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  • Locations: Tarragona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 10/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/06/2018 01/27/2018
NOTE: Students will depart from the US on January 6, 2018 to arrive in Spain on January 7, 2018.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.7 Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Anthropology, Any, Art History, Classics, History Term: Winter
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie Credits: 3
Program Description:

Cultural Heritage: From Classic Ruins to Living Landscapes

Tarragona     Barcelona     Amfiteatre
Main venue of the program is Tarragona, a middle-sized town by the Mediterranean sea 60 miles south of Barcelona. Tarragona was one of the main Spanish cities in Roman times. UNESCO designated the city as a World Heritage site in 2000. Classes will take place in the headquarters of the Catalan Institute of Classic Archaeology (ICAC), located in the town center.

Students will also spend 4 nights in the small village of Fatarella, about 40 miles west of Tarragona. During those days, classes will take place in the beautiful premises of Fundacio el Sola, a non-profit devoted to the promotion of vernacular architecture.

The program aims to explore the multidimensional character of cultural heritage, combining experiential and academic engagement with the historical, archaeological and cultural heritage of the city of Tarragona and its surrounding region, including an excursion to the city of Barcelona. Through lectures, guided visits, and excursions students will get a first-hand knowledge of several forms of cultural heritage: the Roman and Medieval built environment of Tarragona and its immediate hinterland; the cultural, agrarian landscapes and vernacular architecture of the region; the multiple forms of heritage and urban pressures that coexist in the city of Barcelona; the cultural value of its food and traditions; the abundant archaeological and commemorative remains of the Spanish Civil War that are currently being memorialized in the region.

Excursion 1: half-day excursion to explore Roman archaeological and monumental remains in Tarragona’s immediate hinterland.
Excursion 2: two-day excursion to Barcelona. The excursion will include a guided tour through Barcelona’s historic center and visits to the several locations of the City’s History Museum.
Excursion 3: daylong excursion to the county of Priorat (about 20 miles west of Tarragona). The excursion will include a visit to a wine cellar and meetings with heritage experts leading the candidacy for the county and its landscape to be designated a World Heritage Site.
Excursion 4: daylong excursion to the Spaces of the Battle of the Ebro, in Terra Alta (around Fatarella). This will include visits to museums dealing with the memory of the Spanish Civil war.

Students will stay in hotels; accommodation includes breakfast and dinner. While in Tarragona, they will be living at the three-star Hotel Urbis Centre. In Fatarella, they will live in a small hostel in the village.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Jaume Franquesa

This program is currently not accepting applications.