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  • Locations: Aix en Provence, France; Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Marseille, France; Paris, France; Sevilla, Spain
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Intercultural Communication in France and Spain

Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille, France; Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and Madrid, Spain 
Dr. Soumia Bardhan

  • Spring 2019 Course with Winter 2019 Study Tour
  • Language Prerequisite: No
  • Courses and Credits:
    • COMM 480 – 3 K-State undergraduate credits
    • COMM 799 – 3 K-State graduate credits
  • Important Dates and Deadlines:
    • Course Dates: November 1, 2018 – January 19, 2019
    • Tour Dates: January 6, 2019 – January 19, 2019 (depart from U.S. on January 6th)
    • Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Total Estimated Cost:
    • Undergraduate: $5,514.92 (includes tuition, program fees, and additional anticipated expenses)
    • Graduate: $5,831.42 (includes tuition, program fees, and additional anticipated expenses) 

This 2-week winter travel course on culture and communication is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in an academic and intercultural experience in a foreign culture. The goal of this course is to enhance student intercultural competence and an understanding of the long-term intercultural interaction/relationship between Western cultures and Islam.
In this course, culture will be studied through four levels. These levels correspond to communications scholar Bernard Saint-Jacques’s conception of culture: (1) High culture- the achievements of a society in terms of the most esteemed forms of literature, art, music; (2) Culture as behavior- the ways people agree to behave, act, and respond; (3) Culture as ways of thinking- modes of perception, beliefs and values, shaped by history, society, media, religion, politics, etc; and (4) Culture as language. Through an in-depth review of intercultural theories and concepts, and competence development activities, the course will focus on the ways in which culture and language— and more broadly communication—are linked; it will help students gain a greater understanding of when and why communicative misunderstandings occur and how to overcome them; and it will allow students to appreciate communicative differences resulting from cultural dissimilarities and recognize that interacting with people from different backgrounds brings opportunities for growth.
In addition, the course will focus on the history, evolution, and manifestation of Islam in Al-Andalus (southern Spain) and the intercultural interactions between Western and Islamic cultures, as well as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in Spain and France. It will illustrate the enormous influence Islam exerted on these countries through art, religion, history, and politics. The program will also focus on the debates concerning the Muslim population in Europe, covering concepts of religion and secularism, immigration, human rights, feminism, religion and fundamentalism, and modernity.
The academic component will consist of a series of briefings from the faculty leader and other leading academic, literary, and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic World. Participants will attend daily lectures and meetings with the faculty leader and other scholars/experts in the fields of intercultural communication, politics, art history, history, religion, law, gender studies, linguistics, and actively engage in numerous formal and informal intercultural discussions and interactions with ordinary citizens. Study sites will include: Spain (Seville, Granada, Madrid and Cordoba) and France (Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille).
  • Visit Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris
  • Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • Musee D’Orsay in Paris
  • Louvre Museum in Paris
  • City tour of Aix-en-Provence
  • City tour of Marseille
  • City tour of Seville
  • La Mezquita de Córdoba
  • Central Cathedral in Granada
  •  Palace of the Alhambra in Granada
  • Generalife in Granada
  • Flamenco show in Granada
  • Plaza Mayor and Puerta Del Sol in Madrid
  • The Prado Museum in Madrid

Instructor permission. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

This program is open to KSU and Non-KSU credit seeking students as well as non-credit participants.

  • Program Fees (Billed to KSIS): $2,582.62 (includes lodging/accommodations, group meals, events/tours/admissions, international health insurance, OIP administration fee, and bank wire fees).
  • Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$927.30 for one 3 credit hour undergraduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.
  • Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Graduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$1,243.80 for one 3 credit hour graduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.
  • Additional Anticipated Expenses (Not Billed): $1,980.00 (for expenses such as international airfare, transportation to and from the airports, individual meals, incidentals, and passport fee). 
*Tuition/fee estimate is based on 2017-2018 K-State Tuition/Fee Schedule. Tuition may increase for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
Note: Education Abroad and Kansas State University post all billable costs directly to students’ KSIS accounts at the start of the academic term in which the course is offered. For spring courses, charges will appear in late January; for summer courses, charges appear in mid-May; and for fall courses, charges appear in late August.
Before you apply, please review some important information about scholarships and financial aid at
  • Financial Aid
    • Contact your financial aid advisor at to discuss what federal aid you may be able to use on this program
  • KSU, National, and International Scholarships
Dr. Soumia Bardhan
Assistant Professor and Director of Global Communication Initiatives
Department of Communication Studies
Brent Holliday
Assistant Director
Education Abroad
304 Fairchild Hall
*Program information subject to change. Please contact Education Abroad for the most updated details.

This program is currently not accepting applications.