Barcelona, Spain

January Business + Culture

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Information for term January Business + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – 20, 2017 (3 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – 20, 2018 (3 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Pack your January with business insights and experiences that will give you a strong advantage in the job market and provide memories you’ll never forget. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, Barcelona offers you art, stunning architecture and guided tours of the historical district. In addition, you will gain exposure to Barcelona business and industry where your understanding of international markets will surely be enhanced.

Unique Experiences

  • Take a weekend trip .

    to other scenic Spanish cities such as Madrid or Seville

  • Be paired with a CIEE Guardian Angel

    a local university student who helps you get settled and shares fun activities like cooking classes, guided tours, and a tapas night.

  • Admire the architectural history

    of this 2000 year old city.

  • sharks in the Aquarium Barcelona

  • parks and gardens

  • five star hotels


Location & Culture

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Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Walking through the city, one can observe Roman remains contrasting with the ultramodern buildings reflecting the city’s commercial and industrial successes. CIEE’s January Business and Culture program in Barcelona allows you to discover a new culture and gain critical global perspective.

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The Culture


  • Explore the region of Catalonia and surrounding provinces with fun day and overnight trips.
  • Catch an exciting soccer match at the Futbol Club Barcelona, a sports club best known worldwide for its football team.
  • Live with a local family who can introduce you to the city’s culture and help you adapt to life in Barcelona.
  • Take in a performance at the Barcelona and Catalonia National Symphonic Orchestra.


  • Volunteering. Although there are no formal community service activities on this program, CIEE staff is happy to connect students with volunteer opportunities..
  • Peer to peer. Guardian Angels are local university students who help CIEE study abroad students settle into their life in Spain. The Guardian Angels program is a unique feature of the CIEE Study Center in Barcelona.

Daily Life

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    Homestay Study abroad students can choose to live in a Spanish homestay (one or two CIEE students per home). Each student will be placed in a single room. Residence hall Students may also live in the student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. As slots in residencies may be limited, students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.


    Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the student’s expense. Meals are not included for students in the residence halls, but they share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    Getting Around

    All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona and are within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center.

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What you need to know

The program details

This program is unique because it emphasizes both the theories of international marketing and the cultural context in which business is conducted. Courses are taught by local university faculty and/or marketing professionals


Guardian Angels are local university students who help CIEE study abroad students adapt to life in Barcelona. CIEE students and their Guardian Angels participate in field trips, take cooking classes, go hiking and enjoy other events. The Guardian Angels program is a unique feature of the CIEE Study Center in Barcelona.


Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages in Barcelona and the region. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but is not imposed on non-Catalan speakers. While it is not necessary to speak Catalan to survive in Barcelona, you will find that learning a few words can be an enjoyable experience and open doors to making friends.


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    CIEE courses are with other CIEE students only.


    In CIEE courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers group or individual projects, and/or oral presentations.


    Typically there are no more than 20 students per class. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad experience, early departure for, or late return from, vacation is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program or upon completion of the program.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


Program Credit

  • Total credit, 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45

Students take the required course, International Marketing.

January 2018

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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.



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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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

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.

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals for students living in homestays
  • 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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