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Program Overview

Program Overview

How does one event like the Olympic Games impact a city’s economy? You’ll explore this, the challenges facing European economies, and more in Barcelona on our Economics and Culture program. You’ll enroll in courses in a world-renowned economics program, live with a local family, pursue and internship, and go on a variety of exciting cultural activities and excursions – all with the goal to gain insight into business and economics in Barcelona, Spain, and Europe.

Study abroad in Barcelona and you'll:

  • Analyze and articulate the current challenges of the European economy
  • Discuss and interpret differences between U.S. and European economic models
  • Gain an understanding of the impact of European integration on the Spanish economy
  • Demonstrate multicultural leadership skills through participation in group projects with Spanish students
  • Begin or build on your Spanish language skills
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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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you’re a beginner or heritage speaker, CIEE has a Spanish language and area studies course to meet your needs and abilities. You’ll also choose from a variety of electives – offered in both English and Spanish – at an institution known worldwide for its economics department. From commercial management and labor economics to game theory, public policy analysis, international finance, and social entrepreneurship, you’ll have access to a curriculum that allows you to pursue your interests and satisfy your major or minor requirements.

Excursions

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The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions, which include guided visits to business sites, art and history museums, monuments, and more. Students also have access to the cultural program offered to all CIEE study abroad students in Barcelona.

Enjoy excursions to museums, cathedrals, monuments, and other landmarks throughout Barcelona to get a feel for the city. Day excursions may take you to the Greek and Roman ruins at Empuries, the medieval town of Girona, and the lush Penedés wine region. Longer trips to Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Andalusia, Granada, or the Pyrenees will show you another city’s unique culture, gastronomy, and history. Guided visits address how the specific city or region has been affected since the mid 1980s when Spain joined the EU. These visits complement topics discussed in the core course about European Integration and its impact on the Spanish economy.

Internships

Step into the professional world and gain critical work experience. While in Barcelona, CIEE helps you set up a for-credit internship. At Business Yachtclub Barcelona, you might develop a marketing plan for a historical ship. At KnowLab you might use market research to determine how social responsibility impacts start-ups.

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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.

The program fee includes:

  • 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 button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (15 wks)
04/15/2016
09/07/2016
12/23/2016
$18,450

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,832
Housing ***
$4,200
Insurance
$118

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* 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

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Spring 2017 (16 wks)
10/01/2016
01/03/2017
04/26/2017
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,183
Housing ***
$4,200
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* 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

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Fall 2017 (15 wks)
04/15/2017
09/06/2017
12/21/2017
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,183
Housing ***
$4,200
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* 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

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Academic year 2016-2017 (33 wks)
04/15/2016
09/07/2016
04/26/2017
$35,100

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$26,282
Housing ***
$8,400
Insurance
$118

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* 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 students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
    • Junior standing or above
    • 3 semesters of college-level of micro- or macroeconomics; and 1 semester calculus
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Recommended credit for the semester program is 16 semester/24 quarter hours. Recommended credit for the academic year is 32 semester/48 quarter hours.

Contact hours for the CIEE core course, CIEE electives, HESP courses, and UPF courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Total hours for the CIEE internship are 135 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Contact hours for CIEE language courses are 60 hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take five courses per semester.

All students take a CIEE Spanish language course at their level; 1 UPF direct enrollment business or economics course; 1 CIEE business or economics elective and 2 electives from CIEE, or UPF’s Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP).

Students with less than four semesters of college-level Spanish take their content courses in English. Students with four to five semesters of college-level Spanish take two of their content courses in Spanish. Students with six or more semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent take all their courses in Spanish.

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About the City

About The City

There’s no better place to explore and learn than in Barcelona, with its dynamic personality, pleasant climate, and fascinating history. A leading touristic, economic, cultural, and sports center, Barcelona influences commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts around the world. The city has a reputation for being edgy while maintaining tradition, having undergone many transformations and now serving as home to eight universities – yes, it’s a college town!

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 history – Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th-century Eixample district with its original examples of modernista architecture – contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign the skyline.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Magda Bernaus

Center Director

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 Autònoma de Barcelona), a degree in art history (Universitat de Barcelona), and a Ph.D. in art history (Universitat de Barcelona).

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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

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Mar Modolell

Student Services Coordinator

Mar Modolell is the program’s Student Services Coordinator. She has been with CIEE since 2010. Mar is originally from Barcelona but has lived in other parts of Spain. She holds a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design (Winchester School of Arts, London – Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona) and has a photography certificate from the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya. Prior to joining CIEE, Mar worked for several fashion design companies (including Zara and Bershka) and also as a free-lance photographer.

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Sandra Rodriguez Pareja

Resident Director

Sandra is originally from Seville, Spain and studied English at the University of Seville, she also spent a year in Aberdeen, Scotland as an Erasmus student,where she workedfor three years. She worked as Fulbright TA in Minnesota, US, for a year, and at the University of Michigan as teacher, and coordinator for their summer programs in Granada and Salamanca;. She has taught Spanish and English as a foreign language both in the United States and in Spain; and she has been a Resident Director in Cuba for two years. Sandra holds a Masters of Spanish (Universidad de Sevilla-University of Michigan), has training in “Foreign Language Teaching Methodologies” (University of Michigan) and in “Intercultural Communication” (University of Saint Thomas). She is also certified as an “International Business and Foreign Trade Advisor” (Ingecom – Cámara de Comercio de Sevilla).

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra was created in 1990. It offers degrees in law, economics, business, social sciences, communications, humanities, and technology. Features include its highly dedicated teaching staff, small class size, focus on technology, and an international outlook. The University is located throughout Barcelona, with buildings near the Ramblas, Olympic Village, and port. The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Barcelona even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares 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 identify your goals.

A three-day orientation session conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces you to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information on living in Spain and Barcelona in particular. Topics such as the Spanish university system, banking, safety, how and where to shop, bilingualism in Catalonia, and cultural adaption are covered. Orientation also includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing. A language placement exam is conducted during orientation, and you are placed in the appropriate language courses based on the results. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have wireless Internet access in your homestay or student residencias and be able to use the WiFi and computer room at the CIEE Study Center.

