Barcelona, Spain

Business + Culture

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 5 – Dec 20, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 14 - 17 semester hours / 21 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 20, 2019 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 14 - 17 semester hours / 21 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 3 – Apr 14, 2019 (14 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: Sep 5, 2018 – Apr 14, 2019 (32 weeks)
  • Credit: 14 - 17 semester hours / 21 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Learn what you need to succeed in an increasingly globalized economy, discover a new culture, and gain critical global perspectives — all while studying business in Barcelona. This program offers challenging coursework, welcoming homestays, engaging company visits, and interesting excursions and activities that give you insight into international business and an immersive intercultural experience.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore

    the region of Catalonia and surrounding provinces with exciting day and overnight trips.

  • 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

  • See for yourself why landmarks like Museu Picasso and Gaudi’s La Sagrada Família engender awe from visitors around the world.
  • Look inside Barcelona businesses with small group tours.
  • Take one-day trips out of the city to explore Catalonia, with highlights that could include Roman ruins in the coastal city Tarragona, the medieval town of Girona, or the Dalí museum in Figueres.
  • Explore life beyond Barcelona with a weekend trip within Spain or Europe, and discover the treasures of another Spanish or European city.

INTERNSHIP

Students can complement their studies with internships in English or Spanish. You might help interview candidates at a headhunting firm, BrainMatch; or help accountants at Audioconsultores with audit, tax, actuarial, corporate finance, and other services. Internships also include a weekly class 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 or basketball practice
  • Collect food for people in need

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.​

    Residence Halls. Students live with other Spanish and international students. Residence halls include single rooms with shared kitchens and common areas.​

    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 SITE

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

  • B

    ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE COMERÇ INTERNACIONAL

    ESCI is a 20-minute walk from the CIEE site.

  • C

    University of Vic

    BAU School of Design Barcelona location

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What you need to know

The program details

Designed for students who want to boost their language skills and cultural knowledge while taking classes in business, this program offers unique cultural context and theories of modern management and economics. Advanced students can take a special Spanish language class focused on business and economic topics.

Courses are held in three locations:

  • CIEE Barcelona is located in adjoining historic buildings near the city’s main square. It includes modern classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.
  • Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) was created in 1993 by the Catalan government and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. 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 offers individualized learning using case studies. It is located 15 minutes from CIEE by bus or metro.
  • Universitat de Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic). An independent state supported institution, UVic is 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, just 15 minutes from the CIEE by bus or metro. All courses at UVic are taught in English.

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.

Curriculum

All study abroad students take four or five courses per semester, for a total of 14-17 credits. These courses are taken at CIEE, and they may also include host institution courses at Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) or Universitat de Vic's Business, Design and Innovation program (UVic). Students taking courses at a host institution can choose only one host institution, not both.

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 14-17 semester/21-25.5 quarter hours
  • Total credit, academic year: 28-34 semester/42-51 quarter hours
  • Contact hours:
    • CIEE courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted
    • ESCI IBP courses: 60-66; credit – 6 ECTS / 4 U.S.
    • ESCI Direct Enrollment courses: 45; credit – 4 ECTS / 3 U.S.
    • UVic Courses: 45; credit – 6 ECTS / 3 U.S.

Students are required to take 14-17 credits:

  • 1 Spanish language course at CIEE (3 credits). Heritage speakers and those students with advanced language skills may request an exception to this requirement and replace with a content course taught in Spanish.
  • 2 business courses at CIEE and/or at a host institution (6-8 credits).  
  • 1-2 electives selected from business or humanities courses at CIEE, UVic or ESCI, including the CIEE internship (3-6 credits).

It is recommended that students with four or five semesters of college-level Spanish take two courses in Spanish, and that students with six or more semesters of college-level Spanish take all of their classes in Spanish. Courses at CIEE and ESCI are offered in both Spanish and English. Courses at UVic are offered only in English.

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.

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE Spanish courses are specially designed for CIEE students. All students are required to take one language course.

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN SPANISH

CIEE BUSINESS COURSES—IN ENGLISH

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

THE ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE COMERÇ INTERNACIONAL (ESCI) BUSINESS COURSES

Direct Enrollment Courses in English (3 credits)

  • Culture & Business in Europe
  • People Management (Prerequisite: The student must have solid knowledge of management communication, management of international operations, ethics, organizational theory, and accounting.)
  • Pricing Policies (Prerequisite: intermediate microeconomics required)
  • Public Relations and Consumer Relations Management
  • International Product Management (Prerequisite: previous coursework in marketing, market research, and strategic marketing knowledge recommended).
  • Industrial and Services Marketing (Prerequisite: previous marketing knowledge recommended)

Direct Enrollment Courses in Spanish (3 credits)

  • Auditoria
  • Cultura & Negocios en Asia
  • Innovación y Emprendimiento
  • Retail Internacional
  • Negociación Internacional/ International Negotiation
  • Economia y Globalización
  • Compras Internacionales
  • Marketing Digital Internacional
     

International Business Program Courses, in English (4 credits)

  • Corporate Finance
  • Doing Business in Europe
  • Economic Global Order
  • Financial Risk Management
  • International Management
  • International Economics
  • New Trends in International Marketing
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Strategic Consumer Insight

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

Courses in English (3 credits)

  • Global Marketing
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Business
  • Start-up Creation
  • Marketing and Fashion
  • Brand Design
  • Leadership, Business and Society 
     

Spring 2019 Courses

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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.

REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE Spanish courses are specially designed for CIEE students. All students are required to take one language course.

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN SPANISH

CIEE BUSINESS COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE BUSINESS COURSES—IN SPANISH

THE ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE COMERÇ INTERNACIONAL (ESCI) BUSINESS COURSES

Direct Enrollment Courses in English (3 credits)

  • Market Research I (Prerequisite: Intro to Stats and Marketing is recommended)
  • International Marketing
  • International Expansion
  • International Team Management
  • Culture and Business in America
  • Culture and Business in Middle East and Africa
  • Consumer Behavior
  • International Project Management
  • Market Research Analytics
     

Direct Enrollment Courses in Spanish (3 credits)

  • Finanzas II/Finance II
  • Contabilidad de Costes/Cost Accounting (Prerequisite: prior knowledge of accounting required.)
  • Logística Internacional/International Logistics
  • Responsabilidad Social de las Organizaciones
  • Auditoría/Auditing
  • Márketing Digital Internacional/International Digital Marketing
  • Investigacion de Mercados 
  • Direccion de Ventas
  • Gestion de la Sostenibilidad
  • Creatividad y Comercio Digital 
  • Negocios Inclusivos/Inclusive Businesses

International Business Program Courses, in English (4 credits)

  • Corporate Finance
  • Doing Business in Europe
  • International Mangement
  • International Economics (Prerequisite: Intro to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics required)
  • New Trends in International Marketing
  • Applied Marketing Research in the Digital Era 
  • Strategic Consumer Insights
  • Economic Global Order
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Financial Risk Management

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

Courses in English (3 credits)

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

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • 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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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 15 weeks Sep 5, 2018 Dec 20, 2018
$18,850
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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 = $14,183 **

Housing = $4,200 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

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 = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $8,010

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Spring 2019 14 weeks Jan 3, 2019 Apr 14, 2019
$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 = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $8,010

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Academic year 2018-2019 32 weeks Sep 5, 2018 Apr 14, 2019
$36,385
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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 = $27,518 **

Housing = $8,400 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $36,385

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 = $5,200

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $800

Books & Supplies = $600

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $5,600

Expenses during break = $600 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $14,710

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

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

††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Fall 2019 15 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Sep 4, 2019* Dec 20, 2019*

*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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