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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.00
Field of Study: Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
Virology in Barcelona

Summer 2018 - Application Now Open! See below for application instructions
Dates Abroad: arrive on June 30 - depart on July 21, 2018
Course Dates: June 30-July 21, 2018
Price: $4,205

Students participating in this program will gain knowledge about basic principles of molecular and clinical virology. They will become acquainted with viral infections of historical importance in Spain as well as very recent cases of infections of important human viral pathogens nowadays in the news. Classroom lectures will be accompanied by visits to both scientific and touristic attractions so students will gain a full understanding of their surroundings within the city of Barcelona, the greater region of Catalonia, and the country of Spain.  

View an Informational Flyer about the program!


The program takes place in Barcelona, Spain. Classes will be held at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) of the Barcelona Science Park of the University of Barcelona.


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. 
  • BIOL 596: Special Topics in Biology (3 units of SDSU resident credit)
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 221, BIOL 350, or Biochemistry
    • BIOL 596 counts as an upper division Virology course
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. 


Accommodations provided in shared rooms in apartments or with host families, based on availability (details provided by April 1). Meals include a breakfast and lunch stipend of 15€ per day, one group welcome meal, one group farewell meal, and two additional group meals.

  • Barcelona Science Park
  • Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology
  • Joan Miro Foundation
  • Pedrera house of Gaudi, Casa Batllo and Passeig de Gracia
  • Gothic Neighborhood, Sagrada Familia cathedral, and Santa Maria del Pi
  • Tapas group dinner
  • Day-trip to city of Sitges
  • Visit to the museum of Picasso
  • Monastery of Montserrat, including guided tour, museum entrance, and group lunch
  • Palau Baro De Quadras, Casa de les Punxes
  • El Born Center of Culture and Catalan Memory
  • Parc Guell
  • Old campus of University of Barcelona
  • Montjuic and surroundings
  • Mount Tibidabo and view of Barcelona
  • Group farewell meal


Dr. Roland Wolkowicz, Professor, Biology, College of Sciences, San Diego State University 

Roland WolkowiczRoland Wolkowicz was born in Barcelona, Spain. He came to SDSU in 2006 with a Ph.D. in Molecular cell Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.  Classes taught at SDSU at both undergraduate and graduate levels include General Biology, General Microbiology, Fundamentals in Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Molecular Virology. His laboratory at San Diego State University investigates viral-host interactions, focusing on RNA viruses, including HIV-1, members of the Flaviviridae family of viruses such as HCV, Dengue-, Yellow Fever-, West Nile- and Zika viruses and also the Togaviridae Chikungunya. As a Post-Doctoral fellow and Research Associate at Stanford University, he gained expertise in retroviral/lentiviral technologies for gene transfer into mammalian cells and the production of viral particles for biological screenings against HIV-1, expertise he also applied to HCV and most recently Dengue Virus. His extensive experience with flow cytometry gained at Stanford University (laboratory of Garry Nolan) led to his additional appointment as the Director of the SDSU FACS core facility. As part of the ongoing research, the laboratory develops cell-based assays for drug discovery adaptable for flow cytometry and microscopy/plate-reader set-ups


Payment Schedule: 
    $665    Deposit due with application to College of Extended Studies (CES) to reserve your spot
 $1,095    Tuition due with course registration to CES between April 15-25, 2018
 $2,445    Program payment due to API by May 15, 2018 (instructions provided after acceptance)
 $4,205    Total Program Fee 
Included in the Program Fee:
  • Tuition for 3 units SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • Accommodation in shared rooms in apartments or with host families, based on availability
  • One group welcome meal, one group farewell meal, and two additional group meals
  • Breakfast and lunch stipend of 15€ per day 
  • Metro pass for duration of program
  • Ground transportation on all cultural and academic visits on itinerary 
  • Cost of cultural visits (entrance fees and guides, when specified; see itinerary)
  • One group airport reception at the Barcelona El-Prat Airport
  • Cultural and safety orientation
  • One day trip to Montserrat
  • One day trip to Sitges
  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Cell phone rental and discount calling package option

NOT Included in the Program Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Meals (not mentioned above)
  • Luggage fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)

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.
  • Deposit Refund through CES:
    • For this program, withdrawals before the application deadline of March 15, 2018 will receive a full refund of the deposit amount minus processing fees. 
    • Refunds of all recoverable expenses will be issued for withdrawals between March 16, 2018 and April 2, 2018. 
    • No refunds for deposits will be issued for withdrawals after April 2, 2018.
  • Refund of Program Fees Paid to API:
    • Withdraws between May 15, 2018 and June 1, 2018 will be refunded 50% of the program fee, less $550. 
    • Withdrawals on June 1, 2018 or after: the student is responsible for 100% of the program cost, as well as any additional fees accrued.
    • No refunds will be issued for any student withdrawals after this date.

Course Tuition Refund: 

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 (undergraduate or graduate), students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • Applicants should have completed at least one of the following courses: BIOL 221, BIOL 350, or Biochemistry
  • 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 2018Apply by March 15

  1. Review the admission and prerequisite requirements and refund policies above.
  2. In order to apply, you must obtain a unique Add Code. Send an email to Maureen Crawford in the College of Sciences at stating that you would like to apply to this program and make sure to provide your A.) full name, B.) SDSU RedID, C.) major - please remember that there are a limited amount of spaces for this program and not everyone who requests a code will be accepted.
  3. Once you are approved and receive your unique add code, move on to step 4.
  4. Click on the red "Apply Now" button below to access the College of Extended Studies (CES) online application. Make sure to read the instructions and click the "Create A New Account" button if you have never applied to a CES program. NOTE: Your SDSU WebPortal password will not work for this account.  If you have issues with the log in process, contact the CES Registration office during regular business hours at 619-594-5152.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the online application.  Select the proper program that you are applying to and insert your add code in the area indicated, next to the program name. 
  6. Pay your program deposit, as listed in "Payment Schedule" above, during the last part of the online application. NOTE: Your spot in the program is only reserved after you successfully submit your payment online.
  7. An advisor in the CES Faculty-led Study Abroad office will then email you with further instructions within about a week at the email address that you indicated in your online application, so make sure to check your inbox and spam mail folders! 

  • 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 Maureen Crawford in the SDSU College of Sciences at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, 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.