The Heights

Updated: September 12, 2016

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Travel to Barcelona with Foothill College

Active adults team up with college-age students to experience study abroad and field study programs offered throughout the year by Foothill College. This fall, Foothill faculty will lead groups of students and community members to Barcelona, Spain, September 24–December 5. No experience is needed and both programs are open to anyone who is at least age 18.

One of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, Barcelona is a renowned center of art, music, and architecture. Beyond tapas and basilicas, you’ll also participate in 12 units of Spanish literature (in English) and anthropology classes.

“Scholars and travelers who want to push the boundaries of their intellectual and creative comfort zones, who seek a sustained, multicultural investment in lifelong learning, and who prioritize diverse enrichment in their life experiences–these are ideal community members and students who will get the most out of Foothill’s Barcelona program,” says Foothill English Instructor Kella de Castro Svetich, Ph.D., who will co-lead the program with Foothill Anthropology Instructor Samuel Connell, Ph.D.

Throughout the trip, you’ll complete an exciting program that includes group trips to the Barri Gòtic, Sagrada Familia Basilica, Picasso Museum and Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona. Taste local cuisine on a tapas tour, visit Gaudi’s Park Güell and Mercat de la Boqueria food market, and attend a flamenco show. You’ll also take guided day trips to Monserrat, the walled Roman city of Gerona, and the medieval village of Besalú.

“The seven-week program will feature intensive inquiry into the culture that is specific to Barcelona, inquiry that relies not on typical tourist passive consumption but on active interaction. Through writing, discussions, and other activities, our program’s courses present live, dynamic engagement with the city not accessible through consumerist tourism,” de Castro Svetich says.

The variety of literature and anthropology courses that you’ll participate in complement the places you’ll visit and people you’ll meet throughout the program. These courses will be taught in groups that will share lectures and other activities; students registered for different courses will complete different assignments.

While living in Spain’s second largest city, you’ll stay in student apartments in central Barcelona. Accommodations include shared access to a fully equipped kitchen, living room and bathroom facilities. A homestay option is also available for an additional fee.

For more Barcelona study abroad program information, including itinerary, curriculum, fees and more, call (650) 949-7924 or visit the program’s Facebook page at


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