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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
On our Mediterranean Culture multi-country study abroad program, you will be captivated by the culture of these two cities. You can choose to study abroad in Spanish and Italian, as well as a wide variety of courses ranging from art history to international relations. 

Program activities help you get the most out of the local culture - Get involved with the local soccer teams, learn to cook authentic Spanish and Italian food, and participate in cultural and social events. With a multitude of tours, excursions and activities available, you will truly experience life on the Mediterranean!

Learn multiple Romance languages - "Romance" of course referring to languages of Roman origin, of which both modern Italian and Spanish are. In Barcelona, you can also pick up some Catalan, another Romance language spoken specifically in the region of which Barcelona is a part. And if you have French, bring that too! Apply some of that Romance language's foundation on your Italian and Spanish learning, or use it around town instead of English for some practice! 

Beautiful architecture, rich history and great climates - Rome and Barcelona's history extends back millennia, which is apparent as you see Roman ruins, gothic cathedrals, and modern buildings within a couple minutes' walk. Both cities are considered commercial, cultural and historic capitals of the Mediterranean. And you can't beat the weather, even during the summer, as both cities' climates are regulated by the Mediterranean, with plenty of sun and relatively low humidity.

Academic variety in English - If languages are not your forte, spend the summer taking courses in a variety of academic areas to knock out elective/general education requirements or to get ahead in your major or minor. Choose from business, humanities, social sciences, and many other topics, many with a local focus, taught in English.


Mediterranean Culture: Rome and Barcelona is an 8-week program that takes place from the end of May to the end of July. Course subject areas include art and art history, business, cultural studies, Italian language, Spanish language and literature, communications, international relations, and many others. Earn 12 credits this summer in just 2 months!

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 6 classes approved for your summer program (for both Rome and Barcelona - 3 each). 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. Courses are to be determined, please view our sample courses below. You will take classes according to the following schedule:

Weeks 1-4 (Rome): 2 classes

Weeks 5-8 (Barcelona): 2 classes or 1 6-credit class

Total courses: 4 courses for 12 credits


Course offerings for Rome portion
You can take 2 courses and earn 6 credits while in Rome for the first portion of the Mediterranean Culture!

Students may select from the courses listed below. 

Course descriptions and catalog:

Option A: 1 Spanish-language course (3 credits), plus 1 elective in English (3 credits)

Option B: 2 Electives in English (3 credits each, 6 credits total)

Option C: 1 intensive Spanish-language course (6 credits) 


1. Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dali, Miro 

2. Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy

3. Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia

4. Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education

5. Management Across Cultures

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.