Summer 2014: Sustainability, Energy & Development

Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Department: Biological Sciences

Leaders: Dan Johnson

: Biological Sciences

  Terms/Timeframe: May 26 - June 6, 2014

Language: English

  Credits: 4

Budget: Summer 2014


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
January 31, 2014
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form


Academic Program

Spain is a leader in sustainability technologies including solar power and water management. Students will travel to the unique city of Barcelona to experience how these new technologies are being deployed in a socially conscious manner. The group will visit solar farms, recycling centers, and water management facilities.

The fascinating culture of Barcelona and surrounding Catalunya will be within reach, as students live in learn in this historic region of Spain.

Activities / Itinerary

Draft Itinerary: Summer 2014

  • May 26: Depart from Chicago for Barcelona
  • May 27: Arrive Barcelona, orientation with API (Academic Programs International)
  • May 28: Tour of La Fábrica del Sol
  • May 29: Barcelona Waste Water Facility
  • May 30: Water Catalan Agency reservoir
  • May 31: Day trip to Montserrat
  • June 1: Free day
  • June 2: Refuse Recycling Plant (Llobregat Delta)
  • June 3: Spanish cooking workshop
  • June 4: Water Supply Management & Conflictig Demands (Montseny)
  • June 5: Free day
  • June 6: Depart from Barcelona for Chicago or personal travel

Other highlights include: guided walking tour of Barcelona, Gaudí tour, flamenco workshop



Undergraduate options:
STA3970 (4cr) - Study Abroad

Graduate options:
STA5970 (4cr) - Study Abroad

Honors options:
STA3990 (4cr)


Students will live in dormitories.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **