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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: Yes Language(s): Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Area Studies, GU Faculty-Led, Language Program Non-GU Students May Apply: Yes
Housing Options: Student Residence Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support)
Application Deadlines: December, February Fields of Study: Art/Art History, Government/Political Science, History, Linguistics, Spanish
OGE Advisor: Danielle Edmonson
Program Description:

Georgetown in Barcelona

Art, History, Language, and Politics

Summer in Barcelona

At a Glance

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Program Length: 5 weeks
Arrive on: June 28, 2019
Depart on: August 3, 2019

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Prerequisite: Advanced Spanish II or equivalent
Number of credits: 9 credits

Program Description

What is the role of art and of language in the construction of national and cultural identity? How has this Mediterranean region integrated Muslim, Jewish and Christian traditions throughout history and continue to do so today? What are the tensions between local and global, between Catalan and Spanish in the wider context of the European Union? Explore these questions and their many intersections with politics, history, and the arts in the dynamic city of Barcelona, the political and artistic heart of Catalonia. On this program, you’ll combine intensive coursework focused on the relationships between the history, culture, and language of your host city with intensive language immersion. Readings, lectures and discussions go hand-in-hand with guided fieldwork throughout the region to create a space for intellectual development. Beyond merely using Spanish to find answers to the questions above, you’ll also come to understand theories of bilingualism and second language acquisition, assisting you in becoming a more effective language learner. Engaging with Spanish peers from host university Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a key program component.

Georgetown Faculty Director: Dr. Cristina Sanz (Professor & Chair, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese)  


The program is designed around several distinct areas of learning: understanding the connections between language and identity formation in Catalonia and Spain; developing autonomy as a language learner; and exploring the conceptual connections both between academic and experience-based learning, as well as across the disciplines of art, history, politics, and linguistics. You must enroll in three of the following 3-credit courses, and will receive a total of nine GU undergraduate credits upon successful completion of the program. All courses are taught in Spanish, and are taught by a combination of Georgetown faculty and faculty from Universitat Pompeu Fabra.    
  • SPAN-209-62 Advanced Spanish for Business
  • SPAN-313-62 Bilingualism: The Mind and Its Context
  • SPAN-393-62 Catalan Art History
  • SPAN-394-63: History & Politics of National Identity
The Bilingualism course fulfills the linguistics requirement for the Spanish major as well as the social science requirement for the College. SFS students can take the Proficiency Exam at the end of the program. All coursework, including grades and credits, earned on Georgetown-administered programs are automatically applied to Georgetown students. Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.

Language Pledge

All students must take the Language Pledge, through which they commit to speaking only Spanish at all times for the duration of the program. The pledge is designed to help you get the most out of this opportunity to be completely immersed in the language, and to help you resist the temptation to fall back on English, utilizing instead the skills you will be continually acquiring throughout the program to communicate.


The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage you with all major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of your host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Fieldwork includes:    
  • Roman presence in the Iberian peninsula: Tarragona
  • The birth of a nation: Reconquista and Benedictine Monasteries of Santes Creus and Montserrat.
  • Christian and Jews in medieval Girona
  • Breaking with tradition: Dalí’s museum in Figueres, Gaudí’s buildings


You will reside in a student residence hall located a short distance from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Rooms are double occupancy (shared with another Georgetown student). 


You are responsible for your own meals during the program, with the exception of meals provided during group excursions, as well as three group dinners included in the program.

Program Cost

The program fee for Summer 2019 is $8,395. This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, academic fees, accommodations, some meals, program excursions, and supplemental insurance.  The program fee listed above does not include: airfare to/from your program site, passport and visa fees (if applicable), and other individual expenses.

For more information on total costs of this program, please visit the program's budget sheet

The program cost does not include: airfare to/from the program destination, breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, passport and/or visa fees, and any individual expenses.


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from 20% to 50% of billable program cost and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Commitment and Withdrawal Policy

A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program.  Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners.  These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.

A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw.  All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision.  No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.  

Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student including, but not limited to, passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs.  Georgetown University reserves the right to cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner.  In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.

We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. Cristina Sanz
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Georgetown University, ICC 412
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-6134

Useful Links

Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Barcelona: Art, History, Language, and Politics program website

Open Application Deadlines & Dates

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