Activities outside the classroom allow students to develop an appreciation for the diverse aspects of the local society and culture, and also to have enriching experiences that will last long after their return home.
A program of cultural activities is an integral part of any study abroad experience. With regular activities or trips throughout the semester, there is no time for boredom. All activities aim to deepen one's understanding of the society and culture, and allow students to obtain a more complete picture of the local reality.
Below is a sample of some activities organized during previous semesters:
Students taste some of the best wines and cavas in the country, train their palate, and develop their appreciation for good wine.
Students learn not only about the gastronomic culture of the country, but also about cooking the most typical dishes of Catalonia and Spain. Delicious and fun!
A stay in Barcelona would not be complete without trying the most typical tapas in the region. Students will enjoy this informal and tasty night in a local bar.
Dalí and Surrealism
Salvador Dalí i Domenech is famous both for his eccentricity and art. Students will learn more about the art of one of the most imaginative Catalan artists of all time.
Capital of the province of the Roman Empire and declared a World Heritage Site, Tarragona offers one of the best preserved monumental and archaeological sites of the classical era.
What is a calçot? The students will be able to sign up for the calçotada in order to know one of the culinary secrets of Catalonia.
Students enjoy a play in one of the most emblematic theaters of the city.
Integrated into the Pro-seminar course, the study trips organized by CASA-Barcelona offer students the opportunity to expand their cultural knowledge on topics of particular interest.
Through collaboration with specialized teachers, relevant aspects of history, art, the environment or society are analyzed. In this way, students do not make the typical tourist visit but develop an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the nuances of culture through a specific topic.
Examples of topics and destinations from previous semesters:
- Architecture in Spain: Valencia and Córdoba
- Literary Places: Granada and the Cid Route
- Civil War and Historical Memory: Madrid and the Battlefields
- Urban Planning: Valencia and Bilbao
- The Mediterranean: Bridge or Border: Menorca and the Costa Brava
- Gastronomy and Culture: La Rioja and Berguedà
- Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Iberian Culture: Toledo and Córdoba
- A Thousand Years of Art, Society and Culture in Catalonia: Boí Taüll and the Dalí Route
- Economic Development and the Mediterranean Environment: The Pyrenees and the Costa Brava