Barcelona, Spain

Global Architecture + Design

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Information for term Global Architecture + Design

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 15, 2018
  • Dates: Sep 5 – Dec 22, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 4 – Apr 25, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Challenge yourself to maximize natural and built resources, reduce the footprint of our buildings, and provide healthy environments in Barcelona, where there’s 2,000 years of design to inspire you. Use programming, design, and social science in hands-on workshops to create promise for the future, with cutting-edge tools and expert instruction from the best of Barcelona’s remarkable architecture and design community.  

Unique Experiences

  • Use FabLab facilities

    at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, a cutting-edge institution dedicated to developing architecture that meets 21st-century challenges.

  • See how design plans translate to completed projects

    by touring projects recently completed by international architects.

  • Participate in a ground-breaking design project

    to improve city living.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    8
  • municipal parks

    60
  • universities

    8

Location & Culture

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Culture, sport, fashion, finance, media, entertainment – Barcelona is brimming with all of it. 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. Students don’t need to speak Catalan, but learning a few words can open doors to making friends.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

See how designs translate from the page to real life during visits to local studios and architectural projects under construction.

  • Travel on an overnight trip to explore another Spanish or European city with historic and architectural significance.
  • See for yourself why landmarks like Museu Picasso and Gaudi’s La Sagrada Família engenders awe from visitors all over the world.

PROJECTS

  • Build on classwork with open lectures and design critique sessions conducted by IAAC professors, visiting lecturers, architects, historians, and researchers.
  • Volunteering. Connect with Spaniards as you give your time. You might help kids with homework, assist kids with special needs, or collect food for community projects
  • Collaborate on design projects in small groups with people from diverse backgrounds.

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 Study Center.

  • 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 BARCELONA

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

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    INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED ARCHITECTURE OF CATALONIA (IAAC)

    In the innovative 22@ area, known for urban regeneration.

  • C

    Getting Around

    Students walk or use public transportation.

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE designed this program with Maria Aiolova, award-winning educator, architect, urban designer, co-founder of Terreform ONE, and chair of the ONE Lab NY School for Design and Science. It is designed to develop a language of technological design that links individual responsibility and the global environmental crisis through study of places, cities, and cultures. The program includes the Future Cities Design Studio, a seminar, and science, engineering, and technology workshops. Students have access to cutting-edge facilities at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. This international center applies research and development to architecture and urbanism, welcoming students and investigators from more than 60 countries. IAAC collaborates with the City Council of Barcelona, Collserola Natural Park, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and companies like CISCO, Endesa, and Kuka Robotics. Together they develop research programs that bring together experts in architecture, engineering, biology, sociology, anthropology, and other fields.

Courses are taught in English by CIEE-contracted IAAC faculty members who also facilitate collaborative projects with local professionals and peers.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    All courses are customized for and open only to CIEE students. Classes include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students are encouraged to inquire, debate, collaborate, conduct experiments, and consider the role of today’s architects and designers. Students need open minds, a readiness to collaborate and exchange ideas, and motivation.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Students must be either: Majors in architecture, environmental design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainability studies, urban design Minors in one of the areas listed above, with 2-3 semesters of design studio or project-based courses in their major.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit: 15/22.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Future Cities Design Studio: 90; credit – 6 semester/9 quarter hours
  • Remaining required and elective: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours each

Students are required to take the following three courses plus a CIEE elective (3 credits).

  • Future Cities Design Studio (6 credits)
  • Future Cities Seminar (3 credits)
  • Science, Engineering, and Technology Workshop (3 credits)

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

  • ARCH 3001 BASP: Future Cities Design Studio
  • ARCH 3002 BASP: Future Cities Seminar
  • ARCH 3004 BASP: Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

  • AHIS 3001 BASP (ENG): Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts (in English)
  • AHIS 3001 BASP (SPAN): Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
  • COMM 3301 BASP: Intercultural Communication and Leadership (in English)
  • POLI 3002 BASP (SPAN): Spain Today: Politics and Society (in Spanish)
  • POLI 3002 BASP (ENG): Spain Today: Politics and Society (in English)
  • HIST 3003 BASP (SPAN): Past and Present in Barcelona (in Spanish)
  • MKTG 3002 BASP (ENG): Branding and Cultural Icons: The Case of Barcelona (in English)
  • POLI 3001 BASP: The Politics of Western Europe

CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

Spring 2018 Courses

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Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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
  • 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

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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Program

Spring 2018 16 weeks Fall 2018 16 weeks

Application Due

Apr 15, 2018

Start Date

Jan 4, 2018 Sep 5, 2018

End Date

Apr 25, 2018 Dec 22, 2018

Fees & Housing

$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 = $450

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $8,160

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

$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 = $450

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $8,160

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

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