Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Cadiz, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Dormitories
Language of Instruction: English Liberal Studies Domain: EL
Program Description:

This program is designed for students interested in research and international experience in the areas of chemistry and biology. Students are expected have taken foundation courses in either of these areas in order to be eligible for the program. Graduate students are welcome as well. Students are encouraged to contact the program directors with questions about the program prior to applying.

Students will enroll in courses in the Spring quarter, in which they will learn about the research that they will engage in, and learn the techniques and methods that they will use in Cadiz. At the end of spring quarter, students will receive IN or R grades in these courses, and travel to Cadiz, Spain with the group for 2 weeks in the summer, sometime in July. In Cadiz, students will stay at the residence halls and do research and classwork during the day, as well as visiting important sites in and around Cadiz.

Upon returning from the program, students will complete their final coursework, which includes a reflection of the program and a final report, and the IN or R grades will be converted to letter grades. Students will gain valuable research experiences as well as international experience that would be difficult to obtain with a science degree's usual courseload. Students who have never traveled abroad are highly encouraged to apply, as this will be a very good chance to have a rewarding, memorable, and valuable first trip outside of the United States!


Jason Bystriansky is an assistant professor of Biology at DePaul. His research examines how animals survive when environmental conditions (such as temperature, salinity and oxygen) change. Through studying a variety of physiological adaptations we can learn the limits of where animals live and how environmental change may impact the survival and range of different speicies. Dr. Bystriansky has taught field based courses in South Carolina, the Canadian Maritimes and the high Arctic, and is excited to offer this exciting study abroad experience in the south of Spain.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course BIO 389: Research in Field Biology
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2020
Liberal Studies domain Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Jason Bystriansky
Course description Students will use the scientific method to design and carry out a novel research project. Students will collect and analyze their own data and present their findings in both written and oral formats. Projects will be carried out by students working in small groups (2-3) and larger class meetings will be used to promote scientific discussion and troubleshoot challenges students may face.
Course BIO 390: Research in Field Biology
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2020
Liberal Studies domain Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Jason Bystriansky
Course description Same as above- both classes are required for this program.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students on this program will stay in the student residence halls at the University of Cadiz, Spain. The residence halls are located at a convenient location in the Plaza de La Catedral, near to many important sites in the city, as well as the bus and train station.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Spain program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Bring more money than you think you will need.
  • Explore Cádiz when you can because you will find amazing people and wildlife!
  • Be adventurous and jump at the opportunity get to know the other students in your group, and not in your group.
  • Make a list of things you want to go see on free days and check if anyone else is interested. This way if no one else is interested, you can make time to go do it on your own.
  • Monday-Friday, 9-5 is spent in the lab--remember that you are here to do research. Relax after the workday and take the time to enjoy Spain.
  • Eat lots of seafood as it is incredibly fresh, healthy, delicious, and cheap!
  • Do not overwork yourself! Take a break when you need it. Going abroad is exciting and there is a lot going on, but you do not want to burn yourself out.
  • Study some Spanish before going abroad so that it will be easier to talk to people.


Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Dominique Brown at or visit during open advising hours.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 03/01/2020 TBA TBA