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Marvels of Medieval Spain

Program Description

Troubadours. Geometry. Spectacular Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Rich culinary and artistic culture. The Pyrenees Mountains and the beautiful coast. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of Europe's most vibrant and diverse cities. It was also a major medieval port and capital of a Mediterranean Empire. Although not ruled by Moors as long as southern Spain, this region has long been influenced by Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures. This course will examine the interactions among Muslims, Jews and Christians in medieval Catalonia. It will also study how medieval Barcelona grew to be a capital of trade and commerce. setting a precedent for later Spanish empire and conquest.

Based in a comfortable and central hotel in the medieval, Gothic Quarter of Barcelona with its winding streets and lost alleyways, we will go on several day trips. First to the Pyrenees Mountains to visit the monastery of Ripoli where the founders of Medieval Catalonia are buried and where some of the world's best-preserved Romanesque sculpture can be found. We will also travel to Gerona to study the Moorish baths and the lasting influence of medieval Jewish culture. We will spend at least one night in the city of Valencia, an important port once ruled by El Cid. On the way we will visit the small medieval city of Tortosa and the ancient ruins of Tarragona. Finally, back at our base in Barcelona, we will explore everything the city has to offer, including one day dedicated to more modern wonders - the Sagrada Familia and the Palau Musica.

See Barcelona: Marvels of Medieval Span and Catalonia brochure for more information. To apply, click here.

Tentative Itinerary

This is a tentative schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Director. The university reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangement if required by circumstances.

May 13: Depart Atlanta for Barcelona
May 14: Arrive in Barcelona (Professor will meet students at the Barcelona airport
May 15: Barcelona city tour of medieval Gothic quarter; Culinary History tour
May 16: MNAC Museu National d'Art de Catalunya
May 17: Journey to the Pyrenees Mountains and the "origins" of Catalunya
May 18: Train to Girona: Muslim baths and Jewish culture
May 19: Cathedrals of Barcelona
May 20-21: Valencia (El Cid)
May 22-26: Barcelona at its height
May 26: Return to Atlanta

Application Deadline

February 1, 2014

Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.


The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State University. Transient and post-baccalaureate students are welcome to apply. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Courses and Credit

Participants who successfully complete this course will receive four semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for HIST 4890 or MES 4750 and graduate students should register for HIST 8890. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.


Participants will stay in comfortable hotels and hostels in centrally located areas in each city.

Disability Accommodations Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application


Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.
The program cost is tentatively set at $1,999 PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

*Program fee includes
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Some meals
• Hotels
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

**Program fee does NOT include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Airfare
• Public transportation
• Passport and visa fees
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

Payment Schedule

February 1, 2014 – $500 deposit with application

March 1, 2014 – $749.50 payment

March 15, 2014 – $749.50 remaining balance

(All payments are non-refundable upon receipt)

Please pay for your program deposit by finding the program listing at and following the payment instructions listed there. See your Program Director for more information. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline. All tuition and fees must be paid in full before departure.

Students will receive refunds for any funds not expended on the trip. The cost of the trip is calculated to include all possible contingencies and expenses. Past students on Marvels of Medieval Spain trips have seen refunds, sometimes substantial. There is no guarantee a refund will be possible.


For more information about the program or to submit your application, contact

Program Director: Dr. Allen Fromherz

34 Peachtree Street, Suite 2036
Phone: 404-413-6366