Barcelona, Spain

Economics + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 21, 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 2 – Apr 18, 2020 (15 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 4, 2019 – Apr 18, 2020 (32 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Immerse yourself in Spanish university life at CIEE’s partner school, Universitat Pompeau Fabra (UPF) and CIEE Barcelona and gain in-depth knowledge of Catalonia’s position within Europe.  Choose from courses in English or Spanish at UPF’s Economics and Business school or from the Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP), which is one of Europe’s top programs for international students in the disciplines of communication, humanities, and the social sciences. Students can also gain insight into Spanish business culture and get real-world international work experience with a for-credit internship. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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 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

  • 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 startups at Associacio Coworkings de Catalunya (COWOCAT).
  • Placements include startups, 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 Local Students

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.

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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 CIEE Barcelona 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 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

  • A

    CIEE BARCELONA

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

  • B

    UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

    Ramblas campus, Olympic Village campus, port campus

  • C

    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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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

The CIEE Economics and Culture Program in Barcelona is designed for economics or business majors who want to increase their Spanish language skills and take rigorous coursework at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), which is internationally recognized for its economics program. Students take a Spanish language course based on their skill level, 1-2 courses at the UPF Department of Economics & Business and/or at the UPF HESP program, and 2-3 CIEE elective courses. 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.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a highly-ranked public university in Barcelona created in 1990 by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia. It is known for its small class sizes and international outlook. The curriculum includes commercial management, labor economics, game theory, public policy analysis, international finance, social entrepreneurship, and more. CIEE students attend classes at the Ciutadella Vila Olímpica Campus.

CIEE Barcelona is located near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza de Catalunya.

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. Typical class size for direct enrollment courses is 70-100 students (20-30 for seminars). UPF Hispanic and European studies (UPF-HESP) courses include only other international students and meet twice a week for 2 hours. Typical class size for UPF-HESP courses is 15-30 students. Courses at CIEE Barcelona are attended by CIEE students exclusively. Typical class sizes for CIEE courses are no more than 16 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 2019 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 2020 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 ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES—IN 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 I
Industrial Organization
Advanced Macroeconomics
Commercial Management II
Consumer Behavior
Econometrics III
Economic Institutions and Markets
Financial Management II
Forecasting Techniques
Foreign Trade II
Game Theory and Design of Institutions
Human Resources II
Industrial Organization
International Business History
International Finance
International Marketing
Modern Statistical Computing in R
New Topics in Marketing Management
Operations Management
Psychology and Business
Real Analysis
Strategic Management I
Topics in Macroeconomics

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.

Direccion Estrategica I / Strategic Management I
Economia Internacinal I / International Economics I
Gestión de Instituciones Sanitarias / Management for Health Institutions
Investigacion de Mercados / Market Research

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.

“Sepharad”: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain
A Messy Garden. A History of the Cultural Values of Europe
Ancient Mediterranean
Barcelona: The City and its History
Barcelona: The Rise of a Design City
Between Tolerance and Conflict
Brand Equity Communications and its Unique Corporate Value
Corporate Brand Patrimony in the Context of European Cultural Identity
Contemporary Spanish Art
Crossroads in the Arab Countries: Authoritarianism, Spring, and Islamic State
Geopolitical Games: Foreign Policy of Russia and China
Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for Fun or for Keeps
Globalization, Development, and Social Cohesion
Independence, Federalism and Secession: Catalonia and Beyond
International Business and Globalization
Neuroscience for Humanities
Political Marketing
Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space
Spain in Cinema: Global and Local Perspectives
The Barcelona Leadership Journey Towards Sustainability: Environmental, Social, and Business Transformations
The EU in the World
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 note: all the following courses are not available every year.

Barcelona: la Ciudad y su Historia
De los Estereotipos Culturales al Diálogo Transcultural
Ficción Televisiva, Globalización e Identidades Culturales Comunicación y Sociedad en España
Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo
La Protección Internacional de los Derechos Humanos
Los Movimientos Sociales en el Siglo XXI Ante la Globalización, la Crisis y los Procesos de Democratización
Picasso, Miró, Dalí, y el Arte de la Modernidad

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
  • 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
  • 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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Fall 2019 15 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 4, 2019 Dec 21, 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 = $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

Academic year 2019-2020 32 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 4, 2019 Apr 18, 2020
$36,955
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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 = $28,088 **

Housing = $8,400 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $36,955

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 = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,600

Expenses during break = $600 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $10,010

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

for students in residencia or shared apartment; homestay students should budget $2,300 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

Spring 2020 15 weeks Oct 1, 2019 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.

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

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