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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:
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: See Below
Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies Program Advisor: Renee Graham
Program Description:

HUM 4615 The City as Text: Mapping Cultural Histories in Barcelona and Madrid

UG Spain 2017

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

Summer Session I - 2019


Important Dates

Information Session

Information Session Date

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Reynolds 241

Application Deadlines

Application Opens

Thursday, September 6, 2018; 12:00 PM ET

Initial Application Deadline

Sunday, September 23, 2018 ; 11:59 PM ET

Rolling Application Opens

Thursday, September 27, 2018 ; 9:00 AM ET

Rolling Application Deadline

Sunday, January 27, 2018, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: October, November, January)

Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.



Pre-Departure Class #1

Monday, April 1, 2019
6:30-8:30 PM
Tomasso 202

Pre-Departure Class #2

Monday, April 15, 2019
6:30-8:30 PM
​Tomasso 202

Pre-Departure Class #3
Monday, April 22, 2019
6:30-8:30 PM
​Tomasso 202


Course Travel: Saturday, May 11- Monday, May 20, 2019
Class Dates: Sunday, May 12- Sunday, May 19, 2019


No formal meeting or deliverable post travel-final deliverables due at end of course, in country

Academic Overview

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.

Faculty Video

[Course Video / Brainshark]

Course Information

Course Type

Advanced Liberal Arts


4 credits


Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.


RHT1000 Rhetoric I
RHT1001 Rhetoric II
AHS1000 AHS Foundation
ONE intermediate liberal arts course (HSS/LVA/CVA)

Course Documents

Syllabus and Itinerary HUM4615-01- City as Text 2019.pdf |  City as Text INFO SESSION 2018.pdf

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics


Madrid, Spain
Barcelona, Spain


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Madrid and Barcelona during the course, in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations for an Elective Abroad, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


International Flight (Not Included in Program Fee)

Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to Madrid (MAD) and out of 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

Local Transportation

The program fee includes ground transportation to course site visits/excursions and airport transfers. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of transportation arranged for the group. The program fee includes:
  • Madrid, Spain: Coach bus transfers; metro ground transportation
  • Barcelona, Spain: Coach bus transfers; metro ground transportation
  • One way train ticket between Madrid and Barcelona
Students should expect to pay separately for additional individual transportation around the city (typically by metro/taxi/uber).


Students should also expect a moderate-significant amount of walking as a part of this course. Additional activities may include: bike riding.


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner and closing dinner and additional meals as specified in itinerary.
  • 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.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost:  $2,400 + Tuition (4 credits)

Program Fee: $2,400

  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, metro passes in Madrid and Barcelona, airport and train transports in country, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
  • Not included: Tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses. 
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
  • Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.

Babson Tuition: 4-Credits

  • Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2018-2019 credit rate ($1,597 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.
  • To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Travel & Meals: $1,900

  • Airfare (Individual estimated to/from BOS): $1,200
  • Estimated Additional Meals: $500
  • Estimated Incidentals: $200
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on average expenses from Spain 2018 course.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences and personal spending habits.
  • Visa (if applicable): cost dependent on nationality
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Spain (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
    • Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Grants & Scholarships

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

Jenny Rademacher  

Professor 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.


Program Manager

Renee Graham

Renée Graham

Renée Graham, Assistant Director of the Short-Term Programs Team, also manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, the International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience. She manages the 2018/19 undergraduate Electives Abroad & Away courses to the UAE, Thailand/Malaysia, Spain, and New York (USA), in addition to the graduate Electives Abroad courses in Hong Kong and Sweden; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experiences in Chile and China. In the Fall you will also see Ms. Graham court side as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team.


Course Administrator


Alana Anderson

Alana Anderson is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives that foster community awareness and inclusiveness. She is the primary liaison to the Diversity Leadership Scholars Program and works closely with the Black Affinity Network on the Black Affinity Conference as well as other large-scale programs that seek to promote and celebrate diversity and social justice at Babson. She serves as co-chair of the MLK Legacy Day event and as advisor to the Black MBA Association. She teaches a graduate-level course on the first-generation college student experience in Merrimack College’s School of Education. She also is a member of the NASPA Region I Conference Planning Committee.

Prior to Babson, Anderson worked at Bentley University, MIT, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

She earned her PhD in higher education from Boston College, her MS in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University, and her BA in politics from Brandeis University.


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This program is currently not accepting applications.