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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Barcelona, Spain: The Other Side/El Otro Lado: A comparative look at migration and refugees along the Mediterranean and US-Mexico borderlands - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Engage deeply with the histories and contemporary realities of migrant and refugee communities in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain. This program will explore the connections between and differences of migrant and refugee narratives in the Mediterranean sea corridor and migrant experiences (including experiences of undocumented migrants) at the US-Mexico Borderlands.

    The course will ask questions like: What are the underlying reasons driving how and why states militarize borders? What strategies are used to deter migration in both sites? How do “threat narratives” shape the ways migrant and refugee communities are racialized/gendered in their “host” country?

    Participants will meet with local NGOs, migrant collectives, and scholars from the Centro Internacional de Estudios Decoloniales (the International Center for Decolonial Studies) to engage with these questions and more. 

    Dates: June 28, 2020 - July 31, 2020
    All dates are subject to change
    Units: 6

    Language of Instruction: English

    • Ethnic Studies N180: The Other Side/El Otro Lado: A comparative look at migration and refugees along the Mediterranean and US-Mexico borderlands

    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • There are no prerequisites or restrictions for participation.

    • Students will live in student dormitories in Barcelona with two students to a room with a shared bathroom. 
    • Daily breakfast provided.
    • Students will share rooms with other program participants. Please note that, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.

    • Application opens February 3, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020

  • Courses

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

    Course: Ethnic Studies N180
    Title: The Other Side/El Otro Lado: A comparative look at migration and refugees along the Mediterranean and US-Mexico borderlands
    Instructor: Dr. Pablo Gonzalez
    Units: 6 units
    This summer study abroad is an invitation between US ethnic Studies and global ethnic studies in relation to the construction of particular juridical/social/political subjects like refugees and undocumented migrants in two particular locations: 1)the US -Mexico borderlands and 2) the Mediterranean Sea corridor.  We will engage in this invitation in Barcelona, Spain, the location of recent migration from throughout Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and West Asia.  We will meet and converse with local NGO, migrant collectives, and scholars over the question of refugees and migrants in the European context.  We will relate these conversations to the US-Mexico border, not to suggest that they are the same, but instead to build a necessary meeting between two distinct global locations with geopolitical importance.

    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. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    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,
    which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $2,817 $2,817
    Total Cost $5,331 $6,117

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document
    Management Fee of $60.

    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.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount

    International Airfare and Transportation $1,444
    Additional Meals $550
    Books $218
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $637
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $2,849

    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 $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:
    • Student housing for the duration of the program with breakfast every morning and some lunches.
    • On-site orientation activities, excursions, 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 group transportation, guest speakers, etc.
    • The $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you request to withdraw your application prior to an admission decision being issued or cancel your participation after being accepted to the program, the deposit remains non-refundable. 

    *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 3, 2020
    Application closes March 15, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20, 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Barcelona June 28, 2020
    Last day of program July 31, 2020

    * 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.
    † Students should plan to fly to Spain and check into program housing in Barcelona, Spain on June 28, 2020. Students are expected to check out of program housing on July 31, 2020. Students who depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their accommodations outside of the program end date.
    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Program Director: Dr. Pablo Gonzalez

    Dr. Pablo Gonzalez is a lecturer in Chicana/o Studies and Ethnic Studies with a Ph.D. in Borderlands Anthropology. His work looks at the social construction of the Mexican-US border, the production of Mexican and Latino “illegality”, transnational social movements, and forms of transnational state violence. Dr. Gonzalez received his BA in Chicana/o Studies from UC Berkeley in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas Austin in 2011. His current research looks at housing dispossession in the greater Bay Area and the transnational migration of indigenous communities from Latin American to the United States and other countries. He is also interested in the similarities and differences between the managing and militarization of different borders and boundaries. In particular, the social construction of the US-Mexico border and the Mediterranean Sea as sites of migration and state violence against refugees. His teaching interests include Chicanx and Latinx culture, Chicana/o history, Latinos and the criminal justice system, Mexican and Central American Migration, and Ethnic Studies ethnographic methods.