Barcelona, Spain

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

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 20, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 3 – Apr 20, 2018 (16 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 7, 2017 – Apr 20, 2018 (33 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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With a solid background in Spanish language, you’re perfectly poised to get the most of all Barcelona has to offer – storied museums, towering cathedrals, avant-garde architecture, savory tapas, the works of superstar artists like Dali, Picasso, and Miró, and so much more. Every outing, plus a weekend adventure beyond the city, supplements lessons in your Spanish-led classes and enhances your understanding of this vibrant Catalan capital.

Unique Experiences

  • Gain fluency fast with your community commitment

    to speaking Spanish at all times -chatting with Spanish peers in language exchanges, hanging out with your host family, working on a group project with classmates, and exploring city sights.

  • Live like a native Barcelonan

    in a cosmopolitan university city that’s rooted in ancient tradition and committed to the future.

  • Get work experience

    and a behind-the-scenes look at a publishing, marketing, business, school, or NGO with an internship.

  • 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. 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 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

Internships provide students with 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 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 site.

  • 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.

  • B

    UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

    UPF has several Barcelona locations, near the Olympic Village, Problenou, and the port.

  • C

    Getting Around

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

What People are Saying

  • Definitely the trip to Granada! I wouldn't have probably traveled there otherwise and it was one of my favorite cities that I visited abroad.

    Rachel, Vanderbilt University, Spring 17
  • My Spanish class was one of my favorite classes I have ever taken. My professor let us talk and actually practice our Spanish and she really helped me improve. I loved the small sizes of the classes because I wasn't nervous to speak in Spanish and I learned much more.

    Maddie, Vanderbilt University, Spring 17

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What you need to know

The program details

Our Liberal Arts program is geared for students to achieve significant language skill improvement and learn about Spanish history, politics, literature, and culture – with all courses taught in Spanish.

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). Founded in 1990 and known for its 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, near the Olympic Village, Poblenou, and the port.

UPF courses are taught by faculty from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. CIEE language courses are taught by professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. Internship seminars are taught by a professor with cross-cultural and business expertise. CIEE content courses are taught by experienced local faculty.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    UPF-HESP classes include no more than 35 students (all American); other UPF direct enrollment classes may include up to 90 students from Spain and other countries around the world. CIEE courses rarely exceed 20 and include only CIEE students. Classrooms are comfortable and equipped with current technology.

  • GRADING

    In CIEE and UPF-HESP courses, students are evaluated based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. In UPF direct enrollment courses, students are typically graded on class participation, problem sets or projects, and a final exam. UPF-HESP and UPF direct enrollment 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. Students are expected to work independently, adding readings from the syllabi to cover material not touched on in lectures.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Enter as a junior or senior with a minimum of 4 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
  • CIEE and UPF-HESP courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted
  • UPF-direct enrollment courses: varied.

With classes taught in Spanish, students are bound to quickly advance their language skills while they build a broad understanding of Spain’s history and culture. Students may request to take an additional elective for a total of 18 credits per semester. All students must enroll in at least 15 semester credits.

Each semester includes:

  • 1 required CIEE Spanish language course (3 credits)
  • 2 CIEE elective courses (3 credits each)
  • 2 additional elective courses. These can be:
    • Two courses at the host institution (UPF-HESP and/or UPF-direct enrolment) (3 credits each)
    • One at the host institution (UPF-HESP or UPF direct enrolment) (3 credits) + an internship (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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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • SPAN 3002 BASP: Advanced Spanish Grammar Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 3004 BASP: Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition and Conversation II
  • SPAN 3005 BASP: Advanced Spanish for Academic Discourse
  • SPAN 4001 BASP: Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES—IN SPANISH

  • AHIS 3001 BASP (SPAN): Catalonia and Spain through the Arts
  • MKTG 3001 BASP (SPAN): International Marketing (in Spanish)
  • MGMT 3001 BASP (SPAN): International Management (in Spanish)
  • CATA 1001 BASP: Introduction to Catalan Language in its Social Context
  • ECON 3002 BASP (SPAN): European Economic Integration and Its Impact on the Spanish Economy (in Spanish)
  • HIST 3002 BASP (SPAN): Past and Present in Barcelona (in Spanish)
  • POLI 3002 BASP (SPAN): Spain Today: Politics and Society (in Spanish)

CIEE INTERNSHIP

UPF HISPANIC AND EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM (HESP) COURSES

Not all classes are offered each semester. The final list of courses will be available upon arrival in Barcelona.

Communication and Society in Spain/Comunicación y Sociedad en España
This course intends to show the functioning and structure of the media in Spain. For that purpose, sessions alternate theory and practice in order to reflect the general communication system and its peculiarities.

Contemporary Spanish Literature (20th Century)/Literatura Española Contemporánea
This class provides students a critical approach to the different genres, literary trends, and most representative authors of Spanish literature during the contemporary period of the 20th century. The texts are placed into context by dealing with the different literary issues that arise from them, as well as their relation with the arts, history, and thinking of their time.

Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema/Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo
This course offers a vision of Spanish cinema, from the beginning of democracy in the 70s until present day. Special attention is placed on directors who are well known for their artistic values as well as for their capacity to reflect the Spanish society and the recent social changes in Spain, such as Almodóvar, Amenábar, Médem, and Guerín.

Oral Expression Techniques/Técnicas de Expresión Oral
This seminar is for students who wish to improve their spoken Spanish in academic or formal contexts. The seminar follows a methodology that combines communication practice with reflection and observation of the resources and linguistic phenomena.

