Berkeley Summer Abroad

Barcelona, Spain: International Migration

  • Summary

    The Summer Abroad Barcelona program has reached its enrollment capacity. We are no longer accepting applications for this program. Please choose an alternative study abroad option.


    Journey to Barcelona and investigate the effects of migration in Western Europe and the United States before and after September 11, 2001.

    Explore Spain's second largest city, recognized as a global city for its commerce, media, arts, entertainment, education, and tourism
    Connect with local communities and immerse yourself in Spanish culture
    Live and study with other program students in Barcelona

    How have international relations and dialogues within multicultural urban spaces changed since September 11, 2001? Start the conversation by exploring and interacting with a number of immigrant communities from around the world throughout Barcelona. Delve deeper into the discussion by attending lectures and engaging with immigrants and specialists in the field. With its strategic location and large number of immigrants from the Global South, Barcelona is the ideal location to find your answer.

    "This has been one of my greatest experiences at Cal. The whole time I've been here I've constantly said how I feel both privileged and blessed to be in such a beautiful place that has made me not only question myself but the world around me. So glad I applied!"

    —Elizabeth Solorio, Participant

    Dates: May 20 – June 21, 2018

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English


    • ETH STD N180: Interculturality, International Migration and the Dialogue between Civilizations Before and After 9/11 (6 units)



    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher



    • Application opens February 1, 2018
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 9, 2018

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    Course: Ethnic Studies N180
    Title: Interculturality, International Migration and the Dialogue between Civilizations Before and After 9/11
    Dates: May 20 – June 21, 2018
    Instructor: Ramón Grosfoguel, Ph.D.
    Units: 6 units
    Prerequisites: None
    Syllabus: PDF

    This course will analyze the effects of migration and globalization on intercultural relations and dialogues within multicultural urban spaces in Western Europe and the United States before and after September 11, 2001. You will visit immigrant communities from around the world in Barcelona and attend lectures and lively discussions with immigrants and specialists in the field.

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.


  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees

    2018 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition $2,526 $3,300
    Program Fee $2,618 $2,618
    Total Cost $5,144 $5,198

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $800
    Additional Meals $421
    Books $222
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.) $590
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $2,033

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $421 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing in a residence hostel with two meals/day
    • Excursions around Barcelona including visits to immigrant communities, service organizations, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Barcelona and Spain, etc.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for tour guides, guest lecturers, classroom space at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2018
    Application closes March 9, 2018
    Applicants notified of selection March 23, 2019
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 6, 2018
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Barcelona May 20, 2018
    Last day of program June 21, 2018

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Ramón Grosfoguel, Ph.D.
    Program Director

    Dr. Ramón Grosfoguel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and Senior Research Associate of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. He has taught courses on Caribbean Migration to Western Europe and the United States, Social Science Methods, Black Thought, Comparative Latino Migration, Theory and Methods, Chicano Paradigms, and Transnational Paradigms in Ethnic Studies. He has published extensively on comparative international migration and the political economy of the World-System. Dr. Grosfoguel holds an M.A. in Urban Studies and Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University.