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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Valencia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Fall Break in Spain:
Architecture & Interiors Intensive in Barcelona


Program Overview

This exciting Intensive Course Abroad in Barcelona is sponsored by the Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism and will take place in the break period between the Summer and Fall terms.  Prior to travel, lectures and readings in Philadelphia will acquaint students with the history, arts and architecture in Barcelona and surrounding areas. The program includes thirteen days of intensive visits 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.ICA Spain Barcelona ICA


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for ARCH 347 / INTR T580 for 3 credits during the summer term. The course satisfies the History/Theory in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their summer credit load as the credits are not optional.

Pre-Travel Required Lectures: attendance is mandatory during summer term lectures in Philadelphia. Tentative class weeks are listed below and the exact meeting dates during each week will be determined.

  • July 6th: Introduction, syllabus, research paper discussion (3 hours)
  • July 20th: Lecture 1 , discussion of proposed research topics (3 hrs)
  • August 3rd: Lecture 2, individual work with research topics (3 hrs)
  • August 10th: Sketching Workshop, individual meetings (3 hours)
  • August 19th: Lecture 3, individual work with research topics (3 hrs)
  • August 24th: Research Paper Due

Pre-requisites: Arch 141-143, OR ARTH 101-103, OR INT 200

Instructors: Mark Brack and Debra Ruben

Program Calendar

Pre-Travel Required Lectures: attendance is mandatory during summer term lectures in Philadelphia. See schedule above.

Arrival Date: Sunday, September 4thSagradaFamilia
Departure Date: Saturday, September 17th
*Students traveling before or after official program dates assume all risk for independent travel.

Architectural Itinerary Highlights:

  • Exploring great designs by Gaudi and Domènech
  • The contemporary city around the Plaça de las Glòries Catalanes
  • The Avinguda Diagonal
  • District 22@bcn
  • Montjuïc, Olympic Park and Parc Miro
  • Buildings and museums in the Barrí Gotic and El Raval
  • Various Modernisme and Eixample sites
  • Valencia Old City
  • Ciutat de les Arts y les Ciències
  • Tarragona
  • Poblet and Montblanc
Review full tentative itinerary here: Barcelona Itinerary 2022

Program Fee - $1,680

Due May 2nd, 2022 $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Feevillaengracia
Due July 1st, 2022 $1,180 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • 13 nights accommodation (shared rooms)
  • Breakfasts and 3 group meals
  • Class supplies
  • Entry fees for some required site visits and museums (students will need $100 for additional entries on site)
  • Charter bus to Valencia and Catalonia countryside
  • Local transportation

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Drexel tuition
  • Regular Drexel tuition for 3 creditsICA Spain Tarragona
  • Round-trip airfare $1,100
  • Passport $145
  • Meals $455 ($35/day)
  • Spending money/personal expenses $400
  • Admission Fees to some sites  $100
  • Airport transfer
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • US Citizens are not required to have a visa for this program. Other nationalities should check visa requirements on the Spanish Embassy website here:

  • Scholarship Opportunities: All applicants are welcome to apply. Scholarships range from $400 - $1,000 and will help to offset the out of pocket expenses of the program. Scholarship applications are included as part of the online application.
  • Accommodations: 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.
Course Grading Scale:
97-100 A+ (4.0)
94-96 A (4.0)
90-93 A- (3.67)
87-89 B+ (3.33)
84-86 B (3.0)
80-83 B- (2.67)
77-79 C+ (2.33)
74-76 C (2.0)
70-73 C- (1.67)
67-69 D+ (1.33)
63-66 D (1.0)
Insufficient 0-62 F (0.0)


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.