• Student inside cathedral

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • Beautiful building in afternoon sun

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • UNI students on city street

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break

  • Barcelona Store Fronts

    Capstone in Spain - Winter Break


Due to the continued global health emergency and concerns surrounding COVID-19, UNI has canceled study abroad programs scheduled to depart before January 10, 2021. UNI recognizes the importance of in-person study abroad programming opportunities, but the current global pandemic and timing make this a necessary decision since students need time to defer study abroad plans to another semester and register for classes. In the meantime, UNI will continue to monitor the situation and update campus about study abroad programs after January 10, 2021. In addition, UNI's Study Abroad Center is working with partners abroad to organize virtual courses whenever possible and students are encouraged to investigate these options.

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! 

These experiences will allow students to examine culture’s role in an individual’s identity and reality formation. Students will explore Spain through many lenses in the hopes of reaching a greater understanding of the cultural, linguistic, historic, and literary diversity that is Spain, culminating in a cultural comparison of Spanish and U.S. culture. 

This program was a life-changing experience and I am so grateful I made the decision to go. - Courtney, Winter Break 2019

I would encourage anyone looking for an experience to study abroad, to go on this trip! It's only two weeks, and you do so much in such a short amount of time in Spain. - Emma, Winter Break 2019



The below map shows the program's overnight locations 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

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.



CAP 3550: Constructing Cross-Cultural Bridges (3 credit hours)

The interdisciplinary nature of the course incorporates a variety of learning experiences, including but not limited to: selections of novels, lectures, presentations, class discussions, guided tours abroad, and visits to historical sites and iconic buildings. These experiences will allow students to examine culture’s role in an individual’s identity and reality formation. Students will explore Spain through many lenses in the hopes of reaching a greater understanding of the cultural, linguistic, historic, and literary diversity that is Spain, culminating in a cultural comparison of Spanish and U.S. culture. 

This capstone course is a second-half of the fall semester course. Therefore, the capstone credits will be included in the participants' fall course load. The Study Abroad Center will direct enroll participants in the capstone course. 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 before the start of the fall 2020 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: late December - early January 

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. 

Days 6 - 7: Activities in Madrid, including a tour of the Royal Palace, tour of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (home of the Real Madrid soccer team), and visiting many of the cities free museums

Day 8: Travel to Seville; Flamenco performance in evening

Day 9: Tour Old Town of Seville, including Alcázares Palace and Seville Cathedral; that evening, 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: 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 12: Return to U.S.

Check out this video from the winter break 2018 trip! 

Video by Devin Benish, Winter Break 2018 Participant 

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.

Program Costs

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.