You'll receive a Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) student card and email account, and have access to all university computer rooms for class related activities. You'll receive a code and password for Campus Global (the UPF Intranet), which will give you access to class notes, slides, and your professors’ contact information.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions, which include visits to museums, cathedrals, monuments, the port and guided tours of the historical district in Barcelona. Day excursions to locations such as the Natural park of La Garrotxa, Greek and Roman ruins at Empuries, Dali museum in Figueras, Jewish quarter in Girona, Roman amphitheater in Tarragona, and the lush Penedés wine region are also included. Longer trips may include Madrid, Sevilla, Granada, Mallorca, and the Pyrenees.

In addition to historic aspects, guided visits also address how the specific city or region has been affected since the mid 1980s, when Spain joined the EU. These visits complement topics discussed in the core course about European integration and its impact on the Spanish economy.

Other cultural activities are designed to bring American and Spanish university students together. These include conversation exchanges with Spanish students and non-credit Spanish cooking classes organized by CIEE. Specific volunteer opportunities are also offered to students in the program.

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Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels are local university students who help study abroad students to settle into their life in Spain through small group activities like flamenco night, cooking classes, and tours of the city. They participate in field trips and other events. Guardian Angels are there to help you make friends at the university, introduce you to the city’s culture, and generally help you adapt to life in Barcelona. The Guardian Angels program is a unique feature of the CIEE Study Center in Barcelona.

Language Activities

A program of language activities has been developed to enhance your language learning. These activities may include lectures, films, discussion groups, and neighborhood tours. You'll participate actively, speaking Spanish at all times.

Catalan

Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages in Barcelona and the region. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but not imposed on non-Catalan speakers. Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, service representatives, professors, and homestay families all speak clear Castilian whenever a Spanish speaker is present. Spanish is widely used at the university, and you are advised on which classes are taught in Spanish. While it is not necessary to speak Catalan to survive in Barcelona, you will find that learning a few words can be an enjoyable experience and open doors to making friends.

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Academics

Academics

The Economics and Culture study abroad program is designed for students with a background in economics and interest in continuing their study through rigorous economics classes at a top-notch university, especially known for its economics faculty, while also taking classes in Spanish language and culture.

Students with beginner- to intermediate-level Spanish, (typically the equivalent to up to three semesters of Spanish), take classes in English. Students with intermediate to advanced Spanish, (typically the equivalent to four and five semesters), take a combination of classes in English and Spanish. Advanced students (typically those with six or more semesters of Spanish), take all of their coursework in Spanish.

Students select courses from CIEE electives; a range of regular, direct-enrolment Universitat Pompeu Fabra courses with Spanish students taught in English or Spanish; Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) culture courses taught in English or Spanish; and a CIEE Internship.

Academic Culture

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.

With the progressive introduction of the Bologna standardization system, there has been an increasing emphasis on class attendance, participation at daily lectures, and careful note taking. Traditionally, class syllabi were not as detailed as American syllabi and students were expected to decide for themselves which readings from the syllabus they needed to study in order to fill in gaps missed during the lectures. These trends are changing with the introduction of the Bologna system where students receive a great deal more guidance and specific information both in terms of topics covered in courses, as well as specific assignments.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra classrooms are modern, comfortable, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology used for instruction. Typically classes in the Department of Business and Economics meet twice a week for 1.5 hours per session. In addition, there are several “seminar” sessions during the term, in which students are divided in small subgroups.

Hispanic and European studies courses are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments, as well as regular attendance at lectures. Class size does not exceed 35 students.

Spanish language courses are taught at the CIEE Study Center. Class size is small, with a maximum of 12 participants. Special emphasis is placed on the use of Spanish in a business environment.

The fall semester begins in early September and ends just before Christmas. The spring semester begins in early January and ends in late April. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall experience, early departure for or late return from vacation is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods, or upon completion of the study abroad program.

Nature of Classes

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) economics classes are with Spanish and international students. UPF’s Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses are with other international students. CIEE language and elective courses are with CIEE students only.

Language Environment

As study abroad students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate the more a community that contributes to Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society develops.

Grading System

In CIEE and Hispanic and European studies courses, students are graded on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to standards in the U.S. In Universitat Pompeu Fabra courses, assessment is typically based on a combination of class participation, problem sets or specific projects, and a final exam. Some courses require a term paper in addition to the final exam. Occasionally, a term paper can be substituted for the final exam. Midterms may also be given. Spanish professors grade on a 10-point scale, which is converted to a letter grade.

Students must check with their professors to find out exam and other due dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter the deadline for a student who has made travel plans on the same day an exam is scheduled or an assignment is due.

Internship

An internship allows students to have a practical experience in an organization within a variety of industry sectors. Placements are carefully selected and students help develop projects in startups, small to medium companies, and magazines and publishing companies, among others. In addition to the on-site work experience, students have a weekly classroom component that provides academic support to their practical experience.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

Language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. CIEE and Universitat Pompeu Fabra courses are taught by local university faculty and professionals.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE Spanish courses are specifically designed for CIEE students. All students are required to take one language course.

SPAN 1001 BASP

Beginning Spanish
This course is designed for students who have never studied Spanish or have had one semester of Spanish prior to enrolling in the program. The class opens with sessions on survival language skills during the first two weeks of the program, and is designed from a communicative perspective to help true beginners of Spanish language develop fundamental linguistic language skills in listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing. Although the course encompasses all of the key areas of grammar and vocabulary typically encountered in a first semester Spanish course, it is specifically designed for students majoring in business, economics, marketing, and related fields. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4,5 quarter hours.

