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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether you’re looking to begin your study of Spanish, or you’re a student ready to take your Spanish proficiency to the next level, come spend your summer in vibrant Barcelona. Summer study abroad in Barcelona offers you three sessions from late June to mid-August.. The four-weeks program is designed for students looking to improve their language skills and take content courses in Spanish or English.

A wide 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 or in a student residencia
  • Visit sites of natural and cultural importance in and around Barcelona and Catalonia including museums, monuments, and cathedrals, and enjoy an overnight trip to the beautiful coast of Catalonia
  • Choose between one, two or three four-week sessions
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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

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

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. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:

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

Coursework

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

Excursions

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Enjoy cultural excursions to sites of interest including the Gothic Quarter, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, 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 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.

Homestay

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and improve your language skills by living with a local family. It’s the ideal environment for an authentic, meaningful cultural exchange.

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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 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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Date + Fee Note

The original Barcelona, Spain Summer Language + Culture Program consists of a full 7 week program where students will take two courses for 7 weeks (listed above). For 2013, CIEE has created a modular program that consists of two, 3 1/2 week sessions, where students can take one course per session and have the option of doing both sessions (7 weeks). The cost of an individual session is $4,150 and two session cost is the same as above. Please check with your school to find out which program has been approved, or contact your CIEE study abroad advisor for information on applying to these sessions.

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Eligibility
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Eligibility

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Participants are placed in appropriate language courses, or courses taught in English or 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 Modernista architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.

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Meet The Staff

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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) or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other 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. 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.

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 or student residencis. 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 required field trips and excursions, which include sites visits, 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.

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 Description

Course Description

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 cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Modular Program (Students take one course in each session.)

Session I

HIST 3001 BARU

Past and Present in Barcelona
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.

HISP 3003 BABC

Spain Today: Politics and Society
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. This course is taught in Spanish.

Session II

AHIS 3003 BARU

Architecture, Art, and Design in Contemporary Barcelona
The city of Barcelona is known as a city of art and architecture, and this reputation is partly due to the work of designers like A. Gaudí and the fact that the city is inextricably linked to the training of painter Pablo Picasso. More recently, painters, architects, and other artists and designers have had a very prominent role in a much-needed urban regeneration process. This class examines the role of disciplines such as urban planning, architecture, public art, graphic design, and industrial design in shaping the image of contemporary Barcelona.

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.

HISP 3004 BARU
Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona

Barcelona is well know 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.

Full Program (Students choose one language and one content course.)

CIEE Spanish Language Courses

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.

CIEE Content Courses—in English

AHIS 3003 BARU

Architecture, Art, and Design in Contemporary Barcelona
The city of Barcelona is known as a city of art and architecture, and this reputation is partly due to the work of designers like A. Gaudí and the fact that the city is inextricably linked to the training of painter Pablo Picasso. More recently, painters, architects, and other artists and designers have had a very prominent role in a much-needed urban regeneration process. This class examines the role of disciplines such as urban planning, architecture, public art, graphic design, and industrial design in shaping the image of contemporary Barcelona.

CLST 3001 BABC

Branding and Cultural Icons: The Case of Barcelona.
Barcelona is well known as a prototype for the new tourist city. Since it hosted the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona has remade itself, capitalyzing on its role as a leader in art and architecture, fashion and sports, gastronomy and literature. A key concept for understanding this process in the definition of the cultural icons, associated with the city international representation. In order to understand the impact of a cultural icon, this course focuses on the city of Barcelona, analyzing and discussing its symbolic icons, such as the FC Barcelona and Josep Guardiola, El Bulli and Ferran Adrià, the Barcelona skyline, Catalan fashion, and the representation of the city in the movies.

MKTG 3001 BARU

International Marketing
Today’s companies have the challenge of adapting their products to the requirements and customs of different countries. Marketing specialists must be prepared to deal with these differences and be able to devise strategies according to the unique characteristics of each country or region. This course addresses these goals and is therefore directed to students who want to more profoundly understand the characteristics of international marketing. Previous knowledge of marketing is recommended.

Required CIEE Content Courses—in Spanish

AHIS 3002 BARU

Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
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, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement, through the eyes of privileged witnesses, including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. Content-related excursions in the city complement classroom work.

HISP 3003 BABC

Spain Today: Politics and Society
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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