Spring Break 2012 – BARCELONA

We are pleased to announce that the College of Architecture will be conducting a spring break trip to Barcelona from 17-25 March 2012. The Barcelona trip will be open to 15 College of Architecture students, graduate or undergraduate. The trip will be conducted jointly with the students from the E.T.S Arquitectura de Barcelona. Planning is on-going but besides exploring Barcelona’s architectural icons, museums, parks etc. the draft itinerary includes visits of architectural offices.

Prof. Martin Klaeschen will conduct this trip. Since he has spend some of his own architectural studies at the E.T.S Arquitectura de Barcelona, he has great insight about the city and is fluent in Spanish. He has organized countless study trips at sites as varied as Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Wales and the Midwest. He has lived in Germany, Spain, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. His own wanderings include India, entire West Europe, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey and wide ranges of the US.

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preliminary details

The group will meet in Barcelona on 18 March and return to Chicago on 25 March. The first four days will be spent in Barcelona and its immediate environs. The Friday and Saturday will be free for individual arrangements either remaining in the Barcelona or visiting another city near by. On the 24th we will meet again to allow next day departures for Chicago. Days will be organized so as to strike a balance between group site visits and time for independent exploration, which is the most important aspect of any study travel. We will see a lot, talk about what we’re seeing, and do a lot of sketching together. And, naturally, we’ll be devoting some serious energy to eating.

Participants will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Barcelona, all ground transport once there, each night’s lodging and food. The College will organize the day-to-day itineraries and group activities.


Approximate travel cost will be $1,500 based on the draft itinerary plus a $300 program fee. Given the swings in airfare and costs on the ground the actual cost may be more or less than $1,500. Estimated travel costs include $800 for round-trip airfare, around $80 per day for lodging. Food, site entries and ground transportation should average around $25 per day. There are no credit hours offered on the trip so there are no tuition costs. Please note that the cost estimate is pending resolution of the itinerary and costs at the time of commitment. Airfare is low now but rising steadily and exchange rates are fairly volatile now.


Application forms are available here. Please follow the directions on the application form and return the packet to Prof. Martin Klaeschen in the main office in Crown Hall. Admissions to the program will be on a rolling basis beginning at noon on Monday 31 January. Applications will be reviewed as they are received after the 20th with decisions being announced as students are admitted. Slots in the program are very limited – to no more than 15 students. Qualified fifth year students who have never participated in one of the College’s travel program will have priority when reviewing applications. Graduate students in their last year will also be accorded priority consideration. At least one spot each will be reserved for first, second, and third year students. All other students will be considered on equal terms; their selection based on the strength of their application materials.

Once accepted into the program, a $200.00 deposit must be paid in full to guarantee the spot. Deadline for payment of the remaining $100.00 program fee will be 14 days after notification of acceptance. Students who are accepted but who do not pay the program fee within the two week window will lose their slot.

visas for non-US citizens

The Spanish Consulate in Chicago is requiring a minimum of 15 business days (though many waits are longer) for all visa applications

IIT students may apply for a short-term Schengen visa, the requirements of which can be found here.
The link to make an appointment at the consulate to apply in person are also on that site.

The cost of the visa is currently $81, but does change. Payments must be made by money order only. To be sure of the correct fee, students can look on this site to be sure.

Finally, the application form for the visa can be found here.


Contact: klaeschen@iit.edu