Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Global Intersections: Language, Migration, Citizenship, & Gender

Barcelona, Spain

Summer 2021: POSTPONED



Parc Guell



Barcelona, like New York, is a global center of crucial historical events, political conflicts and social struggles. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, the region where the labor movement, anti-fascism, struggles for gender equality feminist activism have defined the history of the city, and its ethical, political and cultural heritage of citizenship. Barcelona is a global city, and a good part of its population got there from other parts of the world. These migrants brought with them their cultural legacies, their ideas of community, and their ethical and political legacies. 

This program will get students to examine through reading and fieldwork how the city of Barcelona now embodies these legacies. Some of the concepts of our study will be bilingualism, identity, queerness, sexual orientation, migration, citizenship, global capitalism, democracy, and nationalism. Through this course students will explore the city and the different scenes of urban life that constitute Barcelona, by observing, participating and analyzing the encounters among groups the city offers and various identities that intersect there, including students’ own.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


Information sessions will be held from 1:40-2:55 (community hour), in the New Building, room 1.99.

  • Thursday, February 27
  • Monday, March 16
  • Thursday, March 26



LIT 287: Global City Barcelona: Migration, Language and Citizenship (3 credits)
Prof. Olivera Jokic

Barcelona today is a vibrant home to people from all over the world, the desired destination for many migrants, and the center of cultural identity for Catalonia, the region for which it has been the capital. Its history is distinctive because it revolves around complicated narratives about belonging to the place and to the people who live there. These stories have to do with the languages that get used in everyday life, and in the historical imagination that lives in the city. Tourists’ imagination of Barcelona is often very different from what the people who live there think it is. By reading and writing about Barcelona, using existing mythologies and histories, fiction and fact, and field notes from exploratory walks around the city, the course will be a challenge to know the city and be questioned by it. This course will ask students to write about the city of Barcelona through their experience of being in the city, and from the information and fiction they read about the city as a unique modern place with a fascinating history of language politics, nationalism, regionalism, migration, and protest. 

GEN 385: Barcelona’s Global Intersections: A Field Exploration of Gender (3 credits)
Prof. Giazú Enciso Dominguez

In the context of the particular histories of Barcelona as a global city, the politics of gender, sexuality and feminist activism occupy a special place. This will be an experiential learning course in which students will conduct a field study of the city of Barcelona focusing on the questions of gender and its intersections with other categories of identity that are relevant to the place, such as language, race, class, and national belonging. The course will focus on the specificities of field work and the methodological approaches to this kind of observation. Students will visit different neighborhoods and historical spots, where they will observe and analyze the scenes they find there using theories such social construction, intersectionality, or queer theory. The purpose of this course is to embody the learning experiences. Being in the city they study, students will connect the theoretical knowledge to their everyday experiences.

This program offers a total of 6 credits.  Students will take both complementary courses.

  1. 2.75 GPA
  2. ENG 101
  3. Open to students of all standings
  4. Spanish and/or Catalan skills a plus, but not a requirement


  • Housing: Students will stay in double-occupancy accommodations.
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students should discuss applicability of financial aid with the Financial Aid office.
  • All CUNY students must meet with their study abroad advisor to be sure the proper e-Permit registration process is followed.
  • All non-CUNY students are encouraged to apply early, to be sure there is ample time to apply and register for classes at John Jay College. Please contact OISP for more information regarding the application process. Please note: Tuition rate per credit is different for non-CUNY students. More tuition information can be found here: 

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  • Refund Policy: Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs: students will be refunded 50 percent of program fees 30 days prior to the program start date, and 25 percent of program fees 14 days prior to the program start date. After the start of the program, no refunds will be provided, and the student is responsible for all program fees. If the program fee is not paid in full, there will be a hold placed on her/his CUNYfirst account.
  • For faculty-led programs, tuition refunds will be granted following the College’s policies.  For more information, please visit:
  • College-based funders retain the right to recoup funds from the student account if the student does not follow rules of the CUNY Travel Waiver & Release Form, uses the funds for other purposes, or withdraws from the program. Students must understand that they are responsible for full payment of the amount owed to the department.
  • The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Information is tentative, and subject to change*, **program cost(s), syllabi, *dates, etc.


It is important to be aware of the health information provided by the US Center for Disease Control and
Prevention. All vaccines should be up to date, and it is important to check the vaccines and medicines list and
visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. Ask your
doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you
will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US. 
More information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website.

Please note that all travelers:

Should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

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Please note that most travelers:

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Spain, regardless of where you are eating or staying as outbreaks occur throughout the world.



Hepatitis B

Heptatitis B is spread through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products. CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have a medical procedure.



Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.

Application Deadline: TBD. However, qualified applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until places are filled. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.

Please note: An application fee of $50.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.

All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 


Estimated Program Fee: $TBD**

**Subject to change. Includes double occupancy accommodations, international health insurance, excursions and on-site transportation associated with program. Does not include tuition, meals, personal expenses & excursions, local transportation not associated with the program, etc.

Estimated Costs

John Jay College Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees


Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office, at their home College, to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 

Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs regarding scholarship information. If you are a JJC student, you can apply for the John Jay Study Abroad Scholarship (JJSAS) and the Student Travel Fund, among other JJC-sponsored scholarships. For more on scholarship opportunities click here. U.S.-wide scholarship opportunites can be found here.

JJC students can contact Michael Scaduto for more information regarding the JJSAS, and general scholarship opportunities,  at 212-237-8872 or email at


Prof. Olivera Jokic, Department of English (Academic Inquiries)

Ken Yanes, Dep. Director

Daniel Braslavsky, Coordinator

Office Location & Mailing Address:
Office of International Studies & Programs
John Jay College, CUNY
524 West 59th Street
Haaren Hall, Suite 530
New York, NY 10019 USA