2017 Bates Fall Semester Abroad — Spain


The 2017 Bates Fall Semester Abroad in Tarragona, Spain provides the opportunity for intensive immersion in Spanish language and culture.  Led by Professors López (Spanish) and Melvin (History), the program is open to all Bates students and no previous knowledge of Spanish is required.


Location:  Tarragona is situated 90 miles south of Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast.  A modern city of 130,000, it has significant Roman ruins, a medieval core and Shambhala, Europe’s tallest and fastest roller coaster.

Courses: Students take four courses, two intensive Spanish courses taught by host country faculty in partnership with the region’s premier university, the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and two content courses taught in English by Bates faculty:  Narratives of the Spanish Civil War (Professor López) and Spain’s Golden Age of Empire (Professor Melvin).

Credits: The FSA comprises one General Education Concentration (Spanish in Tarragona — C089). Students may earn up to 3 credits towards the Spanish major or minor and the European Studies major and one credit towards the History major or minor and the Latin American Studies major.

Housing:  Students live in home stays with local families.  Students receive breakfast and dinner in the home stay and a stipend for daily lunches.

Excursions:  Academic excursions in and around Tarragona, including Barcelona, and to Madrid and Seville are an integral part of the program.

The FSA Tarragona Brochure has more detailed information.