SPAN 2001 BASP

Intermediate Spanish
This class is designed for students with intermediate language skills. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. Through a communicative methodology, students work to improve their language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish. Students focus on real-life application of language. By the end of the course, students cover the basic range of grammatical tools necessary to communicate effectively. These include the present, past, and future tenses; direct and indirect object pronouns; prepositions and adverbs; and selected aspects of the subjective and conditional tenses. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4,5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3001 BASP

Advanced Spanish
This class is designed to challenge students with increasing language ability to improve on the skills they have already acquired. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. The course covers all four communicative skills (listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing) with special emphasis on complex aspects of the language that are particularly challenging for English-speakers. The course covers abstract functions of language such as expressing opinions, resolving conflicts, formulating complaints, making arguments, and negotiation. Grammatically, emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tools needed to achieve these aims: complex aspects of the various past tenses, the full range of subjunctive and conditional tenses, and formal and informal registers. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4,5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3002 BASP

Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
This course is designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language. The course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional modes, indirect speech, and the passive voice. Students also learn how to handle different registers or styles of Spanish (for example, formal and informal) necessary to communicate effectively in all types of cultural situations. The course covers all four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is specifically designed for students who take university courses in Spanish. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4,5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3005 BABC

Advanced Spanish for Students of Business and Economics
This course is aimed at students and who want to improve their specific knowledge of the language and use Spanish in different fields related to business and economics. Moreover, it’s adapted to the required contents of Certificado de Español de los Negocios (Cámara de Comercio de Madrid) and provides the students to take its official exams. It’s an advanced Spanish language course corresponding to levels B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and Advanced High of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Its aim is to help independent users of the language become proficient users. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4,5 quarter hours.

SPAN 4001 BASP

Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
This course is designed to meet the needs of heritage students. Heritage students include native speakers who learned Spanish at home, but who have had little or no formal education in the language. The course helps students develop a formal understanding of grammar, enrich their vocabulary, facilitate their ability to speak about a wider range of topics, and to use different registers (formal, informal, and so on) in both written and spoken Spanish. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4,5 quarter hours.

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES

The following courses are offered for CIEE program participants and may not be offered every semester. These courses are not open to students with six or more semesters of Spanish. Each CIEE business course includes a visit to a location of business interest. In the past, students have visited the Barcelona Stock Exchange, Cavas Codorniu Winery, City Hall, La Vanguardia (newspaper), Mango (Spanish clothing chain) headquarters, and Port of Barcelona.

ECON 3002 BAEC

European Economic Integration and its Impact on the Spanish Economy
This course analyzes the process of the European integration, with an emphasis on the economic impact. The course starts with a historic review of the world situation at the end of World War II. The birth of the former European Economic Community and the consequences of its subsequent expansions are explained. The Maastricht Treaty, the formation of the current EU, and the European monetary union are also analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the development of various EU policies that affect all EU countries, with a special emphasis on how the economic integration process has impacted the economy of Spain. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ECON 4001 BAEC

The Capitalist System: A Critical Review
Being the dominant socio-economic system in the world, understanding the rules and mechanisms upon which capitalism is based has become absolutely critical for comprehending today’s world and one’s own role in it. This course describes the pillars and mechanisms upon which capitalism functions. This is done by first laying the theoretical grounds of capitalism and then undertaking an applied analysis of this socio-economic system with reference to its strengths and shortcomings, as well as to the role of the economic agents that make it function as it does—international organizations, nation-states, multinational companies, and civil society. The course also includes a comparison on how the U.S. and Europe have embraced the capitalist system. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ECON 3001 BABC

The Spanish Economy in the European Union
This course examines the social structure and economic history of modern Spain. The course starts with an overview of Spanish history necessary to understand the ways in which the economy has developed in recent times. Special emphasis is placed on economic developments during the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the post-war transition. The effect of Spain’s entrance in the EU is also discussed. Classes consist of a combination of lectures and discussion about major periods. Company visits are an important part of the course as they give students insight into the structure of modern Spanish business. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ECON 3005 BABC

Competitive Strategy: A European Perspective
In this course we will analyze the strategic decisions made by firms to compete successfully in the marketplace, with a special emphasis on European specific problems and environment. The course will provide basic foundations of industrial economics, an introduction to game theory as a tool of strategic thinking but also consider other approaches from management science. We will consider American, European and Spanish firms case studies. We will discuss the implications and limitations of corporate strategy given by competition law. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3002 BABC/MKTG 3001 BABC

International Marketing
The future of all business is stated and recognized to be global. This course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of the importance and relevance of international marketing in today’s global economy. The course emphasizes the knowledge of world geography, regional alliances/conflicts, and cultural diversity in the world. It approaches the complexity of marketing environs and decisions, and the global marketing issues that challenge American companies. It focuses on marketing strategy, development, and implementation. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

MGMT 3008 BABC

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: From Theory to Practice
The objective of this course is to present students with some specific tools and methodologies for understanding, managing, and developing innovative solutions for sustainability issues in a corporate setting. Items to be covered include identifying central sustainability issues; stakeholder mapping; stakeholder engagement; developing innovative sustainability projects; embedding sustainability in core business practices; managing inherent sustainability paradoxes; developing metrics to measure social and environmental impacts; and implementing sustainable competitiveness strategies. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ECON 3006 BABC/MGMT 3004 BABC

International Human Resources Management
This course will analyze Human Resources Management (HRM) from multiple perspectives: economics, sociology, social psychology and the law. At the same time, we will consider that HRM is an essential strategic tool for the firm and its design corresponds to the general manager so it is not all a specialty of the “personnel” department. As a course of international HRM, we will mostly consider European and Spanish firms case studies and compare them to the usual cases from American firms. We will also discuss recent findings in the area from experimental economics for compensation policy. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3001 BASP

Corporate Financial Decision Making
This course will give an overview, and indeed we’ll study how often being able to interpret a balance sheet can be as important and sometimes more important as the more intuitive profit & loss accounts. We’ll learn why having assets can be both an advantage and a poisoned chalice, and why cash flow is deservedly given priority. We will see that profitability is a term with several interpretations, and we will find out how a financial manager translates marketing strategies into math. We’ll learn about balancing time and money while practicing forecasting, startup business planning, and crisis management. We will learn about the existence of “options” in any investment project, how it broadens managerial perspectives, and how the development of this concept in financial markets brought about the sophisticated financial tools used for huge profits as well as recent crashes. Moreover, we will learn about the valuation of companies when buying or selling. Finally, we’ll delve into the burgeoning world of alternative & collaborative sources of finance, which are shaking up the whole industry and have the potential to knock obsolete banks out of the market. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours

