Spain: A Taste of Spain

Spain: A Taste of Spain

Information Sessions

   Tuesday, September 25, 5:00pm in CCB 128

Tuesday, October 16, 5:00pm in CCB 128



June 10 - June 24, 2019  

Program Description 

Interested in....

  • learning how to cook paella?
  • tasting Spanish olive oils?
  • visiting a chocolate factory?

If so, this may be the FLP for you!


On this FLP we will....

  • explore the amazing cities of Barcelona and Girona
  • learn about all kinds of Mediterranean food specialties
  • marvel at art at the Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali Museums
  • taste artisanal cheeses produced in the region
  • walk through an olive production area and then taste the olive oil produced there
  • cook the Spanish dish Paella the local way
  • visit small medieval towns in the Catalan region of Spain
  • stay in a convent which is hundreds of years old
  • understand the importance of the architecture of Gaudi
  • immerse yourself in Catalan culture and food
  • visit the famous Costa Brava near the Greek ruins of Empuries

Spend two weeks in Barcelona and Girona, located in the Catalan region of Spain, and immerse yourself in this beautiful and complex food culture. We will do all of the above and much more with our time abroad. Spain is known for their quality assurance of their foods and we will have the opportunity to learn first hand the processes involved in the production of Spanish champagne, rice, olive oil, cheeses, and chocolate. This is an FLP for all of the senses!


**A note from the program leader**

The Spain FLP has proved itself to be a very popular program amongst SJSU students so I have prepared the following tip sheet to help you.

To improve your chances of being accepted:

  1. Plan to attend a Spain specific information session. These are offered a few times during each semester. Please approach this as you would for an internship or a job. The times for the info sessions may not be ideal but if you are interested in this program, please make every effort to attend.
  2. Apply as early in the cycle as possible. The Spain program is very popular and oftentimes fills up before the end of the application cycle. I do not wait until the application cycle has ended to start interviewing candidates so plan accordingly and apply early. The application will likely take you no longer than one hour.
  3. Email me once you have completed your application with a screenshot showing that you successfully completed it. I only am able to view it once it has been reviewed by the FLP office so if you email me with the screenshot I will know it is coming to me soon.
  4. Be on the lookout for communication from me once you have submitted your application. I prefer email as a mode of communication and the sooner you are able to respond to my emails the better!


NuFS 144 Food Culture - Consuming Passions (Area V) (3 units)

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Gain an appreciation for current beliefs and debates about cultural food habits within the larger framework of how different cultures, historically and geographically, express themselves and responded to environmental changes.
  • Create awareness and to develop an appreciation and understanding for how cultural traditions have influenced culture and society.
  • Interpret food as symbols, examine the historical impact of events on different cultures, and develop an appreciation for food as a transmission of culture.
  • Systematically compare and contrast the beliefs, values, and stances of different cultures with particular attention to their attitudes toward food and the impact those beliefs have had on American culture.


Completion of core GE, upper division standing (56 units), and passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST).

For students beginning continuous enrollment after Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co registration in a 100W course is required for enrollment in all SJSU Studies Courses (Courses in Area R, S, and V). The 100W Writing Workshop fulfills the University SJSU Studies Requirement for Area Z. Courses to meet Area R, S, and V of SJSU Studies must be taken from three different departments or distinct academic units.

NuFS139 Hunger and Environmental Nutrition  (Area R) (3 units)

This course satisfies the Earth and Environment category (Area R) for Advanced General Education.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the physiological effects of malnutrition throughout the lifespan.
  • Describe basic biogeochemical and nutrient cycles that are the foundation of food production.
  • Describe the ecological approach to population research and the environment.
  • Describe the state of the world's environment and its relationship to population growth and food systems.
  • Describe scientific and technical advances that have increased the world food supply.
  • Describe political/social/cultural/gender factors that affect the incidence of malnutrition.
  • Describe scientific methodology and research design, plus their limitation, used by nutrition, population, and environmental and food scientists.
  • Apply a scientific approach to critically evaluate primary research articles and identify the limitations of scientific investigation in studies involving the environment, food systems, and/or the physiology of malnutrition.
  • Critically evaluate the credibility of current information on population, environment, food systems and malnutrition using the scientific thought process.
  • Apply and improve upon the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics, speaking, critical thinking and scientific research learned in Core GE courses.


Satisfaction of Writing Skills Test (WST), Upper-division standing, Completion of Core GE (3 units), completion or co-registration in 100W Writing Workshop.




Program Leader: Deepa Singamsetti

Deepa Singamsetti, MS RD, received her Masters in Nutritional Science from San Jose State University and her BA in Psychology and Economics from the University of California at Davis. She has been teaching courses in the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging at SJSU since 2008. She loves to teach and she loves to travel and leading Faculty-Led Programs allows her to do both. She is excited to lead the Summer Spain FLP. 





It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$1,500 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$3,275 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$4,975 Total Program Cost


* Airfare is not included. Students will need approximately $300-$500 for outside costs.


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