 credit hours), and, for those interested, KHP 395: Independent Study (3 credit hours). The KHP 395 can be tailored to your specific needs regarding career and academic goals.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

valencia sunsetHousing & Meals

  • Students will reside in shared apartments.
  • Students in apartments will have access to a kitchen and most meals will be on their own. Some group meals will be provided.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

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 for application materials 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).

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 at UK 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. Rosie Lanphere,, and Dr. Joaquin Fenollar,, Lecturers in Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Drs. Lanphere and Fenollar will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The UK Education Abroad 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 EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (