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Center for International Education
Charleston, SC 29424
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CofC in Barcelona, Spain 2018: Public Health

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 01, 2018
Program Starts: Jun 01, 2018
Program Ends: Jun 28, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $5,373
Program Locations: Barcelona
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Center For International Education
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Lodging
- Five group meals
- Excursions
- Museum and cultural site entrance fees
- Ground transportation
- International Student ID Card
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Tuition for six credits and associated fees
- Round-trip international airfare to/from Barcelona
- Most meals
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged tuition for their courses, and are responsible for booking their own airfare.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships

The following are estimates for additional out-of-pocket expenses:
- Round-trip international airfare: $1,000-$1,500 (dependent upon departure city)
- Meals not included in the program fee: $150/week
Program Description


June 1-28, 2018 (travel May 31 and June 29)

Faculty and students interested in traveling with faculty will leave from Charleston, SC for Barcelona, Spain on May 31, 2018 and arrive in Barcelona on June 1, 2018. Students and faculty will not be required to travel together. Each individual will book their own flight and must arrive prior to the class start date (June 5, 2018), but no earlier than June 1, as housing will not be available prior to this date. Classes will end on June 28, 2018 and return travel plans should be booked for June 29, 2018.


Students enroll in the following six credits:

HEAL 350: Epidemiology - 3 credits
PBHL 336: Health Communication - 3 credits


This study abroad program will provide a unique learning experience by offering students an immersive opportunity to broaden their global perspective of public health issues. Students will have the opportunity to take required courses (Health Communication, Epidemiology) that contribute to the completion of degree requirements for B.S. and B.A. Public Health majors (one of the fastest growing majors on campus) from College of Charleston faculty. Health Communication and Epidemiology are courses that Public Health majors are required to take and often take together. Course content will include the same learning objectives as classes held during the academic year; however, the courses taught during this study abroad program will be enhanced by lectures from researches at ISGlobal, local experts in prenatal and maternal health, the Director of Health and Social Policy for the Spanish Government in Catalonia, a site visit to a local AIDS awareness and prevention organization, and a tour of an early 20th century hospital. In addition to the unique educational opportunities, this program will offer a variety of experiences for students interested in Spanish culture. For example, students will have the opportunity to tour historic sites in two coastal towns, tour the Salvador Dali museum, explore the tastes and goods of La Bouqueria (a large city market in the heart of Barcelona), practice their culinary skills during a cooking class, and learn about Barcelona's unique history, art, and architecture through guided tours of the Gothic Quarter, Sagrada Familia, and Hospital Sant Pau.

Students will be grouped into aparthotel rooms that are equipped with beds, bedding, towels, appliances, and cooking utensils. Each aparthotel room will be shared by no more than five students, and all students will be housed in the same aparthotel building. Rent and utilities will be covered in the study abroad program fees; however food and other living expenses will be the responsibility of the students. There will be five planned group meals throughout the program.

*This program will include walking tours, usually less than 8 miles, including some with uneven surfaces

Prior to departure, Dr. Sundstrom and Dr. Hart will arrange a seminar by faculty in the Spanish department to introduce cultural customs and considerations while in Barcelona. This training will include etiquette and protocol training tailored to Barcelona. Students will also be provided with information on the Spanish and Catalan languages. This program feature ensures that students will be culturally informed while traveling overseas. Overall, this program will provide students with the opportunity to build relationships with other CofC students, engage in unique learning opportunities with CofC faculty.


-Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5
-Students must already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport


Dr. Leslie Hart
Department of Health and Human Performance

Dr. Hart is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the College of Charleston within the Interdisciplinary Public Health Program. Dr. Hart teaches Biostatistics and Epidemiology within the Department of Health and Human Performance, and prior to her position with the College, she was a wildlife and environmental epidemiologist working on projects evaluating bottlenose dolphin health following exposure to environmental stressors and pollutants. Currently, her research centers on understanding environmental exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (i.e., phthalates) in college students and wild dolphin populations. Students taking Dr. Hart's Epidemiology course will have the opportunity to apply course content to explore Spanish health concerns, providing an immersive learning atmosphere. Dr. Hart co-led a study abroad program to Barcelona in 2017 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to return again in 2018. Dr. Hart enjoys traveling and has had the opportunity to visit Caribbean countries, as well as Belgium, Italy, Austria, Greece, France, and England; this will be her second trip to Barcelona.

Dr. Beth Sundstrom
Department of Communication

Dr. Sundstrom is an Associate Professor of Communication and Public Health at the College of Charleston. She is the Director of Women's Health Research Team (WHRT) and a member of the graduate faculty. Her research interests include health communication, social marketing, and women's health. Dr. Sundstrom's research has been published in top-tier journals, including the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, Social Marketing Quarterly and the Journal of Communication Management, among others. She is the author of Reproductive Justice and Women's Voices: Health Communication across the Lifespan (2015). Dr. Sundstrom;s research includes European contexts, specifically women's reproductive health in Ireland. Students taking Dr. Sundstrom's Health Communication course will uncover the ways that communicating about health and disease is at the core of human experience, evoking physical, social, and cultural meanings.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact the program directors. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run

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