Embedded Spring: Writing the Mediterranean: Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Embedded Spring 2020
Mar 13, 2020
Mar 21, 2020
Dec 15, 2019
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Enroll in this Spring Embedded 2020 Journalism course which includes trips to Barcelona, San Sebastian, and Guernica!

Draw inspiration from Mediterranean journeys, and learn to tell compelling journey stories of your own. We’ll travel with Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell and other notable authors through one of the world’s grandest regions, as we explore its legacy of war and exodus, cooking and eating, and romance and revenge.

We’ll aim to identify and chronicle regional themes and challenges, while we write about war, immigration, separatism, minority rights, food and the arts. 

At spring break, we’ll visit Barcelona, to report on the 24/7 vibe, dazzling architecture and world-class cuisine of Spain’s most dynamic city – and to look into why too much of a good thing can be bad. We’ll next explore the gorgeous Basque city of San Sebastián, a former European Capital of Culture, with its passion for pintxos, surfing and revolt. We’ll walk along the trail to Santiago de Campostela, the route of Medieval pilgrimage to the end of the world.  And we’ll cap off our journey with a visit to Guernica, a town famously bombed by the Nazis during the Spanish Civil War, and immortalized by Pablo Picasso in his iconic painting.

All the while, students will be gathering material for their own written and visual stories. 


Bikes in San Sebastian

Program Locations

Barcelona, Spain



Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region of northeastern Spain that has its own distinct language, history, and culture. It began as a Roman settlement and evidence of its Roman past can still be found in the oldest part of Barcelona. The city is one of the busiest port cities in Europe. Nestled between mountains the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a colorful city by every means. The modern architect, Antoni Gaudi’s spiraling buildings, playful sculptures and vibrant mosaic tiles are an accurate reflection of the city’s character. Walking through the city, you will see 2,000 years of history in Roman ruins, 19th-century modernista architecture, ultramodern showpieces, and the Gothic buildings of the Old Town - and how they contrast to the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline. Barcelona’s culture highlights include the Picasso Museum and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (which began in 1883 and is still under construction!)


Boats in San Sebastian


San Sebastian (Donostia)

San Sebastian, or Donostia in the regional language, is a coastal city in the Basque Country. It's located in the north of Spain only 12 miles from the French border. The city was selected the European Capital of Culture in 2016. It has its own language, Euskera, and is a famous tourist destination. 


Journalism and Media Studies majors enrolled in the department’s Global Media Specialization https://comminfo.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate/journalism-and-media-studies-major/curriculum/specializations will receive priority consideration -- but both the course and the trip are open to all students, on a space-available basis. To enroll in the Global Media Specialization, please visit the School of Communication and Information Advising Office, at 4 Huntington Street, 2nd floor.

We’ll devote part of each class to a discussion of Mediterranean issues, such as war, corruption, family, food, the arts and the influence of the sea. In another part of the class, students will practice writing, reporting and visual journalism techniques, such as interviewing, capturing dialogue, writing a narrative and shooting captivating photos and video.

Class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:50-4:10 p.m., during the first part of the spring semester. Students will then travel together to Spain during spring break, to practice what they’ve learned. There will be no more classes after spring break. But we’ll gather for one final celebratory session, where students will have an opportunity to present their work to the group. Students will submit their stories, and have one-on-one editing sessions with the professor, to hone their work into optimal shape. We’ll also celebrate our achievement with a party.

Syllabus Here is a sample syllabus from a past course.   

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

Spring Embedded 2020

Mid March

Late March

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in comfortable, centrally-located and wifi-equipped hotels and hostels. Welcome and goodbye dinners are included in the course fee, as are a number of cultural activities.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $1,399
*Program cost for JMS students only with the $400 scholarship $999
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

*Journalism and Media Studies (J&MS) students will receive a $400 scholarship that will be applied to their spring term bill.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $800
Meals $200
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,200.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Students in the JMS department are eligible for up to $400 to go toward their study abroad experience. 

Faculty Leaders

Mary D'Ambrosio

Prof. D’Ambrosio is a journalist who specializes in writing about international affairs. She has reported extensively from Europe and Latin America, and her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Anthropology Now, Institutional Investor, Islands, and Working Woman magazines, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, and the Miami Herald.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University, and her master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics. Email Prof. D’Ambrosio at mary.dambrosio@rutgers.edu