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Phage Hunting in Barcelona

Summer Study Abroad for Majors & Non-Majors

January 5, 2018 11:14 AM

Spend a month and a half with UMBC Biology faculty member, Dr. Ivan Erill, as you explore the wonderful culture of Barcelona, Spain and complete 5-7 credits of UMBC coursework. DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 15th! 

Complete 5-7 UMBC Credits:
  • SPAN Language (3 credits) based on level
  • BIOL 316L: Phage Hunters Genome Analysis (2 credits) or BIOL 216L: Phage Hunters for non-majors (3 credits)
  • Optional BIOL 499: Independent Research

The Country:

Located on the northeast coast of Spain, Barcelona is the largest industrial city of Spain and the busiest commercial port of the Mediterranean. It is Spain’s second most populous city and, due to its proximity to France, an extremely cosmopolitan, open and integrative city. Barcelona enjoys remarkable warm weather for most of the year, beautiful beaches, striking architecture and a vibrant city life. Barcelona is also a hub for biotechnology and biomedical innovation in Europe, hosting three of the largest biomedical research institutes in Europe, eight research hospitals and three world-class research universities. Barcelona is not just a perfect destination for students to hone their language skills and enjoy its vibrant city life, but also an ideal environment to learn biology and establish long-lasting peer networks to drive future internationally-oriented careers.


Faculty Overview: 

Dr. Ivan Erill, an associate professor in Biological Sciences, and an affiliate associate professor in Computer Sciences, is the director of this study abroad program. Dr. Erill is a native of Barcelona and has intimate knowledge of the city, the region and its culture. Due to his extensive familiarity with the area, Dr. Erill will offer students additional outside activities that they might not otherwise consider, such as a day at a local beach followed by an authentic local dinner. 

Visit for more information about the program, including estimated costs, tentative itinerary, and application. 

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