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Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Salamanca, Segovia, Valencia , Spain

Program Description

Explore cultural diversity and visual literacy concepts in enchanting Spain over the course of the month-long summer program. In the Visual Communication and Cultural Diversity Summer Program you will explore visual-based instruction and develop competencies for effective human resource development practice in multicultural, global settings. Content for these courses draws from several disciplines - visual communication, instructional design, educational psychology, graphic design, instructional media development, anthropology, multicultural education, and international human resource development. Students will receive undergraduate or graduate credit for two 3-credit courses, for a total of 6 credits: LTLE 372/LTLE 580 (Visual Literacy), and LTLE 470/AHRD 575 (Diversity and International HRD). These courses can possibly count towards requirements in other majors or programs.
In this program, we will explore engaged, classroom-based learning, field experiences, and experiential learning about cultural differences. Through culturally competent engagement we will explore visual literacy concepts in HRD practice. Classroom lectures and discussions, group activities, ecological adventures, cultural site visits, community engagement, and freedom to explore the beautiful city of Salamanca on your own comprise the learning landscape of this program. During non-instructional periods you are encouraged to explore Salamanca and beyond with your team.   
This cultural immersion experience will include interactive lectures, guided tours by local cultural experts, blogging and journal assignments, and a final learning portfolio. Students should be in good health; we will visit museums, world heritage sites, and we will do some moderate hiking and adventure activities.  Both Directors have significant cross-cultural experiences in multiple countries around the world. 

Location Description

We will live in Salamanca, which is a lovely college town. We will travel to Granada, Valencia, Segovia, Avila, Madrid, and Barcelona. Students will also have a free weekend where they can choose to travel to neighboring countries such as Portugal.


Noorie Brantmeier | | CoE/Learning, Technology & Leadership Education

Edward Brantmeier | | CoE/Learning, Technology & Leadership Education & CFI


While in Salamanca, our home base, you will stay in apartments within walking distance to the JMU Salamanca facility and the city center. On the weekends we will travel to multiple cities throughout Spain and will stay in hotels.

The program fee covers several group meals which take place at restaurants or cafes. Students will also be allocated a meal stipend of 20 euros per day.

Additional Items to Consider

A valid Passport is required. Cell phone data plans in Europe can be expensive – check with your cell phone provider about costs of international calling, data and text plans before traveling.

This program is open to all majors. Students in the HRD minor, AHRD graduate programs, sociology, psychology, social work, education and other business related majors will benefit from the experience.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

No foreign language required 

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


LTLE 372/LTLE 580: Visual Literacy (3 credits)

LTLE 470/AHRD 575: Diversity and International HRD (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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