Southern University Law Center’s Summer in Tarragona Spain
June 26 – July 26, 2019
Imagine earning four hours credit, surrounded by a city as old as Rome, alongside beaches with crystal clear blue water, and the culture and nightlife that brings Spain alive. Now you can! Southern University is proud to announce its Summer 2019 Study Abroad program in Tarragona Spain, June 26-July 26, 2019. Read on below for details or click here to be added to the mailing list.
A Historical City on the Med! Visiting Tarragona
Tarraco was a little Rome, a port city, open to the Mediterranean, where a multitude of languages was spoken and it had especially pleasant weather; meaning, a good place to live and prosper. This is still the spirit of the city today. Walking along the streets and plazas of the medieval city or contemplating the horizons over Mare Nostrum, you can relive that pleasant, benevolent city that was once enjoyed by an emperor: Augustus.
In Tarragona, you’ll encounter a church that use to be a temple to Caesar Augustus, fountains for public consumption created by the Romans, and Medieval and Gothic Architecture to boot! A city teeming with culture from the old world and the new, Tarragona annually draws millions of visitors to be a part of cultural festivals where the food, music, and laughter fill your spirit. In Tarragona, you’ll see human towers, Roman gladiators, and fire lights on a summer night.
Located in the Culturally rich region of Catalan, we will experience the things that make locals describe Tarragona as the Jewel of Catalan. On our agenda include:
Castells or Human Towers
Castells, or human towers, are one of Europe’s most genuine and unique cultural displays. Under the traditional motto of “strength, balance, courage and seny” (a Catalan expression encompassing virtues such as good sense and calmness), Castells are an excellent way of showcasing Catalonia to the world. Watching, or even better, taking part in a castells display is a thrilling experience that really highlights under a single project the individual and collective struggle for improvement, the effort involved in achieving a goal, the solidarity, and spirit of cooperation between people of all ages, conditions, and abilities.
We will attend a rehearsal of the Castells and watch as performers build these towers to the Sky.
Exploring Ancient Architecture and Sites
The city of Tarragona conserves also several major monuments from its medieval past. Its abundant Roman ruins are thus supplemented by a rich medieval artistic heritage best epitomized by the city’s cathedral, which offers outstanding examples of art and architecture from the Middle Ages. This includes visits to the Roman Aqueducts, the Quarries where the stone was mined for main buildings, and Tours of main sites of Roman history.
But if Rome was all we did, we would leave 1000’s of years of history behind. On top of that Roman history is a Gothic and modernist world that presents an exquisite blend of ancient, old and new together. Modernism (Art Nouveau) was an international movement which originated in Europe in the late 19th century. Its foundations, essentially aesthetic, have their common link in the renewal of the arts and the constant inspiration from nature, from which they took their most distinctive symbols. In Catalonia, the movement was not only based on aesthetics but extended to all areas, being one of the regions with the strongest political and intellectual influences attached to Modernism. We will explore along the Reus Modernist Route examples of this architectural style and learn about its importance to the cultural, social, and political development of the region.
Local Winery and Agricultural Visits
The wine has evolved as part of European life, culture, and diet since time immemorial. Winemaking emerged in Europe with the expansion of the Roman Empire throughout the Mediterranean, when many major wine producing regions that still exist today were established.
Even then, winemaking was precise husbandry that fostered the development of different grape varieties and cultivation techniques. Students will have a guided tour through a winery, including a wine tasting.
Local Dining, Entertainment, and Night Life
They say the City never sleeps. That is certainly true in Spain where diners enjoy cool evenings along the plaza, strolling, enjoying wine and sangria and dining on succulent dishes.
Beaches line the coastline where sun worshipers can find peacefully secluded spaces to enjoy the warm climate or the more vibrant city beaches. Tarragona’s beaches are renowned for their extremely fine, golden sand: hence the region’s name, “Costa Daurada”, which means “Golden Coast” in Catalan. The sand is soft and smooth and will mold to your body, such that all you need to sunbathe is a towel to keep the grains from sticking to your skin. If any sand does stick, simply wait for it to dry and it will fall off on its own. Of course, all of the city’s beaches are also equipped with showers where beachgoers can go to freshen up or cool off.
The mild climate means the water is perfect for swimming from June to September, and sun-lovers can lie out or simply stroll along the coast practically all year round. The beaches are also home to a rich and varied ecosystem, where life forms from the sea meet those of the land, giving rise to a great diversity of saltwater plants, dune plants, and marshland birds and wildlife. Unfortunately, the development of the coastal region for tourism has damaged much of this natural wealth. This notwithstanding, Tarragona still has two well-conserved areas, which are protected by law:
Even when the sea was rough, with the fishing boat bobbing up and down, Enric closed his small kitchen and tried to cook something hot. In winter the dampness sharpens the cold from the sea, which cuts with a vengeance even here in the Mediterranean. Then, a simple plate of shark stew with garlic mayonnaise or “romesco” sauce, would become the food of the Gods. Tasty and replenishing.
Dining. Tarragona for a smaller town has a vibrant nightlife and plenty of options for local fare. Seafood is aplenty here, but so is an Italian-Influenced cuisine that melds the best of Spain with the old world charm of the local town. Traditional Tarragona cuisine evokes barefoot sailors and smells of the sea. Of the sea and the plot, of course. The par excellence sauce is called romesco, which is also the name of the dish. The ingredients couldn’t be more Mediterranean: olive oil, baked tomatoes, almonds or hazelnuts. Step by step the restaurants that are most committed to the city’s gastronomic legacy have recovered the simplicity and vigor of the traditional seafood cuisine.
Costs to Attend
We have proudly provided students with a cost affordable way to gain exposure to other cultures and earn law school credit at the same time. To help you plan, we have provided a sample budget. The costs payable through SULC are in bold in the table. The course includes four credit hours and housing. But the total student budget we are projecting for all costs to attend are less than $7000
Frequently Asked Questions
Can student financial aid be applied to the costs of the program?
Yes! We have structured the program to provide four credit hours so that you can use Federal Financial Aid to pay for the costs of the program.
What will the instruction days look like and will we have time to travel to other places?
The instruction days will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. For example, a sample schedule is provided below. As you can see we have certain cultural activities you will want to take advantage of as well as free Spanish lessons provided by the University that is hosting us should you wish to take part.
As far as travel to other places, the answer is also yes! You will have from Thursday at 1:30 PM to Monday at 9:00 AM to explore the region or other places. Because Barcelona is so accessible, it is quite easy (and affordable) to get flights to other places in Europe. You can also take the train to different locations.
What about the Accommodations at the University? What are they like and do we have roommates?
Additionally, the University of Rovira I Virilli is conveniently located in the historic areas and commercial areas of Tarragona.
What classes will be offered and who will teach them?
We do not yet know the exact courses that will be offered. However, we can tell you that the courses will all be electives that apply towards your degree. Further, the courses will be taught exclusively by SULC faculty.