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Extended to: 04/15/2014
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15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Eligibility:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/04/2015 - 04/19/2015
Deadlines:
10/01/2014
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15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Deadlines:
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Eligibility:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Diverse super-talents like artists Picasso and Dali, singer José Carreras, and tennis great Arantxa Sánchez Vicario have called Barcelona home. For a semester or year with CIEE, you can join these greats. In a city known for its art and avant-garde architecture, you’ll improve your Spanish language skills and gain an appreciation for Spanish culture, politics, and society during Spanish-taught courses and exciting activities that will have you interact with the locals.

Study abroad in Barcelona and you'll:

  • Advance your language skills by taking courses in Spanish and committing to speaking only Spanish during the program
  • Participate in fun cultural and educational activities, such as excursions to Girona, Tarragona, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, or Madrid
  • Learn about the complex history of the European Union and Spain's role in it
  • Explore the city with CIEE Guardian Angels, local students who help you get oriented and make the city feel like home
  • Earn credit and gain real-world work experience through an internship
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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:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant
  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant

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    Awarded to motivated students who are eager to share the many transformative benefits of studying abroad when they return to campus. Awards are based on personal statements from student applicants that demonstrate motivation and financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC).

    CIEE Alumni Ambassador Grant awardees are required to either:

    Maintain an official CIEE blog during their semester abroad OR

    Act as a CIEE Alumni Ambassador on their campus after returning from studying abroad

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships

    For high-achieving students who want to combine an academic internship and study abroad

  • Study Abroad Grant
  • Study Abroad Grant

    Study Abroad Grant

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

While advancing your Spanish grammar, composition, and conversation skills through intensive language instruction, you’ll have access to a host of specially designed CIEE courses ranging in subject from history, communications, and cinema to literature, philosophy, and politics. Courses in the humanities, politics, and public administration are also available through Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

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Excursions

Get out and explore. Day trips may include the Dalí Museum in Figueres, the Jewish quarter in Girona, the Roman amphitheater in Tarragona, or the mountains of Montserrat. You’ll also go on an overnight trip to another location in Spain, such as Seville, Córdoba, Granada, or Madrid, where you’ll explore differences in culture, gastronomy, and tradition.

Internships

Gain real-world work experience with an internship. You might write book reviews and update social media for a local art bookstore, serve as a marketing assistant at a fashion design company, or work in the study abroad office at your host institution, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Immersion

In Barcelona, Guardian Angels help you settle into your life in Spain through small group activities like a flamenco night, cooking classes, tours, and field trips. These local university students are there to help you make friends at the university, introduce you to what daily life is like in Barcelona, and make sure you successfully adapt to your new environment. The intercambio program also helps improve your oral language skills through language exchanges with local peers.

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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 (16 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/01/2014
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 (33 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/01/2014
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
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
    • Overall GPA 3.0
    • Junior standing and above
    • 4-5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Recommended credit for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.

Students may request to take an additional elective for a total of 18 credits per semester. All students must enroll in at least 15 semester credits.

Contact hours for CIEE, HESP, and the intensive language courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated. Credits and contact hours for regular UPF courses vary.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take five courses each semester. Students complete an intensive Spanish language course that meets for the first few weeks of the semester, then choose one advanced Spanish language elective for the remainder of the semester. The remaining three courses are chosen from UPF direct enrollment courses, Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses, and a CIEE internship. Students with strong Spanish language skills are expected to take one direct enrollment course at UPF.

All students take a Spanish placement exam before departure from which they are placed in the appropriate Spanish language course. CIEE reserves the right to place participants in the language course for which the student is best prepared based on the results of the exam.

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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 its skyline.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Elena Rodriguez

Resident Director

Elena Rodriguez is a native of Barcelona, holds a master’s degree in teaching Spanish from Portland State University, and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She also has an A.B.D in political sciences. As part of her doctoral studies, she spent a year in Mexico at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. Prior to joining CIEE, Elena served as the resident director of a study abroad program in Barcelona for two years. She has developed a broad knowledge of American and Spanish educational systems, the fruit of seven years of experience teaching Spanish and advising in American colleges and three years in Spanish institutions.

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Barcelona es una ciudad que mira al mar y, como tal, un punto de encuentro de gentes, lenguas y culturas. El programa Liberal Arts de CIEE en la Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) recoge ese espíritu. Por un lado, en la UPF podrás vivir una auténtica inmersión académica, participando en los mismos cursos regulares que los estudiantes Ilegados de todos los lugares del mundo, pero unidos por algo en común: han elegido Barcelona como la ciudad ideal para mejorar su español.

