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Advanced Liberal Arts

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Information for term Advanced Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 5 – Dec 23, 2022 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 31 – Jun 1, 2023 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Put your advanced Spanish skills to work in the lively Mediterranean city of Barcelona by enrolling at CIEE’s partner school, Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Dramatically improve your proficiency by immersing yourself in the Spanish education system and practicing your Spanish with local university students. You’ll find a wide range of courses across UB’s 16 colleges, in addition to CIEE elective courses. CIEE Barcelona is located near the city’s main square, a short walk from University Plaza where UB classes are held. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to make your understanding of this diverse region complete – and unforgettable .

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

Unique Experiences

  • Get to know your CIEE mentor

    a local Spanish student ready to help you settle into your new life and academic culture, and meet friends at University of Barcelona

  • Bite into Barcelona's culture

    with small-group cooking lessons, foodie tours, and a wine tasting night

  • Gain valuable experience

    with an internship at a local business. You might update a website for the Centre for Discourse Studies or manage the Language Lab at the Centro de Autoaprendizaje de Lenguas at UB.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • beaches

  • universities


Location & Culture

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Culture, sports, design, finance, media, entertainment – Barcelona is brimming with it all. The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea is home to 1.6 million people in the city proper and 4.5 million others in the broader metro area. It is surrounded by a river on each side and backed by the Serra de Collserola mountains to the west. A walk through the city reveals 2,000 years of history at every turn, including Roman ruins, 19th-century modernista architecture, ultramodern showpieces, and the Gothic buildings of the Old Town.
Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages. Both are regularly used in all aspects of life, and Catalan is not imposed. Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, professors, and host families all speak clear Castilian when Spanish speakers are present. Spanish is widely used at the university with more than 50% of the local university courses offered in Spanish. Students don’t need to speak Catalan, but learning a few words can open doors to making friends.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Barcelona.

The Culture


  • Get to know local students with conversation exchanges.
  • See Barcelona from new heights with a hike and excursion to Collserola.
  • See for yourself why landmarks like Museu Picasso and Gaudi’s artworks engender awe from visitors around the world.
  • Explore beyond Barcelona, with highlights that could include Roman ruins in the coastal city Tarragona, the medieval town of Girona, the Dalí museum in Figueres, among others.


Gain valuable experience, put your talents to good use, and get a real feel for everyday life in Barcelona with an internship. Past students have updated the website for the Centre for Discourse Studies, managed the Language Lab at the Centro de Autoaprendizaje de Lenguas at UB; and helped staff in the UB Office of Mobility and International Programs.



Heritage learners take the CIEE Advanced Spanish language course “Spanish for Heritage Learners*” in addition to other CIEE and elective university courses chosen from the entire Universitat de Barcelona curriculum. CIEE provides a list of recommended direct-enrollment courses. 
*Students who place at the near native speaker level, or prove they are Spanish-heritage students with a bilingual level during the on-site placement test will be exempt from this language course requirement.

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    All housing is within a 30-minute commute to CIEE.

    Homestays: Live with a Spanish family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city’s language and culture. Each student has an individual room.

    Apartments: Students can live in apartments shared with other CIEE students. If local health and safety regulations permit, most students live in double or triple rooms. Each apartment will have shared common spaces, including kitchen and bathroom.

    Residence Halls: Students usually live with a mix of CIEE students, local and international students. If local health and safety regulations permit, students live in single, double, or triple rooms. Students usually share kitchens and common areas.
    Housing is tight in Barcelona. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive.


    Homestay students have breakfast and dinner with their host families, and they are responsible for lunch. Meals are not included at residence halls or apartments.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Barcelona

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

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    University Plaza, walking distance from CIEE Barcelona.

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    Getting Around

    Students use public transportation to get from their lodgings to CIEE Barcelona – no more than a 30-minute ride. Students get to UB classes by walking or taking the metro.

