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Extended to: 04/15/2014
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Eligibility:
3.25 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

How does one event like the Olympic Games impact a city’s economy? You’ll explore this, the challenges facing European economies, and more in Barcelona on our Economics and Culture program. You’ll enroll in courses in a world-renowned economics program, live with a local family, pursue and internship, and go on a variety of exciting cultural activities and excursions – all with the goal to gain insight into business and economics in Barcelona, Spain, and Europe.

Study abroad in Barcelona and you'll:

  • Analyze and articulate the current challenges of the European economy
  • Discuss and interpret differences between U.S. and European economic models
  • Gain an understanding of the impact of European integration on the Spanish economy
  • Demonstrate multicultural leadership skills through participation in group projects with Spanish students
  • Begin or build on your Spanish language skills
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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.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you’re a beginner or heritage speaker, CIEE has a Spanish language and area studies course to meet your needs and abilities. You’ll also choose from a variety of electives – offered in both English and Spanish – at an institution known worldwide for its economics department. From commercial management and labor economics to game theory, public policy analysis, international finance, and social entrepreneurship, you’ll have access to a curriculum that allows you to pursue your interests and satisfy your major or minor requirements.

Excursions

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Enjoy excursions to museums, cathedrals, monuments, and other landmarks throughout Barcelona to get a feel for the city. Day excursions may take you to the Natural park of La Garrotxa, Greek and Roman ruins at Empuries, and the lush Penedés wine region. Longer trips to Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Andalusia, Grandada, or the Pyrenees will show you another city’s unique culture, gastronomy, and history. Guided visits address how the specific city or region has been affected since the mid 1980s when Spain joined the EU. These visits complement topics discussed in the core course about European Integration and its impact on the Spanish economy.

Internships

Step into the professional world and gain critical work experience. While in Barcelona, CIEE helps you set up a for-credit internship. At Business Yachtclub Barcelona, you might develop a marketing plan for a historical ship. At KnowLab you might use market research to determine how social responsibility impacts start-ups.

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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.
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Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/04/2014
12/19/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,237
Housing ***
$4,200
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

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.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015 (15 wks)
10/01/2014
01/04/2015
04/19/2015
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,237
Housing ***
$4,200
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

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.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
10/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (32 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/04/2014
04/19/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,087
Housing ***
$8,400
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$5,200
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$800
Books & Supplies
$600
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$5,600

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.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
3.25 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.25
    • Overall GPA 3.25
    • Junior standing or above
    • 3 semesters of college-level of micro- or macroeconomics; and 1 semester calculus
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Recommended credit for the semester program is 16 semester/24 quarter hours. Recommended credit for the academic year is 32 semester/48 quarter hours.

Contact hours for the CIEE core course, CIEE electives, HESP courses, and UPF courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Total hours for the CIEE internship are 135 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Contact hours for CIEE language courses are 60 hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take five courses per semester.

Students with up to three semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent are required to take one Spanish language course; the CIEE core course; one or two economics or economics-related courses chosen from CIEE electives or Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) courses taught in English; and one or two Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) culture courses in English.

Students with four to five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent are required to take one Spanish language course; the CIEE core course; one or two economics or economics-related courses chosen from CIEE electives or UPF courses (one in Spanish); and one or two HESP culture courses, one of which must be taught in Spanish. Students with five semesters of Spanish may choose the CIEE Internship as one of their elective courses.

Students with six or more semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent are required to take one Spanish language course; the CIEE core course in Spanish; one or two economics or economics-related courses chosen from CIEE electives or UPF courses taught in Spanish; and one or two HESP culture courses taught in Spanish. Students may choose the CIEE Internship as one of their electives.

Regardless of the level of Spanish, at least one of the economics electives must be taken at UPF.

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About the City

About The City

There’s no better place to explore and learn than in Barcelona, with its dynamic personality, pleasant climate, and fascinating history. A leading touristic, economic, cultural, and sports center, Barcelona influences commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts around the world. The city has a reputation for being edgy while maintaining tradition, having undergone many transformations and now serving as home to eight universities – yes, it’s a college town!

