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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer 1st Session
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction: English Eligible Populations: First Year, Junior, Sophomore
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Pre-requisites: CVA, HSS, LVA, See Below
Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies Program Advisor: Renee Graham
Program Description:


HUM4615 The City as Text: Mapping Cultural Histories in Barcelona and Madrid

Spain group photo 2017

 Jenny Rademacher, Ph.D.
 Associate Professor, Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies
Director, Languages and Global Cultures





Quick Facts


Information Session
Information Session Date Wednesday, September 13, 2017
5:00-6:00 PM
Trim 201
Application Deadlines  
Application Opens Tuesday, September 5, 2017  9:00 AM ET
Initial Application Deadline Sunday, September 24, 2017  11:59 PM ET
Rolling Applicaiton Deadline Sunday, January 28, 2018  11:59 PM ET
Course Dates  
Pre-Travel (all are required) Class Session 1
Monday, April 9, 2018 
6:30-8:30 PM 
Location: Tomasso 202

Class Session 2
Monday, April 23, 2018 
6:30-8:30 PM 
Location: Tomasso 202

Class Session 3
Monday, April 30, 2018 
6:30-8:30 PM 
Location: Tomasso 202
Travel Monday, May 14 - Thursday May 24, 2018*
(Course Dates: Tuesday, May 15-
Wednesday May 23, 2018)
Post-Travel post travel deliverable should be expected; no formal meeting post travel


Madrid and Barcelona, Spain


Open to students who have completed the pre-requisite work and are in good academic and social standing with the college. See below (Program Details) for pre-requisite details.

Financial Considerations

Program Fee: $2,350
Airfare (Individual estimate to/from BOS): $1,100
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate ($1,552 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Summer tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year. 
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations below.

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Program Overview

Spain 2017 Soccer

Course Description

This course is framed as “City as Text” because the city becomes our laboratory and our classroom - an extended text not limited to what is housed in a library; rather we will learn first-hand through direct encounters with each city’s public places and often more hidden histories. Approaching these two cities from a design thinking perspective, each day includes explorative mapping of the city as a source and outgrowth of invention and creativity. In this course, we will consider the social and political history of both cities by actively examining the characteristics and innovations of their urban spaces. Why is each city designed as it is? How has it changed, and in response to what factors? We will delve critically into how Barcelona and Madrid have sought to market or “brand” their images, and – delving into the cityscape – what constitutes genuine tradition versus touristic or nationalistic myths. Students will conduct field research in various neighborhoods, using strategies like trendspotting and coolhunting to consider how the use of urban space and its potential are being redefined through restaurants and food markets, art and architecture, fashion and culture, and smart uses of technology.  A key part of this course for students will be the opportunity participate in their own choice of what to “read” -- neighborhood mapping; observation decision making; which foods to try; interesting pathways.

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is available for download here: coming soon!

Sample Schedule

Download a copy of the sample schedule (details are subject to change): coming soon!

Faculty Brainshark

To learn more about the course, watch the faculty's Brainshark presentation: coming soon!

Information Session

The slides from the information session can be found here: UG Spain Elective Info Session -May 2018.pdf

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4 credits, Advanced Liberal Arts


Madrid and Barcelona, Spain


Open to students who have completed the pre-requisite work and are in good academic and social standing with the college. See below for pre-requisite details.

Course Pre-Requisites

RHT (I and II), Foundation AHS 1000, at least 1 intermediate liberal art (LVA, CVA or HSS).

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Students will stay in 3-4 star hotels in Madrid and Barcelona, double occupancy. Students are housed based on gender and gender identity.



The program fee includes the following transportation: ground transportation (train and bus transfers). Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do a significant amount of walking.

Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to Madrid (MAD) and from Barcelona (BCN). A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee.

Arrival Airport Code: MAD
Departure Airport Code: BCN


Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner and closing dinner. Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.

Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.

Accommodations Due to a Disability

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability for an Elective Abroad should complete and submit the Elective Abroad Accommodation Request Form by the course deposit deadline. The Office of Accessibility Resources will send a letter to the Elective Abroad Program Manager and faculty verifying the accommodations approved at Babson College. It is very important that accommodations are arranged ahead of time. Not all accommodations existing at Babson College can be available at Elective Abroad locations.


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Financial Summary

Program Fee $2,350
Tuition Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate ($1,552 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Summer tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year. 
Financial Aid & Grant Information Contact SFS for more information

Billable subtotal:  

$2,350 PLUS Tuition (4 credits)

Airfare (Individual estimate to/from BOS) $1,100
Estimated Additional Meals $515
Estimated Incidentals $220
Visa (if applicable) See notes below

Non-billable subtotal:  



$4,185 + Tuition (4 credits) + visa fees (if applicable)

Program Fee and Airfare

Includes: accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions 
Not included: tuition, international airfare, visa costs, personal expenses and meals not stipulated as inclusions
The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.

Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information

To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Additional Expenses

Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the US Department of State Foreign Per Diem Rates (as of 9/1/2016) and reflect corporate rate estimates.  These estimates are generally higher than student's needs, however, expenses vary with individual spending.

All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Spain before committing to the course.  Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

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Jenny Rademacher

Professor Rademacher teaches a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses on the history, politics, literature, and film of Spain, Latin America, and the Latino experience within the U.S.  Prior to coming to Babson, she taught at the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and Randolph College. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from University of Virginia, an M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. from Harvard University. She has published extensively on contemporary Spanish literature, film, and cultural studies in The Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Ciberletras, Hispanic Issues Series, and Monographic Review, among others. Her current project is a book manuscript entitled Lost in the Supermarket: Biographical Uncertainty in Contemporary Spanish Narrative.  Since her appointment in fall, 2008, she has also served as Director, Languages and Global Cultures at Babson.

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Program Manager Faculty
Renée Graham Professor Rademacher
(781)239-4536 (781)239-4506

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This program is currently not accepting applications.