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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Area of Study: Biological Sciences, Spanish Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program
Housing Options: Homestay, University Residence GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Faculty Leader: Dr. Ivan Erill Estimated Cost of Attendance: $5,001-$8,000
Program Description:
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Course Overview:
Participants who successfully complete all the requirements in the two courses will earn a total of at least five (5) UMBC and up to 7 undergraduate credits.


SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 301, or SPAN 302: (3 credits): Students will earn credits in Spanish SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 301, or SPAN 302 depending on their placement in the program. Participants arriving in Barcelona will take a Spanish placement exam. Students are then divided into different language level groups according to their language ability.

The three credit Intensive Spanish for International Students, taught by the faculty at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Languages center, will fulfill language credits and, for students placing in Intermediate 1, will complete their 201 level language requirement.

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BIOL 316L: Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (3 credits): Must complete BIOL 302 and BIOL 300L, special exception may be made.

In Phage Hunters Genome Analysis, students annotate complete bacteriophage genome sequences and identify the unknown bacteriophages. The course includes a large degree of self-paced investigative work. This course fulfills upper- level laboratory credits for the BIOL BA/BS major, the BIOC major, the BIOL minor and upper-level elective credit for the BINF major. For students in other majors, the course provides upper-level credit and can be used as a science laboratory course for GEP requirements.  

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BIOL 216L: Phage Hunters for non-majors (2 credits): In Phage Hunters for non-majors, students receive training in bacteriophage biology and genetics in order to annotate complete bacteriophage genome sequences and identify the inknown bacteriophages. The course includes a large degree of self-paced investigative work. This course does not fulfill credit requirements for the BIOL BA/BS majors, the BIOC major, the BIOL minor or the BINF major and minor. For students in other majors, the course provides upper-level credit. 

Optional: BIOL 499 (1 credit) : Undergraduate Laboratory/Field Research: Students can optionally enroll in the one-credit course BIOL 499 also taught by Dr. Ivan Erill. The course will include in silico research on phage genomes and the writing of a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.  

The Country:
Located on the northeast coast of Spain, Barcelona is the largest industrial city of Spain and the busiest commercial port of the Mediterranean. It is Spain’s second most populous city and, due to its proximity to France, an extremely cosmopolitan, open and integrative city. Barcelona enjoys remarkable warm weather for most of the year, beautiful beaches, striking architecture and a vibrant city life. Barcelona is also a hub for biotechnology and biomedical innovation in Europe, hosting three of the largest biomedical research institutes in Europe, eight research hospitals and three world-class research universities. Barcelona is not just a perfect destination for students to hone their language skills and enjoy its vibrant city life, but also an ideal environment to learn biology and establish long-lasting peer networks to drive future internationally-oriented careers.
 
Faculty Overview: 
Dr. Ivan Erill, an associate professor in Biological Sciences, and an affiliate associate professor in Computer Sciences, is the director of this study abroad program. Dr. Erill is a native of Barcelona and has intimate knowledge of the city, the region and its culture. Due to his extensive familiarity with the area, Dr. Erill will offer students additional outside activities that they might not otherwise consider, such as a day at a local beach followed by an authentic local dinner. 
 
Tentative Itinerary:
   
Itinerary Subject to Change
Friday, June 15, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Recommended arrival date to Barcelona
Orientation to program
Sunday, June 17, 2018  
Monday, June 18, 2018 9:00 am – Spanish Placement Test (UPF Ciutadella Auditorium)
11:00 am – Registration and Pickup of Welcome Packs
11:30 am – Welcome Session (UPF)
12:30 pm – Welcome Lunch (UPF)
3:30 pm – Panoramic bus tour of Barcelona city
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:30 am – US consulate session (UPF)
12:00 pm – Health & Safety Session (UPF)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:00 pm – Dancing in Catalan (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF) 
Friday, June 22, 2018 Cartagena visit.
Saturday, June 23, 2018  
Sunday, June 24, 2018 Regular classes.
Monday, June 25, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
3:00 pm – Site Visit: Barcelona SuperComputing Center (Barcelona)
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF) 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Thursday, June 28, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Friday, June 29, 2018 Leisure Day / Day Trip
Tarragona with guided tour of roman/medieval centre (group lunch included), beach
Saturday, June 30, 2018  
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Regular classes.
Monday, July 2, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
3:00 pm – Site Visit: Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona)
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
3:00 pm – Beach Afternoon 4th of July Celebration & Dinner (Barcelona)
Thursday, July 5, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Friday, July 6, 2018 Leisure Day / Day Trip
Saturday, July 7, 2018  
Sunday, July 8, 2018 Regular classes.
Monday, July 9, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
3:00 pm – Cultural Activity: Guided Visit to the 18th Century Anatomical Amphitheater & the Royal College of Surgery (Barcelona)
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Friday, July 13, 2018 Leisure Day / Day Trip.
Saturday, July 14, 2018  
Sunday, July 15, 2018 Farwell reception at the Instituto de Idiomas.
Monday, July 16, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
3:00 pm – Cultural Activity: Guided Visit to the Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona)
Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Friday, July 20, 2018 Leisure Day / Day Trip.
Saturday, July 21, 2018  
Sunday, July 22, 2018 Farwell reception at the Instituto de Idiomas.
Monday, July 23, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
3:00 pm – Site Visit: Institute for Research in Biomedicine (Barcelona)
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
3:00 pm – Cultural Activity: Guided Visit to Civil War Bomb Shelter (Barcelona)
Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 – Intensive Spanish Language Course (UPF)
12:00 – 2:30 – BIOL 316L – Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (UPF)
5:00 pm – Farewell dinner (Barcelona)
Friday, July 27, 2018 Leisure Day / Day Trip.
Departure from Barcelona.
Saturday, July 28, 2018 Arrival at UMBC.
   
 
Cost overview: 
To get a detailed view of the program costs as well as other estimated costs, please see the program budget. 
 
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For more information contact the
UMBC Study Abroad Office at: sao@umbc.edu




This program is currently not accepting applications.