• The Alhambra Palace and Fortress

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • Barcelona Store Fronts

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • Summer 2017 Group in Citadel Park in Barcelona

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • Building at night in Valencia, Spain

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break


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.

Check out this video from the winter break 2018 trip! 

Video by Devin Benish


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 18 years and has taken students to China, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Iceland, 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.

Ali Kashef was an outstanding leader! He made our trip fun while also being informative! ...Ali is an amazing individual who truly took the time to get to know each of us and made sure everyone was safe, having fun, and making smart choices. I love Ali and there is no doubt that I will keep in touch with him! - Olivia, summer 2018 study abroad participant


CAP 3102/TECH 3102 Living in Our Techno-Social World 

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

Tentative meeting dates and times prior to the trip: 

November 16, November 30, December 7, and  December 14, 2018

One post-trip meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2019

All meetings are tentatively scheduled 3 - 5 pm in GIL 009. Some meetings may run longer. 

This is a first half of the spring 2019 course. 


  • 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 and Park Güell

  • ​Both works of famed architect Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell are perhaps 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. Park Güell is a public park with gardens, beautiful mosaics, buildings, pathways, and unique design elements. 

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: 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.

Day 5: 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 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: Free day in Granada

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

  • 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 Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to many rare wildlife, such as the Iberian lynx

Day 11: Free day in Seville

Day 12: 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 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 is 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

Tuition & Fees:


Room & Board:




Personal Expenses:






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 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.