Faculty-led Program in Spain

‌Let the beautiful city of Barcelona become your classroom as you examine intercultural communication and hone your cultural communication competence!  Given the interconnected world in which we live, effective intercultural communication is critically important for numerous reasons ranging from personal growth to social responsibility to economic incentive.  As you develop essential communication competencies, Barcelona, with its fine food, art, literature, and architecture, as well as rich and diverse history, provides the background for a truly unique and applied learning experience.

I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. I liked staying in a hotel with the whole group because this helped everyone feel safer and stay more connected with one another. I also appreciated all the tours and museums that we did because it helped me learn more about the history of the city and country - 2023 participant

My instructor did an amazing job leading us and exploring all over Barcelona, Spain. I had a great time with them and the rest of the group.  - 2023 participant

Dates & Deadlines

App Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023
Program Dates: Sunday, June 9 to Monday, June 24, 2024

The study abroad center is no longer accepting applications for this program at this time. If you are interested in this program, please fill out the waitlist form below:

Faculty-Led Program Waitlist


COMM 4344/5344 Intercultural Communication (3 credit hours) or LANG 2020 Constructing Cross-Cultural Bridges (3 credit hours)

Talk to your academic advisor about how this program’s coursework would work for you! 

Through participation in this program, students can fulfill a variety of credit options. For students participating for COMM 4344/5344 credit, this course is a Connect Elective in the UNIFI program, as well as fulfills requirements for the Communication Major, Communication Minor, Conflict Resolution certificate, and university elective credit hours. Students could take this program as LANG 2020 which fulfills the Human Condition (Global) category (including SLOs 6 and 7) in the UNIFI program.

This course explores how communication is influenced by culture and how culture is both created and maintained through communication.  Students will examine the social construction of cultural identities, the impact of verbal and nonverbal messages across cultures, and the cultural implications for relationships, organizations, and media.  Through exploring Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, students will have a variety of learning experiences, including but not limited to: readings, lectures, presentations, class discussions, guided tours to history and art museums, visits to historical sites and iconic buildings, hands-on cooking and mosaic classes, and theater/music performances. 

Students who take advantage of the this study abroad opportunity will learn how to:

  • Recognize the impact of messages across cultures and the cultural implications for relationships, organizations, and media.
  • Identify barriers to intercultural communication and practice creative strategies to address those barriers.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse others as you work through perceived cultural differences.

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester. The course is scheduled for the summer (June). Please contact the program's course leader for more information on coursework requirements. 

The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in their study abroad course. 


  • 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.

Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $6,735*

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

Estimated Total Program Cost $6,735
Estimated U-bill Charges $4,460
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs $2,275


Spain Summer 2024 Cost Estimate (PDF)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees $4,864
Room & Board $4,824
Books $400
Personal Expenses $887
Transportation $350
Total $11,325

Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/cost-aid

‌Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to study abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, 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.