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 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 the skyline.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Elizabeth Pogoloff

Resident Director

Elizabeth Pogoloff has been with the CIEE Study Center in Barcelona for over five years and is currently resident director for the Business and Culture program. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, she has lived in Barcelona since 2003. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Guilford College, she lived and worked in northeastern China for a year before moving to Barcelona. Falling in love with the city and its people, she was determined to stay. She received her MBA from IDEC at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in January 2012.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra was created in 1990. It offers degrees in law, economics, business, social sciences, communications, humanities, and technology. Features include its highly dedicated teaching staff, small class size, focus on technology, and an international outlook. The University is located throughout Barcelona, with buildings near the Ramblas, Olympic Village, and port.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays alone or with another CIEE student or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. These 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 to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Many students choose to eat at one of the university-run cafeterias. 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 in the city of Barcelona within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center and host institutions.

As space in the residencias is limited, study abroad students who request to live there but cannot be assigned a place, are accommodated through a homestay placement. In the event that there are more requests to live in a residencia than the total available spaces, students with more advanced Spanish take priority over those with less Spanish. Proficiency level is based on students´ CIEE Spanish course pre- registration and academic background in Spanish, as reflected on the transcript. Students will be notified of their specific housing assignment a few weeks prior to departure to Barcelona.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Barcelona even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A three-day orientation session conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces you to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information on living in Spain and Barcelona in particular. Topics such as the Spanish university system, banking, safety, how and where to shop, bilingualism in Catalonia, and cultural adaption are covered. Orientation also includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing. A language placement exam is conducted during orientation, and you are placed in the appropriate language courses based on the results. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have wireless Internet access in your homestay or student residencias and be able to use the WiFi and computer room at the CIEE Study Center.

You'll receive a Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) student card and email account, and have access to all university computer rooms for class related activities. You'll receive a code and password for Campus Global (the UPF Intranet), which will give you access to class notes, slides, and your professors’ contact information.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions, which include visits to museums, cathedrals, monuments, the port and guided tours of the historical district in Barcelona. Day excursions to locations such as the Natural park of La Garrotxa, Greek and Roman ruins at Empuries, Dali museum in Figueras, Jewish quarter in Girona, Roman amphitheater in Tarragona, and the lush Penedés wine region are also included. Longer trips may include Madrid, Mallorca, and the Pyrenees.

In addition to historic aspects, guided visits also address how the specific city or region has been affected since the mid 1980s, when Spain joined the EU. These visits complement topics discussed in the core course about European integration and its impact on the Spanish economy.

Other cultural activities are designed to bring American and Spanish university students together. These include conversation exchanges with Spanish students and non-credit Spanish cooking classes organized by CIEE. Specific volunteer opportunities are also offered to students in the program.

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Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels are local university students who help study abroad students to settle into their life in Spain through small group activities like flamenco night, cooking classes, and tours of the city. They participate in field trips and other events. Guardian Angels are there to help you make friends at the university, introduce you to the city’s culture, and generally help you adapt to life in Barcelona. The Guardian Angels program is a unique feature of the CIEE Study Center in Barcelona.

Language Activities

A program of language activities has been developed to enhance your language learning. These activities may include lectures, films, discussion groups, and neighborhood tours. You'll participate actively, speaking Spanish at all times.

Catalan

Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages in Barcelona and the region. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but not imposed on non-Catalan speakers. Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, service representatives, professors, and homestay families all speak clear Castilian whenever a Spanish speaker is present. Spanish is widely used at the university, and you are advised on which classes are taught in Spanish. While it is not necessary to speak Catalan to survive in Barcelona, you will find that learning a few words can be an enjoyable experience and open doors to making friends.

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Academics

Academics

The Economics and Culture study abroad program is designed for students with a background in economics and interest in continuing their study through rigorous economics classes at a top-notch university, especially known for its economics faculty, while also taking classes in Spanish language and culture.

Students with beginner- to intermediate-level Spanish, (typically the equivalent to up to three semesters of Spanish), take classes in English. Students with intermediate to advanced Spanish, (typically the equivalent to four and five semesters), take a combination of classes in English and Spanish. Advanced students (typically those with six or more semesters of Spanish), take all of their coursework in Spanish.

Students select courses from CIEE electives; a range of regular, direct-enrolment Universitat Pompeu Fabra courses with Spanish students taught in English or Spanish; Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) culture courses taught in English or Spanish; and a CIEE Internship. In addition, all students take a core course.

Academic Culture

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.