What People are Saying

  • "They offer lots of support & cultural activities. They're also very flexible. They truly want you to succeed & they'll personally work with you to make sure you do."

    Genevieve B., University of Iowa
  • "The classes, facilities, excursions and support overall as well as the experience was amazing, even in such a hard and weird time."

    Nicole C., Vanderbilt University


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The Advanced Liberal Arts program in Barcelona is geared toward students with advanced Spanish language skills – at least six semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent). The program allows students to take courses at Universitat de Barcelona (UB) across a wide range of topics, and become part of the vibrant UB campus community, as well as take courses at CIEE Barcelona with other CIEE students. All students take an advanced Spanish language course in preparation for their courses at UB. During the first week of the program, students meet individually with the CIEE Barcelona Program Manager to select their UB courses. Each term, one or two University of Barcelona graduate students intern at CIEE Barcelona helping the program participants with the Spanish language and the CIEE and UB courses.

Students agree to speak only Spanish to encourage language and cultural acquisition.

Important Note about Exam Dates: Students are required to stay in Barcelona until they have completed their University of Barcelona exams. Official UB Fall exams are in January, and official UB Spring exams are in June. However, early exams in December and May may be possible, and they should be confirmed on an individual basis with the professor at the start of the regular semester session, during the add/drop period. Please note that it is up to the discretion of each professor to allow the taking of final exams before the start of the official examination period. You will be provided with housing until all your exams are completed. As it is impossible to confirm your exam schedule prior to your arrival, if your priority is to leave Barcelona as soon as your university finals are finished, please book an airline ticket with a low change fee or a flexible departure date.



Language Prerequisites

6 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students take five courses for 15 credits:

  • One CIEE Advanced Spanish language course
  • One to two CIEE culture courses
    • CIEE culture courses
    • Internship (optional)
  • Two to four Universitat de Barcelona courses

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 semester/ 22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100 internship placement hours
  • Universitat de Barcelona courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

UB classes involve less guidance than U.S. students are accustomed to: syllabi are less detailed and there are fewer assessments. CIEE courses are more typically American, with carefully monitored attendance, regular assignments and exams, and participation all important factors in grading.

Class Format

University of Barcelona (UB) classrooms may be traditional or modern and may include up to 80 students. CIEE classrooms are smaller and have 10-25 students on average.


Spanish professors grade on a 10-point scale, and points are converted to letter grades.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes

  • UB courses are regular university classes with Spanish students that are offered in Spanish.
  • UB English courses may need students to obtain approval as part of this program.
  • Students who are enrolled in Spanish for Heritage Learners can take up to four UB courses.
  • Students may only participate in an Internship in Spanish and will have at least one Interview with a company or institution before their arrival.

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Host Institution Courses

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The following list is a sample of the types of regular UB host institution courses that are available to CIEE students.

The CIEE Program Manager meets with each student during orientation to help him or her choose and register for classes.

Department of Biology
The Department of Biology offers scientific training in the basic and applied aspects of biology; molecular biology and genetics; cell biology and physiology; and evolution, ecology, and biodiversity. Courses: Aquiculture, Algae and Bryophytes, Applied Animal Biology, Bases of Organic Reactions, Biological Anthropology, Biology of Marine Invertebrates, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Microorganisms, Environmental Microbiology and Sustainable Processes, Human Biodiversity, Biochemistry.

Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry offers scientific training in the basic and applied aspects of analytical, general, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. Courses: Biomaterials, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Biological Documentation, Chemical Engineering, Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Inorganic Materials, Environmental Chemistry.

Department of Communication & Cultural Industries
The Department of Communication and Cultural Industries offers training in the strategies and practices of the media and communications industry, government policy makers and the third sector. Courses: Mechanisms and Production of Online Communication, Semiotics of Communication, Text Production in Spanish, The Contemporary Thought, Mechanisms of Communication and Production in the Net.

