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  • Locations: Alcala, Spain
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2018 02/15/2018 ** N/A TBA TBA

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Dorm, Hotel/Hostel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. John Kesner Sponsoring College: College of Education
Sponsoring Department: Early Childhood Education Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
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The Program: Many of the countries in the EU are being rocked by social and economic change. Countries within the Eurozone are facing dwindling economic resources and must make difficult decisions regarding the structure of the social safety nets. The system of government provided services, long the envy of many in the developed world is undergoing significant change. It is critical to understand how these and other social issues impact the educational system of countries undergoing this social evolution.

Obviously a major component of the social system in Spain is its educational system. How a country educates its children will determine its financial successes. Like many other countries, Spain has had to deal with an increasing immigrant population in its schools. This increase in the number of non-native Spaniards in classrooms presents unique challenges to the educational system. Specifically, issues related to language, the difference in educational level between immigrant children and their same age Spaniard peers, the financial pressures put on the parents of these immigrant children.

Students will have an opportunity to experience a culture different from their own while seeing how Spain deals with issues in their effort to modernize the way they educate their children while maintaining their rich cultural traditions.

Please click the link for the Spanish Education Health Clearance Form.docx

Please click here for information flyer: Spring Break Kesner flyer Spain 2017.pdf

Eligibility:  The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from Georgia State University and other universities and colleges. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Courses and Credit: Students will earn 3 credit hours in either ECE 4700 (undergraduates) or ECE 8000 (graduate students).

Accommodations: 
Participants will stay in student housing on the Universidad de Alcala campus

Costs: Program fee $2395; tuition for 3 credit hours, please see Tuition Rates; and mandatory student fees (only the BOR Institutional fee and Technology fee).  Please note that program costs may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and travel arrangements.

Payment Schedule

February 15, 2018: $500 deposit due
March 15, 2018: $895 payment
April 2, 2018: Program cost charged to student account
Early May 2018: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt


All expenses are included except for food.

If you are a non-GA resident student, you will receive the in-state tuition rate for the study abroad course. There is a $250 fee attached to this study abroad in-state tuition waiver. This waiver does not happen automatically. Please first register for the course and then let your Program Director know you are a non-GA resident.

Program fee includes

  • airfare
  • airport transfers & taxes
  • ground transportation 
  • intensive language instruction provided by Alcalingua http://www.alcalingua.com/index.php/en/
  • accommodations (includes some meals)
  • international medical insurance

Program fee does NOT include

  • visa and passport fees
  • some meals
  • personal expenses

Contact: Dr. John Kesner, Department of Early Childhood Education
    Email: jkesner@gsu.edu
  Phone:
404-413-8245