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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 10/26/2022
10/31/2022 05/27/2023 06/05/2023

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Viviana Alexandrowicz Disciplines and Core Offered: Learning and Teaching, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Graduate
Program Advisor: Lindsay Allen - Program Type: Graduate- SOLES
Program Description:
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International Focus Course Professor Travel Dates Class Sessions
Madrid, Spain EDUC 515i: Changemakers in K-12 Education: National and International Perspectives Dr. Viviana Alexandrowicz May 27 -June 5 Class sessions TBD

Course Descriptions

EDUC 515i: Changemakers in K-12 Education: National and International Perspectives (3 units)

This course builds on knowledge and skills on Changemaking that candidates have acquired through a variety of courses in the learning and teaching department. This course will explore Changemaking in K-12 in the context of Spain’s educational system. Candidates will examine the Changemaker framework in light of the development of empathy, problem-solving, leadership and collaboration to achieve inclusion and social change in the classroom. The course will use empathy as the basis for actions that teachers can take to change mindset, systems, culture and curriculum in schools. Candidates will visit a traditional elementary school and Chagemaker schools (one is a special education school) in Madrid and compare to a Changemaker school in San Diego they will visit in the pre-sessions. They will learn how administrators, teachers, and parents serve and integrate immigrant linguistically diverse students and students with disabilities through inclusive practices. Candidates will get familiar with student-centered, cooperative approaches and design thinking-based methodological approaches that are used in Changemaker schools. They will explore approaches used to provide children equal access to the curriculum and skills for the 21st century. Candidates will be guided by and co-create lessons with Spanish teachers that will involve children in thinking as Changemakers and transform their world.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (reduced tuition rate of $880 per unit) $2,640
Program expenses  (based on double occupancy) $2240
Global Study Fee $400
Estimated cost (not including airfare) $5280

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is at the reduced SOLES Global tuition rate of $880/unit.
  2. TRAVEL EXPENSES are estimated at $2,240. The program fee includes on-site logistical items such as lodging, classroom rentals, speakers, some group activities, meals and transportation to class activities. If you apply and are accepted to this program then withdraw, any costs incurred on your behalf will be charged to your student account.
  3. GLOBAL STUDY FEE is $400. A non-refundable charge of $150 will be placed on your student account for all withdrawals after Nov 5th. Any withdrawal on or after Nov 15th, the entire $400 will be placed on your student account.
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs are built into the program.  Housing is provided from May 27 (check in date) to June 5 (check out date). Additional housing charges may be assessed if students drop the class after hotel accommodations are made on their behalf. Accepted students will be provided with further information regarding the group hotel and will be asked their housing preferences.
  5. AIRFARE is not charged to your student account. Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate.
  6. WITHDRAWAL/REFUND POLICY.  If at any point after enrolling in the program you decide that you wish to cancel your participation, you must submit written notification to the Global Center <>. A simple email will suffice. Students are responsible for all non-recoverable costs incurred by USD. Tuition refunds for the program are processed according to the same on-campus tuition refund policy established by the USD Finance Office. Review the withdrawal policy here: SOLES Cancellation policy - spring 2023


The application window for the program is from October 5 at 12:00pm to October 26 at 11:59pm. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Nov 1. Further information will be provided to accepted students. If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Visa Information

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa. Contact Lindsay Allen, SOLES Global Center Assistant Director for an introductory letter and proof of insurance if required. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens.

Spain is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. Visit the Embassy of Spain website for the most current visa information.

Additional Questions

Director / SOLES Global Center
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall room 129
Phone: (619) 260-5901

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)