Department of Economic Sciences/Business/International Affairs
Throughout its various departments, the Diagonal Campus (a 20-minute metro ride from the city center) offers a broad spectrum of courses in economics and techniques in the analysis of local, European, and world economies, international affairs, as well as classes in business. Courses: Conflicts and Social Problems, Cultural Studies, Development Economics, Econometrics II, Economic Growth and Location of the Economic Activity, Economics and Business Statistics II, European Integration, Financial Instruments and Markets, Financial Management, Game Theory and Application in Economics, Human Resources, Industrial Organization, Management Control, Microeconomics II, Principles of Marketing, Social Control, Social Research Techniques IV, Sociology of Global Processes, Sociology of Professions, Spanish Economic Policy and EU Policy, Spanish Economy, Strategic Marketing.

Department of English (all courses taught in English)
Located in the city center, the English Department is housed in the historic building of the Universitat de Barcelona. The English Department brings together three different areas of study: Literature, Drama and Theatre, and Cultural Studies. Courses: Contemporary Narratives in English, Contemporary Theater in English, Descriptive English Grammar I, English Narrative and Cinema, English Phonetics and Phonology I, English Semantics, English Teaching as a Second Language I, History and Culture of the British Isles, History of the English Language II, Literature and Conflict, Literature in English in the 20th and 21st Centuries, New Trends in Literature of the United States, Literatures of the United States in the 19th Century.

Department of Fine Arts
The Department of Fine Arts shapes plastic artists, professionals, and artistic directors in image and design. The department also provides an environment for building theoretical knowledge; conceptual formation, aesthetics and critique; a formation of artistic practice; and an adequate professional capacity for a degree in Fine Arts. Courses: Art, Technology and Printing, Artistic and Cultural Policies: Intellectual Property, Artistic Spaces: Light and Ambient Mutations, Arts in Movement: Nomad Visions, Contemporary Visualities, Cross-roads in a Personal Journey: Spaces for Creation and Spaces for Diffusion, Drawing of Movement, Information Design, Media Arts, Models, Miniatures and Prototypes, Painting vs. The End of Art, Photography, Sculpture and Earth Materials: Clay, Stone, Wood and Natural Fibers.

Department of Geography, History & Art History
Located in the city center, the Department of Geography, History and Art History offers basic and applied scientific training in the methods and techniques of geography, history, history of art, and social and Cultural anthropology. Courses: Ancient Hispania, Ancient History, Applied Physical Geography, City and Metropolitan Region, Classicism and Mannerism in the 16th Century, Climatology, General Cartography, Geography and History, Geography of Spain, Global Change, History, Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Ages, History of Avant-Garde Art (1905-1960), History of Rome, Local and Regional Development, Medieval History of Spain, Methodologies and Principles of Historic and Artistic Research, Migrations and Transnational Processes, Natural Hazards, Prehistory, Principles of History of Aesthetics, Social and Cultural Geography, Social Theory, Trends in Modern and Contemporary Cinema, World Regional Structure.

Department of Hispanic Philology
Located in the city center, the Faculty of Hispanic Philology is housed in the historic building of the Universitat de Barcelona. The department offers courses in Spanish language and literature. Courses: Applied Linguistics, Castilian Literature of the Middle Ages, Contemporary Literary Theory Methods: Introduction to the History of the Spanish Language, Introduction to Linguistics, Introduction to Latin American Literature, Literary Commentary, Literature and History, Literature and Holocaust, Panorama of Spanish Literature (Middle Ages and Golden Age), Panorama of Spanish Literature (Modern and Contemporary), Realism and Naturalism in Spain: the Novel, Sociolinguistics of Spanish, Spanish Morphology and Lexicography, Spanish Literature of the Renaissance: Poetry and Prose, Spanish Theater of the Golden Age: Text and Performance, The 20th Century Spanish Poetry (1940-2000), The 20th Century Spanish Poetry: from Modernism to Avant-Garde, 20th Century Latin American Literature.