BUSI 3004 BABC/ MGMT 3003 BABC

Strategic Management
The primary goal of this course is to give students a comprehensive understanding of the issues and techniques of strategy exploring hot topics in cutting-edge issues such as competition, corporate governance, innovation and entrepreneurship and strategy in practice; engaging them with key debates and the different strategy lenses to get new perspectives; critically analyzing business cases that will enhance their learning and give and extra edge to their course work. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours

BUSI 3003 BASP

Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
The current crisis is hitting Western economies hard and is evident in the breakdown of the present economic model, in which economy and ethics take diverging routes. Society is demanding a new business and economic model based on ethics, transparency, and solidarity. Therefore, one of the main challenges organizations are now facing is how to ensure that employees act ethically and work with integrity. CSR policies would be an effective way to implement a culture of ethical organization that would ultimately render mandatory regulations unnecessary.

This course will prepare students to recognize ethical issues, demonstrate familiarity with alternative frameworks for ethical reasoning, and discern trade-offs and implications of employing different ethical frames of reference when making business decisions. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours

BUSI 3002 BASP(Only Spring Semester)

Strategic Issues in International Manufacturing
This course cover an in-depth exploration of the operational issues faced by managers today, from a strategic and tactical perspective. The content of this course focuses on the understanding of a company as an open system composed of subsystems (departments) and the connections between them, which is essential to proper planning and effective operations management decision making. In addition, students will attend a company visit organized by their business professor. This company visit complements students’ academic studies through first-hand exposure to business in Spain.

ECON 3004 BABC International Economics

This course deals with the most important aspects of International Economics, with emphasis being put on International Trade. It is divided into two main sections: the first section puts at scrutiny the fundamental theories of international trade, the policy issues related to international trade, and concludes with an analysis of different schemes of economic integration and its influence on regional trade and economic relations among countries. The second section of the course deals with the financial aspects of International Economics. Particularly, it looks into the international monetary system, certain monetary arrangements as well as main issues related to exchange rates and open-economy macroeconomics. In both parts, the course puts a special emphasis on the reality of the European Union. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours Course Prerequisites

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES—IN SPANISH

The following courses are offered for CIEE program participants only and may not be offered every semester. Each CIEE business course includes a visit to a location of business interest. In the past, students have visited the Barcelona Stock Exchange, Cavas Codorniu Winery, City Hall, La Vanguardia (newspaper), Estrella Damm, and Port of Barcelona

ECON 3001 BAEC

European Economic Integration and its Impact on the Spanish Economy
This course analyzes the process of the European integration, with an emphasis on the economic impact. The course starts with a historic review of the world situation at the end of World War II. The birth of the former European Economic Community and the consequences of its subsequent expansions are explained. The Maastricht Treaty, the formation of the current EU, and the European monetary union are also analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the development of various EU policies that affect all EU countries, with a special emphasis on how the economic integration process has impacted the economy of Spain. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3003 BABC/MKTG 3003 BABC

International Marketing
The future of all business is stated and recognized to be global. This course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of the importance and relevance of international marketing in today’s global economy. The course emphasizes the knowledge of world geography, regional alliances/conflicts, and cultural diversity in the world. It approaches the complexity of marketing environs and decisions, and the global marketing issues that challenge American companies. It focuses on marketing strategy, development, and implementation. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3005 BABC/MGMT 3006 BABC

International Management
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. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES — IN ENGLISH

AHIS 3001 BASP (ENG)

Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
This course teaches students about Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. The fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement, through the eyes of artists/witnesses including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró are studied. Relevant study tours are arranged. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3001 BABC

Literary Images of Catalonia and Spain
In this course, we will discuss and analyze key literary works in order to gain understanding of some of the concepts, narratives and tensions that make up contemporary Catalan and Spanish identities. The chosen texts reflect on issues such as the Spanish Civil War, Catalan nationalism and the recuperation of historical memory in contemporary Spain. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3002 BABC

Past and Present in Barcelona Barcelona is an attractive European and Mediterranean city known for its rich history, art heritage, and welcoming attitude towards visitors. Students learn the history of the city from its founding up to the present day, with a special emphasis on contemporary life. Course content includes art, history, and urban planning. Urban development of Barcelona is analyzed using historical maps, videos, documentaries, and academic and literary texts. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3001 BABC

The Politics of Western Europe
This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental issues in the study of Western European politics. Topics include the nature and functioning of the Western European democratic system since the end of World War II, with emphasis on the processes, institutions, important figures, political culture, and citizens’ electoral behavior. The process of the nationalization of the electorates and the development of universal suffrage, and the creation of the current parliaments and governments are also studied. Other topics addressed in the course include the formation of political parties, party politics, and the development of current political and social conflicts. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

MKTG 3004 BABC/CLST 3001 BABC

Branding and Cultural Icons: The Case of Barcelona
Students study the city of Barcelona, which typifies the cultural icons patterns—the creation of the Icon, its explosion, the mass influence that it creates, and the timelessness that it acquires. Student will also analyze the emotional connection that a cultural icon establishes with people and how this connection works in marketing and managing a city brand. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3004 BABC / POLI 3003 BABC

Spain Today: Politics and Society
This course focuses on the transition years from 1975 until the present. The course focuses on both political and sociological aspects. Spain’s return to democracy and its implications are analyzed in detail. Topics such as the 1978 constitutional system and creation of a decentralized political system, and an analysis of the different political parties are covered. The course also addresses important sociological aspects such as the dramatic change undergone by the traditional Spanish family in this period, and the role of mass media in Spanish society. Other topics include the contemporary migration movements in Spain, the development of national identities, and the independent movement in the Basque Country and Catalonia. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

