Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Modern City, Language, and Nation in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Winter 2019: January 2-22, 2019*

Parc Guell

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Barcelona is the regional capital of Catalonia, a bilingual center of a persistent separatist-nationalist movement that insists on the difference of the people who speak Catalan from the rest of Spain. For U.S. students experiencing a surge of overt nationalism at home, this will be an opportunity to experience and compare the historical and political moment at home with similar trends in Barcelona, and to write about it. Studying Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain, their languages and relationships, students will get a chance to think about how places which routinely use multiple languages insist on equating belonging to a nation with only one language, and that language with a national “literature” that unifies what anthropologist Benedict Anderson called their “imagined community”.

 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 1.76.

  • Wednesday, September 26
  • Wednesday, October 3
  • Monday, October 15



Modern City, Language, and Nation in Barcelona (3 credits): This course will provide the opportunity for students to read, think, and write about the relationship between languages and nations. The course will think about why it is useful to remember that linguistic nationalism, and nationalism in general, are not twenty-first century American inventions. This is an especially interesting and important topic at a moment of a great migration of humans and technologies across the world, and often at a great cost of “cultural difference” and resistance to the arrival of those whose integration seems to hinge on their ability to make themselves understood in the dominant language of their hosts. The course will approach language as a living organism that’s used academically, politically, and artistically. We will study how all these options are rhetorically sensitive, and how we can navigate them more knowledgeably.

Click here (pdf) for course syllabus                                           

  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.

get_vaccinated hygiene

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: Friday, October 26, 2018. 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: $2,850.00**

**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.

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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

Maggie Ovian, Program Advisor & Graduate Assistant

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