• Park Guell

    Capstone in Barcelona

  • Group in Barcelona

    Capstone in Barcelona

  • View of Barcelona Skyline

    Capstone in Barcelona

  • Group on Boat

    Capstone in Barcelona


Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, as well as the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia. Barcelona has long been considered a tourist destination and a world-wide cultural hub, offering fine food, art, literature, and architecture, as well as a rich and diverse history. Students traveling to Barcelona will learn not only about Spanish culture, but also about Catalan culture and the intersection of the two.

Heather was amazing. She went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing trip! I would highly recommend taking any class with her! -Mary, 2018

This program taught me so much about Spanish culture and the history and art in Barcelona. We had the opportunity to take day trips and explore areas outside of the city as well! Heather did a fantastic job of teaching us about the importance of being understanding of other cultures and adjusting to life in a foreign country. Making new friends, trying new things, and visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world made this the trip of a lifetime! -Grace, 2018



The below map shows the program's overnight location and does not include sites visited during day trips.

Course Leaders

Heather Jeronimo, Assistant Professor

Department: Languages and Literatures
Phone: 319-273-2821
Email: heather.jeronimo@uni.edu
Campus Address: BAR 2008

Heather first traveled to Spain as an undergraduate student, spending a semester in Alicante. She has since returned to Spain almost a dozen times. Heather has taken students to Barcelona, Spain for three years. She loves to travel, and has visited several countries, including Peru, Argentina, Poland, Iceland, France, Hungary, and Ireland. Heather believes that everyone should travel, as multicultural experiences allow us to learn more about the world, our own cultures, and our selves.


CAP 3550: Constructing Cross-Cultural Bridges (3 credit hours)

The interdisciplinary nature of the course incorporates a variety of learning experiences, including but not limited to: selections of novels, lectures, presentations, class discussions, guided tours to history and art museums, visits to historical sites and iconic buildings, and theater/music performances. These experiences will allow students to examine culture’s role in an individual’s identity and reality formation. Students will explore Barcelona through many lenses in the hopes of reaching a greater understanding of the cultural, linguistic, historic, and literary diversity that is Barcelona, culminating in a cultural comparison—of the cultures present in Barcelona, as well as a comparison of Spanish and U.S. culture. To view the course syllabus, click HERE

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester. Contact the course leader for more information on academic requirements. 


  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program s course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Tentative Program Dates: Monday, May 13, 2019 to Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Sample itinerary is subject to change. Click on the purple text to see a photo from the 2018 program of that activity! 

Day 1: Arrival in Barcelona; meet with host families

Day 2: Guided walking tour of the city with course leader

Day 3: Cathedral of the Sea walking tour; tour of Palau Guell, and boat tour

Day 4: Day trip to Girona with visit to the annual Flower Exhibition

Day 5: Explore Museum of the History of Barcelona, Picasso Museum, and Labyrinth Park

Day 6: Day Trip to Tarragona with visits to Circ Roma and Roman Amphitheater; time on beach

Day 7: Market visit and cooking class (paella) with local chef; visit to the Parc de la Ciutadella

Day 8: Visit to Parque Guell and Casa Batlló, designed by Antoni Gaudí; visit to Casa Amatler with chocolate tasting

Day 9: Excursion to Montjuïc Castle and visits to Museu Nacional D’art de Cataluña, Poble Espanyol, and Magic Fountain

Day 10:  Visit Sagrada Familia, Hospital de Sant Pau, and attend performance Música aquátic de Handel at the Palau de la Música Catalana

Day 11: Day trip to La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park with walk on trail to volcano

Day 12: Coffee at Cuatro Gats, Shadow of the Wind walking tour, attend It Dansa at the Liceu, visit Tibidabo Amusement Park, Sardana dance in the evening

Day 13: Day Trip to Figueres with visits to Sant Ferran Castle (with tour of the canals under the castle) and Salvador Dalí Theater-Museum

Day 14: Free day with farewell party in evening

Day 15: Departure for USA

Housing & Meals

We are planning to arrange housing with host families in Barcelona. If this is not possible, we will stay in very clean and efficiently run youth hostels. Most meals are included in the cost of the program.

Program Costs

Capstone in Barcelona

Estimated Program Cost:


* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Click Below to View Detailed Budget Sheet:

Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees:


Room & Board:




Personal Expenses:






Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, December 14, 2018
Program Dates: 
Monday, May 13, 2019 to Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.