Study Abroad is a time of great discovery. It’s also a time when young Americans gain the knowledge and skills to help them succeed in a globalizing world. COPP students have been traveling to Spain for the past eight years to develop a deeper understanding of public policy in another country. For most of these students, it’s a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Students visited the cities of Elche, Alicante, Granada, and Madrid where they sat in on lectures given by various University and city officials. They also visited the Supreme Court in Alicante where they listened to a presentation about common court cases and crime statistics in the surrounding area. Here, students could make connections between the United States and Spain’s criminal justice systems.
“The study abroad trip to Spain was a highly impactful opportunity that has added to both my professional and personal development. This opportunity allowed me to be more aware of the similarities/differences between other countries, such as Spain, and the United States– which in turn bolsters my cultural competence as a student and future social worker.” – Stephanie Gasca, master of social work student & graduate research assistant