SPEA in Barcelona

Study in the seaside city of Barcelona with excursions to Madrid and Toledo

Spend three weeks studying and executing an applied research project linked to Policy, Governance, and Management in Barcelona, Spain, a city famous for its unique combination of climate, history, culture, and art.

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June 2 – 23, 2017

V482/V582 – Evaluating Public Programs in a Globalized World (3cr.)

Program Director: Ashlyn Nelson

Massive global forces have transformed the public policy and management environment including:

  • The decline of the old industrial order and the rise of new rules and standards defining productivity in the Information Age
  • New patterns of global competition and cooperation enabled by strategic applications of information and communications technology
  • Transnational thickening of interactions among public, private, and nonprofit organizations
  • New standards by which the performance of public, private, and nonprofit organizations can be judged

Barcelona offers the full range of complex governance issues and problems found in transnational, national, sub-state regional, and local arenas operating in a globalized world. By studying and living in the midst of a great case study, you will have the chance to learn how an ordinary Mediterranean seaport transformed itself into the front ranks of urban areas and continues to project its entrepreneurial and innovative culture into the 21st century.


Your grade will be based on in-class oral presentations of required reading, class discussion, team project reports, and individual papers due at the end of the summer. Separate teams of undergraduate and graduate students will define and execute an independent research project with the assistance of IBEI research staff.

Undergraduates at the end of their sophomore year (or later) and graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply for admission. Undergraduates should have at least a 2.8 GPA. While preference will be given to SPEA students, the course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any related IU department. The syllabus calls for more difficult assignments and higher research expectations placed on graduate students in comparison to undergraduates.


You will live in the Melondistrict Marina, a modern, air conditioned, international student apartment building five minutes from the centrally located Ciutadella campus of University of Pompeau Fabra (UPF). The standard room arrangement is a single room with private bathroom and services that include access to the fully equipped kitchen/living room shared by a 10-room suite, once-per-week room service for linen change and cleaning, Internet access (wired in rooms and Wi-Fi in the residence), and 24-hour building security including an electronic key. You can check the Melondistrict website to see the facility and rooms and learn about additional service options, such as laundry. 


The program fee includes breakfast and lunch at the UPF cafeteria. You will be on your own to choose among several dinner options that include returning to the UPF cafeteria, cooking in the Melondistrict suite kitchen, visiting local markets, or trying local restaurants. You can change dinner options over the course of the program as you become more comfortable exploring the choices available in this cosmopolitan Mediterranean city. In addition, several evening meals are included in the program as part of planned roundtables and excursions.

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

SPEA in Barcelona Program Fee: $3,600*

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, some meals, and cultural excursions, including a weekend excursion to Madrid combined with a guided day tour of Toledo.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Barcelona is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Spain, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program, and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

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