Writing About the Mediterranean:
Barcelona and San Sebastian, Spain


English 382:  Travel Writing, 3 credits (CRN 42319)
Journalism 450: Journalism Studies Abroad, 3 credits (CRN 40611)


English 110


A limited number of $300 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

Draw inspiration from great Mediterranean journeys, and learn to write compelling journey stories of your own. We’ll travel with Homer, Mark Twain, George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Pablo Picasso and Pedro Almodóvar through one of the world’s most captivating regions, as we explore its legacy of war and exodus, cooking and eating, romance and revenge.

In Barcelona, students will be invited to report on the dazzling architecture, world-class cuisine and 24/7 vibe of a city the 1992 Olympics transformed from a dour backwater into a cosmopolitan resort. We’ll meet artists and authors, politicians and activists, food writers and foodies, in our quest to understand the ideas and influences that forged this newly influential city.

A seat of anti-Fascist resistance during the 1930s Spanish Civil War, Barcelona still radiates rebellious separatism. That’s witnessed in demonstrations in the bohemian and sometimes wild El Raval district; in demands for greater regional autonomy; and in residents’ support for their beloved La Boquería market, in defiance of big box supermarket culture.

We’ll also visit the gorgeous seaside city of San Sebastián, a Basque stronghold and a 2016 European Capital of Culture, with its passion for pintxos, surfing and revolt.

“The culture seemed so rich, the velvet green mountains so stirring, the rough cobalt sea so thrilling, the people so solid and passionate, that I have been returning regularly ever since,” wrote the author Mark Kurlansky, of his first visit to Basque country the 1970s.

We’ll explore the city’s famous pintxo (tapas) bars; visit a traditional cider house; and investigate the rise of surfing culture. And we’ll stop along the Camino de Santiago, the route to the reputed burial place of St. James, a Spanish patron saint. The Camino was one of the most important medieval routes of Christian pilgrimage, as it linked the Iberian peninsula with the rest of Europe.

Though the separatist ETA recently declared an end to four decades of armed attacks, you’ll still see signs reminding you that you’re “not in Spain,” but in Basque Country – a region with such a powerful sense of its own identity that it fought for 50 years, albeit unsuccessfully, to establish a state of its own.  

Prepare to come away from this journey with a new view of Spain!

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.  

Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.  Tuition for Spring Course Abroad programs may be included in a full-time student's tuition, if the student is carrying no more than 18 credits.  Excess credit fees apply to all students carrying an overload.  Part-time students must pay course tuition and registration fees.  See the CCSU Bursar's website for complete information about tuition and fees.

Note to students from Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State Universities regarding the Connecticut Reciprocity Program:

Under the terms of the State College/University Reciprocity Program, full-time students (graduate and undergraduate) may, in certain circumstances, take courses at another state college or university without paying additional tuition.  This policy is applicable to ECSU, SCSU, and WCSU students registering for Spring Course Abroad programs offered by CCSU.

To request consideration under the Reciprocity Program, visit the Registrar’s Office (or the Registrar’s website) on your home campus and obtain a copy of the appropriate Request for Reciprocity form.  Complete the form and submit it to your home campus’s Registrar for review and approval.  After the form has been approved by the home campus Registrar, you can submit it to the CCSU Registrar’s Office at the time of registration for the coursework connected to the Course Abroad Program.  The Registrar will process your course registration and forward your approved Reciprocity Agreement to the CCSU Bursar, who will waive the course tuition and registration fees for the program.  The CIE Travel Program fee is not waivable under the Reciprocity Program and will be charged.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline:

December 1, 2013


$2,795 per person

Travel Dates

March 14 - 22, 2014

Faculty Director

Prof. Mary D'Ambrosio
Journalism Department
(860) 832-2734

For More Information: 

To find out more, check out the slideshow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7p_5yCXRRI, or join the Program's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/374175799362788/

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