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  • Locations: San Sebastian, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UMASS BDL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Category: Study abroad Language of Instruction: English
Areas of Study: Humanities Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:
Special Topics in Honors: Spanish & Basque Cultural Immersion in San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian 2021

San Sebastian resides on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay, located in the north of the Basque country, 12 miles from French border, at the mouth of the River Urumea.  Known as Spain's most popular tourist location.
  Tops lists of the world's best places to eat and wonderful summer fun and sun.

 3 UMass Lowell Honors Credits
  • Date Options: There will be 3 sessions to choose from:
    • June 25 - July 15, 2023
    • July 09 - July 29, 2023
    • July 30 - August 19, 2023
  • Academic requirement:
    • Course Number: HONR.3200
    • Course Title: Special Topics in Honors: Basque Cultural Immersion
    • Credits: 3, UMass Lowell credits
    • Gen Ed: This course fulfills a Humanities requirement for the university General Education curriculum.
    • World Ready: This course fulfills one cultural course for students who have selected the World Ready track in Spanish
    • This course fulfills an Honors "H" as well as can fulfill an Honors Interactive Experience
    • This course fulfills a requirement towards the River Hawk Experience Distinction: Global Engagement
    • Professor: Julian Zabalbeascoa, Honors College
    • Note:  Students will also take intensive spanish language while on-site through UMass Lowell partner, Lacunza International House, as a required component of this program and course.  A language level exam will be provided to students upon arrive to place into the proper instruction level.
This course uses the city of San Sebastian, Spain, as its primary text. Chosen as the 2016 European Capital of Culture, San Sebastian offers students the best of both worlds: a modern European city with an Old Quarter that preserves its rich legacy of history and culture. “Special Topics in Honors: Basque Cultural Immersion” will take learning outside the classroom, exposing students to structured situations and experiences through a Humanities lens. T.S. Eliot wrote, “[T]he end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” This course’s aim then is to enlarge and enrich the students’ three weeks in San Sebastian. This will be accomplished through multiple approaches: field trips and excursions, on-site lectures, an examination of Spanish history, politics, culture, geography, cuisine, literature, cinema, sport, and art; and writing assignments that encourage a comparative analysis between Spain’s history and America’s today.
By the end of this course students will have been introduced to many of the unique aspects of life in San Sebastian and have a richer appreciation of the city through a diverse series of outings, whose additional purpose and corresponding assignments will have helped develop the tools necessary to become better writers, communicators, and critical thinkers, essential traits of a successful Honors student.

Costs/Inclusions and Exclusions/Scholarships & Financial Aid: See Budget Sheet linked above


This program is currently not accepting applications.