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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study Abroad: Education Sources: Spain

This guide is intended for a study abroad course at the College of Education.

Map of Spain

Travel Information

Natural Disasters and School Emergency Drills

Information about school emergency drills such as fire drills or drills for other natural disasters may not be available online. However, another way to be prepared is to be aware of some of the common natural disasters that occur in Spain:

  • Forest fires: Forest fires occur frequently, especially during the summer months.
  • Flooding: Floods are the most common natural disaster in Spain. These usually occur when heavy rainfall causes rivers to overflow quickly.

Finding More Resources in the Library Catalog

To find more information about the educational system of Spain, try these tips for searching the library catalog to find books, magazines or journals, DVDs, and many other resources:

Here are some keywords that may be useful in your search:

  • Education -- Spain
  • Education, higher -- Spain
  • Education -- curricula
  • Curriculum planning
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Iberian Peninsula

Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training

Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional

Background Information on Education System

For a brief overview of Spain's educational system and related topics, try these articles on Spain available through the library's reference collections:

Publications from UNESCO and Eurydice may also prove helpful in your research:

The following books from the library's collection may provide further useful information:

Cultural Norms

For information about cultural norms in Spain, try these resources:

To find more resources, try searching using the following keywords:

  • Spain -- social life and customs
  • Spain -- guidebooks
  • Etiquette -- Spain
  • National characteristics, Spanish
  • Visitors, Foreign -- Spain
  • Immigrants -- Spain -- Life skills guides
  • Intercultural communication

Spanish-Language Education Periodicals

These Spanish-language education periodicals are available online and may be searched for relevant articles:

  • Revista de educación: The Revista de educación is a scientific publication provided by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. It provides research, essays, and reviews about education in Spain. Post-2015 magazines are available in both Spanish and English. 
  • Revista iberoamericana de educación: The Ibero-American Journal of Education (RIE) is a publication of the Organization of Ibero-American States or Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos that publishes articles on current educational issues and innovations in the region. Available from 1993 online.
  • Revista electrónica Iberoamericana sobre calidad, eficacia y cambio en educación: REICE is an academic journal that is peer-revied by the Ibero-American Research Network on School Change and Efficiency. It provides a forum for research on quality, equity, efficacy, and change in education conducted in Ibero-America and by Ibero-American researchers. Available from 2003 online.
  • Revista española de pedagogía: This primarily Spanish-language journal is one of the oldest journals dealing with general pedagogical research. Articles from anywhere in the world are published as long as they deal with various elements of educational practice and teaching, that is, pedagogy. Available from 1943 online. Most recent 1 year not available.

Note that the term Ibero-America or Iberoamérica primarily refers to regions and countries in the Americas in which Spanish or Portuguese is predominantly spoken. However, Ibero-America and Iberoamérica can also include Spain and Portugal.