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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether you’re looking to begin your study of Spanish, or you’re an intermediate 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 two tracks of study. The seven-week program is designed for students looking to improve their language skills and take content courses in Spanish or English. Students interested in beginning their study of Spanish, or studying about an aspect of Spanish culture in English, can take one or two three-week sessions. In both cases, 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 Costa Brava beaches and the south of France
  • Choose between “full” and “modular” programs
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

    To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
    Apply now

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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

    Whether you choose the seven or three-week program, you’ll have your choice of courses in architecture, politics, history, marketing, and art 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 Guell, and districts like the Olympic Village and Born.

    You’ll also take part in one weekend trip per session to areas of significant historic and cultural importance. In Session I you’ll journey north to picturesque Catalunya, while Session II takes you 200 miles south to Valencia and the Mediterranean coast.

    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 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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    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

    • Overall GPA
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    Program Requirements

    Program Requirements

    Full program: Students take one Spanish language course and one content course.

    Modular program: Students take one course per session.

    Participants are placed in appropriate language courses, or courses taught in Spanish based on a language examination given on site at the beginning of the program. 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 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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    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 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, 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.

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    Orientations

    Orientations

    A three-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. For student’s taking language classes, a language placement exam is also conducted during orientation and students are placed in the appropriate language courses based on the results. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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    Internet

    Internet

    You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have wireless Internet access 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 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 Guell; a tour of Modernist architecture in Barcelona; or districts like the Olympic Village and Born.

    In addition, there is one weekend trip per session. (Students participating in the full program will take part in both weekend trips.) Each trip will complement the Barcelona experience by exploring other areas of significant historic and cultural importance. During Session I, students travel to the north of Catalunya, where they explore the extremely picturesque Costa Brava, and visit the south part of France, which shares a common history with Catalunya. During Session II, students visit the city of Valencia, located approximately 200 miles south of Barcelona. Valencia, also located on the Mediterranean coast, boasts the City of the Ciencies and the Arts, which students will visit. In addition, students will participate in a city tour of the historic center, where they will visit the Cathedral, and try an authentic paella.

    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

    Full program: The full summer study abroad program is designed for students who are interested in improving their Spanish language skills while taking a class in business, marketing, culture, history, or the social sciences. Content courses are offered in English or Spanish. Students take one language course and one content course simultaneously over seven weeks.

    Modular program: This program is designed for students who are either interested in a shorter stay (three and a half weeks) or prefer to take two courses consecutively rather than simultaneously over seven weeks. Students choose one three-credit course per three and a half week session.

    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 there are never more than 15 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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