Mediterranean Culture: Rome and Barcelona

Program Information

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.

Highlights and Excursions

Travel throughout two of Western Europe’s most exciting cities on our multi-country summer study abroad program! There are many reasons to study on our Mediterranean Culture: Rome and Barcelona program, but here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Small class sizes with individualized attention 
  • Take classes in the famous Trastevere district in Rome and the Eixample district in Barcelona 
  • Weekend orientation in Barcelona between program start dates, which includes hotel accomodations, breakfast, an authentic Spanish tapa meal, and a full day 'on-and-off' city bus tour 
  • Optional excursions to places such as Capri, Venice, Naples, Tarragona, or Girona 
  • Earn 12 credits in 8 short weeks while seeing the best of Mediterranean Europe 
  • Study with fabulous professors from all over the world 
  • Live in two of Western Europe’s most exciting cities: Rome & Barcelona! 
  • Most classes taught in English, but options for classes in Italian and Spanish as well


While you're studying in Rome, you will live in beautiful student apartments. The apartments are located in traditional, well established neighborhoods. This housing is well suited for students looking for a "full immersion" cultural experience.

Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed per student, bed linens and towels, closet/clothing storage space, typical basic Italian cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs and furnished sitting area. Desks are to be shared by all occupants. All units are provided with a washing machine.

All apartments have unlimited, no additional cost access to the Internet. A landline phone will be provided which will provide unlimited calls to landlines within Italy.

Apartments are located in areas of Rome convenient to the university campus: Monteverde, Giancolense, Trastevere and Colli Portuense, all desirable residential neighborhoods. Compared to other parts of Rome, they have more green areas, better access to public transport and are conveniently located to the historic center of Rome.

As for your month in Barcelona, you will begin by staying in a hotel for the first two days for your weekend-long welcome orientation. Then you will be staying in an apartment shared with other students. The apartments are located off-campus in the city of Barcelona, just a 25-minute commute to classes. They are fully furnished apartments with a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms. Two students will share a room and there will be up to six students in each apartment. Due to the central location of the apartments within the city, students will have the opportunity to experience life living in Barcelona. They will be near shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, museums, and will have the chance to learn more about the culture through the people they meet and the roommates they will live with. What more could you ask for?


Courses include art, art history, cultural studies, business, Italian language, Spanish language, communication, international relations, international studies, and many others.

Course Descriptions and Catalog:

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

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

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

Spanish courses:

Elementary Spanish A1

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Intensive Elementary Spanish A1-A2

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Upper Elementary Spanish A2

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Intermediate Spanish B1

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Intensive Intermediate Spanish B1-B2

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Upper Intermediate Spanish B2

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Advanced Spanish

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Campus Setting


Average Course Load

4 courses (12 credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction

English, Spanish, Italian

Program Dates

Summer 2014*:

Start Date: May 27
End Date: July 26



*Costs may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure & onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Jacksonville University transcript
  • All trip-related travel (excluding round-trip from the US)
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundabe deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completng the online application.

Past Students

“I want students interested in studying abroad to know it's not as difficult as it might seem to make it happen, and that the experience to be had is an important opportunity to take advantage of since it's impossible to replicate in their familiar, "typical" classroom environment.”

Ian K.