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Spain and its Mediterranean

Spain and its Mediterranean

Spain and its Mediterranean
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6 May 2012 to 28 May 2012

$4,052 INCLUDING Airfare


During this one-of-a-kind Study Abroad Program, you will be immersed in the culture of Spain through visits to several cities and towns near the Mediterranean Sea (called Our See by the Spaniards). You’ll visit Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia, and much more while studying the lives of women in ancient cultures and today. You’ll analyze the lives of these women and their interactions with the environment of Spain and the Mediterranean while experiencing this environment first-hand. You’ll visit the Saffron fields of Tarragona, the orange groves of Valencia, and textile and herbalist shops in Barcelona.

Registration for this program is open! If you want to join WSU for this amazing opportunity, sign up as soon as possible – spots will go fast!

Destination(s) of Program: Barcelona, Tarragona, and Valencia, Spain
Dates of Program: May 6 to May 28, 2013
Program Directors: Dr. Alicia Giralt and Susan Young
Email: agiralt@weber.edu, syoung@weber.edu


For participating in this Women’s Studies and Botany Study Abroad Program, you can receive up to 6 credits (3 of which may be in Women’s Studies). You can choose from the following courses:

  • WS SS/DV 1500 (3) – Introduction to Women’s Studies (cross-listed with SPAN 2550 – Cultural Heritage in Translation)
  • WS 2900/4900 (3) – Spain’s Women’s Culture & Issues (cross-listed with SPAN 2550)
  • BOT 2920/4920 (3) – Wpecial Programs in Botany; Early Plant Domesticate and Trade in Roman Iberia


Dr. Alicia Giralt Dr. Giralt received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University. She has taught culture and civilization courses at WSU since 1999. She has led study abroad programs since 2000 with high ratings from her students.
Susan Young Susan Young received her MA from Brigham Young University in Anthropology specializing in Ethnobotany. She has taught for WSU since the late 1990s in both Botany and Anthropology. She has led numerous study abroad programs throughout the years.


This is a tentative itinerary of the Study Abroad Program. The exact itinerary may fluctuate from what is listed.

May 6 – May 10 Pre-departure orientation and classes at WSU.
May 13 Travel to Tarragona, Spain.
May 14-17 Tarragona: Visit ancient Roman ruins, wineries and Cister monasteries, Saffron fields, etc.
May 18-20 Valencia: Visit orange groves and rice fields, study immigrant women, etc.
May 21 Zaragoza: Monegros’ wheat fields
May 22-26 Barcelona: Gaudi’s works; women’s centers; fibers, textiles and herbalist shops, etc.
May 27: Depart for Home
June 3: Debriefing at WSU


The cost of the program will include:

  • International Airfare
  • Lodging and most meals
  • Excursions
  • All domestic Transportations
  • WSU Credit and Faculty

The cost does not include your passport, a Visa, if required, incidentals, any unscheduled travel, and excess baggage cost.

This program is open to all WSU students, ages 18 and older, on a first-come, first-serve basis. This trip will include non-strenuous walking which should be no problem to those in relatively good health. All participants must have a valid passport.

Payment Schedule

$500 non-refundable deposit due December 1, 2012..
$500 payment due January 5, 2013.
$500 payment due February 1, 2013.
$500 payment due March 1, 2013.
Remainder due no later than April 1, 2013.

You may pay in person at the Hurst Center room 102B, by phone with a credit card, 626-6600.

The Fine Print

If the trip is cancelled, all participants will be refunded in full. Any refunds for withdrawal from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees, and according to Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves, all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates and prices may change. It is the responsibility of each participant to be aware of any changes by staying in contact with Study Abroad and the program director.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact your program director, or call Continuing Education at
(801) 626-6600.