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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 3-Junior Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 3.00 Field of Study: Foods and Nutrition, Health Science
Housing Options: Apartment or Flat Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:

Foods and Nutrition in Barcelona


To anyone deciding on participating in the program...they most definitely should. This program was incredible. I felt safe, provided for, and as though my education, as well as my time to experience a different culture, were all placed as first priority. Organization and professionalism were obvious and the trip was one of the best decisions I could have made for my academic career as well as personal expeditions.
- Milica K., Summer 2015

I loved it as it helped me understand the culture of Spain better. Barcelona was an amazing city filled with so many things to do. This experience was very special and I will cherish my memories.
- Glorie K., Summer 2015

Summer 2018 - Application Closed. Maximum Capacity Reached. Add your name to the Inquiry List, below
Dates Abroad: 
May 28-June 26, 2018
Course Dates: May 28-June 26, 2018
Price: $4,982

*NOTE: The information listed below applies to the Summer 2018 program offering. Information subject to change for future offerings of this program.*

The Mediterranean dietary pattern has a well-established beneficial role in health promotion. Epidemiologic studies reveal the protective role of adherence to this pattern on overall cancer incidence and mortality, prevention of obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. This program will expose students to life and culture in a Mediterranean country with an emphasis on the health-promoting aspects of the Mediterranean diet.

NOTE: This program is only open to SDSU Foods and Nutrition majors with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, upper-division standing and completion of General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning IIC., Humanities, and a grade of C or higher in NUTR 205.  Contact the faculty leader for more information or with questions. 


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • GENS 450: Study Abroad: Food Culture in Spain (3 units SDSU resident credit)
*NOTE: See 'Admission and Prerequisites' section below 

HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirements. Otherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  

Apartments vary in size generally from two to three bedrooms and students usually share a bedroom with another participant. Apartment décor and age also vary. Bedrooms have twin beds with 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.

  • Guided tour of Barcelona
  • 4 Regional Cooking workshops
  • Tour of Gastronomic Establishments
  • Olive Oil Tasting workshop
  • Mediterranean Diet workshop
  • Guided tour of La Sagrada Familia Cathedral
  • La Concepció Market Tour
  • Spanish Tapas Cooking workshop
  • Catamaran Sailing experience
  • Castellers workshop
  • Day trip to Regional Cheese Factory, Wheat Mill, and Apiculture Center
  • Day Trip to a Winery and Olive Oil Production Company
  • Overnight Excursion: Costa Brava and Girona (2 Days/1 Night)


Joan Rupp, Lecturer, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, College of Health and Human Services (HHS), SDSU


Payment Schedule:
   $612    Deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES), to reserve your space 
$3,275    Program payment due directly to the program provider, CEA, via MyCEA portal by April 20. (More information will be sent to you by CEA after March 15.)
$1,095    Tuition due to CES with course registration between April 15-25
$4,982    Total Program Fee 
Included in Program Fee:
  • 3 units of SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance
  • Airport pick-up at El Prat Airport – Barcelona (Airport code: BCN) for students arriving on the official program arrival date between the hours of 07:00 AM and 07:00 PM. (Students must submit flight information 21 days prior to the program start date to CEA--provider company for this program--and arrive within the specified times above in order to be eligible for airport pick-up.)
  • Return transportation to the airport on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the official departure date. Students must check out of their housing by 12:00 PM on June 26, 2018.
  • Transportation pass
  • Shared student apartments
  • Onsite Orientation & City Tour
  • Activites & excursions
  • Welcome & Farewell Group Meals
  • 24/7 Onsite and Emergency Support
Not Included in Program Fee:
  • $300 refundable CEA deposit: Students will be invoiced a $300 housing deposit to be paid directly to CEA through their MyCEA account.  Barring any charges, deposits will be returned 90 days after the program has ended.
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information) (NOTE: visas are NOT required for participants holding U.S. and E.U. passports)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information) 
  • Meals (other than those listed above)
  • Cell phone: All students are required to have cell phones that function in Spain (more information will be provided to participants by CEA)
  • Personal Expenses

Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable. The following withdrawal dates and refunds apply to this program:
  • April 1, 2018: 50% of program fee non-refundable
  • April 15, 2018: 75% of program fee non-refundable
  • April 20, 2018: 100% of program fee non-refundable
  • As of April 20, 2018, students are 100% financially committed to the program regardless of participation. 
Course Tuition Refund:
Course Tuition Refund: Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • You MUST meet all of these prerequisites in order to be accepted into the program. The faculty leader, Joan Rupp, will assess these requirements for all applicants prior to assigning them an add code to apply to the program (see "Application Instructions" above). Contact Joan Rupp for more information about these requirements if you have any questions (see below for contact information):
    • Must be an SDSU Foods and Nutrition Major (at time of application)
    • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (at time of application)
    • Must have upper division standing (at time of application)
    • Must have completed Nutrition 205 with a C or better (at time of application or be currently enrolled in the course)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Participants in this program are also required to complete predeparture materials provided by the program provider, CEA.  More information will be provided by CEA after the March 15 application deadline.
  • All students are required to have cell phones that function in Spain (not included in the cost).
Special Accommodations
  • Students enrolled in the program will have an opportunity to request special accommodation needs, either academically or physically, by the program provider, CEATM.

Summer 2018: Application Closed (Maximum Capacity Reached)

Summer 2019: 
If you are interested in attending this program in summer 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List and you will receive email updates when available. 


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact the faculty leader, Joan Rupp, at
  • If you would like more information or have questions about this program please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.