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    Capstone in Spain

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    Capstone in Spain

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    Capstone in Spain


This program is currently full for summer 2020. Please consider participation in one of our winter break 2020 programs or check back in August 2020 for our summer 2021 options!

Imagine a country in which supporters of democracy fight with supporters of fascism for control of the government. Imagine a country divided along religious, economic, and cultural lines, in which those divisions break out into widespread violence. This interdisciplinary course addresses such a country: Spain during its Civil War, 1936-1939.

Participants will travel throughout Spain, engaging in a variety of learning experiences, including not only historical sites and iconic buildings but also exploration of trenches, battle sites, and a bombed city.  These experiences will enable participants to understand the ways in which politics and culture are integrated in real life.  Additionally, participants will have time to explore many of Spain's famous cities and sites, wander its beaches, and enjoy local cuisine, such as the quintessential Spanish dish, paella. 


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

Course Leaders

Heather Jerónimo​, Assistant Professor

Department: Languages and Literatures
Phone: 319-273-2821
Email: heather.jeronimo@uni.edu
Campus Address: BAR 2008
Spring 2020 Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 3:15 pm; email Dr. Jerónimo in advance in order to ensure availability or to schedule an appointment outside of office hours.

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.

Ana Kogl, Associate Professor

Department: Political Science
Phone: 319-273-2465
Email: ana.kogl@uni.edu
Campus Address: SAB 347

Ana has taught at UNI since 2003. Her current research focuses on power and domination in everyday life. She lives in Waterloo with her partner, two sons, two cats, one dog, and too many fish and plants to count.



CAP 3124: Democracies (3 credit hours)

This course will consider the varieties of democracy and its alternatives as they appeared in the context of Spain's Civil War (1936 - 1939) as well as examining the conflict through historical, artistic, and literary perspectives. It will begin with a contextualization of the historical events leading up to the war, as well as an introduction to some of the key figures involved. In the pre-departure meetings, students will evaluate various cultural and literary artifacts including songs, poetry, posters, photographs, and art, as well as academic texts.

We will analyze the conflict through a political lens as well considering the key ideologies at play (fascism, republicanism, and socialism) and the roles of gender and national identity. In this way, students will attain a clearer understanding of this historic event that has profoundly marked Spanish history and culture of the 20th and 21st century, becoming familiar with the ideological and cultural diversity that emerged during the civil war, being able to critically analyze the cultural production of that moment and later cultural production about this historic period, as well as developing a sense of the multifaceted ways in which the war and its outcomes shaped the future of Spain. The course will integrate various disciplinary perspectives to enable students to recognize the connections between historic events, aspects of the everyday lives of ordinary people, and cultural production. To view the course syllabus, click HERE

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester, although the capstone course is scheduled as a summer course. The Study Abroad Center will direct enroll participants in the capstone course during the spring semester. Contact the course leaders 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 11, 2020 (depart US) to Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (return to US)

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrival in Barcelona, Spain; meet with host families (host families in Barcelona & Madrid only)

Day 2: Montjuic Castle, Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña, Joan Miró Museum

Day 3: Soldados de Salamina site and Ciutadella Park

Day 4: Day trip to Belchite, a town untouched after the Spanish Civil War to serve as a memorial

Day 5: Day Trip to Figueres with visits to Sant Ferran Castle and Salvador Dalí Theater-Museum

Day 6: Sagrada Familia

  • A work of the famed architect Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona's most famous attractions. Consecrated as a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI, the Sagrada Familia is a large, Catholic church that is still under construction long after Antoni Gaudí's death. Its unique design is controversial and well-known for its many, tall spires. 

Day 7: Travel to Alicante, enjoy a paella lunch, and visit Alicante Castle

Day 8: Visit the coastal town, Villajoyosa; chocolate factory visit with time to enjoy the beach in afternoon

Day 9: Travel to Granada with stop at Civil War Shelters in Almería en route; flamenco show and dinner

Day 10: Federico García Lorca’s house and the trenches

Day 11: Alhambra palace and fortress complex; travel to Toledo

  • The Alhambra palace and fortress are built on the site of a Roman fortress and was turned into a palace by a Sultan of Granada in the 14th century. It later become the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella, who sponsored Christopher Columbus. 

Day 12: Free day

Day 13: Tour El Escorial complex and visit the El Valle de los Caídos monument

Day 14: Guided walking tour of Madrid and visit to the Reina Sofía

Day 15: Rodilla picnic lunch in the Retiro; Royal Palace guided tour. End the day with a visit to Plaza Mayor and enjoy the dessert, churros, at San Gines, founded in 1894.

Day 16: Departure for USA

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in housing arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure.  In Barcelona and Madrid, students will stay in host homes. For the rest of the program, students will stay in hotels and hostels. Many meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Approximately half of the meals while abroad are built into the cost of the program.  Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Capstone in Spain

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

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Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

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

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Program Dates: 
Monday, May 11, 2020 to Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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 cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • 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.