Spend this summer discovering how art and architecture have developed in two dynamic and distinct Iberian cities.
You’ll start in Lisbon, analyzing and contextualizing selected aspects of urbanism, architecture, sculpture, and painting, and from Roman times to the present. Next, you’ll travel east to Barcelona, a city renowned for its artwork and design. You’ll study the history of artists and movements that are inextricably linked to the city, as well as the role that urban planning, architecture and public art have played in shaping the image of contemporary Barcelona.
Study abroad in Lisbon and Barcelona and you will:
- Enhance your understanding of Iberian art history and develop tools to read any work of art
- Study artwork and architecture in loco with various field trips and site visits
- Compare and contrast styles, designs, and movements from two celebrated art communities
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- London, England
- Paris, France
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** No meals included while in Lisbon, nor in the Residencia option in Barcelona. Students selecting the homestay option in Barcelona have two meals per day included while in Barcelona.
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* Estimated amount for all meals in Lisbon plus Residencia in Barcelona. Total estimated meals cost for students living in homestays in Barcelona (for lunches), in addition to all meals while in Lisbon, is $1000
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit for the program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
All study abroad students take one course during each semester: Lisbon: City and Architecture,
and Architecture, Art and Design in Contemporary Barcelona.
About the City
About The City
Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe, at the point where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic. Built on seven hills, Lisbon is navigated by funicular trains, an elevator, trams, buses, and the metro. The city presents interesting contrasts, from tiny one-of-a-kind shops with fading facades to mega malls; from narrow, steep, cobbled-stoned streets to wide-open vistas. Lisbon’s fascinating past can be seen in the faces of its multicultural citizens, its food, its architecture, and its welcoming attitude towards foreigners.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history—Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th Century Eixample district with its original examples of Modernista architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Marilena De Chiara
Marilena De Chiara supervises and administers the Language and Culture Program and the summer Language and Culture program in Barcelona. She also assists students with academic, administrative and day-to-day matters. Marilena, a native of Naples (Italy), holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Universidad Pompeu Fabra and a M.A. in literary criticism. As part of her doctoral studies, she spent a year and a half at Yale University. Her research interests are focused on performance studies and the role of cultural icons in the representation of creative cities like Barcelona. She is also trained in translation studies in Spanish language.
You are about to depart for one of Europe’s most beautiful, dynamic, and cosmopolitan cities. Barcelona is not only a seaside city near spectacular mountains, but it is also a city of artists, architects, and designers. From the audacious heights of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família church to Salvador Dalí’s surrealist fancies, the city has played host to many artistic movements.
No matter what side of the Catalan character fits your personality best, be prepared for a challenging academic program that will bring many rewards in the future., Barcelona will be the highlight of your undergraduate career.
— Marilena De Chiara, Resident Director
Nuno Senos, Ph.D., completed his undergraduate work at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and received his doctorate in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is also a research fellow of the Center for Overseas History at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences. Nuno has taught in the U.S. and in Portugal. He has been a guest lecturer in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and Portugal. Nuno is the author of a book on the history of the former Royal Palace of Lisbon, and has written a number of articles on Portuguese and colonial art.
Lisbon is a hilly city and every hill looks down on the blue waters of the river. Lisboetas share an openness that is nurtured by the city’s proximity to the Atlantic. Studying in Lisbon may tempt you to take a plunge into the past, and indeed you may want to indulge an interest in the archaeological – there are Roman ruins beneath the walls of the medieval castle and the imposing eighteenth-century downtown – but even historical memory is anything but dusty in Portugal’s capital. For Lisbon, a European city that has so far escaped mass tourism, is a rare find these days: a fast-modernizing metropolis that has retained the allure of its colorful history. This city of welcoming dimensions poses interesting challenges to the curious of mind, challenges that have as much to do with the rich Atlantic culture of which Portugal has been traditionally a part, as with the larger processes of globalization and European integration. At the CIEE Study Center in Lisbon you will be immersed in a new language and culture, which we encourage you to savor. You will think of Portuguese as an opportunity to explore old and new interests under a rich new light. Our southern European sun is, after all, a brilliant one.
— Nuno Senos, Resident Director
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) is a public institution of higher learning founded in 1977 with the goal of contributing to the renewal of higher education in Portugal. It has five faculties, including the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH), where the study abroad program is primarily based. FCSH is a multidisciplinary unit that promotes diversity of knowledge, creativity, and freedom of thought. Facilities at FCSH include the central library, computer facilities, a student association, a drama group, a group devoted to traditional Portuguese music, and a bookstore.
The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
In Lisbon, study abroad students are housed in homestays located a short commute from FCSH where CIEE courses are held. Students have their own bedrooms and are given full access to bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can cook in their homestays, or eat in the subsidized cafeterias at UNL.
In Barcelona, study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is also an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student) or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. The residencias are located in urban settings throughout the city. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allotted the student should they wish to make picnic lunches, and many students choose to get a sandwich from local takeaway places near the center. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals and laundry facilities are available. All homestays and residencias are located within the city of Barcelona, and within 30 minutes by public transportation to the CIEE study center.
Students will have internet access at the universities, residencias, and homestays and are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
In Lisbon, all study abroad courses meet daily, Monday through Friday, for three hours. The academic calendar includes dates for mandatory trips scheduled out of Lisbon. This hands-on learning experience contributes greatly to the student’s experience abroad. Instruction is interactive and dynamic. Many lectures take place in situ, so that students can feel part of the culture they are studying.
In Barcelona, the size of the CIEE content classes varies, but there are never more than 15 students. All classes meet Monday through Friday.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.
In Lisbon, students are normally graded on the basis of class participation, papers, small quizzes, and a final examination. With attendance mandatory, unexcused absences are reflected in a participant’s final grade.
In Barcelona, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to standards in the United States. Grades are given on a ten point scale.
Language of Instruction
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Lisbon: City and Architecture
How did Lisbon achieve its present form? This course covers the history of Lisbon from Roman times to the present, analyzing selected aspects of urbanism, architecture, sculpture, and painting, and their relationship with their particular historic context. Study abroad students have direct contact with documents by reading primary sources and analyzing the works of art in loco. This course enhances students’ understanding of Portuguese art history and gives them tools to read any work of art.
Architecture, Art and Design in Contemporary Barcelona
The city of Barcelona is known as a city of art, architecture, and design. This reputation is partly due to the presence of a large amount of modernista architecture by A. Gaudí, Ll. Domènech i Montaner, and others in the city. The city is also inextricably linked to painters like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró. More recently, architects, artists, and designers, both local and international, have played a leading role in an urban regeneration process. This class will provide a comprehensive introduction to the work of these and other artists, architects, and designers, and their projects. It will also examine the role of disciplines such as urban planning, architecture, and public art in shaping the image of modern and contemporary Barcelona.