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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 02/21/2019 06/14/2019 07/27/2019
Fact Sheet:
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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 101 - 302: (3 credits): Students will earn credits in Spanish SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, or 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, course pre-requirements may be waived for the program.

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 unknown 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 14, 2019 Arrival to Barcelona; housing check in
Saturday, June 15, 2019 On-site orientation & welcome lunch
Monday, June 17, 2019 Guided visit (Barcelona city tour)
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Day trip (Tarragona)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Phage Hunters Genome class begins; scientific site visit (IRB)
Thursday, June 20, 2019 UPF Spanish placement test; UPF Welcome Session
Friday, June 21, 2019 Day trip (Montserrat Abbey)
June 24-26, 2019 Phage Hunters Genome class 
Monday, June 24, 2019 Scientific site visit (UPF Research Park)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Phage Hunters Invited Lecture
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Scientific site visit (GRAG)  
Thursday, June 27, 2019 UPF Spanish placement test; UPF Welcome Session
July 1-4, 2019 Spanish Language classes; Phage Hunters Genome class 
Wednesday, July 1, 2019 Guided visit (Sala Gimbernat)
Thursday, July 4, 2019 July 4th celebration dinner
July 8-11, 2019 Spanish Language classes; Phage Hunters Genome class 
Thursday, July 11, 2019 Phage Hunters Invited Lecture
July 15-18, 2019  Spanish Language classes; Phage Hunters Genome class  
Wednesday, July 17, 2019  Guided visit (Palau de la Música) 
July 22-25, 2019   Spanish Language classes and final exam; Phage Hunters Genome class 
Wednesday, July 24, 2019  Guided visit (Refugio 307 bomb shelter); Farewell dinner
Saturday, July 27, 2019   Departure
   
 
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