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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


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2018 Group
2018 Group with students

   Quick Facts

  • Travel dates:  May 24 - June 18, 2020
  • 3 credits that satisfy General Studies C & L for undergraduate students
  • Graduate students are also welcome to apply for this program
  • Take USL 210 or USL 410 during the program
  • Course will include 2 weeks of pre-departure classes (TBA) 
  • Service Projects choices include teaching English to the community, volunteering at a local school, leading educational activities for seniors, refugees, and children, assisting with recreational programs for individuals in wheelchairs, helping deaf children, and serving at a local environmental organization.
  • Based in Burgos, Spain
  • Overnight excursion to San Sebastian
  • Space is limited, so apply early!
  • Build your resume helping the community while learning about civic engagement & social issues that apply to all majors.  

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



San Sebastian

Location Details

Burgos, Spain 
Burgos is located in northern Spain at the edge of the Iberian central plateau overlooking the Arlazon River. It is the historic capitol of Castile and is known for its medieval architecture, churces and palaces. The Catherdral of Burgos, founded in 1221, has 15 chapels and is listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. 

Local excursions include:

  • City Tour of Burgos
  • Visit to the University of Burgos
  • Guided tour of Carthusian Monastery
  • Guided tour of Burgos Cathedral
  • La Noche Blanca Festival

Additional excursions include visits to local school and other service locations to better understand social topics related to the class.

San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian is a coastal city on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s Basque Mountains just 12 miles from the French border.  It is known for its picturesque beaches, Bayfront promenade and cobblestone old town.  This lovely town has a reputation for its world-renowned restaurants, shopping and tourism. 

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate students from any major may participate in the program and receive elective credit while satisfying General Studies requirements Cultural Studies (C) and Literacy (L). 
  • Students in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students may use either course to satisfy USL requirements on their major map.  
  • Graduate students are also welcome to apply for this program


  • USL 210   Service Learning: Intro to Diverse Community Issues (3 credits, General Studies C & L)*
  • USL 410  Service Learning: Diverse Community Issues (3 credits, General Studies C & L).*
  • SCN 598  Special Topics Course for Graduate students only (3 credits)

*The USL 410 prerequisite is ENG 102 (or 105 or 108) with a 'C' or better & 45 minimum credit hours. USL 210 has no prerequisite, but ENG 101 is strongly recommended.

In this program, you will select to take either USL 210 or USL 410 studying civic engagement and community issues while completing correlated service projects in Burgos, Spain.  USL courses are unique to ASU in that they are stand-alone courses in which students learn about the importance of active citizenship, civic responsibility and the effects of social injustices in our communities while simultaneously completing relative community service.  Through assignments, students then relate their learning to the areas of the major and their future careers.  Students in this program will not only build their resume and sense of civic engagement, but will also leave with a global perspective of the effects of social issues on people and communities both internationally and nationally.  The in-depth study of social injustices will include topics such as the effects of discrimination and poverty, inequalities in education, inequalities in health care, immigration issues, and environmental sustainability.
While traveling students experience three areas of content:
1. Class content/lessons/assignments
2. Performing service with high needs populations
3. Experiencing the culture of the host country 

For more details on the course description, see
The curriculum will be adjusted to include social issues in Spain and Western Europe.

The service component of this trip makes it unique.  Students will participate in various service projects that will be correlated to the class topics in critical reflection assignments.  Service Projects choices include teaching English to the community, volunteering at a local school, leading educational activities for seniors, refugees, and children, assisting with recreational programs for individuals in wheelchairs, helping deaf children, and serving at a local environmental organization. 

2018 students at service

USLSpain group

2018 Group on excursion


Faculty Directors & Support

Dr. Molina Walters
Clinical Associate Professor
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Office: Santa Catalina Hall, 480-727-1510

Jill Oliver
Clinical Assistant Professor
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Office: Santa Catalina Hall, 480-727-1963

Director of University Service-Learning: Deborah Ruiz
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Office: Farmer 106, (480) 965-8092

Molina Walters
Dr. Molina Walter

Jill Oliver
Jill Oliver 


USL Spain Group 2017

Program Housing

Students will stay in the Residencia Universitaria San Agustin, which is a dormitory for university students and is located within walking distance of program activities (e.g. class and service organizations).  Students will share a room with one other ASU student. Each room has a private bathroom and bed linens and pillows are included.  Meals are included daily 3 times per day in the onsite cafeteria. This is a great place to meet other university students from both the United States and other countries.  There is also a shared space for socializing which houses a television, couches, a Ping-Pong table and foosball.  During the one night excursion, students will stay at a hotel as identified by EDE.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. In Spain, the level of accessibility varies across the country (with many major cities having made great strides in making museums and other public buildings accessible to those with physical disabilities. Most buses in major cities have ramps to accommodate wheelchairs, and many metro stations have elevators; taxis that can accommodate wheelchairs are available but need to be booked in advance. In historic areas, sidewalks can be narrow and have uneven surfaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $4,970.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 3 credits, student housing, most meals, transportation for any program-related function, entrance into program activities, and international health insurance. Not included: airfare to/from Phoenix and Spain, ASU registration fees passport, independent travel, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.