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UK Sponsored: Health & Wellness in Spain (Education) (Summer)
Valencia, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Behavioral Sciences, Dietetics & Human Nutrition, Human Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Pre-Health, Public Health, Spanish Studies
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Ted Strohmeier
Program Director:
Joaquin Fenollar
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Health & Wellness in Spain (Education)

May 9-June 13, 2016
Arms CrossedProgram Overview

In the wonderful and historically rich setting of 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 five-week program, students will participate in a variety of workshops and educational excursions, as well as classroom sessions at 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.).

  • Discuss and compare concepts and dimensions of health and wellness, stress, protective and risk health factors in different cultures
  • 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
  • Apply basic knowledge of exercise physiology and exercise testing to environmental or elite performance training by visiting one of the Centers for High Performance Sports Council Facilities in Spain.
  • Learn about the universal healthcare system of Spain and contrast it with the US healthcare system
  • Through excursions to Serra de Bernia, Pena Roja and Marxuquera, Gandia, and Gymkhana, develop basic knowledge of the history of the areas surrounding Valencia

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 students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. 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 before or after the program's international travel.
  • Students will enroll in KHP 509: Managing Stress in a Changing World (3 credit hours)
  • Students may optionally enroll in an additional course - KHP 395: Independent Study (3 credits).
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)
Housing & MealsCATS

While in Madrid, Toledo and Granada, students will reside in hotels. In Valencia, students will live with host families. While in Madrid and Toledo, breakfast will be provided at the hotel each day. In Valencia, students will be given 3 meals per day. Students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own, with the exception of any group meals included in the program itinerary. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • 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 UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Supplemental Materials

This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and ISA. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

University of ValenciaPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Spanish Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Joaquin Fenollar,, Lecturer in Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Fenollar will be directing the program.

Mr. Ted Strohmeier, Interim EA Exchanges Coordinator,

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This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.