January in Barcelona, Naples, Rome and Florence

Remarkable culture, magnificent landscapes and architecture, fascinating history, delicious cuisine, shopping and market madness – if this sounds enticing, then this engaging travel-based academic program is for you! Earn academic credit while experiencing all the Mediterranean has to offer while travelling through the great cities of Rome, Florence and Barcelona.

Program Overview

This multi-country program will immerse you in the fascinating history and culture of some of the most beautiful and inspiring cities in Europe. You will travel from the ancient Imperial Rome to the Renaissance of Florence with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and finish with the modern and extravagant architecture of Gaudi in the vibrant city of Barcelona.

Take a leap back into history

This program will take you back to Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages. You will be immersed in the art, literature and archaeology of the regions. This exciting study  tour will allow you to explore the cultural, historical, political and social aspects of  the Mediterranean region.

Discover the mouth-watering delicacies

You will experience the joys of eating mouth-watering Mediterranean meals! From delicious Italian pizza, pasta and gelato to Spanish paella and churros con chocolate, you will feast on the most exquisite food that Europe has to offer.

Want more? 

This summer academic travelling program finishes in mid-January, allowing you time to set off for another adventure and explore some of the same locations in more detail or explore new horizons. The opportunity to travel in Europe is endless, with affordable and accessible transport systems (trains, buses and budget flights).


The Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the most ancient civilizations in the world, which creates a number of exciting highlights for students during their program:

  • Learn in a truly engaging environment
  • English-speaking professors and support services staff
  • A visual learning experience – connect your lectures with real-life experiences and learning
  • Complement your studies by taking the opportunity to travel and explore further during January and February
  • Experience a blend of Renaissance art and history, the modern and extravagant architecture of Gaudi, and the fascinating cultures that fill the streets of Rome, Florence and Barcelona!

Sample Itinerary

This program is largely travel-based. The itinerary offers a blend of academic, social, cultural and recreational activities. The free time you have can be spent exploring your host city with other students.

Please do not make any travel or academic arrangements until you have received a confirmed itinerary from CISaustralia.


First week – Barcelona

  • 2 January – Arrival and Orientation; Field Study: The Ramblas and Boqueria Market
  • 3 January – Course introduction; Class: The Splendour of Barcelona in the Middle Ages; Field Study: Gothic Neighbourhood and el Born
  • 4 January – Class: Industrialisation and Art Nouveau; Field Study: Eixample and Sagrada Familia of Gaudí
  • 5 January – Day Trip: Visit to Dalí Museum and the Costa Brava Coast
  • 6 January – Free day
  • 7 January – Class: From the Civil War to the Olympic Games; Field Study: Montjuïc’s castle and air-raid shelter

Second week – Naples and Rome

  • 8 January – Flight to Naples; Guided tour of city centre of Naples
  • 9 January – Visit to Pompeii; Train to Rome; Field Study: Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trastevere
  • 10 January – Class: Introduction Italy’s Society, History and Culture; Field Study: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • 11 January – Class: The Splendour of the Roman Empire; Field Study: Vatican Museum, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel
  • 12 January – Free day
  • 13 January – Train to Florence

Third week – Florence

  • 14 January – Field Study: The Piazzale Michelangelo and the church, San Miniato al Monte, Duomo complex including Giotto’s bell tower, Cathedral and the Cupola del Brunelleschi
  • 15 January – Class: Introduction to Mediterranean Politics and Culture in the time of the Renaissance; Field Study: Duomo complex including Giotto’s bell tower, Cathedral and the Cupola del Brunelleschi
  • 16 January – Class: Great Artists of the Renaissance; Field Study: Galleria dell’Academia with David by Michelangelo
  • 17 January – Class: The Florence of the Medicis; Field Study: Church of Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria and the Galleria degli Uffizi
  • 18 January – Final Exam & Presentations
  • 19 January – Day Trip: Sienna
  • 20 January – Departure

Choose Your Course

The academics of this travelling program are hosted by Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS).

GPA Required: To qualify for this program, students must have a sound academic standing with a GPA of 4.2 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, you may still be considered for the program but will need to be prepared to provide supporting documentation. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

Course Load: 1 course

  • Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview, and the contact hours.
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

January 2019 Courses:

  • History 320: History and Culture of the Great Cities of the Mediterranean: Rome, Florence and Barcelona
  • International Studies 320: Politics and Society in the Mediterranean:  Rome, Florence and Barcelona

View the course syllabus here

NOTE: Please be advised that the Barcelona School for International Studies requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.


The program will also take you through various sites of historical, archaeological and cultural interest, some of which may include:

  • Imperial Forums
  • Colosseum
  • Pantheon
  • Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in the Vatican
  • Giotto’s Bell Tower
  • Cupola del Brunelleschi
  • Galleria dell Academia
  • Church of Santa Croce
  • Piazza Signoria
  • Galleria degli Uffizi
  • The Ramblas
  • Boqueria Market
  • Eixample
  • Sagrada Familia of Gaudí


This exciting program offers students the opportunity to explore a range of significant historic and cultural sites throughout the Mediterranean region, including the following:

Barcelona, Spain

  • The Ramblas
  • Boqueria Market
  • Gothic Neighbourhood and el Born
  • Eixample
  • Sagrada Familia of Gaudí
  • Dalí Museum
  • Costa Brava Coast
  • Montjuïc’s castle and air-raid shelter

Naples and Rome, Italy 

  • Pompeii
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Trastevere
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Vatican Museum
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel

Florence, Italy

  • Piazzale Michelangelo and church
  • San Miniato al Monte
  • Duomo including Giotto’s bell tower
  • Cathedral and the Cupola del Brunelleschi
  • Galleria dell’Academia
  • Church of Santa Croce
  • Piazza Signoria
  • Galleria degli Uffizi


The University

This CISaustralia summer program is a short course offered by Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), a truly international institution providing students exposure to many different nationalities.

SIS offers international students the incredible opportunity to vastly improve their Spanish language skills while earning college credit with courses in English, specifically designed for them. SIS is located in the heart of Barcelona, just minutes from Plaça Catalunya – the central transportation hub of the city.

On this program, instead of spending all of your time on campus, you’ll be truly immersed in the culture and places you are learning about!

Barcelona SIS is a Spanish institution with U.S. accreditation through Jacksonville University, located in Jacksonville, Florida.


During this program, you could stay in a combination of local 3-star hotels, guest houses, hostels and / or serviced apartments. All rooms are same gender shared rooms – usually 2 students per room. You will share your room with other program participants. Details will be provided as part of your final detailed itinerary closer to the program start date. Accommodation will vary according to availability in each city.

Program Fee & Dates

January 2020
Note: Program fee listed is 2019 pricing. Please contact CISaustralia for 2020 program fee.
Application Deadline25 October 2019
Arrival Date02 January 2020
Departure Date18 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,399
OS-HELP A$ 6,791


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation in youth hostels, 3 or 4-star hotels, apartments or similar
  • Most dinners
  • Extracurricular social and cultural activities
  • Health and medical insurance
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • On-site orientation
  • Intra-European travel to each city during the program
  • 24/7 on-site and emergency support
  • Jacksonville University official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

*Jacksonville University will provide an official transcript as the School of Record (SOR). SOR: A U.S. accredited institution of higher education that officially documents and awards credits for programs or institutions that are not accredited in the U.S., verifying appropriately all elements necessary for such official documentation.

What is not included:

  • Flight to the program starting location
  • Return flight from the program ending location
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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