With the progressive introduction of the Bologna standardization system, there has been an increasing emphasis on class attendance, participation at daily lectures, and careful note taking. Traditionally, class syllabi were not as detailed as American syllabi and students were expected to decide for themselves which readings from the syllabus they needed to study in order to fill in gaps missed during the lectures. These trends are changing with the introduction of the Bologna system where students receive a great deal more guidance and specific information both in terms of topics covered in courses, as well as specific assignments.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra classrooms are modern, comfortable, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology used for instruction. Typically classes in the Department of Business and Economics meet twice a week for 1.5 hours per session. In addition, there are several “seminar” sessions during the term, in which students are divided in small subgroups.

Hispanic and European studies courses are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments, as well as regular attendance at lectures. Class size does not exceed 35 students.

Spanish language courses are taught at the CIEE Study Center. Class size is small, with a maximum of 12 participants. Special emphasis is placed on the use of Spanish in a business environment.

The fall semester begins in early September and ends just before Christmas. The spring semester begins in early January and ends in late April. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall experience, early departure for or late return from vacation is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods, or upon completion of the study abroad program.

Nature of Classes

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) economics classes are with Spanish and international students. UPF’s Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses are with other international students. CIEE language and elective courses are with CIEE students only.

Language Environment

As study abroad students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate the more a community that contributes to Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society develops.

Grading System

In CIEE and Hispanic and European studies courses, students are graded on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to standards in the U.S. In Universitat Pompeu Fabra courses, assessment is typically based on a combination of class participation, problem sets or specific projects, and a final exam. Some courses require a term paper in addition to the final exam. Occasionally, a term paper can be substituted for the final exam. Midterms may also be given. Spanish professors grade on a 10-point scale, which is converted to a letter grade.

Students must check with their professors to find out exam and other due dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter the deadline for a student who has made travel plans on the same day an exam is scheduled or an assignment is due.

Internship

An internship allows students to have a practical experience in an organization within a variety of industry sectors. Placements are carefully selected and Liberal Arts students develop projects in NGOs, cultural institutions and museums, art galleries, and magazines and publishing companies, among others. In addition to the on-site work experience, students have a weekly classroom component that provides academic support to their practical experience. Students must have five semesters of college-level Spanish to participate.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

Language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. CIEE and Universitat Pompeu Fabra courses are taught by local university faculty and professionals.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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 canceled 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.

Required CIEE Language Courses

CIEE Spanish courses are specifically designed for students in the Economics and Culture program. These courses meet intensively at the beginning of the semester and then continue at a regular pace throughout the semester. All students are required to take one language course.

SPAN 1001 BAEC

Beginning Spanish
This course is designed for students who have never studied Spanish or have had one semester of Spanish prior to enrolling in the program. The class opens with sessions on survival language skills during the first two weeks of the program, and is designed from a communicative perspective to help true beginners of Spanish language develop fundamental linguistic language skills in listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing. Although the course encompasses all of the key areas of grammar and vocabulary typically encountered in a first semester Spanish course, it is specifically designed for students majoring in business, economics, marketing, and related fields. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

SPAN 2001 BAEC

Intermediate Spanish
This class is designed for students with intermediate language skills. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. Through a communicative methodology, students work to improve their language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish. Students focus on real-life application of language. By the end of the course, students cover the basic range of grammatical tools necessary to communicate effectively. These include the present, past, and future tenses; direct and indirect object pronouns; prepositions and adverbs; and selected aspects of the subjective and conditional tenses. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

SPAN 3001 BAEC

Advanced Spanish
This class is designed to challenge students with increasing language ability to improve on the skills they have already acquired. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. The course covers all four communicative skills (listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing) with special emphasis on complex aspects of the language that are particularly challenging for English-speakers. The course covers abstract functions of language such as expressing opinions, resolving conflicts, formulating complaints, making arguments, and negotiation. Grammatically, emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tools needed to achieve these aims: complex aspects of the various past tenses, the full range of subjunctive and conditional tenses, and formal and informal registers. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

SPAN 3002 BAEC

Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
This course is designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language. The course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional modes, indirect speech, and the passive voice. Students also learn how to handle different registers or styles of Spanish (for example, formal and informal) necessary to communicate effectively in all types of cultural situations. The course covers all four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is specifically designed for students who take university courses in Spanish. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

SPAN 4001 BAEC

Advanced Spanish for Latin American and Heritage Speakers
This course is designed to meet the needs of heritage students. Heritage students include native speakers who learned Spanish at home, but who have had little or no formal education in the language. The course helps students develop a formal understanding of grammar, enrich their vocabulary, facilitate their ability to speak about a wider range of topics, and to use different registers (formal, informal, and so on) in both written and spoken Spanish. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Required CIEE Core Course

