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The Central College Abroad program separates itself from others in many ways--it is a personalized program that cares about you; the excursions are unique, fun and informative; the experience was a once in a lifetime chance that I'm so glad I took!
– Ryan Boege
University of Northern Iowa

service-learning/internships

On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience. Students can choose from either a service-learning or an internship option, both for academic credit.

Students have the option to complete an internship experience while in Granada, as part of a 3-credit, 45-hour course.  Only students in the Language and Culture and Hispanic Studies tracks are automatically eligible for these opportunities. However, Intensive Language track students can be eligible for the internship options available to Language and Culture students by paying a €535 fee.

Students in the Language and Culture track are eligible for internships in education, mostly as English teachers in primary and secondary schools.  They are also eligible for service-learning experiences, which are done through SOLIDARIOS, the Volunteer Programs Department at the University of Granada. The most common types of internships through SOLIDARIOS involve work with

  • Senior citizens
  • Handicapped citizens
  • Homeless support
  • Food and clothing delivery
  • Support for immigrant populations.

Students in the Hispanic Studies track are eligible for internships in the aforementioned areas as well as with Granada businesses. Recent placements include:

  • Bio computing
  • Life and Health sciences
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Business Services

*NOTE: For all internship placements that require transportation, transportation will be provided by the program or students will be compensated for their expenses.


Application process

To apply, you must first create an online account and submit a complete online application for the Granada, Spain program. Detailed internship and service-learning guidelines including deadlines, application requirements and materials will be provided in your online account. There is no placement fee.

Additional service-learning and internship areas may be available for students at all language levels. The resident director in Granada works individually
with you to find the best possible option.

Please contact the Central College Abroad office with questions about internships or service-learning.