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UK Sponsored: Independence Now: The Politics of Nationalism in Spain (Arts & Sciences)
Barcelona, Spain; Bilbao, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
Program Cost and Budget Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2016 02/26/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/17/2016 06/15/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Research Abroad, Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Economics, Geography, Government, International Economics, International Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish Studies
Housing Options:
Homestay, Hotel
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Niamh Minion
Program Director:
Emily Beaulieu
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Independence Now:
The Politics of Nationalism in Spain
(Arts & Sciences)

May 17-June 15, 2016
Basque MuralProgram Overview

In the midst of Scotland's Independence movement, nationalist movements in the Catalonia region of Spain have taken to the streets seeking their own form of social and political freedom. How successful are independence movements such as this and how do they compare to the more violent nationalism of the Basque region of Spain? What ought Spain to do to address nationalism in its regions?

In this 4-week, intensive study abroad program in Spain, students will earn 7 credits while learning nationalism & protest movements, and the skills needed to conduct research on these important questions.  Classroom instruction will supplement extensive experiential learning as students explore Barcelona & Basque Country and learn about the resources that will allow them to engage in social scientific research and conduct their own research in the field.

  • Gain a first-hand understanding of the impact of politics and nationalism in the daily lives of Spanish citizens
  • Earn six Political Science credits and fulfill a major requirement
  • For those students who have already completed PS 372: participate in a self-designed research option which includes opportunities for summer research funding
  • Experience the culture and customs of Barcelona through excursions to the City History Museum, the Catalan History Museum, the Parc de Laberint d'Horta and a Modernism Architecture Tour to La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Mila and Calle del Discord/Passeig de Gracia

This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
  • Students will enroll in PS 372: Introduction to Political Analysis (3 credit hours) and PS 391: The Politics of Nationalism (3 credit hours)
    • Students who have already earned credit for PS 372 will enroll instead in PS 395: Independent Study (3 credit hours) and arrange for assignments and course requirements with the Program Director
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)
Housing & MealsParc del Laberint

Students will be housed in shared rooms at a centrally-located hotel in Bilbao. While in Barcelona, students will be housed in homestays. Breakfast will be included at the hotel each day in Bilbao, and in Barcelona students will receive two meals per day, as well as a laundry service once per week. A welcome and farewell meal will also be included, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Supplemental Materials

This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and ISA. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Parc GuellPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Embassy of Spain as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

Diversity Abroad

In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information

The College of Arts & Sciences Education Abroad webpage

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Emily Beaulieu, faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Beaulieu will be directing the program.

Ms. Niamh Minion, EA Advisor,

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