Office of Study Abroad and Outreach


Recreation, Sport & Leisure of Spain


Program Details
Location(s)  Alicante, Spain
Term   Summer 2018
Credit   RPTA 379/679, 3 sh  
Class Sessions Three pre-departure sessions: Two in-person meetings Spring 2018, third online prior to departure
Travel Dates June 16-28, 2018
Housing   University-affiliated accommodation
Passport Required
Program Eligibility
GPA 2.5
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   No
Pre-requisite None 
Student Year Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior


About Program

What you will learn

Balancing work and leisure can be a challenge in today’s fast paced, technologically driven society, especially in the US where our competitive culture encourages people to go “above and beyond” and to always remain connected.  Other countries, like Spain, seem to have achieved this balance. By studying their recreation, sport and leisure methods, you can learn ways to enjoy your leisure time and lead a more well-rounded, fulfilling life.  Based at the Universidad de Alicante, you'll experience a wide range of recreation, sports and leisure activities including international beaches, festivals and food and craft markets. You’ll study with Spanish students, increasing cultural interaction. Through classroom study and visits to recreational sites nearby, you'll gain new insights to help balance work and play.


Entry Requirements

Passport required  - Must be valid until at least December 31, 2018

Visa required if not a US citizen


Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you will be on your program. Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

  • WIU student health insurance
  • A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through IMG.
Health Precautions

Walking/mobility - Expect to walk 5-8 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day.  Walking will sometimes be over uneven, hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.  

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.


Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $3,300-$3,560  * New, lower price*
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (double occupancy), entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline EXTENDED!  February 18, 2018
Application Fee $75 due February 28, 2018
Non-refundable deposit $1,000 due March 1, 2018
Second payment $1,000 due March 30, 2018
Final payment*
$1,300-$1,560 due May 1, 2018

 * Costs are subject to change based on student enrollment

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals.


Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: April 20, 2018.   Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and possible increased costs.

Pre-departure meeting: TBA during Spring 2018



Credit offered

RPTA 379 - Counts as an upper-division elective for RPTA majors/minors

RPTA 679 - Counts towards completion of a MS in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.


Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  Students are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Daniel Yoder .





Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Dr. Daniel Yoder
Faculty leader

Currens Room 400


Information Sessions

January 24, 5 pm
Macomb: Stipes 207

Quad Cities: QC Complex 2108