Spend your January Term earning 3 credits while traveling throughout Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid! With individualized attention and professors who use each city as their classroom, this program incorporates visits and field studies related to the course called Peoples of Spain (Cultural Diversity). Earn a total of 3 credits in just under 3 weeks.
What to Expect:
Language: English and Spanish
Average Courseload: 3 U.S. Credits
GPA Requirement: 2.5
Visa Requirements: NONE Required!
- Unique visits and field studies related to your subject
- Earn 3 credits in 3 weeks
- Each city is your classroom as you travel throughout Spain
Barcelona School for International Studies
Located in the heart of the city, the Barcelona SAE Academic Study Center (SIS) is our most centrally located campus option. SIS boasts fantastic local and international professors, many of whom are working professionals in the field they teach. SIS maintains small class sizes and focuses on experiential learning, which means that students will get individualized attention and will participate actively during class. Each course includes a variety of field studies, museum visits, and guided reflection that closely tie the courses to the city itself.
The courses offered at SIS encompass international and cross-cultural topics, focusing on the city by discussing local history, art, architecture, literature and geography. Our Spanish Language courses focus on spoken language skills and include useful tools for students to debrief their experiences both in and out of the classroom.
SIS is a Spanish institution but courses are offered through Jacksonville University in Florida. Jacksonville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Jacksonville University. Non-Jacksonville University students can apply to transfer course credits to their home institution by requesting a Jacksonville University transcript.
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You’ll take one 3-credit course, taught in English, during your 3 week program.
- The Peoples of Spain: Cultural Diversity Past & Present Spain course covers the history of the people that have settled the peninsula over the years, including linguistic and religious groups. The second part of the class will be dedicated to an in-depth analysis of the latest wave of migrants including refugee populations as well as economic migrants from the Americas, Morocco and Asia. We will address resistance to diversity, conflict, racism, antisemitism, and the imposition of cultural and religious uniformity. Professors use Barcelona, Seville and Madrid as the classroom through field studies such as visits to historic sites, diverse neighborhoods, organizations that fight racism within Spain, NGOs helping immigrants, and more. You’ll also share many field studies with the Food & Culture Course as we discover the diverse backgrounds that have contributed to today’s food culture!
Apartments in Barcelona
The apartments are, on average, about a 30-45 minute commute to your classes or internship and house 3-6 students. The convenient location means you’ll have easy access to everything Barcelona has to offer, like shops, cafés, bars, museums, restaurants, and more! You’ll be placed in a double room with another student unless you opt for an individual room and there is one available.
Watch Bridget’s video tour of her apartment to get an idea of what your housing could be like.
Important note: shared apartments are only available when student residence halls are full, so apartment availability will vary.
You’ll get to put your CIS Abroad Barcelona cooking class skills to the test and cook your own delicious meals in the apartments’ well-equipped kitchens.
Inclusions and Amenities
- CommutePublic Transportation
- Double Room
- Kitchen Equipment
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Jacksonville University Transcript
- Day excursions to local sites
- Group field trips as part of chosen course
- CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Full-time tuition & fees
- Pre-departure and on-site orientation
During weekend trips, you might experience Flamenco and tour the beautiful Alhambra in Granada; eat Spain’s best tapas and visit wineries in Basque Country; or hike coastal trails and tour medieval villages in Costa Brava. Trips change each semester.
Your Support Staff
You’ll be supported every step of the way!
Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.
Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!
We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.
Read more below for information related to this program:
On-Site Program Modifications
We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.
Our Financial Commitment
CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.
Our Academic Commitment
CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*
If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.
Our Health & Safety Commitment
CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:
- COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
- Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
- COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
- Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
- Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
- Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
- Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.
*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.
We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2021 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.
We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.
Dates & Prices
ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.
- Application Deadline: Oct 15
- Arrival: January 3
- Departure: January 22
- Price: $5,690
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.