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Program Overview

Whether you’re looking to begin studying Spanish, or if you’re an intermediate student ready to take your Spanish proficiency to the next level, or you want to study an aspect of Spanish culture in English or in Spanish, come spend your summer in vibrant Barcelona.

Summer study abroad in Barcelona offers you three sessions from late May to mid-August. The four-week program is designed for students looking to improve their language skills and take content courses in Spanish or English. A selection of challenging courses, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions provide you with a unique academic and intercultural experience abroad.

Study abroad in Barcelona and you’ll:

  • Improve your Spanish language skills through courses at all levels
  • Live with a Spanish family, in a student residencia or in a shared apartment
  • Visit sites of natural and cultural importance in and around Barcelona and Catalonia including museums, monuments, and cathedrals
  • Enjoy a local overnight trip as well as an international intercultural weekend
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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 $5 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

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

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

Expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness in another international city during a three-day Intercultural Comparative Experience. With other CIEE students, you’ll visit museums and architectural wonders, attend a performance, take part in service-learning projects, and more.

2016 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Prague
  • Session II: Berlin
  • Session III: Dublin

*Note: Locations are subject to change.

Coursework

You’ll have your choice of Spanish courses or content courses in architecture, politics, history, and art offered in both English and Spanish.

Excursions

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Enjoy cultural excursions to sites of interest such as the Gothic Quarter, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and districts like the Olympic Village and Born. You’ll also take part in one local weekend trip per session to areas of significant historic and cultural importance.

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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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2016 (4 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
06/20/2016
$4,750

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$3,232
Housing ***
$1,100
Insurance
$118

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 $500 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 *
$760
International Airfare **
$1,300
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$700

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 and shared apartment students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches only, estimated cost at $250

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

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Summer Session I, II 2016 (8 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
07/18/2016
$8,550

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$5,932
Housing ***
$2,200
Insurance
$118

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 $500 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 *
$1,520
International Airfare **
$1,300
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$1,400

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 and shared apartment students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches only, estimated cost at $250

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

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Summer Sessions I, II, III 2016 (12 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
08/14/2016
$12,350

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$8,632
Housing ***
$3,300
Insurance
$118

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 $500 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 *
$2,280
International Airfare **
$1,300
Local Transportation
$375
Books & Supplies
$300
Personal expenses
$2,100

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 and shared apartment students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches only, estimated cost at $250

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

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Summer Session II 2016 (4 wks)
05/15/2016
06/20/2016
07/18/2016
$4,750

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$3,232
Housing ***
$1,100
Insurance
$118

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 $500 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 *
$760
International Airfare **
$1,300
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$700

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 and shared apartment students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches only, estimated cost at $250

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

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Summer Session II, III 2016 (8 wks)
05/15/2016
06/20/2016
08/14/2016
$8,550

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$5,932
Housing ***
$2,200
Insurance
$118

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 $500 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 *
$1,520
International Airfare **
$1,300
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$1,400

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 and shared apartment students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches only, estimated cost at $250

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

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Summer Session III 2016 (4 wks)
06/15/2016
07/18/2016
08/14/2016
$4,750

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$3,232
Housing ***
$1,100
Insurance
$118

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 $500 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 *
$760
International Airfare **
$1,300
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$700

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 and shared apartment students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches only, estimated cost at $250

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

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Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017

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 $500 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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Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017

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 $500 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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Summer Sessions I, II, III 2017 (12 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017

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 $500 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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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017

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 $500 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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Summer Session II, III 2017 (8 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017

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 $500 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.

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
06/15/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017

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 $500 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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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • For CIEE content courses taught in Spanish, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Students take one course per session. Each course is 45 contact hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter credit hours unless otherwise noted.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one course per session.

Participants are placed in appropriate language courses, or courses taught in Spanish based on a pre-departure language examination. Students with four or more semesters of Spanish language may choose to take their content course in Spanish.

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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 Modernist 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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Alberto del Río Malo

Resident Director

Alberto del Río Malo holds a a PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, and a master’s degree in Hispanic Philology from the Universitat de Barcelona. Alberto has been a visiting professor of Spanish Language and Literature at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universitat de Barcelona. He is a numerary Member of the Barcelona Literary Studies Society. Alberto is member of the Executive Committee and former President of APUNE (Association of American Programs in Spain).

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En “Las dos doncellas,” que escribió Miguel de Cervantes, puede leerse este cálido elogio de la ciudad de Barcelona: “Admiróles el hermoso sitio de la ciudad, y la estimaron por flor de las bellas ciudades del mundo, honra de España, temor y espanto de los circunvecinos y apartados enemigos, regalo y delicia de sus moradores, amparo de los extranjeros, escuela de la caballería, ejemplo de lealtad y satisfacción de todo aquello que de una grande, famosa, rica y bien fundada ciudad puede pedir un discreto y curioso deseo.”

Cuatro siglos después, Barcelona sigue siendo una de las más bellas ciudades del mundo. Aquí, gentes de todos los lugares y todas las lenguas disfrutan de la cultura catalana, enmarcados por un entorno arquitectónico privilegiado, y se deleitan con una gastronomía extraordinaria. Y recogiendo el espíritu de la ciudad, la Universitat de Barcelona (UB) representa un punto de referencia excepcional en la ciudad.

