Barcelona, Spain

Economics + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 5 – Dec 22, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 20, 2019 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 3 – Apr 14, 2019 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 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: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Host of the 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona is an ideal place to explore the economic impact of hosting a massive world-wide event. With innovative economic programs, thousands of years of culture and history, and a reputation as a key player in global business, learning opportunities are virtually endless for today’s students. Guided day and overnight trips to other parts of Spain further enhance this international adventure.

Unique Experiences

  • Analyze current challenges for the European economy

    and explore the differences between European and U.S. economic models.

  • Get an insider’s look

    on the impact of European integration on Spain’s economy.

  • Strengthen your intercultural leadership skills

    by completing group projects with Spanish students.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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  • beaches

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  • universities

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Location & Culture

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Culture, sport, fashion, finance, media, entertainment – Barcelona is brimming with it all. The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is home to 1.6 million in the city proper and 4.5 million in the broader metro area. It is edged with a river on either 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. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but not imposed. Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, professors, host families – all speak clear Castilian when Spanish speakers are present. Spanish is widely used at the university. Students don’t need to speak Catalan, but learning a few words can open doors to making friends.

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.
  • Take one-day trips out of the city to explore Catalonia, with highlights that could include Greek and Roman ruins at Empuries, the medieval town of Girona, and the lush wine region in Penedés.
  • Explore beyond Barcelona with a weekend trip within Spain or Europe, and get to know the history and culture of another Spanish or European treasure.

INTERNSHIP

  • Get valuable international work experience with a for-credit internship. You might develop a marketing plan for the Museum of Chocolate in Barcelona, or use market research to see how social responsibility affects start-ups at Associacio Coworkings de Catalunya (COWOCAT).
  • Placements include start-ups, small to medium sized companies, and magazine and publishing houses, among others. Internships include a weekly class to support the experience with academics.

LANGUAGE-LEARNING ENHANCEMENT

Lectures, films, discussion groups, and neighborhood tours are all possibilities that will expand your cultural knowledge while you practice speaking Spanish.

 

CIEE GUARDIAN ANGELS

Native university students welcome our visiting students and help them get to know the city and meet new friends. You’ll join them in small groups for fun city tours, cooking classes, flamenco night, and more.

 

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. Live with a Spanish-speaking family -- with or 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 Study Center 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 the CIEE CIEE Barcelona.

  • 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.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

  • B

    UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

    Ramblas campus, Olympic Village campus, port campus

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    Getting Around

    Students walk or take the bus or metro to get from their lodgings to CIEE and university classes

What People are Saying

  • I love my academic experience studying abroad this semester, especially with the combination of CIEE and UPF classes. I was able to meet other study abroad students in my CIEE classes, but also some local students in my UPF classes. I give CIEE a ton of credit for the teachers that I had this semester. They cared so much about the course content that they were teaching all of us and stayed enthusiastic throughout the entire semester. But at the same time, they were very understanding of our position as study abroad students and I never felt stressed or overwhelmed. I loved my teachers and courses!

    Eliza, Colgate University, Spring 17
  • The experience was awesome, good diversification between studies, fun, culture, trips, people.

    Francesco, Fordham University,Fall 16

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What you need to know

The program details

This program is a perfect fit for economics students who want to pursue rigorous classes at a top-notch university, begin or further their Spanish language skills, and learn about culture in either English or Spanish.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is known for its small class sizes, international outlook, and internationally recognized economics program. UPF’s economic curriculum includes commercial management, labor economics, game theory, public policy analysis, international finance, social entrepreneurship, and more.

Language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. All other courses are taught by experienced university faculty and business professionals.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    UPF direct enrollment economics and business courses meet twice a week for 1.5 hours, plus additional small-group seminar sessions, and include local and international students. UPF Hispanic and European studies (UPF-HESP) courses include only other international students. Courses at CIEE Barcelona are attended by CIEE students exclusively. Typical class sizes for CIEE courses are no more than 15 students in Spanish language courses, and 10-25 students in elective courses.

  • GRADING

    Students are evaluated based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. CIEE, UPF direct enrollment and UPF-HESP courses are graded based on class participation, problem sets or a project, and a final exam; some require term papers and/or midterm exam. UPF direct enrollment and UPF-HESP 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. Spanish professors typically lend students less support than American counterparts. 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

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    3 semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics. 1 semester of calculus recommended. Must have junior-level standing or higher by time of arrival in Barcelona

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Total credit, academic year: 30 semester/45 quarter hours.
  • Contact hours: CIEE, UPF-HESP, and UPF direct enrollment courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

Students enroll in five courses per semester including:

  • 1 CIEE Spanish-language course
  • 1-2 courses at the UPF Department of Economics & Business or at the UPF HESP program
  • 2-3 CIEE elective 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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES—IN SPANISH

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN SPANISH

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA (UPF) ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES

(In English)

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Business Games

Business Logistics

Cost Accounting I

Econometrics II

Finance

Financial Management I

Human Resources I

International Economics I

International Finance Economics

Macroeconomics

Management of Non-Profit Organizations

Marketing

Markets and Derivatives

Mathematics for Finance

Multivariant Analysis

Networks, Crowds, and Markets

Operations Research

Organizational Behavior

Principles of Public Economics

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA (UPF) DIRECT ENROLLMENT ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES

(in Spanish)

This is a sample list of courses. Please note -  not all of the following courses are available every year.

