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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 Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Virology in Barcelona

Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA - most likely in July 2019, for about 20 days
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA


Summer 2018: Application Closed 
Dates Abroad: arrive on June 30 - depart on July 21, 2018
Course Dates: June 30-July 21, 2018
Price: $4,205
NOTE: Information listed below is subject to change for 2019. Updates coming soon.

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.  


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. Meals include a daily breakfast and lunch stipend, one group welcome meal, one group farewell meal, and two additional group meals.


Tentative for 2019:
  • Barcelona Science Park
  • Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology
  • Pedrera house of Gaudi, Casa Batllo and Passeig de Gracia
  • Gothic Neighborhood, Sagrada Familia cathedral, and Santa Maria del Pi
  • Tapas group dinner
  • Visit to the museum of Picasso
  • Monastery of Montserrat, including guided tour, museum entrance, and group lunch
  • 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


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

Roland 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: 
    $TBA    Deposit due with application to College of Extended Studies (CES) to reserve your spot
    $TBA    Program payment (instructions provided after acceptance)
    $TBA    Total Program Fee
Included in the Program Fee:
  • Tuition for 3 units SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • More information coming soon!

NOT Included in the Program Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Refundable $150 housing deposit (paid to API after acceptance)
  • 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)
  • More information coming soon!

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:
    • More information coming soon!
  • Refund of Program Fees Paid to API:
    • More information coming soon!

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 2019: Application Not Yet Open
If you are interested in attending this program in Summer 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll 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 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.