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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students:
Yes Language coursework offered: No
Field of study: Social Sciences Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level:
Max credit hours:
CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Barcelona Inside and Out: Spanish and Catalan Concert Life, History, and Tourism

About the Program

Soak in Spanish and Catalan culture while basking in the famed climate of Europe’s largest city on the Mediterranean – Barcelona! The Barcelona Inside and Out Program offers students a chance to explore how Spanish and Catalan music, history, and tourism are interwoven in the broad fabric of Spanish history and present-day Catalonia, as well as Latin American society and culture. Through this interdisciplinary program, students can make cross-cutting connections between the arts, humanities, and social science perspectives to understand Barcelona’s social life all while living in the pulsing center of Catalonia’s capital city.

Complimenting this classroom learning, students will visit some of Spain’s most architecturally exuberant concert halls, take part in Barcelona’s lively street life by walking Las Ramblas, the vibrant boulevard where street performers hone their skills and vie for your attention, and even have the opportunity to visit Barcelona’s famed beaches, rated Europe’s best city beaches by National Geographic.

Beyond Barcelona, students will have the opportunity to explore other parts of Spain, allowing them to see the unique qualities of Barcelona and come to a deeper understanding of the vibrant mix of cultures within Spain. Let Barcelona be your gateway to a world of cultural experience!

Faculty-Led Program Participant, Summer 2016:
"Studying abroad opens a student's eyes to how the world works and how people from around the world work. There is so much more than our bubble in Dayton, let alone in the United States of America. Interacting in a foreign country is something that everyone needs to do at least once, as it gives you a new viewpoint on the world and gives you a whole new independence, responsibility, and knowledge that can't be gained elsewhere."

Barcelona - City

Curricular Options

All programs and courses listed are tentative and subject to change, depending on student interest. Students may earn up to 10 credit hours per session and must take at least 7 credit hours per session. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin.

MUS 365 Music in Society: Sights and Sounds of Barcelona (3 credits)
An introduction to Spanish music and its literature, with emphasis on the way music has been shaped by its cultural, geographic, and historical contexts. Students actively explore music through on-site concert attendance, lectures, text, videos, discussions, and field trips to important musical and artistic sites in Barcelona. In addition to exploring the different stylistic periods of music, students learn to relate them to the corresponding historical periods represented in the art and architecture of Barcelona and its environs.  Field trips to musical sites and venues complete this ideal introduction to music in Barcelona. Highlights include performances in Barcelona’s exuberant Palau de Musica Catalonia (Palace of Catalan Music) and extravagant Gran Teatre del Liceu. Recitals, opera, dance, and chamber music in historic halls provide an unforgettable experience and an introduction to lifelong music appreciation. 
CAP Status: Arts
HST 358: Social & Cultural History of Latin America (3 credits)
Latin America is a complex region full of contrasts, with a population that is racially and culturally heterogeneous.  This course surveys Latin America’s social and cultural history from its pre-Columbian origins to the present. It will emphasize connections between Latin American and Spanish history by focusing on the enduring legacy of Spain’s conquest and colonization of Latin America.  Readings and class discussions will emphasize the lived experiences of men and women from different historical eras and a diversity of racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. The course will end with an exploration of contemporary efforts to address long-standing social problems rooted in the region’s colonial past, especially poverty, inequality, and racial discrimination. Prerequisite(s): HST 103 or equivalent.
CAP Approved: Crossing-Boundaries Inquiry; Advanced Historical Studies
SSC 200: Tourism and the Social Sciences (3 credits)
This course will explore the field of tourism from three social science perspectives: anthropology, economics, and politics. We examine theoretical approaches to this discipline and combine them with empirical case studies throughout the world that incorporate each of the three perspectives. Students will combine classroom knowledge with experiential learning while visiting notable tourist destinations in Spain.
CAP Approved: Social Science

UDI 310: MAXIE Experience (1 Credit)
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. Eric Street, Professor, Department of Music (Site Coordinator)

Dr. Stephanie Litka, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work

Dr. Tracey Jaffe, Lecturer, Department of History


Students must be 18 years of age and older 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.

Pre-Departure Orientation

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 UDI 220 class is as follows:
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
Fitz Hall 442
Section Number: UDI 220 – M9
Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017 and last until the end of the semester.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2017, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.