Dirección Comercial I / Commercial Management I

Marketing de Servicios / Service Marketing

Recursos Humanos I / Human Resources I

UPF HISPANIC AND EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM (HESP) COURSES:

(in English)

This is a sample list of courses. Please note - not all of the following courses are available every year.

A Messy Garden. A History of the Cultural Values of Europe

Barcelona: The City and its History

Barcelona: The Rise of a Design City

Comparing Media

 Contemporary Spanish Art

Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: Which Role for International Development Cooperation?

Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for Fun or for Keeps

Global Media and International Journalism

History and Politics of Globalization

Independence, Federalism, and Secession: Catalonia and Beyond

Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural

Political Ideas from Early Modern Age to the Digital Revolution

Politics and Society in the European Union

“Sepharad”: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain 

The Barcelona Leadership Journey Toward Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social Transformations

United Nations: International Peace and Security

UPF HISPANIC AND EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM (HESP) COURSES

 (In Spanish)

This is a sample list of courses. Please note - not all of the following courses are available every year.

Catalan Language and Culture / Lengua y Cultura Catalanas

Contemporary Spanish Literature / Literatura Española Contemporánea

Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema / Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo

Literature and Politics in Latin America/ Literatura y política en América Latina

Social Movements in the 21st Century: Globalization, Crisis and Democratization Processes /

Los Movimientos Sociales en el Siglo XXI Ante la Globalización, la Crisis y Los Procesos de Democratización

Society and Politics in the Contemporary Spain/ Sociedad y Política en la España Contemporánea

Spanish: Oral Expression Techniques/Español: Técnicas de Expresión Oral

Spring 2019 courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • SPAN 1001 BASP: Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 1002 BASP: Pre-Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2001 BASP: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 3001 BASP: Advanced Spanish
  • SPAN 4001 BASP: Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 4002 BASP: Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition and Conversation III

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES—IN SPANISH

  • MGMT 3001 BASP (SPAN): International Management (Spanish)
  • MKTG 3001 BASP (SPAN): International Marketing (Spanish)

CIEE HUMANITIES ELECTIVE COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE HUMANITIES ELECTIVE COURSES—IN SPANISH

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA DIRECT ENROLLMENT ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES

Courses in English (3 credits)

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Advanced Macroeconomics
Prerequisites: Introduction to Macroeconomics.

Consumer Behavior

Commercial Management II

Financial Management II

Foreign Trade II

Game Theory and Design of Institutions
Prerequisites: Introduction to Microeconomics. Knowledge of Game Theory.

Human Resources II

International Business History

International Marketing

International Finance

Industrial Organization

New Topics in Marketing Management

Forecasting Techniques

Modern Statistical Computing in R

Operations Management

Psychology and Business

Strategic Management I

Topics in Macroeconomics

Econometrics III

Advanced Macroeconomics I

Industrial Organization

Real Analysis

Economic Institutions and Markets
 

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA DIRECT ENROLLMENT ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES

Courses in Spanish (3 credits)

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Gestión de Instituciones Sanitarias / Management for Health Institutions

Direccion Estrategica I / Strategic Management I

Economia Internacinal I / International Economics I

Investigacion de Mercados / Market Research

Juegos de Empresa / Business Games
 

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA HESP COURSES

Courses in English (3 credits)

This is a sample list of courses. Please note - not all of the following courses are available every year.

Political Marketing

Neuroscience for Humanities

Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space

Crossroads in the Arab Countries: Authoritarianism, Spring, and Islamic State

Contemporary Spanish Art

Corporate Brand Patrimony in the Context of European Cultural Identity

Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for Fun or for Keeps

The Barcelona Leadership Journey Towards Sustainability: Environmental, Social, and Business Transformations

Ancient Mediterranean

Barcelona: The Rise of a Design City

“Sepharad”: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain

Globalization, Development, and Social Cohesion

A Messy Garden. A History of the Cultural Values of Europe

Barcelona: The City and its History

Spain in Cinema: Global and Local Perspectives

Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political, and Cultural Exchanges Between East Asia, America, and Europe

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA HESP COURSES

Courses in Spanish (3 credits)

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Comunicación y Sociedad en España

La Protección Internacional de los Derechos Humanos

Picasso, Miró, Dalí, y el Arte de la Modernidad

Los Movimientos Sociales en el Siglo XXI Ante la Globalización, la Crisis y los Procesos de Democratización

Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo

Barcelona: la Ciudad y su Historia

De los Estereotipos Culturales al Diálogo Transcultural

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
  • Three-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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Fall 2018 15 weeks Sep 5, 2018 Dec 22, 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

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

Spring 2019 14 weeks Oct 1, 2018 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

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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