Department of Law & Political Science
The Department of Law & Political Sciences enables students to pursue areas of interest in Spanish and European government and politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory and philosophy. Courses: Bioethics and Law, Civil Law, Constitutional Law, Economic and Social History, Economic International Law, Economics and Social Welfare State, Environmental Law, European Law of Open Circulation, European Union Law and Administration, Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Crime Theory, History of Law, Immigration, Nationality and Status of Foreigners, Institutions of European Community Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Legal Regulations of Work, International Organizations, International Protection of Human Rights, Introduction to Law, Labor and Social Security Law, People Management and Administration, Political Economics, Psycho-Social Hazards, Public International Law and International Relations, Social Structure, Sociology of Law, Sociology of Work, Spanish Economy, System of Rights and Liberties.

Department of Mathematics & Computer Engineering
The Department of Mathematics & Computer Engineering offers scientific training in the basic and applied aspects of calculus, linear algebra, and mathematical structures. Courses: Algebraic Variables, Complex Analysis, Differential Equations, Harmonic Analysis and Signal Theory, Integral Calculus in Diverse Variables, Introduction to Commutative Algebra, Introduction to Integral Calculus, Multivariate Analysis, Projective Geometry, Robotics.

Department of Medicine & Health Sciences
The Department of Medicine & Health Sciences has three campuses (Hospital Clínic, Bellvitge and Sant Joan de Déu), three tertiary level university hospitals, eight hospitals associated with high-quality care, teaching and research, and 22 primary care centers with the necessary teaching and research infrastructure in libraries, dissection rooms, research and practical laboratories, computer rooms, study rooms, communication skills laboratories, clinical skills laboratories and facilities to simulate critical care. Courses: General Pathological Anatomy, Medical Genetics, Medical Microbiology, Medical Psychology, Medical and Radiotherapy Oncology, Endocrine and Nutrition System Diseases.

Department of Modern Language
Located in the city center, the Department of Modern Language is housed in the historic building of the Universitat de Barcelona. The department offers courses in modern language and literature, literary theory, classic languages and literatures. Courses: Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Catalan, Galician, Basque, German, French, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, Dutch, Swedish, Romanian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, and Slavic languages.

Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy offers a historical and critical study of the fundamental ideas of the western tradition and present world with courses on the history of philosophy and science, logic and philosophy of the sciences, and moral and political philosophy. Courses: Contemporary Theories of Art and Literature, History of Aesthetic Ideas, History of Ancient Philosophy II, History of Modern Philosophy II, History of Science, Metaphysics II, Logics Topics II, History of Contemporary Philosophy Topics II, History of Science Topics II, Metaphysics Topics II, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy of Language II.

Department of Physics
This department offers scientific training in the basic and applied aspects of physics. Courses: Algebraic Equations, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Differential Equations and Vectorial Calculus, Electromagnetism, General Relativity, Calculus of Diverse Variables, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Physics, Thermodynamics.

Department of Psychology and Education
This Faculty offers scientific training in the basic and applied aspects of psychology and pedagogy as well as socio-educational intervention and mediation. Courses: Behavior and Immunity, Clinical Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Investigation Design, Maturity and Senescence Development Disorders, Group Psychology and Collective Behavior, Learning, Motivation and Sensitivity, Memory and Representation, Mental Health and Mental Disorder from an Evolutionary Perspective, Organizational Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Intervention, Psychology and Marketing, Sex and Gender Psychology, Sexual Psychology, Social Psychology.

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


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Fees & Housing

Fall 2022 16 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 5, 2022 Dec 23, 2022
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,056 **

Housing = $4,300 ***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $19,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,800

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $450

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,000

Other = $125 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $7,435

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

For students in residencia or shared apartment; homestay students should budget $ 1400 for meals not included in fees

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

††† Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

Academic year 2022-2023 16 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 5, 2022 TBD
Spring 2023 17 weeks Oct 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023* Jun 1, 2023*

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

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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