Program Overview

Let the historic treasure spaces of Italy and Spain be your classroom this January. Travel and learn on this three-week educational journey through some of the most beautiful sites in Barcelona, Rome, and Florence. Your professor will share unique perspectives of history as you travel through the spaces where famous events unfolded.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
October 15
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English (possibility of courses in Italian or Spanish)

Key Program Highlights

  • Visit world-famous sites, from the Colosseum and Imperial Forums to Naples and Pompeii
  • Packed with learning experiences beyond the classroom
  • Tight-knit travel group with fellow classmates and your professor
  • Locally-focused course topics taught in English
  • All trip-related travel included once you're in Europe!

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



This multi-country program explores Mediterranean culture through field-trips, excursions, and cultural activities in Rome and Florence, Italy and Barcelona, Spain.

In Italy, the program will use the culturally-rich cities of Florence and Rome as its classroom. You'll enjoy city tours and excursions to sites of historical and cultural interest, learning from the program professor, local guides, and your own observations of Italy's impressive art, architecture, history, culture, and food.

Once in Barcelona, you'll enjoy studying at Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), just a ten-minute walk from the heart of the vibrant, playful city of Barcelona. SIS shares its facility with a renowned language school, providing you with the opportunity to meet students from around the world. At SIS, you can immerse yourself in the local culture, make Spanish and international friends, and have easy access to all that Barcelona has to offer.

Accreditation(s): Barcelona School for International Studies is accredited by Jacksonville University.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Students receive three credits from our School of Record, Jacksonville University in Florida and earn credit depending on the track they choose.

Tracks available:


Life in Rome, Florence, and Barcelona

Welcome and Orientation

While you can certainly expect a pleasant physical and social atmosphere as you explore Mediterranean-influenced destinations on this epic and engaging January travel-study program, we’ll prepare you for what’s to come in the form of an extensive orientation. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your fellow students and the professors and program leaders. We’ll cover local topics such as culture and language, as well as rules, regulations, guidelines, and expectations of the program in general. We’ll then enjoy our first social outing in the form of a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, where we can get a first taste of the fine food typical of the Mediterranean region and enjoy a less formal setting to get to know each other.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Adios! Arrivederci! After a unique, comparative program in two of the world’s top destinations and most alluring cities, there’s no denying it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to all the places and people you’ve come to know. You’ll enjoy one final meal together to reflect on all that you’ve seen and done, exchange contact details, and thank your lovely on-site staff.  Keep reflecting, keep in touch with those on your program, and let us know how we can provide you with outlets to keep re-living your formative experience abroad. Our preferred method: go again! (You’ll get a discount for doing so! Perhaps a full semester in either Rome or Barcelona next time!?) We’ll share tips about how to verbalize your experience in things like job interviews so you can capitalize on your profoundly transformative study abroad experience.

Housing Options

Students will stay in hotels in shared rooms in Rome and Florence and either in apartments or hotels in Barcelona. Breakfast will be provided daily for the duration of the program.

Local Life

  • Mediterranean: A Way of Life: More than just a pleasant body of water, the Mediterranean has a strong influence on climate, culture, food, and way of life. Connecting many distinct lands and peoples along its coast, the Mediterranean Sea has played a pivotal role in trade, transit, and cultural exchange for millennia.
  • Rich Cultural Heritage of Italy: Reaching all the way back to the Roman Empire, Italy's historical significance is apparent in the form of its countless monuments and ancient architecture. However rich its legacy, Italians are as proud as ever to be part of a nation that enjoys such a rich culture that largely resists tendencies to "modernize" and commercialize. Explore traditional neighborhoods where social networks pulse in the streets, not online, and the streets are too narrow for "big box" stores to attempt to displace mom-and-pop shops.
  • Vibrant and Beautiful Barcelona: From the Gothic neighborhood and abstract architecture of Gaudi to Roman aqueducts and Medieval Jewish quarters, Barcelona is a dynamic city that requires your full attention to appreciate your ever-changing environments! Although its provincial pride is strong (as demonstrated by its attempts to separate from Spain), Barcelona retains a cosmopolitan and generally "European" quality, combining the best of Catalonia, the Mediterranean, Spain, and Europe.