COMM 3301 BASP

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Barcelona as well as in other intercultural contexts. We will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of your experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that you can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. You will increase your own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help you become more effective in an interdependent world. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INSH 3801 BASP (ENG)

Internship
Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an internship with a local organization or company, including a variety of industry sectors. In addition to the on-site business experience, students participating in an internship have a weekly classroom component, which provides academic support for their internship experience, as well as supporting students’ intercultural development. Total contact hours: 140. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3004 BARU

Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona
This course is a glance to the Barcelona’s “non official” culture. Beyond the most known places, museums, buildings and icons of the culture and art of the city, like Sagrada Familia and other modernist buildings, Picasso Museum or the cathedral, there is another Barcelona. Other cultures and arts have grown in the last decades and given a new reputation to the city. In this course we will review some of this activities. Contact hours: 45 Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN SPANISH

AHIS 3001 BASP (SPAN)

Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
This course teaches students about Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. The fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement, through the eyes of artists/witnesses including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró are studied. Relevant study tours are arranged. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CATA 1001 BABC

Introduction to Catalan Language in its Social Context
This course is designed to help beginning Catalan learners develop the fundamental linguistic skills needed to communicate. This course assumes students already have intermediate to advanced knowledge of Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on the socio-cultural context in which students live. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INSH 3801 BASP (SPAN)

Internship
Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an internship with a local organization or company, including a variety of industry sectors. In addition to the on-site business experience, students participating in an internship have a weekly classroom component, which provides academic support for their internship experience, as well as supporting students’ intercultural development. Total contact hours: 45 (100-120 work hours, 15 seminar hours). Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3003 BABC

Spain Today: Politics and Society
This course focuses on the transition years from 1975 until the present. The course focuses on both political and sociological aspects. Spain’s return to democracy and its implications are analyzed in detail. Topics such as the 1978 constitutional system and creation of a decentralized political system, and an analysis of the different political parties are covered. The course also addresses important sociological aspects such as the dramatic change undergone by the traditional Spanish family in this period, and the role of mass media in Spanish society. Other topics include the contemporary migration movements in Spain, the development of national identities, and the independent movement in the Basque Country and Catalonia. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3003 BABC

Past and Present in Barcelona
Barcelona is an attractive European and Mediterranean city known for its rich history, art heritage, and welcoming attitude towards visitors. Students learn the history of the city from its founding up to the present day, with a special emphasis on contemporary life. Course content includes art, history, and urban planning. Urban development of Barcelona is analyzed using historical maps, videos, documentaries, and academic and literary texts. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

MKTG 3005 BABC/CLST 3002 BABC

Branding and Cultural Icons: The Case of Barcelona
Students study the city of Barcelona, which typifies the cultural icons patterns—the creation of the Icon, its explosion, the mass influence that it creates, and the timelessness that it acquires. Student will also analyze the emotional connection that a cultural icon establishes with people and how this connection works in marketing and managing a city brand. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics and Business Courses-(in English)-Fall

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Business Games

Business simulation. Business Game using knowledge form Strategic Management, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Logistics, Accounting, and Finance.

Business Logistics

Introduction to logistics. Logistics strategies. Demand in logistics management. Provisions management. Inventory management. Warehouse management. Transport management. Information systems for logistics management. Current issues in logistics and commercial distribution.

European Economics

Overview of European economic growth during the 20th century. The post-war and reconstruction. The regionalization of economic cooperation in Europe. The formation of the Soviet economic bloc. The golden age of European capitalism. The collapse of Bretton Woods. Contrasts in economic policy during the 1980s. From the single market to the common currency. The transition from centralised planning towards the economy. The European economy in globalization.

Finance

Selection of investment projects in conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Project portfolio model. The structure of financing. Short and long term financial policies. The cost of capital: the combination of risk and profitability. The Modigliani-Miller theorem and the optimal financial structure.

Financial Management I

Analysis of cash flow. Selection of investment projects in conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Project portfolio model.

Foreign Trade I

The international environment and globalization. Advantages and disadvantages of the internationalization of the company. Duties and customs in foreign trade. Foreign trade documentation. International transport. Means of payment in international markets. The financing of foreign trade. The international recruitment. Communication strategies and promotion in foreign markets.

Human Resource

Analysis of jobs. Current sources and methods of the recruitment of human resources. Human resources training programmes: methods and assessment of training. Trends in the management and in the planning of careers. Current methods of assessing performance. Current methods of the design of pay systems.

International Economics

Contemporary European and world economics. Theory of international trade. Economic development. Ricardo's basic model. The mobility of international exchange factors. Income distribution. International commercial policy.

International Finance Economics

It is compulsory to have completed Financial Economics. Capital exchange and flow relations. Problems of debt. International financial institutions.

Linear Algebra and Dynamic Systems

Dynamical systems. Examples of simple differential equations, logistic growth model, equilibrium, stability. Planar systems: linear systems of two differential equilibrium and their classification. Sources, sinks, saddle points. Complex numbers. Complex eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Higher-dimensional linear algebra: linear independence, quadratic matrices, determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors. Higher-dimensional linear systems. Canonical forms. The exponential function of a matrix. Autonomous and non-autonomous linear systems. Non-linear systems. The variational equation and stability.

Marketing

Definition of marketing and the historical evolution of the concepts and of the practice of marketing. Elements of the market and marketing tools: product, price, communication and distribution. Systems of information and commercial research. Analysis of the organisation, market, microenvironment and macroenvironment. The potential market: measurement and forecast of demand.

Mathematics for Finance

Cash flow discount methods. Net present value of a contract.

Organizational Behavior

Analysis of the main problems of the sociopsychology of institutions from a variety of perspectives: The individual within the institution, basic aspects: personality, capacities, perception, ability to learn and motivation. The individual within the group, aspects for analysis: conflict, leadership capacity, communication, collective decision making, power and politics. Organizational design, organizational culture and change in organizations.

