The department is excited to offer a new study abroad program in Tarragona, Spain.
Location: Tarragona, Spain
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Website: UB Study Abroad
Led by Dr. Jaume Franquesa in the Department of Anthropology, the program aims to explore the multidimensional character of cultural heritage, combining experiential and academic engagement with the historical, archaeological and cultural heritage of Tarragona, Spain and its surrounding region.
Students will get first-hand knowledge of several forms of cultural heritage:
Tarragona is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. With 150,000 inhabitants, Tarragona is at the center of the second urban agglomeration in Catalonia, just behind Barcelona, a major European city situated 60 miles to the north.
Tarragona was one of the most important towns in Roman Spain and the whole of the Western Roman Empire, and archaeological and monumental remains from that period and successive historical periods are exceptionally well preserved. In 2000, UNESCO designated Tarragona’s archaeological ensemble as World Heritage.
The city of Tarragona and its surrounding region is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. The region is also famous for its outstanding agricultural produce, wines and cultural and culinary tradition. The most spectacular of these cultural forms, human towers called castells that are built during traditional festivities, has recently been designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The region is also known for the beauty of its agrarian landscapes; one of them, the wine country of Priorat, is currently being considered for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Through this experiential learning engagement, students will learn about recent developments in heritage management, current theoretical debates around the notion of cultural heritage, new concepts influencing the field (such as landscape, memory and terroir), and the challenges and pressures that cultural heritage preservation faces from industry, urbanization and tourism.
APY 321/515 will consist of lectures, guided field trips, visits to museums, and invited talks. Local officials and heritage practitioners will offer lectures highlighting the complexities of cultural heritage management, and scholarly specialists will guide students in their field trips and visits. Lectures will take place at the Catalan Institute of Classic Archaeology (ICAC), located in the heart of Tarragona’s old town. Students earn 3 credits for completing APY 321/515.
During their time in Spain, students will live and dine at Hotel Ubris Centre in Tarragona (breakfast and dinner provided). Students will also spend 4 nights in the small village of Fatarella, located in the heartland of Tarragona’s wine region about 40 miles west of Tarragona. The quality of the food is outstanding as this region is famous for its culinary tradition and the freshness of its produce.
Applications are welcome from undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at any accredited US college or university with an interest in Anthropology, Archaeology, Planning, Cultural Heritage Studies, Architecture, Sociology, Geography, Art and Art History. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required.
All students will pay a program fee that covers SUNY tuition for 3 credit hours, housing in a hotel with breakfast and dinner, cultural activities and excursions, invited talks, and administrative fees. Additional expenses include SUNY home campus fees, roundtrip airfare, local transportation and personal expenses.
Study Abroad Programs
University at Buffalo
201 Talbert Hall
Dr. Jaume Franquesa
Faculty Program Director