Barcelona, Spain

Summer Language + Culture

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Information for term Summer Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 15 – Jun 12, 2023 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jun 12 – Jul 10, 2023 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jul 10 – Aug 5, 2023 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 15 – Jul 10, 2023 (8 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jun 12 – Aug 5, 2023 (8 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 15 – Aug 5, 2023 (12 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Barcelona offers endless opportunities to improve your Spanish language skills and learn about Spain’s art, history, and politics. Beyond the classroom, get to know the city with guided tours to museums and cathedrals, excursions to other towns, and insight from Spanish peers and homestays. Courses are taught at CIEE Barcelona, in English and Spanish, and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

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  • Live with a host family

    at their Barcelona home and upgrade your Spanish language skills as you learn about local customs.

  • Fast-forward your language skills

    or explore Spanish art, history, politics, or urban culture with classes taught in English and Spanish.

  • Experience life

    in a cosmopolitan university city rooted in ancient tradition and reaching toward the future.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    8
  • municipal parks

    60
  • beaches

    7

Location & Culture

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Culture, sport, fashion, finance, media, entertainment – Barcelona brims with all of it.  The largest city on the Mediterranean, Barcelona is home to 1.6 million in the city proper, edged by rivers on either side and backed by the Serra de Collserola mountains. A walk through the city reveals 2,000 years of history, 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. Both are regularly used in all aspects of life, and Catalan is not imposed.  Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, professors, host families – all speak clear Castilian when Spanish speakers are present.  Spanish is widely used at the university. Students don’t need to speak Catalan, but learning a few words can open doors to making friends.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Barcelona.

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Lean on CIEE-trained Barcelona students as you ease into life in Spain.  Our Local Students join you for activities that may include eating tapas or taking city tours among others.  Together you'll share an insider's view of the city.
  • Tour iconic sites like the Gothic Quarter, and explore Modernista architecture, and the Olympic Village and Born neighborhoods.
  • Take excursions to places like Sitges, the Dalí Museum in Figueres, or the Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona, among others.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    All housing is within a 30-minute commute to CIEE.

    Homestays: Live with a Spanish family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city’s language and culture. Each student has an individual room.
     

    Apartments: Students can live in apartments shared with other CIEE students. If local health and safety regulations permit, most students live in double or triple rooms. Each apartment will have shared common spaces, including kitchen and bathroom.
     

    Residence Halls: Students usually live with a mix of CIEE students, local and international students. If local health and safety regulations permit, students live in single, double, or triple rooms. Students usually share kitchens and common areas.

     Housing is tight in Barcelona. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive.

     

  • MEALS

    Homestay students have breakfast and dinner with their host families, and they are responsible for lunch.  Meals are not included at residence halls or apartments.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

  • A

    CIEE BARCELONA

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

  • B

    CIEE Study Center to CIEE Barcelona

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

What People are Saying

  • "It is such an immersive experience. Its the perfect way to travel if you havent gone abroad before"

    Kyndal A., University of Washington
  • "I loved living in a homestay, and I enjoyed the CIEE class I took."

    Kaitlin C., Barnard College
  • "It was incredible and so much more than I expected!"

    Kelsey G., University of Colorado-Boulder
  • "The course was really well organized and did a lot to make sure that we understand the material."

    Nikki M., University of Illinois at Chicago

Academics

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Academics

This summer program is designed for students to learn about Spain and Spanish culture and/or take their Spanish language skills to the next level, with a choice of one, two, or three four-week sessions.  Options include an advanced language course and content courses in art, history, and urban culture taught in English and Spanish.

Before coming to Spain, students wishing to take Advanced Spanish, take a placement exam.  The language course is taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language.  CIEE courses are taught by university faculty members.

Classes are held at CIEE Barcelona, located near the main square on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

Students need 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) to take courses taught in Spanish.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

  • Students enroll in one 3-credit course per session
  • Optional: Communicative Spanish course

Program Credit

Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session
  • CIEE Communicative Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours

Students studying with CIEE for multiple sessions may only take Communicative Spanish once.  

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Class Format

Classes are open only to CIEE students and meet Monday through Friday.  Language classes are small, typically with up to 15 students per class, and emphasize communication and work in small groups.  Content courses typically have no more than 20 students.

Grading

Students are graded based on class participation, class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations.  Grades are assigned on a 100-point scale.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and Spanish

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

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Course Information

Students studying with CIEE for multiple sessions may only take Communicative Spanish once.

Summer 2022 CIEE Courses

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Summer Session I

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Summer Session II

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Summer Session III

Course
Language
Semester Credit

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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 & Fees

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Dates & 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.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2023 4 weeks Apr 1, 2023 May 15, 2023* Jun 12, 2023*
Summer Session I and II 2023 8 weeks Apr 1, 2023 May 15, 2023* Jul 10, 2023*
Summer Sessions I, II and III 2023 12 weeks Apr 1, 2023 May 15, 2023* Aug 5, 2023*
Summer Session II 2023 4 weeks Apr 1, 2023 Jun 12, 2023* Jul 10, 2023*
Summer Session II and III 2023 8 weeks Apr 1, 2023 Jun 12, 2023* Aug 5, 2023*
Summer Session III 2023 4 weeks Apr 1, 2023 Jul 10, 2023* Aug 5, 2023*

*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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

Our Staff

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Get Started

Here's what you need to do to take the next steps:
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    START AN APPLICATION
    You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience! 

    Apply Now
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    CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    Contact Us

    Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.