Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Recreation, Sport & Hospitality of Spain

Recreation, Sport and Hospitality of Spain: A Comparative Study

Study the recreation, sport and hospitality practices of Spain by immersing yourself in Spanish culture.  Experience first-hand the richness of Spanish culture through a wide range of leisure activities including international beaches, festivals, sports, food and craft markets.  Interact with Spanish students in the classroom and on fieldtrips. 

Location(s)  Alicante, Spain
Term   Summer 2020
Credit   RPTA 379/679, 3 sh
Class Sessions TBA
Travel Dates June 17-29, 2020
Housing   University-affiliated accommodation
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Judicial Good status
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   No
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Entry Requirements

Passport required—Must be valid until at least December 31, 2020

Visa required if not a US citizen.  It is your responsibility to check the  Consulate of Spain in Chicago's website for more information.  Visa cost not included in program cost.


Health Insurance

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

Health Precautions

Walking/mobility - Expect to walk 5-8 miles/day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven, hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage.

Environmental - Average highs in the mid-80s with lots of sun.  Excursions and some portions of the class will be conducted outside, rain or shine. Sun protection is strongly recommended.

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

Vaccinations - No vaccinations are required for entry into Spain.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .    

Accessibility - 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* $3,500-$3,800 based on previous offerings
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (double occupancy), entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline February 2, 2020
Application fee $75 due February 27, 2020
Non-refundable Deposit $1,000 due February 28, 2020
Final payment* $2,500-$2,800 due March 31, 2020

* 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 1, 2020.   Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and possible increased costs.

Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2019



Credit offered

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

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

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

  • Observe first-hand the differences and similiarities between the recreation, hospitality, sport and leisure of Spain and the United States
  • Attend lectures with Spanish students, co-taught by Dr. Juan Tortosa (WIU alumnus, Associate Professor at Alicante) and Dr. Jeremy Robinett (Assistant Professor, WIU)
  • Learn how laws, policis, and practices of other countries affect program provision 
Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You 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. Jeremy Robinett .

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Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Dr. Jeremy Robinett
Faculty leader

Currens Room 413


Information Sessions

September 16, 2 pm

October 9, 1 pm

November 7, 2 pm

All meetings in Currens 408