Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain (WSGS 201)

Faculty-Led Summer Program

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WSGS 201: Global Contemporary Issues in Women’s Studies/Gender Studies

WSGS 497: Topics in Global Issues (graduate level)

Program Highlights

  • Learn about contemporary gender issues in Barcelona. Visit one of a kind museums, historic architectural sites, and cultural organizations/NGOs that pave the way for gender equality and gender diversity.
  • Explore more than 2,000 years of Catalan history with scheduled excursions to the artsy Sitges plus distinctive neighborhoods in Barcelona during this two-week immersion program led by Dr. Héctor García who has studied, worked, and lived in Catalunya.
  • Transform your perception of the world by fully absorbing and losing yourself in Barcelona through experiencing Fire!!, a unique international LGBTI film festival, and the Picasso Museum which houses more than 4,000 works.

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Program Description

While in Spain, students will experience guest lectures by local scholars and activists, private film viewings and round table discussions of contemporary Spanish and Catalán films, a one-day visit to artsy Sitges, and Fire!!, a celebrated LGBTI International Film Festival held every year in June in Barcelona.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to intellectual and socio-cultural frameworks that shape our thoughts about gender identity and sexuality. Spain, and especially Barcelona, is a particularly appropriate location for such a course. The course will focus on Spain since the 1970s (after the Franco Dictatorship), and particularly in contemporary Barcelona, a city that lives up to its liberal reputation. The course´s emphasis on contemporary Spanish-Catalán films and gender studies will allows students to explore sexuality and gender from several interdisciplinary angles. Keeping the strategic program’s cultural extracurricular opportunities in mind, the course also envisions collaborative projects in which students will be able to share and explore different disciplinary and analytical tools with their peers, as well as incorporating class material and mass media.


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Course Offering:

WSGS 201: Global Contemporary Issues in Women’s Studies/Gender Studies

WSGS 497: Topics in Global Issues (graduate level)

All students on the program will be enrolled in this three credit hour course. This course fulfills the following academic requirements:

  • WSGS Major and Minor
  • Core Societal and Cultural Literacy
  • Tier 2 Societal Knowledge
  • International Studies

Taught By:

Dr. Héctor García
Modern Languages & Literatures
Women’s Studies and Gender Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies

Housing & Meals

During this course, students will stay in shared MH Tetuan apartments.


Check back for a tentative itinerary.

June 11-26, 2018

  • 3/15—Application Deadline
  • TBA—Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation
  • 6/11—Students Arrive in Barcelona
  • 6/26—Program Ends

Program Costs

Program Fee: $2,800


  • Some group meals
  • Accommodation in aparthotel apartment
  • On-site transportation, including transportation pass
  • CISI health insurance
  • On-site program support from local staff and Loyola faculty
  • All program academic excursions and activities

Tuition Fee: $2,310

  • Three credit hours of Loyola summer term tuition (graduate students must pay the graduate tuition rate)

Total Cost: $5,110

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare (Chicago - Barcelona, Spain) approximately $1,200
  • Personal spending money
  • Most meals

Application Process

Application Deadline: Extended to Wednesday, March 15, 2018

As part of the online application you must:

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements to study abroad
  2. Upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt
  3. Pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee

For more information, contact the Office for International Programs at studyabroad@luc.edu or 773.508.3899; or contact Dr. Héctor García at hgarci1@luc.edu.