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  • Locations: Alhama de Granada, Spain; Antequera, Spain; Ardales, Spain; Colmenar, Spain; Granada, Spain; Ronda, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Cost Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description





Uncover the secrets of leadership embraced by explorers of old, then experience the Hero’s Journey firsthand—in Spain—during a 7-day cycling adventure.  Travel along lightly traveled roads and gain authentic encounters with locals as we follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, conquistadors, and renowned explorer-leaders.

Quick Facts

  • Cycle during Spring Break 2020 — March 8-15, 2020

  • Full-semester, online course with Spring Break excursion

  • Rigorous, adventure course through Andalusia, Spain

  • Academic visits to the Alhambra fortress in Granada, the white villages of Andalusia, the Roman Bridge in Ronda, and more!

  • Cycle 45 miles per day (average)

  • Earn 3 credits

  • Experience the Hero’s Journey firsthand

  • Open to any student with 45 credit hours or more (for IDS 311 class)

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.



Location Details

Granada is one of the pearls of Spain, most visited by tourists from all the world. The long-time capital of Moorish Andalusia offers the most important reminder of this epoch in Spanish history, with the world-famous "Alhambra" at the top of the list.  
Content courtesy of All About Spain

Andalusia is a region of hills, rivers and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast. It was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace. 
Content courtesy of Discover Andalusia

Despite being a growing town, Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo 'new' bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, before taking in the views from the Alameda out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.  
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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 Payment and Withdrawal Policies

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

For IDS 311, students must:

  • have taken a minimum of 45 credit hours at the time of application

For OGL 360, students must: 

  • be enrolled in MAT 117 (or any course with MA general studies designation)
  • have taken OGL 200
  • have taken a minimum of 56 credit hours at the time of application


Students will register for one of the following courses during the Spring registration period:
  • IDS 311: Integration: Global Contexts (G, SB) (3 credits)
  • OGL 365: Assessment of Leadership Effectiveness (3 credits)
*Please note that the course for which you register counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

This 3-credit course will be taught online during Spring 2020 as a full semester, session C class.  Online study will occur before and after the Spain excursion, with the study abroad portion occurring during the week of Spring Break (March 8 – March 15). 
  • Pre-trek preparation consists of rigorous physical training, reading historical and creative works about Spain, explorers, and the Hero’s Journey. 

  • On-trek exploration involves discussion, journaling, and photography. 

  • Post-trek analysis culminates in a TED-like talk which explores the entire 3 phases of the Hero’s Journey and leadership. 

Special Meetings are all held as Zoom videoconferences on the following days and times:
  • Friday, January 10 from 1-3 pm AZ time;
  • Friday, February 28 from 1-3 pm AZ time (pre-departure orientation) 

Mountain Bike

Alhambra View


Faculty Directors

Dr. G. Layne Gneiting 
Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: USE 257B
Phone: 480-727-2356
E-mail: or

Dr. David Corlett
Course Coordinator
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: USE 241
Phone: 480-965-1806



Andalusian Countryside

Program Housing

Every night our group will be staying at a new place, lodging at youth hostels and bed & breakfasts in villages throughout Andalusia.  Daily breakfast will be included.  Program fee includes bike rental for the duration of the program. 

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.  Due to the rigorous nature of this course, students must be capable of cycling without assistance up to 60 miles a day on mountain roads.  Training is integral to the course, but students should already have a high level of physical and mental fitness.  Fluency (or familiarity) with Spanish is helpful but not required.

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. For example, 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 Spring Break 2020 is $2,470.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared accommodations, bike rental, daily breakfast, entry fees, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the three-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, ASU tuition, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  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.

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.


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.

Unique Opportunities for Funding

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.