Barcelona, Spain

Language + 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 20, 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 18, 2019 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 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: 15 semester hours / 22.5 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: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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The Catalan capital of Barcelona overflows with opportunities to practice – or begin – your quest for stronger Spanish language skills. Beyond the classroom, you’ll get to know a city steeped in history and culture, with guided tours to storied museums and towering cathedrals, language exchange sessions with Spanish peers, homestays, and activities. And with overnight and day trips, you’ll get a taste of the country beyond.

Unique Experiences

  • Join a host family

    at their Barcelona home and soak up the Spanish language and local customs.

  • Connect with Spanish students

    in a language exchange that helps you practice all you’re learning.

  • Experience life in a cosmopolitan university

    city that’s rooted in ancient tradition and reaching forward to the future.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    8
  • beaches

    7
  • universities

    8

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. Students don’t need to speak Catalan, but learning a few words can open doors to making friends.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • See the largest and broadest collection of Salvador Dali’s works with a guided visit to the Dalí Museum in Figueres.
  • Step back centuries in time with a tour of Roman ruins in the coastal city Tarragona.
  • See Barcelona and the coast from spectacular heights atop Tibidabo Mountain.
  • Explore life beyond Barcelona with a weekend in another Spanish city, and discover the treasures of the country.

INTERNSHIP

Students can opt for internships to gain practical experience at NGOs, schools, publishing companies, marketing agencies, businesses, and more. Internships include weekly classroom components that enrich the experience.

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 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.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE SITE

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

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    UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

    CIEE students attend class at the Ciutadella Vila Olimpica Campus.

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    Getting Around

    Students use public transportation to get from their lodgings to CIEE – no more than a 30-minute ride.

What People are Saying

  • The teachers I have had have been amazing. The homestay I am in is absolutely incredible. I don't want this semester to end and that includes my classes

    Ashley, Elon University,Fall 16
  • My local student was absolutely incredible, I love that aspect of the program.

    Maura, Colgate University,Fall 16

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE courses are taught in adjoining historic buildings near the city’s main square. Language and Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses are taught at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Known for its small class sizes, international outlook, and emphasis on technology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra offers degrees in fields ranging from business to social sciences. The university has several Barcelona locations – CIEE students attend classes at the Ciutadella Vila Olímpica Campus, near the Olympic Village.

UPF-HESP courses are taught by UPF faculty. Language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. CIEE courses are taught by local university faculty members.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    UPF-HESP classes include no more than 35 students; UPF language classes include 10-15 students, and both include other international students. CIEE courses typically include 10-25 students and are only for CIEE students. Classrooms are comfortable and equipped with current technology.

  • GRADING

    In CIEE, UPF-HESP and UPF- language courses, students are evaluated based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. UPF professors grade on a 10-point scale, and points are converted to 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, our staff encourages them to use their skills with local students, host families, and people they meet.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Enter as a junior or senior 0-3 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours
  • Total credit, academic year: 30 semester/45 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: CIEE and UPF-HESP courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated
  • Required language courses: 90; credit – 6 semester/9 quarter hours
  • Students enroll in four classes per semester:

  • 1 required UPF Spanish language course (6 credits)
  • 1-2 CIEE elective courses (3 credits each)
  • Internship, optional (3 credits)
  • 1 UPF-HESP elective course (3 credits)

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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CIEE Courses

UPF REQUIRED LANGUAGE COURSES

These courses meet for 8 hours per week and are taught at UPF

BEGINNING SPANISH LANGUAGE

This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate when carrying out everyday tasks, understand phrases and expressions of common use, and describe aspects of their own past as well as issues related to their most immediate needs. The course seeks to provide a basic repertoire of linguistic elements and sufficient vocabulary to meet these communicative goals. Students should be able to use some simple grammatical structures and in general be able to pronounce in a clear, comprehensible way. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

PRE-INTERMEDIATE SPANISH LANGUAGE

(Prerequisite: one semester of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent)
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principal points of clear texts and writings in standard language; knows how to describe in the past and to exchange information about daily routines, experiences, likes, and interests. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with frequent topics and daily situations. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH LANGUAGE

(Prerequisite: two or three semesters college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.)
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principal points of clear texts and writings in standard language; produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics in which there is a personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; justify their own opinions, and express plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with non-frequent topics and unpredictable situations. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

UPF HISPANIC AND EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM (HESP) COURSES

The academic offering may vary from semester to semester. This is a sample of courses that have been taught in previous semesters.

Courses taught in English (3 credits)

  • 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
  • Global Media and International Journalism
  • History and Politics of Globalization
  • Independence, Federalism and Secession: Catalonia and Beyond
  • Political Ideas from the 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 towards Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social Transformations
  • United Nations: International Peace and Security

SPRING 2019 COURSES

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CIEE COURSES

UPF REQUIRED LANGUAGE COURSES

These courses meet for 8 hours per week and are taught at UPF

Beginning Spanish Language
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate when carrying out everyday tasks, understand phrases and expressions of common use, and describe aspects of their own past as well as issues related to their most immediate needs. The course seeks to provide a basic repertoire of linguistic elements and sufficient vocabulary to meet these communicative goals. Students should be able to use some simple grammatical structures and in general be able to pronounce in a clear, comprehensible way. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Pre-Intermediate Spanish Language
(Prerequisite: one semester of college-level Spanish, or equivalent)
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; knows how to describe in the past and to exchange information about daily routines, experiences, likes and interests. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with frequent topics and daily situations. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Intermediate Spanish Language
(Prerequisite: two or three semesters college-level Spanish, or equivalent)
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics in which there is a personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; justify their own opinions; and express plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with non-frequent topics and unpredictable situations. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

UPF-HESP ELECTIVES COURSES

The academic offering may vary from semester to semester. This is a sample of courses that have been taught in previous semesters.

Courses taught in English (3 credits)

  • 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
  • Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identity
  • Crossroad in the Arab Countries: Authoritarianism, Spring and Islamic State
  • Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: which role for International Development Cooperation?
  • Global Marketing and Culture of FC Barcelona
  • International Business and Globalization
  • Neurosciences for Humanities
  • Political Marketing
  • Politics and Society in the European Union
  • Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space
  • "Sepharad": History and Heritage of Jewish Spain
  • Spain in Cinema: Local and Global Perspectives
  • The Barcelona Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business and Social Transformations
  • Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe

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

No Hidden Fees

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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 = $14,308 **

Housing = $4,075 ***

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 = $27,768 **

Housing = $8,150 ***

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 = $14,908 **

Housing = $4,075 ***

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 18, 2019*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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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