ECON 3001 BAEC/ECON 3002 BAEC

European Economic Integration and its Impact on the Spanish Economy
This course analyzes the process of the European integration, with an emphasis on the economic impact. The course starts with a historic review of the world situation at the end of World War II. The birth of the former European Economic Community and the consequences of its subsequent expansions are explained. The Maastricht Treaty, the formation of the current EU, and the European monetary union are also analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the development of various EU policies that affect all EU countries, with a special emphasis on how the economic integration process has impacted the economy of Spain. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Elective Courses

ECON 3003 BAEC/ECON 3004 BAEC

International Economics
This course is composed of two distinct parts—international trade and international finance. The international trade portion of the course addresses the different theories that have been developed to explain why nations engage in trade and what are the gains from trade. Specific trade policies which try to affect the flows of trade are also analyzed. Protectionism and the role of the World Trade Organization are also explained and analyzed. The international finance part of the course addresses the different exchange rate systems and how the flows of trade and capital are affected by them. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ECON 4001 BAEC

The Capitalist System: A Critical Review
Being the dominant socio-economic system in the world, understanding the rules and mechanisms upon which capitalism is based has become absolutely critical for comprehending today’s world and one’s own role in it. This course describes the pillars and mechanisms upon which capitalism functions. This is done by first laying the theoretical grounds of capitalism and then undertaking an applied analysis of this socio-economic system with reference to its strengths and shortcomings, as well as to the role of the economic agents that make it function as it does—international organizations, nation-states, multinational companies, and civil society. The course also includes a comparison on how the U.S. and Europe have embraced the capitalist system. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INSH 3003 BAEC

Internship
(Prerequisite: five or more semesters of college-level Spanish.)
Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an internship in an organization in a variety of industries. In addition to on-site business experience, students participating in the internship program have a weekly classroom component which provides academic support for their practical experience. Contact hours: 135 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics Courses

Prerequisites for each course are listed in parentheses. Please note that not all courses are offered each semester and that courses may be taught in Spanish, English, or both.

Applied Microeconomics (two semesters of Microeconomics)
Commercial Management I (Business Economics I advised)
Commercial Management II (Commercial Management I)
Corporate Finance I (Financial Mathematics, Financial Accounting)
Corporate Finance II (Corporate Finance I)
Econometrics I (Probabilities and Statistics)
Econometrics II (Econometrics I)
Financial Economics (Introduction to Economics, Basic Microeconomics)
Financial Economics II (Financial Economics I)
Human Resources I
International Economics II
Labor Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)
Law and Economics (Econometrics, Micro and Macroeconomics)
Microeconomics I (Introduction to Economics)
Advanced Macroeconomics
Economic Institutions and Markets
Introduction to Game Theory
International Economics and Business History
Strategic Management I
International Fianance (Corporate Finance)
Sociopsychology of Institutions
Public Policies Analysis (Micro and Macroeconomics, Economics of Public Sector)
Public Sector I (Good understanding of micro and macroeconomics recommended)
Social Entrepreneurship
Strategic Management and Company Policy
Urban Economics (Introduction to Microeconomics, Statistics)
Welfare Economics and Income Distribution

