Serve-Learn-Sustain in Spain



The Serve-Learn-Sustain in Spain Program for Spring 2022 is a unique approach to study abroad. By combining immersion methods, conversation exchanges, homestay family experiences, experiential education, service-learning projects, and sustainability studies, this Program promises to take your Spanish skills and intercultural competence to new levels.

The Program offers two upper-division Spanish classes that the address social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability studies and the interrelations between these.  Students take one Spanish Service-Learning course  and choose one of 15+ service-learning projects in the areas of health care, social integration/inclusion, environmental outreach, education, cultural activities, athletic activities, etc. Program participants complete service-learning projects with non-profits, businesses, schools, hospitals, etc. and use Spanish with local Spaniards in real-life and meaningful situations.

The Serve-Learn-Sustain in Spain Program is based in Granada, Spain, a beautiful historical city and university town situated just 30 minutes from the Sierra Nevada National Park and 40 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea.  Granada is also home to the most visited monument in all of Spain, the Alhambra, and is one of the few cities in Spain that continues to offer “free tapas.”

The Serve-Learn-Sustain in Spain Program is a Georgia Tech Faculty-Led Program, which means all classes are Georgia Tech courses and you do not have to worry about transfer credit. You can even go abroad in your last semester at Georgia Tech.

The cost is very affordable and comparable to a normal semester at Georgia Tech. Plus, if you are an out-of-state student, you pay in-state tuition for your classes.

Please see the program PowerPoint for more information. 


Granada, Spain


January 10 - May 3, 2022

Host Institution

Universidad de Granada: Centro de Lenguas Modernas (


Live with Spanish home-stay families in centrally located apartments with three meals daily, free wi-fi, and weekly laundry service.  Students will have their own bedroom and can choose to live alone or with another student in the same host family.


Total credits: 12

To view the course schedule, please view the course chart for the program. 

Required Courses:

  • SPAN 4156: Spanish Service-Learning Abroad I
  • SPAN 4158: Social, Cultural, and Linguistic Diversity in Spain
  • SPAN 4500: Intercultural Seminar
  • SPAN 4693: Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Spain

Optional Course:

  • SPAN 4157: Spanish Service-Learning Abroad II


SPAN 2002 or intermediate-level equivalent through A.P. or I.B. testing or online language placement exam (see the Advance Placement page for more details). Good academic standing. Coursework is at the 3000 to 4000 level, and this program is conducted entirely in Spanish.


The Program Fee is $8,500. Fee includes roundtrip bus transfer from the Madrid airport to Granada; classes at the University of Granada’s Centro de Lenguas Modernas; housing in private room with Spanish homestay families in Granada; three meals per day with host family and on program excursions and trips; free wifi with host family and at University; cultural excursions to the Alhambra and a flamenco concert; site visits and guest lectures; service-learning project placement; international health insurance.

Program Fee does not include:

  • 12 credit hours tuition and fees: $4000 to $4500 (estimate)
  • Roundtrip airline tickets to Madrid, Spain: $1000 to $1600 (estimate)
  • Student visa fee: $180; trip to Spanish Consulate in Miami, FL to apply for student visa: $400 (estimate)
  • Personal spending money for individual travel, meals, recreation, etc.: $1500 - $4500 (estimate, varies according to student`s personal travel plans)

For more details about program cost, please see the program flyer

Cancellation Policy

Program descriptions and fees are subject to final approval by educational units and the Office of International Education.  Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Once Georgia Tech has made payments to service providers, or if Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants' safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.  If a student withdraws from the program, the student will be responsible for the payment of all fees.

Students who choose not to participate in the program after being accepted in the program will be subject to the following non-negotiable fee schedule:

  • Students canceling before September 1, 2021 will lose their $500.00 deposit.
  • Students canceling after September 15, 2021 must pay 25% of the program fee.
  • Students canceling after October 1, 2021 must pay 50% of the program fee.
  • Students canceling after November 1, 2021 must pay 100% of the program fee.

Informational Meetings

A pre-departure orientation meeting will be scheduled in early October for all accepted students. This meeting is mandatory. All student visa application documents will be distributed and reviewed at the meeting. We will also go over the Program handbook and students will complete a homestay family questionnaire.

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Program Contact

Kelly Comfort
Swann 224

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