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Spain: Cinema and the City


Talk to filmmakers and urban activists, learn about Spanish film, and immerse yourself in the culture of Spain. This study abroad program explores film culture and urban life.

We will visit Madrid and Barcelona, since each city represents a different side of Spanish culture. Included are visits to Plaza Mayor, Plaza del Sol, Gran Via and other places featured in past and current films. In Barcelona, we will visit the Palau of Catalan Music and the buildings by Antonio Gaudi, identified by UNESCO as part of its World Heritage list. Our focus on cinema’s representation of cultural life will be complemented with an exploration of street-level culture. We will meet film scholars, filmmakers, representatives from media organizations, and local activists involved with a variety of urban communication projects (e.g., green urbanism, hyperlocal journalism, mass transportation expansion, housing, and cultural affairs).

Students will have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by creating a visual portfolio that expresses, through a unique imagery, their impressions and explorations of Spanish culture. Students will also write a journal, which will help them discuss their experience abroad, as much as to create their own portfolio. The program also includes a visit to an authentic flamenco show, to the Reina Sofia Museum, a graffiti tour, a visit to the filmotheques in both cities, and travel on the high-speed train from Madrid to Barcelona.

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Application Process

Students must apply to Spain: Cinema and the City via Study Abroad. Accepted students will be enrolled in the appropriate course in the Fall term prior to travel. See Study Abroad for criteria and deadlines.

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Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice. 

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