What will you need to succeed in an increasingly globalized economy? Find out this summer by studying and exploring in two international business centers. Begin in the beautiful university town of Toulouse, studying the French labor. Then, in Barcelona, analyze the opportunities and challenges companies face as they reach into the international arena. You’ll go on plenty CIEE trips and excursions to explore France and Spain and get to know the locals.
Study abroad in Toulouse and Barcelona and you’ll:
- Study the role of human resources in executing corporate strategy
- Taste the essence of France and Spain during tapas nights
- Get out and explore by climbing mountains, going on bike rides, touring cities, and more
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and 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.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
You’ll take part in organized trips to history museums and monuments, go on guided tours of cities, visit multinational companies, and participate in weekend trips in each country. In France, you might visit the Midi-Pyrenées in the northeast or Marseille and Avignon in Provence. In Barcelona, you might travel to Girona and Costa Brava in the north of Catalunya or Tarragona and Costa Dorada in the south. Plus, you’ll take part in fun cultural activities like cooking classes, cheese tastings, winery visits, and bike rides in the Pyrenees mountains in France, and tapas nights and mountain hikes in Spain.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Students take one course during each session: Human Resource Management and the Labor Market in France in Toulouse and International Management in Barcelona. Students may also take an optional Communicative French Language course for 1 credit.
About the City
About The City
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history – Roman ruins, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th century Eixample district with its original examples of modernista architecture, and the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its landscape. Catalonia is also one of Spain’s most important regions from an economic viewpoint. Approximately one-quarter of all Spanish exports come from Catalonia, and three-quarters of the region’s industry is in or near the capital.
Toulouse, capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, is the fourth-largest city in France and has the second-largest student population in the country. Known as the “Pink City” due to the red/pink bricks that feature prominently in many of its buildings, Toulouse is a city rich in history and is a major business and technology center. The city has been consistently rated as one of the best places to study and live in France. Toulouse, home to French aerospace giant Airbus and several other top technology companies, has become the European aerospace industry hub. With easy access to the ocean and mountains, a good year-round climate, a vibrant art and music scene, and a university-student-friendly environment, Toulouse offers program participants the opportunity to learn about France’s past and present while experiencing life in a dynamic French city with top-rated universities, quaint neighborhoods, and wonderful café-lined squares.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Magda Bernaus is the Center Director. Her professional experience is varied and spans the touristic, cultural, and education sectors. She has worked in international education since 1999, and she has been the CIEE Study Center Director since 2012. Her academic area of expertise is medieval architecture, and she has extensive experience designing and teaching art and architectural history courses for both Spanish and North American universities in Spain. She holds a degree in tourism management (Escola de Turisme - Universitat Girona), a degree in art history (Universitat de Barcelona), and a Ph.D. in art history (Universitat de Barcelona).
Few cities in the world offer modern art, architecture, and design lovers as engaging a combination of assets as Barcelona. Like an artist’s muse—“the great enchantress,” as art critic R. Hughes calls it—Barcelona has provided inspiration to many, from Catalan-born architect Antoni Gaudí, to Andalusian painter Pablo Picasso or Valencian designer Javier Mariscal. Their work, like that of so many others, is inextricably linked to Barcelona.
Barcelona’s welcoming and, as a consequence, cosmopolitan character doesn’t end there. In the last 20 years, the city has experienced a radical change in many aspects, and some of the most renowned international artists and architects—Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel—have played a leading role in the reshaping of the city’s image. They have all left an unmistakable trace in the city. I am sure this is exactly the kind of lasting imprint Barcelona will leave on you.
— Magdalena Bernaus, Center Director
Marie-Anne Comoy has an extensive experience in managing customer portfolios and in carrying out quality audits of large multimedia companies in Paris. In 2011, she decided to apply her communication and public relation skills to developing a network of homestay families for the School for International Training in Toulouse. She carried out several homestay training sessions and advised various groups of students on cultural adaptation to a French homestay. Starting in January 2015, she has taken on further responsibilities with CIEE in assisting the Resident Director with program coordination and development of extracurricular activities. As Housing Coordinator, Marie-Anne Comoy is available to provide 24/7 support to the CIEE students on homestay-related issues
A resident of Toulouse with American and French citizenship, Isabelle received her Licence (BA) in French and philosophy and her master's degree in literature from the University of Paris–La Sorbonne. She has been on the teaching staff of New York's Marymount College and the Alliance Française in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Jaffe has taught French and English at several institutes and colleges in Toulouse and Avignon, and served as the supervisory director for the Centre International d'Etudes et de Loisirs, overseeing the pedagogy of the French language programs. She later directed the language and culture programs at the Centre d'Etudes Linguistiques d'Avignon.
In addition to her academic positions, Ms. Jaffe has worked as a cross-cultural consultant for several firms in the Toulouse area, including Aerospatiale. Her short stories have been published in literary journals in France and her plays have been produced in theaters in Toulouse.
