Barcelona, Spain

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

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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

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • 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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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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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.

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    UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

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

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    Getting Around

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

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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 students 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 quickly advance their language skills while building a broad understanding of Spain’s history and culture. Students may request to enroll in 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 host institution courses, UPF-HESP and/or UPF-direct enrollment (3 credits each)
    • ​One host institution course, UPF-HESP or UPF direct enrollment (3 credits), and 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.

SPRING 2019 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

Courses in Spanish (3 credits)

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
  • Contemporary Spanish Literature (20th Century)/Literatura Española Contemporánea
  • Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema/Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo
  • Social Movements and Contemporary World. U.S., Europe, and Spain (1950–2009)/Movimientos Sociales y Mundo Contemporáneo. Estados Unidos, Europa, y España (1950–2009)
  • Barcelona, the City and its History/ Barcelona, la Ciudad y su Historia.
  • From Cultural Stereotypes to Transcultural Dialogue/ De los Estereotipos Culturales al Diálogo Transcultural
     

Direct Enrollment CLASSES AT UPF - Courses in Spanish (3 credits)

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.

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES—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.

  • 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 Contemporary Spain / Sociedad y política en la España contemporánea
  • Spanish: Oral Expression Techniques / Técnicas de Expresión Oral

Direct Enrollment 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.

  • Fundamental Philosophy Themes /Temas Fundamentales de la Filosofía (UPF-Humanities)
  • Great Religious Traditions/ Grandes Tradiciones Religiosas (UPF-Humanities)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies / Introducción a los estudios literarios (UPF - Humanities)
  • Medieval History / Historia Medieval (UPF - Humanities)
  • Primitive Art / Arte Primitivo (UPF - Humanities)

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

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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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 = $14,183 **

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

Spring 2019 14 weeks 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 = $14,783 **

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 = $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

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 = $27,518 **

Housing = $8,400 ***

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 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

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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