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 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English (possibility of courses in Italian or Spanish)

Key Program Highlights

  • Three weeks in some of Europe’s most beloved cities: Rome, Florence, Barcelona
  • Packed with learning experiences beyond the classroom
  • Visit world-famous sites, from the Colosseum to Montserrat
  • Locally-focused course topics taught in English
  • Tight-knit travel group with fellow classmates and your professor

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.

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 weekend and 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.


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.

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 and 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.

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:

  • History
  • International studies

For additional course and program details, please click here.

The University

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.

Student Feedback

Explore every opportunity presented to you. There are going to be so many new options whether it's meeting new friends, eating new foods, or getting involved in new experiences that are a once in a lifetime opportunity. Step out of your comfort zone and you will learn more about yourself and have the best time of your life while doing it.

Charlie Ciraolo - Rochester Institute of Technology

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

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 1
    December 27 (Estimated)
    December 27 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    December 28 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    January 13 (Estimated)
    January 14 (Estimated)
    $5,390 (Estimated)

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