Si te interesa la arquitectura, el diseño, la literatura, el teatro, la música, el cine y el aprendizaje de otras lenguas, Barcelona es tu ciudad y la UPF tu Universidad. Aquí podrás disfrutar de una oferta cultural y de ocio como en pocas ciudades europeas, y además podrás hacerlo en un entorno privilegiado: los edificios de Gaudí, el Paseo de Gracia, las playas del mar Mediterráneo, la montaña de Montjuïc, el arte de Picasso, Miró y Tàpies. Y todo ello en una Universidad joven como tú, y tan dinámica como la ciudad misma. ¡Nos vemos muy pronto en Barcelona!

— Elena Rodriguez, Resident Director

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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 international outlook. The university is located throughout Barcelona, with buildings near the Olympic Village, Poblenou, and port.

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.

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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 and 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 who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.

Students staying for a full academic year have the option of living in an apartment during their second semester. Students are responsible for finding, leasing, and managing their apartment stay. Meals are not included in the apartment option and are the responsibility of the student.

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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. Themes such as the Spanish university system, an introduction to Catalonia, health and safety, banking, and cultural adaptation are covered. Orientation also includes structured cultural activities, guided tours and time with your Guardian Angel, a local student guide. 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-enables 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 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, and guided tours of the historical district in Barcelona. Day excursions to locations such as Dali Museum in Figueres, Jewish quarter in Girona, Roman amphitheater in Tarragona, and the lush Penedès wine region are also included. Study abroad students enjoy one overnight trip to one of the following locations: Seville and Córdoba, Granada, or Madrid. Field trips and excursions supplement class work and introduce students to the rich diversity of the geographic, linguistic, and cultural areas of Spain and its major cities.

Other cultural activities are designed to bring American and Spanish university students together. These include conversation exchanges and non-credit Spanish cooking classes organized by CIEE. There are several volunteer opportunities for students in this program, such as teaching assisting in a local school, tutoring children with risk of social exclusion or participating in after school activities with children of low income families.

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Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels are local university students who help CIEE 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

In order to reinforce their language learning, you are encouraged to participate in the intercambio program. This is a program of language exchange with locals to help you improve your oral language skills. A program of language activities has been developed to enhance your language learning and cultural immersion.

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 Liberal Arts study abroad program is designed for students with four or more semesters of Spanish who are interested in significantly improving their language skills while taking classes in Spanish history, politics, literature, and culture – all taught in Spanish.

Students complete an intensive Spanish language course that meets for the first few weeks of the semester, and then choose among advanced language electives for the remainder of the semester. In addition, students select courses from a range of regular, direct enrollment UPF courses with Spanish students; Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses taught in Spanish and specifically designed for American students; and an internship. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses and the internship seminar are held at the CIEE Study Center. CIEE language courses typically have no more than 12 students in a class, and content courses rarely exceed 20 students. Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses, held at the UPF, 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.

UPF classes may have up to 90 students in a class. Emphasis is on attendance at daily lectures and careful note taking. The syllabus is not as detailed as an American syllabus, and students are expected to decide for themselves which readings from the syllabus they need to study in order to fill in gaps missed during the lectures. With the recent introduction of the Bologna system, more emphasis is being placed on class participation and continued work during the term. There are usually final exams scheduled at the end of each term. UPF classrooms are modern, comfortable, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology used for instruction.

The fall semester begins in early September and ends just before Christmas. The spring semester begins in early January and runs through the end of April. 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 program.

Nature of Classes

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses are with other international students and not with Spanish students. CIEE language and content courses and the internship seminar are with other CIEE study abroad students only. Students registered in regular university classes take classes with Spanish students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society. Students are encouraged to meet with local students through CIEE language exchanges, spend time with their host family, and to work on group projects with classmates. The more they participate, the greater their development of Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In CIEE and Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses, students are graded on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to in the U.S. In Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) 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 are rarely 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 important exam and other due dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter the deadline for a student who has booked travel on an exam or assignment due date.

Internship

An internship allows study abroad 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, schools, magazines and publishing companies, marketing and business 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

Spanish

Faculty

All regular university and Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses are taught by faculty from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. CIEE language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. The Internship seminar is taught by a professor experienced in both cross-cultural and business disciplines.