— Alberto del Río Malo, Resident Director

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Fernando Janeiro

Fernando Janeiro is a native of Galicia in western Spain. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Univesidade de Vigo in 2002, he moved to Barcelona and completed a second bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2007), and then an M.A. in Comparative Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2009), and a Teaching Certificate for Spanish as a Second Language (International House / IL3 Universitat de Barcelona, 2014). Nando has extensive experience teaching language and humanities courses in both Spanish and English. In addition to teaching, during the academic year Nando coordinates the semester Architecture and Design programs. Nando is a self-educated illustrator and designer, and he recently published his first comic book, “Rufino y Escrutinio: problemas en los márgenes”.

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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

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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 in individual rooms), in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students in individual rooms sharing kitchen, or in a shared apartment typically in double rooms.

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, residencias and apartments are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center. As slots in homestays, residencies and apartments may be limited; 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 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 health and safety, banking, cultural adaptation, and an introduction to Catalonia are covered. Orientation also includes structured cultural activities, guided tours, and time with your Guardian Angel, a local student guide. 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 at your homestay, apartment or student residencias. In addition, you'll be able to use theWiFi and computer room at the CIEE Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

The academic program is supplemented with excursions, guided tours, and cultural activities. These activities include city tours to the Gothic Quarter and other emblematic sites such as Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and Park Güell; a tour of Modernista architecture in Barcelona; or districts like the Olympic Village and Born.

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 may include: the North of Catalunya: Girona and Costa Brava,the South of Catalunya: Tarragona and Costa Dorada or Valencia. For the international trip, see the Intercultural Comparative Experience.

Immersion

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Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels are local university students who help CIEE study abroad students settle into their life in Spain through small group activities including cooking classes and tours of the city, and participate in field trips and other events. Guardian Angels are there to help you make local friends, 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.

Catalan

Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages in Barcelona and the region. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but is 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. 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

Academic Culture

CIEE language classes are small, with no more than 12 students per class. The class model is specially designed for language teaching, providing a structure for a communicative methodology that allows small groups to work well together. The size of the CIEE content classes varies, but typically there are no more than 20 students. All classes meet Monday through Friday.

Nature of Classes

All courses are for CIEE study abroad students only.

Language Environment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. They are encouraged to meet with local students through CIEE language exchanges, spend time communicating with their host family, and to interact with people they meet. The more students participate, the greater their development of Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

Students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to standards in the U.S. Grades are given on a 10-point scale.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

All CIEE courses are taught by faculty from local universities. Language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language.

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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.

CIEE Spanish Language Courses

Offered in Session I, Session II, and Session III.

SPAN 1010 BARU

Beginning Spanish
This course is designed for students with up to one semester of college-level Spanish. This beginning language course aims to bring students to communicative competency in the Spanish language and to facilitate their immersion in Spanish life.

SPAN 2010 BARU

Intermediate Spanish
This course is designed for students with two-to-three semesters of college-level Spanish. The primary objective of this intermediate course is to allow students to achieve the maximum communicative competency in the Spanish language and to facilitate their immersion in Spanish life.

SPAN 3010 BARU

Advanced Spanish
This course is designed for students with at least four semesters of college-level Spanish. This advanced language course is designed to provide students an opportunity for expanding their knowledge and command of the Spanish language in all areas including reading, writing, listening comprehension, and oral communication.

Session I

POLI 3003 BARU (ENG) / HISP 3005 BARU (ENG)

Spain Today: Politics and Society
This course is taught in English.
This course focuses on the transition years from 1975 until the present. Spain’s return to democracy and its implications are analyzed in detail. Topics such as the 1978 constitutional system, the creation of a decentralized political system, and an analysis of the different political parties are covered. The course also addresses important sociological aspects, such as the dramatic change undergone by the traditional Spanish family in this period, and the role of the mass media in Spanish society.

HIST 3001 BARU
Past and Present in Barcelona

This course is taught in Spanish
Barcelona is an attractive European and Mediterranean city known for its rich history, art heritage, and welcoming attitude towards visitors. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Barcelona. Students learn the history of the city from its foundation through the present day, with a special emphasis on contemporary issues. The image that Barcelona has projected to the world in terms of art, history, and urban planning provides the structure for its content. Urban development of Barcelona is analyzed using historical maps, videos, and documentaries.

Session II

HISP 3004 BARU
Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona

This course is taught in English.
Barcelona is well known as a prototype for the creative city, where different forms of urban culture are constantly growing up, reinventing the city itself. Contemporary arts, alternative literature, and music styles are redefining the urban landscape of Barcelona in the 21st century, blending together local and international references. This course aims to explore and analyze the urban culture of contemporary Barcelona in the context of the global urban movement. Graffiti artists, skateboarders, multifunctional art-galleries, electronic and techno music festivals, video artists, and comic books writers are just some of the aspects discussed in class. A series of field-trips will allow the students to create a topography of the new Barcelona, exploring the districts and locations where these contemporary cultural forms are taking place.

AHIS 3002 BARU
Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts

This course is taught in Spanish.
This course focuses on Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. Students learn about fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, through the eyes of privileged witnesses, including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. Content-related excursions in the city complement classroom work.

Session III

AHIS 3001 BALC

Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
This course is taught in English.
This course focuses on Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. Students learn about fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, , through the eyes of privileged witnesses, including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. Content-related excursions in the city complement classroom work.

POLI 3003 BARU (SPAN) / HISP 3003 BARU (SPAN)

Spain Today: Politics and Society
This course is taught in Spanish.
This course focuses on the transition years from 1975 until the present. Spain’s return to democracy and its implications are analyzed in detail. Topics such as the 1978 constitutional system, the creation of a decentralized political system, and an analysis of the different political parties are covered. The course also addresses important sociological aspects, such as the dramatic change undergone by the traditional Spanish family in this period, and the role of the mass media in Spanish society.

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