Social Movements and Contemporary World. U.S., Europe, and Spain (1950–2009)/Movimientos Sociales y Mundo Contemporáneo. Estados Unidos, Europa, y España (1950–2009)
This course looks into modern social movements (civil rights, peace, feminist college) and examines some of the major activists and the social sectors that form them. It studies their foundations and analyzes their impact. The course has two goals—monographic and comparative. A comparative analysis enriches the vision of individual cases, and allows one to relate the historical development of these proposals and highlight existing influences.

Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain/Sociedad y política en la España contemporánea
This course is designed to give both political science and non-political science majors a robust overview of key features of Spanish Politics. The core of the course is the study of the nature and functioning of the Spanish democratic system established by the late seventies. It pays special attention to the main political processes, institutions, actors, belief systems and political behavior in the country, including contemporary political violence and international immigration. At the beginning of the course, some sessions will be devoted to study the previous Spanish democratic experience (1931-1936), its collapse (1936-1939), the authoritarian rule imposed afterwards and the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1978), episodes that have left their mark on the features of the current Spanish political system.

Literature and Politics in Latinoamerica/Literatura y Política en América Latina
This course objective is to introduce students to the complexities of the contemporary Latino America through the deep study of five recent novels of Latino-American writers (Roberto Bolaño, Evelio Rosero, Yuri Herrera, Horacio Castellanos Moya y Zoe Valdés) and their political context. Every novel will be examined and discussed from a literary perspective as well as from a social science perspective, analyzing the political aspects of every work. The aim is to widen the ability to interpret the political situation in the region and its structural problems, and to enhance the theoretical reflection between politics and literature.

REGULAR UNIVERSITY CLASSES AT UPF

The following list is a general selection of regular UPF courses available to international students and is subject to change. CIEE students enroll in Trimester I courses in the fall.

HUMANITIES
Contemporary Art, Contemporary Thought I, Geography, Greek Art, Medieval History, and Primitive Art

POLITICS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
International Public Law I, Political Actors: Parties and Interest Groups, and Public Policy II

SPRING 2018 COURSES

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES—IN SPANISH

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES—IN SPANISH

CIEE INTERNSHIP—IN SPANISH

UPF HISPANIC AND EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM (UPF-HESP) COURSES—IN SPANISH

Not all classes are offered each semester. The final list of courses will be available upon arrival in Barcelona.

Communication and Society in Spain/Comunicación y Sociedad en España
This course intends to show the functioning and structure of the media in Spain. For that purpose, sessions alternate theory and practice in order to reflect the general communication system and its peculiarities.

Contemporary Spanish Literature (20th Century)/Literatura Española Contemporánea
This class provides students a critical approach to the different genres, literary trends, and most representative authors of Spanish literature during the contemporary period of the 20th century. The texts are placed into context by dealing with the different literary issues that arise from them, as well as their relation with the arts, history, and thinking of their time.

Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema/Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo
This course offers a vision of Spanish cinema, from the beginning of democracy in the 70s until present day. Special attention is placed on directors who are well known for their artistic values as well as for their capacity to reflect the Spanish society and the recent social changes in Spain, such as Almodóvar, Amenábar, Médem, and Guerín.

Social Movements and Contemporary World. U.S., Europe, and Spain (1950–2009)/Movimientos Sociales y Mundo Contemporáneo. Estados Unidos, Europa, y España (1950–2009)
This course looks into modern social movements (civil rights, peace, feminist college) and examines some of the major activists and the social sectors that form them. It studies their foundations and analyzes their impact. The course has two goals—monographic and comparative. A comparative analysis enriches the vision of individual cases, and allows one to relate the historical development of these proposals and highlight existing influences.

Barcelona, the City and its History/ Barcelona, la ciudad y su historia
Once labeled by Newsweek magazine as the “coolest city in Europe,” Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Like all places, however, it is not without its complexities and contradictions. Behind a glossy and tourist-friendly façade, the city has a complex history.

This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subject in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning. Materials include images, maps, academic and literary texts, videos, field studies, and documentaries. We will also discuss issues relevant to people living within the city of Barcelona today.

From Cultural Stereotypes to Transcultural Dialogue/ De los estereotipos culturales al diálogo transcultural
This course seeks to develop student’s intercultural competence improving at the same time their Spanish oral communication. It will examine the clichés, cultural misunderstandings, stereotypes, and prejudices of the Spanish culture from the student´s own culture. From this analysis the objective is to develop the intercultural communication in Spanish, so students can communicate better in Spanish, understanding that language and culture are together. To develop that communication the course offers students linguistic and discursive tools that allow them to comprehend and communicate interculturally in Spanish in different scenarios where clichés, stereotypes and prejudices are present (family, work, food, leisure, etc.).

UPF DIRECT ENROLLMENT COURSES—IN SPANISH

The following list is a general selection of regular UPF courses available to international students and is subject to change.

Humanities
Contemporary Thought I, Esthetics and Cultural Philosophy, Ethics and Political Philosophy, Introduction to the History of Religion, Medieval History, Modern Art, Modern History, Pre- and Ancient History.

Politics and Public Administration
Intergovernmental Relations, International Public Law II, Political Science II, and Spanish Politics I and II.

Scholarships

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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

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 Academic year 2017-2018 33 weeks Fall 2018 16 weeks

Application Due

Apr 15, 2018

Start Date

Jan 3, 2018 Sep 7, 2017 Sep 5, 2018

End Date

Apr 20, 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Dec 20, 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 = $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 or shared apartment; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

$35,800
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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 = $26,933 **

Housing = $8,400 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $35,800

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 or shared apartment; 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 students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

$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.

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 $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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