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Summer Abroad Spain

History of Cancer

San Sebastian & Bilbao, Spain

  • DatesJune 26–July 26, 2022
  • Max Enrollment – 28
  • Taught In – English
  • Prerequisites – No
  • Academic Area – Molecular and Cellular Biology

Program Overview

Explore the history of cancer in Bilbao, the heart of Basque Country in Northern Spain, and in nearby San Sebastian, a picturesque beachside town on the Bay of Biscay. Through small group discussions and written reflections, learn about the medical and scientific discoveries relating to cancer prevention and treatment within historical and social contexts, including differences between the U.S. and Spanish healthcare systems. We will also discuss sociopolitical aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Class excursions to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Basque Museum of the History of Medicine and Science, and La Rioja wine country will highlight the abundant cultural offerings of the region. We will experience rich Basque culinary traditions, enjoy breathtaking beaches and landscapes, and meet individuals from this distinctive culture.

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Program Highlights

  • Earn writing credit while exploring Spain’s incredible northern coast.
  • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Basque Country, from the beaches of San Sebastian to the peaks of Monte Igueldo.
  • Enjoy spectacular gastronomic offerings ranging from affordable tapas (pintxos) to Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • Visit iconic sites including Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and La Rioja, Spain's most famous winemaking region.
  • Explore historical, social and cultural perspectives on cancer with engaging School of Medicine faculty.

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