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04/01/2015
Credit:
3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Courses:
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Program Overview

Program Overview

International experience. An understanding of foreign markets and practices. What will you need to succeed in an increasingly globalized economy? This summer, discover a new culture and gain critical global perspective while pursuing your degree in Business in Barcelona.

This short-term program offers you challenging coursework, homestays, company visits, and a variety of cultural excursions and activities that give you insight into international business and a unique intercultural experience.

Study business abroad in Spain and you will:

  • Explore the region of Catalonia and surrounding provinces with exciting day and overnight trips
  • Live with a Spanish family or in a student residencia
  • Explore the city and immerse yourself in local culture with CIEE-organized activities
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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:

  • 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

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:

  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England
  • Paris, France

Coursework

Chose from a variety of business-specific programming, all taught in English including: International Management, International Marketing, Spanish Economy in the European Union, International Economics, , Competitive Strategy, Sustainability and CSR: From Theory to Practice.

Excursions

Enjoy a variety of excursions throughout Barcelona, including company site visits, field trips to art and history museums, monuments, and guided tours of the city.

In addition, there is one local and one international weekend trip per session. The local trip will complement the Barcelona experience by exploring other areas of significant historic and cultural importance. Options for the local weekend trip include: the North of Catalunya: Girona and Costa Brava or the South of Catalunya: Tarragona and Costa Dorada For the international trip, see the Intercultural Comparative Experience.

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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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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer 2015 Session I
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$4,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,837
Housing ***
$1,100
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$850
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$170
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$750

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.

* amount for meals for Residencia students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $250

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

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Summer 2015 Session II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$4,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,837
Housing ***
$1,100
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$850
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$170
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$750

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.

* amount for meals for Residencia students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $250

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

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Summer 2015 Session III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$4,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,837
Housing ***
$1,100
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$850
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$170
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$750

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.

* amount for meals for Residencia students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $250

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

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Summer 2015 Session I, II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$7,830

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,217
Housing ***
$2,200
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,700
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$340
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$1,500

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.

* amount for meals for Residencia students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $250

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

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Summer 2015 Session II, III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$7,830

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,217
Housing ***
$2,200
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,700
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$340
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$1,500

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.

* amount for meals for Residencia students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $250

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

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Summer 2015 Sessions I, II, III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$11,310

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$7,597
Housing ***
$3,300
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,550
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$510
Books & Supplies
$300
Personal expenses
$2,250

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.

* amount for meals for Residencia students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $250

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

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 2 semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, or statistics
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours for each 3.5 week session (i.e. 6 semester/9 quarter hours for the full 7 weeks).

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About the City

About The City

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history—Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th Century Eixample district with its original examples of Modernista architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.

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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 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 (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student) or in a student residencia(residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. 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 allowed to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. 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.

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

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Barcelona even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director 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 to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A two-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, as well as at CIEE. In addition, you will be able to use the computer room at the CIEE Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions, which include visits in Barcelona to business sites, , monuments, guided tours of the historical district, and more. You'll also have access to the cultural program offered to all CIEE study abroad students in Barcelona. This program includes gastronomy-based activities such as a tapas night with your Guardian Angels, a cooking class, or a hike in the mountains followed by a local meal. Although there are no formal community service activities on this program, volunteer opportunities can be arranged by CIEE staff.

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Academics

Academics

The Business and Culture study abroad program is unique because both the theories of modern management and economics and the cultural context in which business is conducted are studied.

Academic Culture

The CIEE Study Center is located in a historic building located in Passatge Permanyer, a historic passageway near Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad 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 program. There is also a Spanish language class focused specifically on Business and Economic related topics available for advanced students.

Nature of Classes

CIEE courses are with other CIEE students only.

Grading System

In CIEE courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. In some courses, assessment is based on a theoretical exam and a practical aspect of the class, specifically a group or individual project.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Courses are taught by local university faculty and business 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.

Session I

BUSI 3002 BABC/MKTG 3001 BABC: International Marketing
This course is taught in English.
The future of all business is stated and recognized to be global. This course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of the importance and relevance of international marketing in today’s global economy. The course emphasizes the knowledge of world geography, regional alliances/conflicts, and cultural diversity in the world. It approaches the complexity of marketing environs and decisions, and the global marketing issues that challenge American companies. It focuses on marketing strategy, development, and implementation.

ECON 3001 BABC: The Spanish Economy in the European Union
This course is taught in English.
This course examines the social structure and economic history of modern Spain. The course starts with an overview of Spanish history necessary to understand the ways in which the economy has developed in recent times. Special emphasis is placed on economic developments during the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the post-war transition. The effect of Spain’s entrance in the EU is also discussed. Classes consist of a combination of lectures and discussion about major periods. Company visits are an important part of the course as they give students insight into the structure of modern Spanish business.

Session II

ECON 3005 BABC: Competitive Strategy: A European Perspective
In this course we will cover the relevant ideas of industrial economics and its implications for competitive strategy from an European perspective. The course also will provide an introduction to game theory, as a tool of strategic thinking and other approaches form management science. We will mostly consider European and Spanish firms case studies.

MGMT 3007 BABC: Sustainability and CSR: From Theory to Practice
The objective of this course is to present students with some specific tools and methodologies for understanding, managing, and developing innovative solutions for sustainability issues in a corporate setting. Items to be covered include identifying central sustainability issues; stakeholder mapping; stakeholder engagement; developing innovative sustainability projects; embedding sustainability in core business practices; managing inherent sustainability paradoxes; developing metrics to measure social and environmental impacts; and implementing sustainable competitiveness strategies.

Session III

BUSI 3002 BABC/MKTG 3001 BABC: International Marketing
This course is taught in English.
The future of all business is stated and recognized to be global. This course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of the importance and relevance of international marketing in today’s global economy. The course emphasizes the knowledge of world geography, regional alliances/conflicts, and cultural diversity in the world. It approaches the complexity of marketing environs and decisions, and the global marketing issues that challenge American companies. It focuses on marketing strategy, development, and implementation.

BUSI 3001 BABC/MGMT 3001 BABC: International Management
This course provides students with the framework, tools, and factual knowledge required to understand the institutional and competitive environment and managerial challenges of firms in international competition. It analyzes the socio-cultural, political, and economic characteristics of a country and how they influence the behavior of firms; and studies the main economic flows around the world, its barriers, and their impact on firms. It also introduces briefly the study of internationalization methods used by firms.

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