Health and Sport Science in Spain and Portugal
About the Program
Spain and Portugal are two of Europe’s most appealing destinations for students looking for a cultural immersion rich in history, food, sport, and scenery. The program will begin in Portugal, exploring its Atlantic-influenced cuisine and multiple sport organizations. From there, students will move to Spain for the majority of this program to learn about the rich culture of one of the largest Western European countries. Program courses will examine nutritional and organizational characteristics of each country and learn how research is communicated and performed in different cultures. Interaction with local faculty and students will expose students to health and sport professions in Spain and Portugal and allow for students and faculty to connect course content to each country’s environment.
Note that this program will include one primary city in Portugal and one primary city in Spain. The locations listed for this program will be updated as soon as those details are finalized this fall.
"I can say that studying abroad has been one of, or if not, THE BEST experience of my life. With this particular program, I was able to bond with other students from UD while experiencing a new culture. It is the perfect balance of cultural, academic, and personal experiences."
- Summer 2017 HSS in Chile Participant
HSS 295: Nutrition and Health
Nutrition and Health: Knowledge foundation of nutrients and the physiological and psychological bases of eating. Furthermore, nutrient needs across the lifecycle will be explored.
CAP: Crossing-boundaries Integrative
HSS 431: Sports Nutrition
Overview of the macro- and micronutrients and their application to athletes. Further, evidence-based protocol of dietary and supplement regimens will be applied to endurance, strength and power athletes.
HSS 428: Research Methods
Application and practice of research in student’s chosen profession and vocation. Emphasis will be designing and evaluating experimental studies, collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of data, and role of research in professional practice.
CAP: Capstone course for HSS majors
HSS 356 Organizational Behavior in Health and Sport
Overview of the individual, group, and organization level factors utilized to manage people for personal, team, and organizational effectiveness in health, wellness, and sport organizations.
UDI 310: MAXIE: Experience
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD. Graded minicourse required of all student participants.
Dr. Diana Cuy Castellanos
, Associate Professor, Health and Sport Science (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Corinne Daprano
, Associate Professor, Health and Sport Science
Dr. Anne Crecelius
, Assistant Professor, Health and Sport Science
"This program is a great way for students to immerse themselves in a different culture, develop closer relationships with their classmates, and make life-long memories. I would highly recommend this trip to any student who is looking to learn about a different culture, apply their knowledge to real-world, and have unforgettable experiences with their classmates."
- Summer 2017 HSS in Chile Participant
Students must be 18 years of age and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience. All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course is as follows:
UDI 220 - MD
Classes begin in early March and last until the end of April.
Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.
Cost and Refund Policy
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Check out this American Physiology Society blog post, written by a participant in the 2017 Health and Sport Science in Chile program! Students from that program authored 3 blog posts for the APS.