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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: General Studies, History
Housing Options: Apartment or Flat Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Barcelona Summer Program

Summer 2019
Course Dates:
Dates Abroad: TBA
Price: TBA

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Become acquainted with Spain's vibrant culture in a month-long program this summer. Explore the city's historical richness and significance as you complement in-class studies with several site visits throughout Barcelona. Students from any major are welcome to apply and all courses are instructed in English.


All participants are required to register for one course from Section 1 and one course from Section 2 for a total of 6 units of SDSU credit:

Section 1: Barcelona, Past and Present
In this course we will be learning about the vibrancy and diversity of Iberian life and cultures, past and present. It will be an interdisciplinary course, examining history, music, foods, art, architecture, literature, film, politics, religion, and the economy. Because the course will take place in Barcelona, special attention will be given to the local relationship to Catalan, Spanish, Basque, and Portuguese cultures. Throughout, we will reflect on and discuss the connection between traditionalism and change that is so characteristic of both Spain and Portugal, past and present.
  • GEN S 450:Barcelona, Past and Present (3 units) -satisfies GE Explorations area C
  • HIST 499: Special Study (3 units)
  • HIST 582: Barcelona, Past and Present 3 units) - Only History majors and minors or graduate students
Section 2: The History of Sexuality
In this course, we study a broad sweep of the history of sexuality from the distant to the recent past. We examine a variety of topics and cultures, from different perspectives—sexuality as social practice, sexuality as ideology, and sexuality as identity—and through a variety of topics, including marriage, gender relations, homoeroticism, prostitution, and pornography. We explore the varieties of se3 units)
  • HIST 406: The History of Sexuality (3 units) - satisfies GE Explorations area C
  • HIST 798: Directed Readings (3 units) - Only graduate students and includes additional assignments*
* Students interested in registering for HIST 798 and HIST 582 must contact Professor Kuefler before applying to the program.

Apartments vary in size generally from two to three bedrooms and students usually share a bedroom with another CEA participant. Apartment décor and age also vary. Bedrooms have twin beds and basic storage furniture, and bedding and linens will be provided. Towels are not included. All apartments have an equipped kitchen, bathroom and living/dining area. No meals are included with this housing option.

Apartments are located all around the city and students typically share the building with local residents of all ages, families, elderly people, etc. Public transportation to the facilities is easily accessible throughout the city and students should expect to commute to campus every day. The commute time from student housing to the CEA Barcelona Center varies; however, it typically does not exceed 40 minutes maximum. One T-10 transportation pass will be provided for each student, valid for 10 single journey rides on public transportation. Students are responsible for transportation costs beyond this.


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Professor M. Kuefler is a professor of history at SDSU, where he teaches courses in late ancient and medieval history and the history of gender and sexuality. He first visited the Iberian peninsula in 2004 after having studied the region for more than a decade, and fell in love with the country, its peoples, its culture, and its history. He has returned to the region five times since then, and has explored most parts of it (Portugal and all of the provinces of Spain except its islands). He has done research about the region, including on a medieval French Catholic saint venerated in Catalonia and Galicia, on a legend of the Holy Grail in Galicia, on the account of a pilgrimage by a medieval priest of León to the Holy Land, and on a medieval female monastery outside of León.


Payment Schedule:
Included in Program Fee:
  • SDSU resident credit
  • Housing
  • Activities as listed above
  • Group airport pickup and drop off
  • Local transportation pass (10 rides)
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • 24/7 onsite emergency services and support

Not Included in Program Fee
  • Airfare
  • $300 CEA refundable security deposit
  • Most Meals
  • Passport/ visa fees
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy
* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.
Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Summer 2019: Application not yet available.

The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list below.
  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.