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) Electives—in English

Ancient Mediterranean: Colonial Encounters and Imperialism
This course examines the nature and complexity of interactions between the regions of the Mediterranean during the second and first millennia BC. This is a particularly complex phenomenon both archaeologically and historically, as there was a great deal of political, social, and linguistic diversity. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Anglo American Travelers in Spain
This course provides a survey of the representation of Spain in Anglo-American letters throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will analyze major writings by such authors as Washington Irving, Henry W. Longfellow, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh, and Gerald Brenan (alongside other texts by lesser known authors) in order to discuss the most prevalent commonplaces on Spain present in the fiction and the travel writings from this period. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Barcelona 1900: Modernisme in the City
Between 1888 and 1929 Modernism takes place in Barcelona like the same cultural movement that occurred in Europe at the end of the 19th and 20th centuries. The case is remarkable in Barcelona city as an emerging metropolis in the Spanish outlook. The course is based on the precedents that made possible the “explosion” of Modernism in Barcelona, as the principal operators that intervened in the development of modernism as well as the aim to obtain a general overview of the artistic movement and the city where it takes place. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Barcelona: The City and its History
Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Behind a glossy and tourist-friendly façade, the city has a complex history. This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subjects in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Between Tolerance and Conflict: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula
This course examines the history of Medieval Iberia from the perspective of a society characterized by an unprecedented interaction between the Mediterranean's three civilizations (Muslim, Christian, and Jewish). Specifically, the course debates the historical paradigms (for example co-existence, tolerance vs. intolerance) frequently used to depict the cultural diversity of Iberian Peninsula's medieval experience. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Comparing Media
The aim of this course is to provide students with a general overview of the Spanish Media and European Media. They study the relationship between media and politics, journalism and literature; and the impact of media ethics in Europe. In order to achieve this goal, the students will analyze European newspapers, online media, and television. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Contemporary Spanish Art
This course offers a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain, from Goya to present day. In addition to the main artistic events, relevant political, historical, and cultural issues are covered. Although the course is primarily based on lectures, visits to museums and exhibitions are part of the course requirements. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Global Media and International Journalism in the 21st Century
This course looks at world news management from the beginning of the 21st century to the present day. The consolidation of global media such as Al-Jazeera in the Arab world, Tele Sur (Latin America), or Zee TV (India) is reviewed. By analyzing case studies such as the media coverage of Islam, the Africa story, the European Union, and the image of Spain in the foreign press, we analyze the role of the foreign correspondent as an intercultural mediator, the media construction of the “Other,” the new actors in the global news narrative, and ask the question: how does the future of the world news system shape up? Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Law and Dictatorship: The Spanish Case
This course examines the evolution of law under dictatorships in a comparative point of view. Although the Spanish dictatorship (Franquismo) is its focus, other totalitarian experiences in Europe and Latin America are presented. While this is a course of comparative legal and political history, present and future developments are also discussed. Although the time of dictatorship is (almost) finished, authoritarianism is still alive, even if it does not show itself as the old-fashion dictatorships but dressed as “Showroom Democracies.” Finally, the relationship between law and non-democratic forms of power in the present times are analyzed. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Nationalism in Europe Today: The Catalan Case
This course explains how Nationalism became one of the major political ideologies of the West beginning in the 18th century, and how it remains a very powerful and motivational idea for many humans. By studying the Catalan case, students gain an understanding of the global phenomenon and the main goals it seeks. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Political Ideas in Historial Context: From the French Revolution to Post-Communism
By representing a systematic introduction to the major political ideas that emerged and developed in Europe, from the French Revolution to post-communism, the premise of this course investigates the concept that political ideas are always emerging and should be understood in specific historical contexts. Each class starts with an examination of the historical and cultural context, and connections are built between specific political ideas, works of art, and their historical context in an attempt to better understand the modern and contemporary history of European Civilization; the course gives special weight to Spain. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain
This course examines the sociological and political aspects of post-Franco Spain emphasizing elements of change and continuity—the constitution, political parties, monarchy, populace, and immigration. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Spain in Cinema: Local and Global Perspectives
The course analyzes different aspects of Spanish culture, history, and society through films. Both local and international productions are used to present historic events (Columbus’s travels, the Civil War), myths (Don Quixote, Don Juan) and artists (Goya, Picasso) that originate from Spain. Documentaries of international renown describe transitional and contemporary Spain. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Transatlantic Perspectives in Literature: Modern Narratives in Spain and the Americas
This course offers a comparative analysis of well-established narrative texts of the Spanish, Latin American, English and North American traditions in the light of four main theoretical approaches in today’s literary criticism. Students read all texts in English and have the opportunity to contrast their own American and English literary tradition with that of the Hispanic world. At the same time, they are provided an overview of narrative theory in order to help them acquire the technical skills necessary to not only analyze individual works, but also to overcome the limitations of national literatures. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The Time of the City: Barcelona and XX Century Latin American Literature
Throughout the reading and analysis of excerpts from novels from three of its most representative authors, Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel García Márquez, the course will establish, recognize, and understand the motives than allowed the cultural and publishing doors of Spain and thus Europe to open to Latin American literary production. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) Electives—in Spanish