More About Rome, Florence, and Barcelona

Considered the "Eternal City," Rome blends an exceptionally rich history with a vibrant contemporary culture. Revered equally by history buffs, culture vultures, and foodies, Rome has something (or more accurately, tons!) for everybody. There's no shortage of art galleries, museums, ruins, and gastronomic exploits (e.g. gelato) to make the most of your time. And don't forget to make time for general idling, people-watching, and exploring Rome's diverse neighborhoods.

Florence (Firenze in Italian) is a culturally vibrant city located in the heart of Italy’s Tuscany region. Around every corner you’ll encounter jaw-dropping architecture, like the terra-cotta-domed Florence Cathedral. The mild weather makes it ideal for exploring the city on foot—we recommend getting lost so you can meander the streets and interact with the friendly locals. The best way to experience Florence is simply to wander through its wonders. This is how you'll find the hidden gems not mentioned in any guidebook.

Barcelona also enjoys a bit of Roman heritage, most evident in its languages (both "Castilian" Spanish and Catalan) and architecture. A large and vibrant metropolis with a rich and alluring culture, Barcelona is anything but a sleepy seaside city. Tourists and locals alike adore the social and artistic buzz that permeates Barcelona - in its plentiful plazas, boardwalks, distinct neighborhoods, funky architecture, and pristine beaches. The second-largest city in Spain, Barcelona is unique in that it blends the bustling nature of a large city with an emphasis on the "life" side of "work-life" balance (the beaches probably don't hurt in that regard...).

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Colosseum and Imperial Forums

Wander about one of the world’s most infamous architectural sites, the Colosseum. No visit to Rome is complete without touring the Flavian Amphitheatre where gladiators and animals fought as entertainment for ancient, imperial Rome. The nearby Imperial Forums will impress you with their monumental remains.


A beautiful hilltop town overlooking the Arno Valley, Fiesole will be a magnificent getaway. Imagine the splendor of the renaissance town and the Florence Duomo as you take in the panoramic views. Walk around town and sample food from a wide selection of cafes and restaurants, hike around ruins, and the Fiesole monastery.


Incredible rock formations and a once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic experience await you at the end of your hike up to Montserrat. Take a day trip just 25 miles outside Barcelona to the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. You’ll hike up the mountain to the monastery and discover not only a beautiful view of the region, but exciting local tastes and tapas.

Student Feedback

“I came back with new knowledge on culture, architecture, political policies, basic language and communication skills, and a more broad outlook on the world itself. I now have a greater curiosity of what other places in the world are like and feel the need to get out and explore.

Jaelyn Gomes, Mediterranean Culture - January 2018, Quinnipiac University, Mediterranean History, Politics, & Culture - January 2018

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Jackie Langdon
Senior Program Coordinator - Spain, Latin America, January Mediterranean Culture

Travel Tip: Never forget to give yourself credit for making the decision to study abroad. Immersing yourself in another culture is challenging, but the memories and sense of personal growth you return with make study abroad all the more rewarding.

Learn more about Jackie

Layla Dworkin

Travel Tip: Travelling isn’t just about seeing new places and photographing their monuments, museums, food and landscapes. Travelling isn’t about knowing new cultures and people to label and judge them. Travelling is about allowing ourselves to experience with all our senses and open our mind, letting what we see sink in so that we can reflect on it and learn in a much more conscious way. That way, we can travel on a whole other level.

Learn more about Layla

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • January 2019
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    January 2
    January 3
    Classes Start
    January 4
    Classes End
    January 19
    January 20

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Cities include: Rome, Florence, and Barcelona
  • All trip-related travel (excluding airfare from the U.S.)
  • CISabroad support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing (apartments)
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • Jacksonville University transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program