Spanish Education

General Planning Tips For Spanish Education

  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early. You can take admission requirements, Spanish content, and teacher education courses abroad and still stay on track for graduation.
  • Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your admission requirements. Therefore, it is a good idea to reserve some of those classes to take overseas.
  • Summer options: Summer is a great time to take admission requirements. You could also participate in a unique field experience through one of the summer teaching programs.
  • Scholarships available through KU for Spanish language study abroad include the Anita Hertzfeld Study Abroad Award for Latin America and the Costa Rica Early Start Program Scholarship. Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: Courses that include special education content (SPED) are based on United States law, so you should plan to take these courses at KU. In addition, the courses during your student teaching semesters will include field work and practicum requirements, thus these must be taken at KU as well. (C&T 489, C&T 490, C&T 495, C&T 544, ELPS 537, EPSY 520)

When To Go

Freshman and Sophomore

  • Schedule a meeting with an education advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your four year plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience.
  • After you've met with your academic advisor, continue your program research by visiting the KU Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall. Study abroad peer advisors can help you to identify suitable study abroad options based upon the information you received from your advisor.
  • Studying abroad usually requires two letters of recommendation, so it's good to start identifying individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications as well as your ability to be successful during an international experience.
  • There are both summer and full semester study abroad programs that offer admission requirement courses. The best time to pursue these programs is the summer after your freshman year or the fall semester of your sophomore year.
  • You can study Spanish for a full semester in Salamanca, Spain during the spring semester of your sophomore year. 
  • Summer is also a great time to complete some of your Spanish content courses. The summer after your freshman year, you can participate in KU's Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona program. Or you can join the Language & Culture in Buenos Aires program during the summer after your sophomore year. (See more information about both programs under Recommended Programs below).


  • The ideal times for Spanish Education students to study abroad are the fall or spring semester of junior year.  The application deadline for fall programs is March 1st, for spring programs the deadline is October 1st.
  • There is some degree of flexibility with your course sequencing during this time. If you need an education class (C&T, ELPS, EPSY, SPED) that is not available through your study abroad program and only offered at KU during the semester you are abroad, the School of Education is usually willing to work with you in arranging access to the course via Skype, Lecture Capture, or some other technology.
  • Some junior level Spanish and Teacher Education courses that are commonly offered abroad include:  SPAN 370, SPAN 424, SPAN 429, SPAN 440, SPAN 448, SPAN 450, SPAN 451, SPAN 452, SPAN 453, SPAN 462, SPAN 463, C&T 331, C&T 448, ELPS 301, EPSY 306 and EPSY 456.


  • Senior year is not a good time to study abroad for Spanish Education students because of your student teaching requirements.
  • There are a couple of senior level Teacher Education courses available overseas (C&T 448 and EPSY 456), so you may want to plan on taking these early during your junior year while abroad.

Courses and Credit

  • Spanish faculty and Education faculty have already pre-approved a number of Spanish and education courses abroad. To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalency Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.


Recommended Programs For Spanish Education

Programs Offering Admission Requirement Courses

Korea University - South Korea

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman or sophomore year

Sample Courses: Intro to Sociology, Intro to Psychology, General Biology I, Calculus I

University of Leicester - England

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - sophomore year

Sample Courses: American History 1607-1877, American History 1877-Present, Evolution of the Earth's System, PSYC 104

University of Newcastle - Australia

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year

Sample Courses: Calculus I, Foundations of Psychology, Intro to Physical Geography, Intro to Sociology

Programs Offering Spanish Content Courses

Language & Culture in Buenos Aires - Argentina

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore year

Sample Courses: SPAN 323, SPAN 346, SPAN 424, SPAN 463, SPAN 471

Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona - Spain

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman year

Sample Courses: SPAN 212, SPAN 216, SPAN 220, SPAN 440, SPAN 429

Universidad de Costa Rica

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior year

Sample Courses: various SPAN language, literature and culture courses

Universidad de Salamanca - Spain

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year

Sample Courses: SPAN 340, SPAN 370, SPAN 424, SPAN 428, SPAN 474

Universidad de San Andres - Argentina

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior year

Sample Courses: SPAN 370, SPAN 424, SPAN 440, SPAN 447, SPAN 448, SPAN 462, SPAN 462

Programs Offering Teacher Education Courses

Macquarie University - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior year

Sample Courses: C&T 331, EPSY 306, EPSY 456

University of Wollongong - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior year

Sample Courses: C&T 331, C&T 448, EPSY 456

Programs Offering Teaching Experience

These programs may count for KU Core Goal 4.2. Recommended for summer after sophomore or junior year.

A Cross-Cultural Experience in Carpi for Education Majors - Italy

Education Teach Abroad - India