Service Learning in Segovia and Fes: Immigration, Nationalism and Border Politics

Language Requirement: 2 years Spanish
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or Above
Location: Multicountry, Morocco, Spain
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

Not offered in 2021

This Service-Learning program is designed to give you a firsthand look at the immigration challenges and border politics that face Spain and Northern Africa and the opportunity to examine the topics within each country as case studies. It is ideal for students interested in International Studies, Spanish language, Political Science, Law, Human Rights, European Studies, Anthropology, History, or Sociology. Students will participate in the Fall semester program in Segovia and will complete a Service-Learning placement with a local nonprofit or non-governmental organization working to provide support to the immigrant populations in Segovia. At the end of the Segovia portion of the program, students will travel as a group through southern Spain to the Port of Algeciras (Cádiz) where they will experience the border-crossing by ferry from Spain to Tangiers, Morocco. The last two weeks of the program will be spent in Fes, Morocco, continuing the Service-Learning experience with local NGOs or non-profit organizations working to provide aid to sub-Saharan refugees and immigrants. 

Your Spanish Language skills will quickly progress in the impressively historical and picturesque city of Segovia, while still being only 25 minutes by high-speed train from Spain’s capital, Madrid. Courses are held at the GEO Center with other American students from all over the US.  In Morocco, you will learn Colloquial Moroccan Arabic in Fes where you will hear many similarities to Spanish vocabulary. Fes is the second largest city in Morocco and is home to the world’s largest car-free urban area, the old Medina.

Academic Details

You will enroll in a required Service-Learning seminar, the Immigration, Nationalism and Border Politics course and a two–credit survival Moroccan Arabic (Darija) course that will be held at the beginning of your time in Fes. The Service-Learning seminar will meet once a week for the duration of the program in Segovia and in Fes. The course will be taught in Spanish in Segovia and in Spanish and English in Morocco. Additionally, you will select two Spanish language courses taught at the GEO Center in Segovia to accompany your Service-Learning experience. These courses will be taught in Spanish and cover topics such as European studies, history, literature, Spanish culture, art history and more. 

All courses offered are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information, in particular how many contact hours are required for Service-Learning credits.


Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Housing Description

Housing in Segovia is designed to help you experience the local culture of Spain and to improve the speed of language acquisition while living with a host family. Daily interactions with the host family afford cultural nuances that could otherwise be overlooked. Homestays in Segovia are carefully selected to fit your needs and requests. Homestays are located within walking distance of the GEO center and classrooms or near local bus lines. You are rarely placed in a home with another student, but if that is the case, you both will always have your own private room with a shared bathroom. Linens, towels and light laundry are provided by your host. Immerse yourself into the daily life and routine of the household and experience Spanish cuisine and food culture as host families prepare all of your meals. Culturally, mealtimes in Spain are a very important time for family and are very pleasant occasions.

In Morocco, you will be placed with a Moroccan host family. Host placements may vary from extended families living in the medieval medina, to nuclear families living in the nineteenth/twentieth century Ville Nouvelle. All offer the opportunity to be truly immersed in Moroccan daily life. Students will either be in single bedrooms or share a double room with another student. All meals are provided. Host families are carefully screened and matched with student preferences and needs, but students should be prepared for many differences in diet and lifestyle. Living with a Moroccan family provides a unique opportunity to participate in family, community, cultural and recreational activities during your stay in Morocco. 

Many cherish their homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of their study abroad experience and remain lifelong friends with their host families.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Spring Semester          
Fall Semester          

Travel Advisories

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.