• Arches on building in distance with water fountain in front

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • UNI group members in front of lighted tree in city square at night

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • The Alhambra Palace and Fortress

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • Barcelona Store Fronts

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break


This program is currently full for winter break 2019 and no longer accepting applicants. 

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 through the Alhambra palace and fortress, 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.

Course Leaders

Ali Kashef, Professor

Department: Technology
Phone: 319-273-2596
E-mail: Ali.Kashef@uni.edu

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 19 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: Friday, December 27, 2019 to Thursday, January 9, 2020

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona in morning

Day 2: Visit the Sagrada Familia; Spanish cooking class in evening 

  • ​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: Day trip to 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 4: Visit Park Güell

  • Another of Antoni Gaudí's works, Park Güell is a public park with gardens, beautiful mosaics, buildings, pathways, and unique design elements. 

Day 5: Travel to Granada with a stop in Valencia to visit Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias or "City of Arts and Sciences"

  • The City of Arts and Sciences is the site of an opera house and performing arts center, imax cinema, planetarium and laserium, walkway/garden, science museum, open-air aquarium and agora. The group will visit the open-air aquarium during this stop. 

Day 6: Day trip to the Sierra Nevada National Park, Spain's largest national park that contains many snow-covered mountain peaks

  • Opportunity to participate in snow activities, such as snow slides, sleigh, and bici-ski

Day 7: Visit the Alhambra palace and fortress complex

  • The Almhambra 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 8: Travel to Seville with a stop in Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve known for its unique limestone formations

Day 9: Tour Old Town of Seville, including Alcázares Palace and Seville Cathedral; enjoy the festivities of the parade of the "Los Reyes Magos" (Parade of the Three Wise Men)

  • 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 10: 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 11: Learn about Spain's controversial history with bullfighting; experience Flamenco performance in evening

Day 12: Day trip to Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to many rare wildlife, such as the Iberian lynx

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 breakfast and two group meals are included in the cost of the program.

Program Costs

Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

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

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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: 
Friday, May 10, 2019
Program Dates: 
Friday, December 27, 2019 to Thursday, January 9, 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, only one of the letters can be from a course leader.
  • 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.