Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Janet Thomas

Second Advisor

William Hoffa


Study Abroad offers students the unique opportunity of transformative learning through living and studying in another culture. It is an ideal setting for them to gain a new outlook on the world, refine their language skills, and develop greater cultural sensitivity. However, the effectiveness of study abroad programs offering in language and cultural immersion have been called into question by various studies. This paper focuses on the well-established Junior Year in Spain program that specializes in these areas. It is the responsibility of the Junior Year in Spain program to look at the impact it has on student learning, and vital that the program implement methods for guiding and challenging students’ learning abroad. This paper presents the case for redesigning the JYS in Seville’s orientation program to incorporate learning intervention focused in the areas of language acquisition, cultural competency, and personal growth. The design incorporates the use of field trips, classes, extra curricular activities, blogging, and online debates.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | International and Comparative Education | Modern Languages | Spanish Linguistics


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