Regulation and Competition Policies

The regulatory framework and its applications. Competition policies: theory and applications.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics Courses (in Spanish) Fall:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Dirección Comercial I / Commercial Management I (Marketing)

Definition of marketing and the historical evolution of the concepts and of the practice of marketing. Elements of the market and marketing tools: product, price, communication and distribution. Systems of information and commercial research. Analysis of the organisation, market, microenvironment and macroenvironment. The potential market: measurement and forecast of demand.

Business Games (Juegos de Empresa)

Business simulation. Business Game using knowledge form Strategic Management, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Logistics, Accounting, and Finance.

Current Topics of Human Resources (Temas actuals de los Recursos Humanos)

Analysis of jobs. Current sources and methods of the recruitment of human resources. Human resources training programmes: methods and assessment of training. Trends in the management and in the planning of careers. Current methods of assessing performance. Current methods of the design of pay systems.

European Economy (Economía Europea)

Overview of European economic growth during the 20th century. The post-war and reconstruction. The regionalization of economic cooperation in Europe. The formation of the Soviet economic bloc. The golden age of European capitalism. The collapse of Bretton Woods. Contrasts in economic policy during the 1980s. From the single market to the common currency. The transition from centralised planning towards the economy. The European economy in globalization.

Service Marketing (Marketing de Servicios)

Features of services. The expanded marketing mix: from 4 to 8 P. Sales Management and Technical Services. The Merchandising Services. Consumer Behavior. Managing Claims and Guarantees. The Customer Loyalty.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra HESP Humanities (in English) Fall:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

A Messy Garden. A History of the Cultural Values of Europe

The course is intended to provide an understanding of the basic aspects of what we may call a European civilization. Each session will discuss in detail some of the different aspects and elements of European civilization in order to recognize our particular legacy. It will be essential to consider also the darker sides of our long history ,and to be critical toward.

Barcelona, the City and its 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.

Contemporary Spanish Art

The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to Barceló. A background on this specific field is not required. For this reason not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Landscape art, gender production, the Spanish take on Primitivism and the dynamics between artistic creation and finance capital are some of its more relevant aspects.

Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural

In this global environment, corporate communications demand greater levels of ethics and responsibility towards the society in which it operates and larger collaborative synergies and collaboration processes. To this respect, Europe's competitive-edge is like any other's, at stake, but the asset of intellectual capital and cultural identity it portrays in its legacy, may be just the right kind of differentiation brands need to successfully compete in the 21st C.

Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for fun or for keeps

European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economical impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economical and cultural realms, and tries to interpret the different links between the game itself and the dimensions surrounding it: media coverage, aesthetic value, political targeting, public and corporate policies... In that context, FC Barcelona remains a unique case, studied in business schools as an example of global market branding, while passionately lived by millions of fans all over the world. Moreover, Barcelona city offers a privileged standpoint to better understand football as a growing issue within contemporary culture.

Global Media and International Journalism in the 21st Century

The worldwide media panorama has undergone structural changes which have dramatically changed the relationship between global politics and the transnational communication system. In this sense, the present course looks at world news management up until now before analyzing the consolidation of global media such as Al-Jazeera in the Arab world, Tele Sur (Latin America) or Zee TV (India) to look at their role in the global news story and the development of “South-South” communication.

Through the analysis of case studies such as the media coverage of Islam, the Africa story, the European Union and finally the image of Spain in the foreign press, we can analyze the role of the foreign correspondent as an intercultural mediator, the media construction of the “Other”, the new actors in the global news narrative and ask the question: how does the future of the world news system shape up?

Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the principal issues related to development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as main donor in the field of official development assistance (ODA). The main thrust of the course will be on outlining the institutional and political mechanisms of international development, as well as examine their impact in developing territories. At the same time the course aims to offer students a deepened insight into some of the most controversial debates surrounding the current state of affairs of international cooperation.

Political Ideas in Historical Context

The course represents a systematic introduction to major political ideas that emerged and developed from the French Revolution to globalization The classes will be based on analyzing and debating political ideas and arguments of representative authors such as E. Burke, A. de Tocqueville, J. S. Mill, K. Marx, F. Nietzsche or Hannah Arendt. Relevant documentaries and films will be discussed in order to better grasp the historical context and the power of ideas in shaping political events.

Politics and Society in the European Union

The course is aimed at introducing the main institutions and the structure of the EU to US students. Module 1 of the course will examine the origin and the development of European integration process, the main theories behind the process of integration and the institutional structure of the EU. Module 2 is more policy-oriented and it will focus on some of the most relevant issues surrounding the contemporary debate on European integration.

Screening the Global World

As a principal reference for establishing the criteria for adequate visual treatment of cultural diversity issues the course will introduce the competences of Media Literacy, familiarizing the students with the tools for constructive analysis as well as patterns of creation of 'television of quality'. The goal is to offer valuable insides and firm criteria for approaching the television as a public service and its role in shaping the values of diversity in contemporary societies.

The Barcelona Leadership Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social transformations

This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks students in a journey to better understand the concept of Sustainability and its novel developments. From an environmental, social and business perspective, the course covers the main challenges that sustainability raises for the city of Barcelona and beyond. Relying on innovative individual and collective pedagogical practices, the course offers an integrative and deep learning process.

Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe

The course aims to put the contemporary discussion of globalization into historical perspective by examining the long-lasting interactions of East Asian countries, Latin America and Southern Europeans from 1500-1800 in order to be a rich and understandable explanation of three hundred years of globalization.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra HESP Humanities (in Spanish) Fall:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Barcelona: The City and its History (Barcelona: La ciudad y su Historia)

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.

