Virology in Barcelona, Spain

Virology in Barcelona, Spain


Virology in Barcelona, Spain

In Collaboration with the Universidad de Barcelona.

For Summer 2019, put your name on the Inquiry list here.

Below (for reference) is 2018 information:

Dates:  June 30 – July 20, 2018

Credit:  3 units Biology 596

Information Session: Monday, Jan 22, 2018, NE 60

Faculty Leader:  Dr. Roland Wolkowicz, Professor, SDSU Department of Biology and Barcelona Native


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La Sagrada Familia Cathedral

Gaudi’s spectacular unfinished cathedral: La Sagrada Familia


Students will gain knowledge on basic principles of molecular and clinical virology. Theywill become acquainted with viral infections of historical importance in Spain as well as very recent cases of infections of important human viral pathogens   in the news today.  Lectures will be accompanied by visits to both scientific and touristic attractions so the students will gain a full understanding of their surroundings; Barcelona capital, Catalonia, and Spain.


Visit to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral

Barcelona Science Park

Visit to Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology

Visit to Joan Miro Foundation

Visit to Pedrera house of Gaudi, Casa Batllo and Passeig de Gracia



Visit to Parc de Recerca Biomèdica (PRBB)

Visit to Gothic Neighborhood, Sagrada Familia cathedral, Santa Maria del Pi.  ‘Tapas’ dinner

Exterior of Picasso Museum, arches and stairs

Museum of Picasso, Barcelona

colorfully tiled wall overlooking city, Park Guell

Park Guell, overlooking Barcelona

Visit to the museum of Picasso

Visit to Palau Baro De Quadras, Casa de les Punxes

Throng of people on the Ramblas

Las Ramblas pedestrian walkway

Visit to El Born center of culture and Catalan memory

Visit to CosmoCaixa Barcelona Science museum and planetarium

Buildings and Ocean - Sitges


Visit to Mount Tibidabo and view of Barcelona

Day trip to the Monastery of Monsterrat

Barcelona beach

Barcelona beach

More info and Inquiry List:


Photos from summer 2018 course:


Guide with test tube talks to students

Students meet with a virologist at the Barcelona Institute of BioMedical Research, IRB.  Among the viruses discussed are Zika, Toscana, Spanish Flu and the worldwide flu pandemic, HIV-AIDS, and Ebola-like viruses.


students looking in microscopes

Students examine specimens at the Barcelona Science Park


Anh Nguyen at Montserrat

Biology Major Anh Nguyen on a group day trip to the Monastery of Montserrat, Spain.

Michelle Dytan at Sagrada Familia

2018 participant Michelle Dytan at Gaudi’s masterpiece cathedral “La Sagrada Familia” in Barcelona.




students in auditorium

In addition to lectures at the University of Barcelona, tours and lectures are held at a a variety of venues. Here the class meets at the IRB (Institute for Research in BioMedicine) and IBEC Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia  (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia) in Barcelona.


Biology and Psychology major Crystal Monsale enjoying some down time at Tossa de Mare on the Costa Brava.