12 Dunwoody students are about to embark on the trip of a lifetime as they head off for a 12-day study abroad trip to Spain.
The study abroad group consists of six Interior Design students, four Design & Graphics Technology students, and two Construction Management students.
Interior Design Principal Instructor Nada Sarraf-Knowles and Pre-Media Technologies Principal Instructor Pete Rivard will lead the trip.
During their trip, students will have the opportunity to:
- Explore culturally-rich cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Toledo and Valencia
- Appreciate historic art at The Reina Sofia Museum and The Prado Museum
- Visit the rugged coastline of Costa Brava
- Tour renowned churches, schools, and palaces like the La Sagrada Familia, the Toledo Cathedral, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Barcelona School of Design & Engineering, and the Royal Palace of Madrid
Through journal entries, group projects, guest speakers, and in-depth discussions, students will study contemporary and traditional design (both interior and exterior) as well as enhance analytic note taking and sketching capabilities.
Why traveling matters
When asked why studying abroad is important for students, Rivard said he believes “travel—especially global travel—is important for anybody.”
“It broadens your mind and it puts you in a spot where you are the stranger. I think it helps students understand and be more empathetic to people who aren’t from here,” he said.
Sarraf-Knowles agreed saying studying abroad is an excellent way for students to develop both professionally and personally.
“In addition to it being a resume-booster, students are also able to become more independent, learn about themselves, make new friends and ultimately change the way they see the world,” she said.
“They are about to learn the culture and history of one of the most fascinating countries in the world. I know they are very excited.”
The study abroad group departs for Spain May 23 and returns June 3.
Experience Spain from home
You can catch all the action of the trip by searching the hashtag #DunwoodyInSpain on Twitter and on Instagram.