Barcelona, Spain

Business + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 2 – Dec 19, 2020 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 14 - 17 semester hours / 21 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – Apr 18, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 14 - 17 semester hours / 21 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Improve your Spanish language skills and boost your cultural knowledge while studying international business in the capital of Catalonia. Choose from courses in English at CIEE Barcelona and CIEE’s partner schools, Escola Superior de Comerc Internacional (ESCI) or Universitat de Vic (UVic), while immersing yourself in Barcelona’s culture, history, and community. CIEE Barcelona is located in downtown Barcelona, near the city’s main square. Both ESCI and UVic are just 15 minutes from CIEE. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • EXPLORE

    the region of Catalonia and surrounding provinces with exciting daytrips.

  • LIVE

    with a Spanish family and immerse yourself in local culture.

  • TAKE FIELD TRIPS

    to monuments and guided tours of the city.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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  • beaches

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  • universities

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Location & Culture

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This capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own history, culture, and language, is perfectly situated between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Its location is just one of the things that attracts millions of visitors each year. Stroll through the city and observe 2,000 years of architectural history -from Roman remains to a network of narrow streets in the Old Town - contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Get to know Spanish 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.

INTERNSHIP

Students can complement their studies with internships in English or Spanish. You might help a company like Narusport marketing their international projects; work with Team-on investments options; or help a start-up like Cowork Rambla Cataluña. Internships include weekly class sessions to support the experience with academic grounding.

VOLUNTEERING

  • Get to know the people of the city and their language as you give back. Here are some of the ways you might serve:
  • Help children with homework after school
  • Help kids with special needs during school breaks
  • Collect food for people in need

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Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. Live with a Spanish-speaking family, with our without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city’s language and culture. Each student has his/her own room and weekly laundry service. Homestays are located in Barcelona, no more than 30-minutes from the CIEE Site, by public transportation.​

    Apartments. Apartments may have double or single rooms. They have shared kitchens and laundry facilities. Students live with other CIEE students. 

    Housing is tight in Barcelona. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive. All housing is within a 30-minute commute to CIEE.

  • MEALS

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

  • GETTING AROUND

    Students walk or use public transportation to get from their lodgings to CIEE and other classes.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE BARCELONA

    30 minutes, by public transportation, from homestays, shared apartments and the residence hall.

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    GETTING AROUND

    Students can take the metro to get from their homestays, shared apartments or residence halls to the CIEE Study Center.

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    University of Vic

    BAU School of Design Barcelona location

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE’s Business + Culture program invites business students to improve their Spanish language skills and earn credits toward their degree with courses at CIEE Barcelona and Escola Superior de Comerc Internacional (ESCI) or Universitat de Vic (UVic). Students take one Spanish language course tailored to their skill level.

Escola Superior de Comerc Internacional (ESCI) offers bachelor’s degrees in business and marketing, as well as an International Business Program (IBP) for international students. ESCI hosts 500 students and is located 15 minutes from CIEE by bus or metro.

Universitat de Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic) is an independent state-supported institution committed to the economic and social development of the region. The university offers a Business, Design and Innovation program for international students on their Barcelona campus (at BAU Design College), just 15 minutes from CIEE by bus or metro.

Spring 2020: Students taking courses at UVic should expect to remain on site until April 25, 2020 due to an extended course schedule.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    ESCI direct enrollment courses are taken alongside Spanish students. ESCI International Business Program courses and UVic courses include other international students. CIEE courses are taken with other CIEE students only.

  • GRADING

    Students are evaluated based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. In some courses, grades are based on an exam and a group or individual project. ESCI and UVic professors grade on a 10-point scale and points are converted to U.S. letter grades.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Courses are academically challenging, and involve daily reading and homework assignments, and attendance at lectures and field trips. Students are responsible for knowing dates of exams and assignments. Dates are firm and attendance is required. As students gain proficiency in Spanish, they are encouraged to use their skills with local students, host families, and new acquaintances.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    CIEE or UVic Track: Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5

    ESCI Track: Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    3 semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or statistics. Must have junior-level standing or higher by the time of arrival in Barcelona.

Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 14-17 U.S. semester/21-25.5 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
  • Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) host institution courses: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 contact hours, as noted
  • Universitat de Vic Central University of Catalonia (UVic) host institution courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted

Language of Instruction
Spanish and English

Requirements 
Students are required to take four to five courses for 14-17 credits:

  • One CIEE Spanish language course
  • Two business, economics, management, and marketing courses:
    • Students can take both courses at CIEE; combine a CIEE course with a host institution course (ESCI, UVic); or take both courses at one of the host institutions (ESCI, UVic) 
  • One to two elective courses (depending on credits):
    • CIEE courses
    • CIEE internship
    • Host institution courses (ESCI, UVic) 

Course Notes

  • Students who choose to take courses at a host institution are only allowed to take courses at one host institution (either ESCI or UVic). 
  • Students who choose to take all their courses at CIEE are responsible for confirming with their home schools that this is an approved option. 
  • Courses at CIEE and at host institution ESCI are offered in both Spanish and English. Courses at host institution UVic are only offered in English.
  • At ESCI, students can take host institution courses and/or courses for international students in the International Business Program.
  • At UVic, all courses are for international students only.
  • Heritage speakers and students with advanced language skills may request an exception to the language requirement and replace it with a content course taught in Spanish.
  • Students with four or five semesters of college-level Spanish are encouraged to take two courses in Spanish.
  • Students with six or more semesters of college-level Spanish are encouraged to take all their classes in Spanish.

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.

Courses

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Spring 2020 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

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Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

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Social Sciences

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

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Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

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Host Institution Courses

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The following is a sample list of courses; not all are available every year.

THE ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE COMERÇ INTERNACIONAL (ESCI) BUSINESS COURSES

Host Institution courses in English (3 credits)

  • Culture and Business in Europe
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)
  • Culture and Business in America
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)
  • Culture and Business in Middle East and Africa
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)
  • Industrial and Services Marketing
    • (Prerequisite: previous marketing knowledge recommended)
  • International Product Management
    • (Prerequisite: previous coursework in marketing, market research, and strategic marketing knowledge recommended)
  • International Project Management
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization / Finance)
  • International Strategic Management
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization/Marketing)
  • International Marketing
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing / Business Organization)
  •  International Expansion
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)
  •  International Team Management
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)
  • Market Research Analytics
    • (Prerequisite: Business marketing, Market Research, Statistics)
  • People Management
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization.)
  • Market Research I
    •  (Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Marketing / Introductory Statistics)
  • Public Relations and Consumer Relations Management
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing)
  • Pricing Policies
    • (Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics required)

Host Institution courses in Spanish (3 credits)

  • Auditoria
    • (Prerequisite: Contabilidad de Costes)
  • Compras Internacionales
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)
  • Contabilidad de Costes
    • (Prerequisite: prior knowledge of accounting required)
  • Cultura & Negocios en Asia
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)
  • Direccion de Ventas
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas/Marketing)
  • Economia y Globalización
    • (Prerequisite: Macroeconomía/ Economía Internacional)
  • Gestion de la Sostenibilidad
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)
  • Innovación y Emprendimiento
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)
  • Logística Internacional
    • (Prerequisite: Gestión de Operaciones / Distribución Comercial)
  • Marketing Digital Internacional
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing)       
  • Negociación Internacional
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)
  • Retail Internacional
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing)       
  • Técnicas de Previsión

International Business Program Courses, in English (4 credits)

  • Applied Marketing Research in the Digital Era 
    • (Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing)
  • Consumer Behavior
    • (Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing)
  • Corporate Finance
    • (Prerequisite: Accounting)
  • Cross Cultural Management and Intercultural Communication          
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)
  • Doing Business in Europe
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)
  • Economic Global Order
    • (Prerequisite: Introductory Economics)
  • Financial Risk Management
    • (Prerequisite: Corporate Finance)
  • International Management
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)
  • International Economics
    • (Prerequisite: Introductory Micro and Macro Economics)
  • New Trends in International Marketing
    • (Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing)
  • Strategic Brand Management
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing Management)
  • Strategic Consumer Insight
    • (Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing)

 

UNIVERSITAT DE VIC (UVIC) BUSINESS, DESIGN, AND INNOVATION COURSES

Spring 2020: Students taking courses at Universitat de Vic should expect to remain onsite until April 25, 2020 due to an extended course schedule.

Syllabi for the courses listed below can be found HERE under the ‘Programme’ tab.

Courses in English (3 credits)

  • Brand Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Business
  • Global Marketing
  • Marketing and Fashion
  • Leadership, Business and Society 
  • Luxury Marketing
  • Psychology of Communication and Publicity
  • Retail Management
  • Start-up Creation

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Spring 2020 15 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 2, 2020 Apr 18, 2020
$19,450
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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 = $14,783 **

Housing = $4,200 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,450

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 = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $800

Total Estimated Costs = $5,660

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 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

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

for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

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

Fall 2020 15 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Sep 2, 2020* Dec 19, 2020*
$19,450
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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 = $14,783 **

Housing = $4,200 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,450

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.

See Scholarships

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

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

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

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