Participants of this program will start their journey in Barcelona and end in Seville. Through their journey, they will marvel at the Sagrada Familia, explore a Roman Amphitheatre, wander the streets of Madrid, stop at Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet...and much more!
The purpose of the program is to explore how technology is socially, politically, and economically constructed by individual, cultural, and social forces; and how individuals, culture, and society are in turn affected by technology.
The Spain Winter Capstone has taught me about experiencing new culture, venturing out to try new things and learning about the technology, society, and sustainability of a new country. It has also allowed me to build relationships that will last a lifetime among classmates and a fantastic professor who guided us excellently along the way. I highly recommend this trip to anyone, especially with Ali! - Dani, Winter Break 2018 Participant
The Spain study abroad trip has allowed me to experience a country and culture in a way I never would have been able to without the UNI Study Abroad program. The friends and memories I have made during study abroad is a lifelong treasure. - Abby, Winter Break 2018 Participant
Check out this video from the winter break 2018 trip!
Video by Devin Benish, Winter Break 2018 Participant
The below map shows the program's overnight locations and does not include sites visited during day trips.
Ali Kashef, Professor
The internal reward I get when I see I have changed the students’ lives for the better is priceless. - Ali Kashef
Ali has been leading study abroad programs for 20 years and has taken students to China, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Iceland, Japan, and Italy. Ali loves to explore the world and has visited more than 20 different countries. He believes that when students travel abroad, they develop certain skills that are difficult to teach in a regular campus environment in addition to having life-changing experiences.
Professor Kashef made this trip amazing. He is so friendly, caring and knowledgeable. I cannot express enough how appreciative I am to have had him as our instructor. We learned so much because of him and he always worked so hard to be sure we were seeing the most unique and valuable parts of each city. He also really cared about each and every one of the students on the trip. - Allison, Winter Break 2018 Participant
CAP 3102/TECH 3102 Living in Our Techno-Social World (3 credit hours)
This is a discussion-based course, much like a seminar or symposium in which students become active participants in their own learning, as opposed to a lecture format in which they passively accumulate course notes from lectures. The instructor will make every effort to help students to achieve the course goals by facilitating class interaction, visiting places, providing questions for in-depth discussions, and maximum students’ involvements in the discussion. The instructor will also be available “on the sidelines” to personally help the students plan the course projects, presentations, etc.
This capstone course follows the Active Learning model where the students are presented with real-world issues and are challenged to accept much of the responsibility for their own learning. Please choose to have fun and fully benefit from this course by actively involving in the structured activities. To view the course syllabus, click HERE.
Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the fall semester, although the capstone course is scheduled as a spring course. The Study Abroad Center will direct enroll participants in the capstone course during the fall semester. Please contact the program's 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 by the start of the spring 2019 term). 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 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: Sunday, December 27, 2020 (depart the U.S.) to Saturday, January 9, 2021 (return to the U.S.)
Sample itinerary is subject to change.
Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona in morning
Day 2: Visit the 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 3: Visit Park Güell; Spanish cooking class in evening
- Another of Antoni Gaudí's works, Park Güell is a public park with gardens, beautiful mosaics, buildings, pathways, and unique design elements.
Day 4: Free day to explore the city's many sites, such as the Olympic Park where the 1992 Olympic Games were held and Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo, Europe’s second oldest amusement park with a beautiful view of the city
Day 5: Travel to Madrid, the capital of Spain. On the way, stop in Tarragona to explore Roman Circus and Amphitheater
- The amphitheater, with seating for 14,000, was built right along the sea and was the site of gladiator fights.
Day 9: Travel to Seville; that evening, in enjoy the festivities of the parade of the "Los Reyes Magos" (Parade of the Three Wise Men)
Day 10: Tour Old Town of Seville, including Alcázares Palace and Seville Cathedral; Flamenco performance in evening
- Over 1,000 years old, the Alcázares Palace made an appearance in season 5 of Game of Thrones as the Water Gardens of Dorne. The Seville Cathedral is the world's largest Gothic cathedral and is the site of Christopher Columbus' tomb.
Day 11: Day trip to Gibraltar with a stop in Jerez
- Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and has been under British rule since 1713, enabling the Royal Navy to control the "gate" between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The Rock of Gibraltar was one of the "Pillars of Hercules" and marked the edge of the known world in ancient times. The top of the rock is home to the only wild monkey population in Europe, a troop of Barbary macaques.
Day 12: Day trip to Doñana National Park, where you will explore this UNESCO World Heritage site in a large 4WD vehicle designed to navigate the park's sand dunes
Day 13: Return to U.S.
Housing & Meals
Students will stay in hotel and hostel accommodations arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be purchased on-site. Only breakfasts and one group meal are included in the cost of the program.
Dates & Deadlines
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.