Ms. Jaffe was a language instructor and assistant academic director for the SIT Toulouse program in the 1997–1998 academic year and was academic director in Toulouse from 1998 through 2014. In her role as academic director, Ms. Jaffe oversaw every aspect of the program. In addition to designing the program's academic and field-based components, she collaborated with an extensive network of individuals and organizations affiliated with the program and worked to ensure students’ academic needs were met. In the Fall of 2014, she was hired to set up and run CIEE study center in Toulouse.
Fernando Janeiro coordinates semester and summer programs. He is a native of Galicia in western Spain. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Univesidade de Vigo in 2002, he moved to Barcelona and completed a second bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2007), and then an M.A. in Comparative Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2009), and a Teaching Certificate for Spanish as a Second Language (International House / IL3 Universitat de Barcelona, 2014). Nando has extensive experience teaching language and humanities courses in both Spanish and English. Nando is a self-educated illustrator and designer, and he recently published his first comic book, “Rufino y Escrutinio: problemas en los márgenes”.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
In Toulouse, depending on the class size, classes will be held at the CIEE Study Center located in historical part of Toulouse, or one block away at the at Institut Catholique. In Barcelona, you will take classes at the CIEE Study Center, located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center where you’ll find CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.
The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Study abroad students can choose to live in either French homestays; in a student residence (residence hall) with other French and international students in individual rooms sharing kitchen; or in a shared studio apartment with a small kitchen.
Students living in a homestay will live in various Toulouse communities. They typically eat weekday breakfasts and dinners at the place of residence, which are included in the study abroad fee. They may purchase lunches at local cafes, restaurants, and markets located throughout the city. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week.
Meals and laundry are not included in the student residence option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays, residences and apartments are located in the city of Toulouse and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center. As slots in homestays, residences and studio apartments may be limited, students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Toulouse.
Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student in individual rooms), in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students in individual rooms sharing kitchen, or in a shared apartment typically in double or single rooms.
Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allowed to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia or shared apartment option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays, residencias and shared apartments are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center.
As slots in residencies and shared apartments 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.
You'll begin your study abroad experience even before leaving home by participating in CIEE online pre-departure orientations. Meeting with students online, the resident directors share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: To help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.
Each session begins with a mandatory on site orientation organized by CIEE. The orientation includes introductions to Toulouse and Barcelona and their respective societies and cultures, first day “survival” skills, and tips on health and safety. Excursions in and around the city serve as a general introduction to the transportation system, and major points of interest, as well as needed resources and amenities.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Student apartments, residence halls, and homestays have Internet connections, and wireless Internet. Printing capabilities are available at the CIEE Study Centers
The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions, which include visits in Barcelona and Toulouse to business sites, monuments, guided tours of the historical district, and more. You'll also have access to the cultural program offered to all CIEE Study Abroad students in Toulouse and Barcelona. In Toulouse, you can expect to participate in cuisine workshops, cheese-tasting, a visit to a wine-making local farm, a bike ride on the canal embankment, or a hike in the Pyrenees mountains. In Barcelona, you will also participate tapas night with local students, a cooking class, or a hike in the mountains followed by a local meal. Although there are no formal community service activities on this summer program, volunteer opportunities can be arranged by CIEE staff.
The academic program is supplemented with field trips and excursions. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to students' overall study abroad experience, any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program or upon completion of the program.
Typically, each course meets four times weekly for three hours each. Students participate in class discussion, analyze case studies, attend guest speaker lectures, and complete a final project presentation. Off-campus site visits to local and multinational companies and historical places are arranged to integrate with academic learning.
Nature of Classes
All courses are with CIEE students only.
Courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, so the teaching and grading methods will be familiar to participants. Assessment for content classes is based on participation, short papers, tests, case studies, and/or oral presentations. Papers require students to conduct independent research and/or independent analysis of texts and material covered in class. Attendance and punctuality in all classes weigh heavily in student evaluations.
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught in English.
Courses are taught by faculty, who are specialists in their respective fields, from a range of Barcelona and Toulouse institutions.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Course List & Descriptions
BUSI 3004 TOFR
Human Resource Management and the Labor Market in France
This course will analyze Human Resources Management (HRM) from the perspective of multiple disciplines: economics, sociology, social psychology, and law. The focus of the course is to consider HRM mostly as a strategic tool for the firm, and analyze the importance of a sound incentive, performance review, and reward system, which is aligned with the strategy of each business. Topics such as job design, recruitment, and job training are also addresses. Different case studies of European and French companies will be analyzed and compared with those of American firms. In addition, the case study of French labor market and regulations is presented, with its 35-hour week, in which the role of unions and employers’ federations is analyzed.
FREN 0001 TOFR - Communicative French Language
This course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture. Contact Hours: 15 Credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours
BUSI 3001 BABC / MGMT 3001 BABC
This course provides students with the framework, tools, and factual knowledge required to understand the institutional and competitive environment and managerial challenges of firms in international competition. It analyzes the socio-cultural, political, and economic characteristics of a country and how they influence the behavior of firms; and studies the main economic flows around the world, its barriers, and their impact on firms. It also introduces briefly the study of internationalization methods used by firms.