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Program Description


Visit Barcelona during Spring Break and immerse yourself in the rich overlap between sport and identity of this proud Catalonian city. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea, and soak up the unique artistic and historical destinations that embody Catalan culture.  Take a tour of FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium, explore the Olympic facilities and learn to make human towers! This week-long program will be jam-packed with cultural and sports-related experiences that you won’t ever forget! 

Quick Facts

  • March 7 - March 14, 2021

  • Explore sport, politics, place, and identity in the capital city of Catalonia

  • Visits to cultural and historical sites

  • Tour the facilities at Football Club Barcelona (stadium and museum) and attend a match (subject to football schedule)

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details

A vibrant political and economic hub on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona contains unique artistic and historical destinations that embody Catalan culture. It also is home to Football Club Barcelona, one of the most successful soccer clubs in the world, which has come to powerfully symbolize the city and its connection to Catalan identity.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • GPA of 2.75

  • Second semester freshmen are eligible after receiving faculty approval. This can be sought by meeting with Professor Kassing as part of the application process. Students can contact the International Coordinator for the program (see above) or Professor Kassing directly to arrange this meeting.


Students will register during the spring registration period for the following course:

  • NEW 300: International Cities: Barcelona (3 credits)  

*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

For ASU ground students, the course will be taught with in-person meetings during the Session C Spring 2020 semester. The study abroad portion of the program will be embedded in the C session course during the week of Spring Break (March 8 - March 15). Meeting dates and times are on the West campus. Days and Times to be announced.
For ASU Online students, the course will be taught online during the Session C Spring 2021. The study abroad portion of the program will be embedded in the C session during the week of Spring Break (March 7 – March 14).

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Faculty Directors

Dr. Jeffrey W. Kassing
School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
New College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Phone: 602-543-6631


Catalina Cayetano
School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
New College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Phone: 602-543-1631

Dr. Jeffrey Kassing

Catalina Cayetano



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Program Housing

Students will stay in shared rooms in a centrally located hostel with daily breakfast.  All rooms with have en suite bathrooms.  

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. This program involves extensive walking and use of public transportation.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, In Spain, the level of accessibility varies across the country (with many major cities having made great strides in making museums and other public buildings accessible to those with physical disabilities. Most buses in major cities have ramps to accommodate wheelchairs, and many metro stations have elevators; taxis that can accommodate wheelchairs are available but need to be booked in advance. In historic areas, sidewalks can be narrow and have uneven surfaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2021 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: Housing, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, daily breakfast, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.

  • There is a $500 scholarship for students in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Deadline details coming soon. For more information see the IGLE Travel Scholarship page.  

Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.