The Arab Laberint: from the springs to the Islamic state (El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico)

El curso se articula en cinco áreas de interés: la situación del mundo árabe al desencadenarse las primaveras, los actores políticos, las consecuencias inmediatas, las situaciones de crisis y los agentes externos. Cada una de las áreas de interés se estructura de acuerdo con el siguiente esquema: una introducción, una descripción y unas conclusiones

Myths and Literary Philosophy in European Hispanic tradition (Mitos literarios y filosofía en la tradicion hispano europea)

El presente curso se acerca a la figura del mito de Don Juan desde la filosofía y las diferentes disciplinas artísticas (cine, música, teatro, etc.). Se trata, pues, de un enfoque multidisciplinar sobre uno de los mitos literarios más importantes de Europa, cuya primera plasmación se encuentra en la literatura española del siglo de Oro. La comprensión filosófica del sentido del mito y de sus diferentes elementos estructurales constituye el objetivo del presente curso.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics Courses (in English) Spring:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Advanced Macroeconomics

Prerequisites: Introduction to Macroeconomics. The Solow Model. Economic Growth with Endogenous Savings (Household savings behaviour, Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans model, Diamond model). Economic Growth with Human Capital and Externalities (with the AK model). R&D and Economic Growth.

Consumer Behaviour

The scientific study of consumer behaviour. Consumer memory. Assessment processes. Decision-making processes. Attitude development. Social influence. Pro-social behaviour. Internet and the consumer behaviour patterns.

Commercial Management

Definition of marketing and the historical evolution of the concepts and of the practice of marketing. Elements of the market and marketing tools: product, price, communication and distribution. Systems of information and commercial research. Analysis of the organisation, market, microenvironment and macroenvironment. The potential market: measurement and forecast of demand.

Financial Management

The structure of financing. Short and long term financial policies. The cost of capital: the combination of risk and profitability. The Modigliani-Miller theorem and the optimal financial structure.

Foreign Trade

The international environment and globalization. Advantages and disadvantages of the internationalization of the company. Duties and customs in foreign trade. Foreign trade documentation. International transport. Means of payment in international markets. The financing of foreign trade. The international recruitment. Communication strategies and promotion in foreign markets.

Game Theory and Design of Institutions

Prerequisites: Introduction to Microeconomics. Knowledge of Game Theory. Monopolies, oligopolies and imperfect competition. Product differentiation. Entry strategies. Regulation and competition policies. Market structures, patents and innovation.

Human Resources

Multidisciplinary approach: psychology, sociology and business management. Planning of human resources, contracting, compensation, assessment and development, the separation of employees and the international management of human resources.

International Business History

Business organisations in theory and in history. Medieval origins. The international business in the modern era, between privilege and specialization. From the first to the second industrial revolution. The free standing company. The emergence of modern multinationals. Governments and international business: the era of the nationalizations; the era of regulation; the era of privatizations and of deregulation. New multinationals in the new globalisation.

International Marketing

Analysis of segmentation and evaluation of international markets. Entry strategies to foreign markets. Adaptation of the product and of the line of products to foreign markets. International communications strategies. Distributions strategies in foreign markets. Adaptation of prices to foreign markets. The international Marketing Plan.

International Finance

It is compulsory to have completed Financial Economics. Forward rates. Forecast future exchange rates. Purchasing power parity. Covered and uncovered interest rate parity.

Modern Statistical Computing in R

The purpose of this course is to set a foundation for full exploitation and creative use of the statistical language for computing and graphics R. The course will introduce students to the syntax and inner workings of R, to become proficient in everyday computational tasks with datasets of all kinds, skilled in applications of statistical methods, with emphasis on data exploration and graphics. Recomended: at least one course on Statistics.

New topics in Marketing Management

The marketing of services. Tools for customer relationship management (CRM). Interactive marketing. E-marketing. Mobile marketing.

Operations Management

Introduction to production management. Process design and long term capacity planning. Location of production plants. Quality management. Inventory management. JIT. Aggregated planning. Material requirements planning (MRP) and capacity requirements planning (CRP). Short term scheduling techniques.

Psychology and Business

Social psychology fundamentals: social perception, social cognition, impression formation, social influence and persuasion.
Creativity: idea generation, idea evaluation and idea selection methods. How group processes, organizational culture and structure affect creativity.
Negotiation: principled negotiation, one to one negotiation, team negotiation.

Real Analysis

Sets. Topology in metric spaces. Theory of real functions, differential and integral calculus. Prerequisites: Mathematics I, II and III.

Strategic Management

Introduction: why study strategy? The horizontal and vertical limits of the company. Diversification and fusions. Structure of markets and competition. Dynamic competition. Strategic commitment. The threat of entry to market. Industrial analysis. Strategic positioning and competitive advantage. Sustaining the competitive advantage.

Topics in Macroeconomics

Advanced course; topics may change. Examples of topics covered 2013-14: Sovereign Risk. International Financial Crises. Monetary Policy and Unemployment. Macro Modeling at Central Banks. Unemployment and Mismatch. Macroeconomic Effects of Asset Bubbles. Information and Politics. Globalization and Labor Market Outcomes. Offshoring and the Gains from Globalization.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics Courses (in Spanish) Spring:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Gestión de Instituciones Sanitarias / Management for Health Institutions

Health macromanagement and public health. The burden of illness and the most efficient actions. Institutional mesomanagement of services and techniques of business management. Health centres and their environments. Health micromanagement: motivation and incentives in efficiency and clinical practice.

Direccion Estrategica/ Strategic Management

Introduction: why study strategy? The horizontal and vertical limits of the company. Diversification and fusions. Structure of markets and competition. Dynamic competition. Strategic commitment. The threat of entry to market. Industrial analysis. Strategic positioning and competitive advantage. Sustaining the competitive advantage.

Investigacion de Mercados/ Market Research

Determining the necessary information for decision making. Type of information. Sampling processes. Variables measurement scales. Questionnaire design. Information collection process. Sources of error. Univariate description of populations. Cross tables. Introduction to multivariate analysis methods.

