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Drexel Fall Break In Spain: Architecture & Interiors Intensive Course in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
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Type of Program:
Intensive Course Abroad
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Program Advisor:
Marcia Henisz
Program Description:

Architecture & Interiors Intensive Course Abroad in Barcelona

This exciting Intensive Course Abroad in Barcelona is sponsored by the Department of Architecture and Interiors and will take place in the break period between theBarcelonaGaudi Summer and Fall terms  (ARCH 499, Section 001 or 002), in September, 2015. Prior to the tour, introductory lectures and readings in Philadelphia will acquaint students with the history, arts and architecture in Barcelona and surrounding areas. The study tour includes thirteen days of intensive touring in Barcelona and a short stay in Valencia and the Catalonia countryside. The group will visit numerous museums, gardens, and historic and contemporary sites and and each student will be responsible for the completion of a written research project.

Credit: Students will be registered for ARCH 499 Special Topics which is worth 3 credits during the summer term. The course satisfies the History/theory requirement in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors.

When: The course is scheduled during summer term 2015. On-campus class sessions will be announced with exact dates to follow. The dates in Barcelona will be September 6-18th. (departure from the US on Sept 5)

Prerequisites: The course is open to any Drexel student who has completed ARCH 141,142,143 OR ARTH 101,102,103  OR by special permission of the instructor.

Instructor:  Professor Mark Brack

Accomodations in Barcelona: Participants will be staying in hotels in Barcelona,Valencia and the Catalonian countryside. More information about the specific hotels will be provided to students in the pre-departure orientation. All students will share rooms with other participants during the program. The cost of accommodation is included in the Program Fee.

Anticipated Program Itinerary

Saturday, September 5: Departure from the US, Overnight flight to Barcelona

Sunday, September 6:   Arrival in Barcelona, Waterfront Walk Vila Olimpica to the Forum Area and Welcome Dinner
Monday, September 7:  AM: Buildings and Museums in the Barri Gotic and El Raval Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, Collegi de Arquitectes de Cantalunya (COAC), Palau Güell
Lunch: Mercat de la Boqueria (on own)
PM: Explore the Raval District and PERI projects to include: Visit to Museu d’Art Contemporari de Barcelona (MACBA), Viewing of sites: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Fabrica Moritz, Anti-Tuberculosis Clinic, Apartment Building  Visit: Temple of Augustus and Museu d’Història de la Ciutat / de Barcelona (MUHBA)
Evening: On own

Tuesday, September 8:   Day spent exploring the museums and monuments of Montjuic
AM:  Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) / Palau Nacional  and Fundació Joan Miró
Lunch: Olympic Park followed by a stroll to visit Palau Sant Jordi Stadium, Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Montjuïc Communications Tower, Jardí Botánic de Barcelona
Late PM: Visit and sketching  Pavello Mies van der Rohe (Barcelona Pavilion); Plaça d’Espanya, Parc de Joan Miro  (Parc de L’Escorxador), Arenas de Barcelona
Optional dinner: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373

SagradaFamiliaWednesday, September 9: AM: Visits to Torre Agbar, Casa Planells, Myrurgia Factory, Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
Picnic lunch in park
PM: Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) Glòries, Parc del Clot, Hotel Silken Diagonal, Media-ICT Building, CMT Headquarters Building, Can Felipa, Apartment Blocks for Steelworkers

Thursday, September 10: Focus on Gaudí  AM : Visits to Casal de Sant Jordi, Casa Battló, Casa Milá
Explore the Eixample: various Modernisme and Eixample sites
PM/Evening  Free for individual research, exploring .
Friday, September 11: AM: Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Museu Picasso of Barcelona
Sketching: Palau de la Música Catalana  (exterior only)
Lunch on own: Mercat de Santa Caterina 
PM: Visit to Parc de la Ciutadella
Continue into La Barceloneta and explore various sites including Hotel Les Arts Barcelona

Saturday, September 12: AM: Visit to Casa Bloc and Casa Vlcens
PM: Park Güell  and Drassanes Reials de Barcelona / Museu Marítim de Barcelona  (no museum visit planned)
Evening: Concert of Spanish guitar at the Palau del la Música Catalana

Sunday, September 13: Travel by chartered bus from Barcelona To Cripta Colònia Gu¨ell, Igualada Cemetery / Parc Cementeri Nou and Cordonui Winery Sant Sadurni d'Anoia with evening stay in Valencia

Monday, September 14: All Day at the Ciudad de las Artes y les Ciencies City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

Tuesday, September 15: Valencia Old City, El Barri del Carme  El Barri del Carme, The Seu, La Lonja de Seda (Silk Exchange),  Afternoon Mercat Central, Valencian History Museum and bus ride to the town of L'Espluga de Francolí    
in the Catalonian countryside where we will be staying for two nights (Villa Engracia
Wednesday, September 16: Tour of regional sites to include Tarragona National Archeological Museum, Roman Ruins, Tarraco/Tarragona (Walls with Gates, Amphitheater,Forum)  Gobierno Civil de Tarragona / Tarragona City Hall, Church of Sagatvillaengracia Cor, Reial Monastir de Santa Maria de Santes Creus (Cistercian Monastery)

Thursday, September 17:  Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet (Cistercian Abbey), L’Esplua de Francoli Cooperative Winery (Da Conca de Barbera), Montblac and vicinity  Return to Barcelona evening for stay at hotel near airport.

Friday, September 18:  End of program at hotel checkout: return to US or explore on own.

Program Fee: $1500


Housing (shared rooms)
Ten breakfasts
Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Two additional group meals
Entry fees for some required site visits and museums (students will need about $100 for additional entries on site)
Transportation to Valencia and Catalonia countryside

Program deposit of $500 paid at time of application

Second and final payment of $1000 due by May 1, 2015.

Additional costs not included in the Program fee:
Tuition for 3 credits
Study Abroad application fee $25
Course Materials (Books and Supplies)  $50
Round-trip airfare   $1250
Passport $150
Meals  $350
Miscellaneous Personal expenses  $300
Admission Fees to some sites  $105
Public transporation around Barcelona $35

Total Estimated Non-Tuition Costs for Trip: $2265 plus tuition plus $1500 program fee

Scholarship Opportunities
All applicants are welcome to apply for an Intensive Course Abroad summer scholarship. Scholarships range from $400 - $1000 and will help to offset the out of pocket expenses of the program. Scholarship applications are included as part of the online application.


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This program is currently not accepting applications.
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