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Spain Short Term Study Abroad

International Service Learning (SLS 2940)
1 credit hour

  •  July 14 - July 23, 2023
Estimated Fees
Program Fee:
$ 103.06
Endowed Chair Award:
$ 613.00
SAGE Scholarship:
Estimated Cost:

Before reviewing this page or applying to this program, read the entire COVID-19 Statement.  If you have questions, please contact SAGE.  All information is subject to change.  Prices are an estimate only until flights are booked and could fluctuate.

Join us in Spain as we learn about ocean conservation efforts.  We will actively engage and complete service focused on ocean conservation in Florida (Atlantic Ocean) and connect the experience when we explore Spain (Mediterranean Sea). Before our trip, we will spend some time learning about the ocean and conservation efforts by visiting a facility located on Florida's East Coast. Then, while in Spain, we will engage in service while we learn about Micro Plastics and conservation efforts in Barcelona and Valencia.  

Students will complete 5 hours of service learning in Florida and the remaining 21 hours of service in Spain on the Mediterranean Sea.  Before applying what is learned, students will also need to understand the environment in which they were designed. Therefore, while in-country, the group will also explore historic sites and engage in cultural activities while enjoying Spain’s landscape, architecture, and beaches. Highlights include a tour of the Park Guell, Barri Gotic Area, Sagrada Familia, Oceanografico, and beaches in Valencia and Barcelona

Course Description

This course gives the student the opportunity to grow academically, pre-professionally, personally and civically through participation in a service-learning experience. Students meet real needs in the community by applying knowledge from their courses. Students complete a minimum of 20 hours of service per credit, complete written reflections, and meet regularly with assigned faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits, but grade forgiveness cannot be applied.

Applications are open!

Late Summer Application & Payment Deadlines

  •  August 2022 – Applications Open
  •  02/03/2023 - Applications Close
  •  02/09/2023 - Application Payment Deadline
  •  02/24/2023 - Passport Deadline & Orientation
  •  03/03/2023 - Deposit Payment Deadline
  •  04/07/2023 - Final Payment Due

Contact us

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm (Virtual appointments only)
Email and Phone
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Things to Consider Before You Apply

  • Familiarize yourself with Spain’s travel risk outlook, including COVID-19 entry restrictions and levels.  Please visit the Department of State by clicking here and the CDC by clicking here to see more information.
  • This program is open to students in good standing only. Please see GPA requirements.
  • Students are required to attend all pre-departure and re-entry meetings and service activities.
  • Students must acquire passports. Passport fees, course tuition, and course materials are not included in the price.
  •  Students should expect to walk at least 10 miles per day, sometimes on uneven surfaces. Bring comfortable walking shoes and water shoes.
  •  Students will be outside in the sun, heat, and water. Bring light, loose clothing, swimwear, sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, hats, etc.
  •  Students will be required to stay hydrated during completion of service hours and program activities.
  •  Students can expect to share room accommodations with students of the same gender with en-suite bathrooms shared.
  •  Students are not allowed to drink alcohol per SAGE and Student Development rules.
  •  Students will be traveling in the country via airplane, ferries, or bus. Packing light will be critical since the group will be moving around to different cities during the program. Be prepared to transport your personal belongings during those transitions. If you are prone to motion sickness, be prepared to bring the necessary medicine.
  •  Daily breakfast and two dinners will be included in the price. All other meals, souvenirs/shopping, and structured free time activities will be the responsibility of the student.
  •  If a student has dietary restrictions, he/she should be prepared with extra money for meals and snacks. Dietary needs will be communicated beforehand but alternate meals may not be available due to travel arrangements, and students should plan accordingly.
  •  During free time, students must always be in a group of three or more for safety reasons.
  •  It is important to understand that students will be acting as cultural ambassadors from the U.S. and representing Valencia positively to our foreign hosts. Students will be expected to follow the Valencia Student Code of Conduct.

Program Eligibility

  • Be 18-years-old by time of travel.
  • Have an Institutional GPA of 2.5 at time of application.
  • Meet course requirements, including prerequisites.
  • Have not exceeded the maximum amount of service hours/credits allowed.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College.
  • Completed one semester within last year.
  • Completed 12 college-level credits by the time of travel.
  • Have not received a SAGE scholarship in the current academic year.


  • No Prerequisites
  • Cannot exceed max SLS 2940 credits allowed by the college

Funding Information

This program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office, the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office. These departments will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation. Funding is limited to a set number of students per program.

Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover part or all of the final payment and/or additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a My Education Plan or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise, your financial aid payment may be reduced.

Santorini, Greece

Program Fee Includes

  •  Roundtrip airfare
  •  8 Nights of Accommodations
  •  Daily Breakfast and Two Dinners
  •  All Cultural, Historical and Service Learning Visits
  •  All Ground Transportation
  •  On-site Director & Support
  •  Medical and Travel Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include

  •  Course Tuition and Fees
  •  Snacks, Lunches, and Most Dinners
  •  Structured Free Time
  •  Airport Departure Fees and Taxes
  •  Luggage Transport/Storage Fees
  •  Passport Fees
  •  Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  •  Spending money
  •  Tips

Travel Information


Pre-Departure Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  02/24/2023 Orientation
     1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
     East Campus
  •  05/12/2023 Meeting #1
     12 P.M. - 3 P.M.
  •  06/02/2023 Meeting #2
     12 P.M. - 3 P.M.
  •  06/24/2023 Service Learning
     12 P.M. - 5 P.M.
  •  07/07/2023 Meeting #3
     12 P.M. - 3 P.M.
Re-Entry Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  07/28/2023 Meeting #1
     12 P.M. - 3 P.M.

Please note that the program may be altered or cancelled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and, in many circumstances, airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice before the application deadline.