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* LGBTQ Policy & Advocacy in Spain
Barcelona, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 05/20/2018 06/02/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 15 (pending spots available)
Students will depart the U.S. on May 19 to arrive in Barcelona on May 20, 2018.
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Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

LGBTQ Policy & Advocacy in Spain


Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: May 20-June 2, 2018 (depart the U.S. on May 19)
NOTE: Students will meet for pre-departure sessions during the spring term. 

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for WS 382A: LGBTQ Advocacy and Policy (1-3 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. Students will have the option of taking 1 or 3 credits.  All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.  

COST: See the Budget Sheet for details. The program fee includes tuition and fees for 1 credit hour (additional fees apply for 3 credit option), shared lodging, all breakfasts and two dinners, international medical and evacuation insurance, excursions, on-site transportation, and staff support.  Program fees do not include international airfare, airport transfers, some meals, passport fees, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADER: Emily Ambrose, Assistant Director of the Colorado State University Pride Center.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.25 GPA. Instructor Approval. Good disciplinary standing.

Academic Overview

This CSU faculty-led summer program examines advocacy and policies which affect the LGBTQ communities in Spain. By traveling to Barcelona and engaging in intentional activities, lectures, and events, students will have the opportunity to explore how one country’s journey toward equality can inform other countries.  A specific look at how social identities weave into the complexities of policy will be examined (e.g. race, socioeconomic status, etc.).  Related site visits to enhance academic content include visiting Casal Lamdba, an association that brings together the local LGBTQ community to provide social and health services, the Axel Hotel Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, a day trip to Sitges, Spain's most gay-friendly town, ACEGAL, a major Catalan association of firms and businesses for the LGBTQ Community, and more.   Cultural activities such as survival Spanish language lessons, a Paella and Tapas cooking class and flamenco show are also included. 

Course Objectives:
By participating in this course, students will:
  • engage in cross-cultural experiences which will enhance their ability to live and work in a multicultural society
  • gain a deeper understanding of LGBT culture internationally
  • have a better understanding of international issues and policy as they pertain to LGBT communities abroad
  • experience educational opportunities internationally


Barcelona is the heart and capital of the region of Cataloña in the northeast corner of Spain. Inhabitants of the region speak both Castilian Spanish and Catalán, the official language of Cataluña.  The city offers visitors eccentric creativity, cultural diversity, and stunning and unique architecture.

Housing and Meals

Accommodations include shared apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes, living room, air conditioning and free WiFi.  Breakfast will be provided daily, as well as a welcome and farewell dinner.