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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Bilbao, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Spain: Sustainable Urban Development & Social Justice (Summer)

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Explore different approaches Spanish cities are taking to pursue sustainable urban development while confronting social justice issues.

WHY STUDY SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN SPAIN?

On this six-week, six-credit summer program, you will examine sustainable urban development and social justice in the European Union, where cities and local governments have control over the decisions that affect them. As a result, cities such as Bilbao are developing strategic plans for their future.

This program looks at multilevel governance in praxis: how a city actively participates in planning for its development. Explore how Bilbao is integrating territory, environment and sustainability, transportation, well-being, identity and other characteristics to balance the needs of institutions, corporations, NGOs, and, of course, its people. Learn how civil society becomes part of the discussion about how cities function and how housing is—or is not—a right in a post pandemic economic crisis. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast Bilbao’s experiences with other cities, including Vitoria, Girona, and Barcelona.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn how EU cities in the 21st century organize, relate and co-govern.
  • Understand the “right to the city” and implications such as the fights against evictions and gentrification.
  • Learn how model cities in Spain are implementing ways to confront gentrification, housing, the environment, migration, transportation, and other issues.
  • Learn how civil society organizations and social movements engage in multilevel governance.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • Sustainable urban development
  • Rights to the city
  • Multilevel governance
  • Civil society and cities
  • Private-public perspectives on 21st century cities

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
    • Sustainable Urban Development in the Basque Country
    • Housing Rights and the Right to the City
  • All educational excursions to locations such as site visits in Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, French Basque country, and Catalonia (Girona and Barcelona) including all related travel costs
  • Accident and illness insurance throughout the entire program period
  • All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Bilbao), on all excursions, during the Independent Study Project or internship, and during the final evaluation period.
  • Homestay (six weeks in Bilbao)
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.
 

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000 for summer programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

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