España Study Abroad Information


For details on España study abroad program costs, dates, and registration details, please visit the FIU Honors College website and the FIU Office of Education Abroad website.

FIU Honors College España Study Abroad:

FIU Espana 2017 class in front of the Palacio Real in Madrid (Photo by Stephanie Sepulveda CC BY 4.0)

The history of the Spanish American transatlantic dialogue is both ruinous and enriching. With an emphasis on Miami, this course examines the social and cultural manifestations of this relationship. What impact has Spanish religion, art, and popular tradition had on the Americas from 1492 to the present (ida)? Conversely, what has returned to Spain from Latin America (vuelta)? How specifically has this melange manifested itself in Miami, positioned as the contemporary center of European and Latin American relations?

Know your professor! Professor Bailly is dual French and US citizen. He holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. Read more about Bailly here.

FIU stays at the Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments in Barcelona and Madrid

FIU students will share apartments in the heart of Barcelona, Madrid, and Sevilla. In Barcelona and Madrid, the FIU apartments are Eric Vokel. In Sevilla, the FIU group stays at Living-Sevilla.

FIU Espana 2017 on Plaza Mayor in Madrid (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

The group stays in Madrid for ten days visiting the museums and monuments of the Spanish capital. Madrid is the third most populous city in Western Europe, yet it is easy to only come away from it with a simplistic tourist perspective. Visiting diverse places, from the austere Palacio Real to El Rastro flea market, provides students with an in-depth understanding of the city.

FIU Espana 2016 at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya, and home to the famous Modernisme artistic movement. Students will quickly realize that no other city in the world is culturally similar to Barcelona. The FIU group stays for 7 days, discovering the distinct identity of this seaside city.

Alisa Pazos and Stephanie Sepulveda of FIU in the Real Alcazar de Sevilla (Photo JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

The incredible cultural melting pot of Sevilla will remind Miamians of home. Iberian, Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian cultural traditions manifest themselves in the character of this city. A direct commonality between Sevilla and Miami is that this Andalusian city once served as the gateway between Spain and the Americas.

The Mercado Lonja del Barranco in Sevilla serves authentic food. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

One of the thrills of living in España for three weeks is discovering the diversity of food: tapas, tortilla, paella, gazpacho, jamon Serrano. Although meals are not included in the program costs, Professor Bailly is a lover of street food and he will share with you his favorite places.

FIU Espana 2017 activating a work of contemporary art at the Palacio de Velasquez of the Reina Sofia (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Visitors expecting to encounter a stagnant country stuck in the past will be pleasantly surprised in España. From contemporary art to street concerts, España’s vibrancy will surround you.

Corey Ryan of FIU reaches the peak of the Montserrat hike. (Photo JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

What is a country but its land? The FIU España program presents multiple natural adventures, including hiking and swimming. Be ready—we walk an average of ten miles a day.

This program is founded on the principle that to know a culture, one must live that culture—immerse oneself completely. “Miami España: Ida y Vuelta” will offer you the opportunity to be a Spaniard for three weeks. You will find yourself where no other tourists are, enjoying the real, beautiful España.

All photos are by students of the FIU Honors College or Professor Bailly. All photos are CC BY 4.0. You are free to share or adapt the photos as long as you give appropriate credit. Learn more on Bailly’s Image Rights and Usage.

Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  10 January 2023

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