Art and Artists/Arte y Artistas
This course introduces students to the most important aspects of the art of the avant-garde during the 20th century. It focuses on the study of the works of four artists deeply related to Catalunya: Picasso, Miró, Dalí, and Tàpies. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Barcelona: History and City/Barcelona: Historia y Ciudad
Students examine the past and present of this cosmopolitan European city, from its pre-Roman roots to its modern architecture. Special emphasis is placed on the typical Catalan and Mediterranean features in the development of contemporary Barcelona. City visits and tours complement in-class lectures. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Barcelona-Madrid: Literature and Cinema Facing Contemporary Urban Reality/Barcelona/ Madrid: la Literatura y el Cine Frente a la Ciudad Contemporánea
This course analyzes two issues. First, it explores how to think about the contemporary city as it is represented in art (literature, cinema, painting, comic, or television). Second, it analyzes how to place this reflection on current context of debate on nationality, globalization, and local or collective identity. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Catalan Language and Culture/Lengua y Cultura Catalana
This class introduces students to the grammatical structures of the Catalan language. Students work on vocabulary building through exercises, readings, videos, and commentary on Catalan culture. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Communication and Society in Spain/Comunicación y Sociedad en España
This course intends to show the functioning and structure of the media in Spain. For that purpose, sessions alternate theory and practice in order to reflect the general communication system and its peculiarities. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Contemporary Spanish Society and Politics/Sociedad y Política en España
This class examines the sociological and political aspects of post-Franco Spain, emphasizing elements of change and continuity such as the constitution, political parties, monarchy, populace, and immigration. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Contemporary Spanish Literature (20th Century)/Literatura Española Contemporánea
This class provides students a critical approach to the different genres, literary trends, and most representative authors of Spanish literature during the contemporary period of the 20th century. The texts are placed into context by dealing with the different literary issues that arise from them, as well as their relation with the arts, history, and thinking of their time. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

El Quijote and 20th Century Spanish Philosophical Thought/El Quijote y el Pensamiento Filosófico Español del Siglo XX
This course offers a brief overview of the most representative Spanish philosophers of the past century. Starting with the philosophers who have analyzed Cervantes’ El Quijote, the course also outlines the most important tendencies of contemporary Spanish philosophical thinking. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Hispanic Poetry/Poesía Hispánica
Through reading and commentary of selected texts, the goal of this course is to study Hispanic poetry from its origins in the Middle Ages to present day. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema/Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo
This course offers a vision of Spanish cinema, from the beginning of democracy in the 70s until present day. Special attention is placed on directors who are well known for their artistic values as well as for their capacity to reflect the Spanish society and the recent social changes in Spain, such as Almodóvar, Amenábar, Médem, and Guerín. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Literary Myths and Philosophy in Hispano-European Tradition/ Mitos Literarios y Filosofía en la Tradición Hispano-Europea
This course analyzes specific dimensions of Spanish tradition through one of the founding myths of Western culture: the figure of Don Juan. The character of Don Juan is persistent in myths of European tradition dating back to medieval legends and has subsequently given rise to different versions and commentaries by scholars, writers and philosophers, both through the arts (Molière, Mozart, Byron, Mérimée, Dumas, Strauss, Trakl, Puskin), and philosophy (Kierkegaard, Ortega, Gasset, Unamuno). Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Nationalisms in Europe. An Approach from the Catalan Case/Nacionalismos en la Europa actual: una aproximacióna partir del caso Catalán
In this course, students learn about the different types and approaches to nationalism. They use them to analyze the Catalan and other Spanish and European cases (programs, social base, politics, strategies), and discuss their present and foreseeable future in an integrated Europe. . Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Oral Expression Techniques/Técnicas de Expresión Oral
This seminar is for students who wish to improve their spoken Spanish in academic or formal contexts. The seminar follows a methodology that combines communication practice with reflection and observation of the resources and linguistic phenomena. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Social Movements and Contemporary World. U.S., Europe, and Spain (1950–2009)/Movimientos Sociales y Mundo Contemporáneo. Estados Unidos, Europa, y España (1950–2009)
This course looks into modern social movements (civil rights, peace, feminist college) and examines some of the major activists and the social sectors that form them. It studies their foundations and analyzes their impact. The course has two goals, monographic and comparative. A comparative analysis enriches the vision of individual cases, and allows one to relate the historical development of these proposals and highlight existing influences. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Medieval Spanish Literature and the Golden Century/Literatura española de la Edad Media y el Siglo de Oro
This course examines the main authors and literary works of the Spanish Medieval Golden Century as a fundamental period of the Spanish literature history. The course analyzes texts of different literary genders (poetry, prose, theatre) following a chronological order, starting in the early medieval centuries and continuing through 17th century. This course does not focus on the literary theory but rather on literature history. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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