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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 Intensive Language Courses

Students are placed in one of the following courses, taught in Spanish.

SPAN 3001 BALA

Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
Designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language, this course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional moods. 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 to prepare students for university courses.

SPAN 3008 BALA

Advanced Spanish for Academic Discourse
The objective of this course is to improve the students’ communicative and writing skills in order to facilitate their relationship with the academic environment and university classes. The course focuses on developing vocabulary and discourse styles for academic verbal communication. Through a number of class presentations, students are expected to put into practice a variety of discourse styles. Students also read newspaper articles from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.

SPAN 4002 BALA

Advanced Spanish for Latin American and Heritage Speakers
Designed to meet the needs of heritage students, including 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 use different registers (formal and informal) in both written and spoken Spanish.

Required CIEE Semester Language Courses

Students take one of the following during the semester.

LING 4002 BALA/SPAN 4006 BALA

Language and Society in the Spanish-Speaking World
The subject of this course—the relationship between language and society—was traditionally known as “sociolinguistics.” An enormous field, sociolinguistics deals with issues such as language maintenance and change; language variation; linguistic nationalism and language as a marker of social identity; and language policy. Language is both a principle means of transmitting culture and one of its most important systems. Some researchers have even gone so far as to assert that language can shape culture. This course explores all of these questions in the context of Spanish as it is developed and currently spoken in Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.

LING 4003 BALA/SPAN 4005 BALA

Spanish Linguistics
Linguistics, the science of language, explores answers to common questions about the way that human languages are constructed. How do we learn our first language? Is there a common structure underlying all languages? Why is it difficult to learn a second language? Using Spanish as our base, this course explores various components of linguistics: phonology (sounds), morphology (words), syntax (grammar and rules), and semantics (meaning). Students discover aspects that are common to the world’s languages, how languages are “put together,” and explore interesting features unique to Spanish.

SPAN 3006 BALA

Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
For students who desire further work on Spanish grammar and structure after the intensive course, this course continues to develop complex aspects of Spanish grammar and syntax through analysis of texts (oral and written), presentations, and short compositions. Specific attention is placed on expository writing required in direct enrollment courses at UPF and in giving short oral presentations in class.

SPAN 4003 BALA

Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics
For students who want to develop their writing skills in Spanish, this course focuses on all types of texts and presents the tools of description, narration, explanation, and hypothesis. Students learn to use rhetorical devices effectively and develop cohesive and logical arguments. The course helps students expand their vocabulary. Particular emphasis is placed on expository writing necessary for success in academic settings.

CIEE Internship

INSH 3003 BALA

Internship
Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an internship in an organization within a variety of industry sectors. Placements are carefully selected and students develop projects in NGOs, magazines and publishing companies, marketing and business companies, among others. In addition to the on-site work experience, students have a weekly classroom component that provides academic support for their internship experience. Students must have five semesters of college-level Spanish to participate. Total hours: 135. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) Courses

Not all classes are offered each semester. The final list of courses will be available upon arrival in Barcelona.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

El Quijote and 20th Century Spanish Philosophical Thought/El Quijote y el Pensamiento Filosófico Español del Siglo
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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 Spanish literary history. The course analyzes texts of different literary genres (poetry, prose, theatre) following a chronological order, starting in the early Medieval centuries and continuing through the 17th century. This course does not focus on the literary theory but rather on the history of literature.

Regular University Classes at UPF

The following list is a general selection of regular UPF courses available to international students and is subject to change. CIEE students enroll in Trimester I courses in the fall and Trimester II courses in the spring.

Humanities

Fall: Comparative Literature, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Thought I, European Literary Tradition I, Geography, Greek Art, History of Ideas II, Introduction to the Classic World, Medieval History, Modern Reason I, Philosophy of Religion, and Primitive Art

Spring: Comparative Literature, Contemporary History I, Contemporary Literature I, Contemporary Thought I, Esthetics and Cultural Philosophy, Ethics and Political Philosophy, European Literary Tradition II, Introduction to the History of Religion, Medieval History, Modern Art, Modern History, Pre- and Ancient History, The Novel of the Postwar Period and Democracy, and Theory of Art

Politics and Public Administration

Fall: Advanced Social Theory, International Public Law I, Political Actors: Parties and Interest Groups, and Public Policy II

Spring: Finance and Tax Law, Intergovernmental Relations, International Public Law II, Political Science II, Research Methods, and Spanish Politics I and II

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