Juegos de Empresa/ Business Games

Business simulation. Business Game using knowledge form Strategic Management, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Logistics, Accounting, and Finance.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra HESP Humanities (in English)Spring:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Neurosciences for Humanities

How reliable is our perception of the world? What is consciousness? Is free will an illusion? Does beauty reside in our brain? Neurosciences study the brain, from genes and cells to behavior and, during the last years, the scientific study of the brain has provided radical new clues about how the brain works. This knowledge has strong implications for many areas of human activity outside the conventional environment of medicine or psychology, and expands to economics, laws, philosophy or art. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the dialogue between neurosciences and humanities, thereby breaking the classical gap between CP Snows' "Two Cultures". The intersecting topics range from philosophical and ethical issues, such as free will, the grounds of knowledge, or economic behavior, to questions related to art and culture

Contemporary Spanish Art

The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to Barceló. A background on this specific field is not required. For this reason not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Landscape art, gender production, the Spanish take on Primitivism and the dynamics between artistic creation and finance capital are some of its more relevant aspects. Classical examples of oil painting will be combined with references to such contemporary media as performance, videoart or installation art. Although this course is mainly based on lectures and class debate, three visits to galleries and exhibitions plus a self-guided visit will be also part of the course requirements. These visits will be made during the class time, and are equivalent to a usual in-class session.

Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for fun or for keeps

European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economical impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economical and cultural realms, and tries to interpret the different links between the game itself and the dimensions surrounding it: media coverage, aesthetic value, political targeting, public and corporate policies... In that context, FC Barcelona remains a unique case, studied in business schools as an example of global market branding, while passionately lived by millions of fans all over the world. Moreover, Barcelona city offers a privileged standpoint to better understand football as a growing issue within contemporary culture.

The Barcelona Leadership Journey Towards Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Business Transformations

This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks students in a journey to better understand the concept of Sustainability and its novel developments. From an environmental, social and business perspective, the course covers the main challenges that sustainability raises for the city of Barcelona and beyond. Relying on innovative individual and collective pedagogical practices, the course offers an integrative and deep learning process.

Ancient Mediterranean

This course will examine the nature and complexity of interactions between the regions of the Mediterranean during the second and the first millennia BC. The cultural florescence of the Ancient Mediterranean civilizations had its origins in a series of colonial entanglements beginning first in the eastern Mediterranean. Minoan and Mycenaean communities began to establish links with Egypt and the Near East in the first centuries of the II millennium BC. From then, over a period spanning more than two thousand years, and ending with the Roman conquest, colonists, merchants, sailors and conquerors sought to benefit from the commercial and cultural opportunities provided by the riches of the eastern, central and western Mediterranean.

Barcelona: the Rise of a Design City

'Barcelona, the Rise of a Design City' looks at one of the most exciting periods of the city's recent history: what is known as the 'Barcelona design boom', a cultural phenomenon that helped define the Spanish transition to democracy in the 1980s and the city's Olympic dream in the 1990s. For a few years and in sharp contrast to the preceding decades, design became one of the main cultural frameworks of Barcelona's identity, both locally and abroad. Paired with architecture in a seemingly unavoidable partnership, it provided the seeds from which ultimately emerged the narrative of the city as it is seen today: that of a sophisticated European metropolis, miraculously emerging from the ashes of a decaying post-industrial provincial capital.

Initially addressing local design practice and design retail, and later embracing architecture as well, this course follows the way in which these disciplines turned ideas about local identity, modernity, social and cultural value into everyday material artefacts and environments. Design and architecture were placed at the heart of the city's popular culture, and of its international success to this day.

Sepharad: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain

The course presents an itinerary around the human, historical and cultural heritage of the Spanish Jews, from the Middle Ages to present day. The first part of the course keeps a historical focus, studying the cultural history of Sepharad, from the origins to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The Sephardic Diaspora and the development of the judeo-hispanic culture, the return of the Sephardic Jews from the late 19th Century, of European Jews during the inter-war period and how the Shoah relates to Spain will also be covered. The second part of the course will focus focus on the cultural, architectural and human recovery of the Spanish Jewish heritage. Both the human and patrimonial aspects of such recovery will be analyzed, through the case study of different private and public initiatives aimed to develop tourism or marketing projects revolving around the “myth” of Sepharad. Students will work on individual or group projects to delve into questions such as: How is Jewish heritage and history presented in Spain? What are the strategies and outcomes of such projects? What is the prevalent discourse in these cultural initiatives? How does the Spanish society today face its Jewish cultural roots?

Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion

Cooperation for development is a fundamental objective for various international actors such as the United Nations (UN), more concretely the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the World Bank; and the European Union. International cooperation, from a multilevel and integral point of view, implies not only the participation of intergovernmental and State institutions but also of local governments and non governmental organizations. In this context, all actors have to contribute from their own areas of expertise in order to improve the system.The European Union is a paradigmatic illustration of this multilevel approach and commitment to international cooperation for development. Currently, Europe is the main source of funds for cooperation. The European Commission and governments, both at national and at local level, conduct several development programmes and projects that not only seek to provide funds but also to exchange experiences in relation to governability and public policies. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the principal issues related to development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as main donor in the field of official development assistance (ODA). The main thrust of the course will be on outlining the institutional and political mechanisms of international development, as well as examine their impact in developing territories. At the same time the course aims to offer students a deepened insight into some of the most controversial debates surrounding the current state of affairs of international cooperation.

A messy Garden. A History of the Cultural values of Europe

The course is intended to provide an understanding of the basic aspects of what we may call a European civilization. Europe has a long and rich history and has contributed decisively to what our world is today. Europe has invented many ideas and beliefs about man and his world, has spread this ideas and beliefs to other continents, and many of its values are still today guiding our actions and ruling our attitudes towards life. The understanding of this particular legacy seems an important issue for young students coming from different cultural and historical backgrounds and spending a course in a European country. Each session will discuss in detail some of these different aspects and elements of European civilization in order to recognize that particular legacy. It will be essential to consider also the darker sides of our long history, to be critical towards our past, in order to get aware, as Stefan Wilkanowicz claimed, of the richness of our heritage, drawing from the wealth of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greek philosophy, Roman law, and humanism with both religious and non-religious roots; aware of the values of Christian civilization, which is the basic source of our identity; aware of the frequent betrayals of these values by both Christians and non-Christians; aware of the good and the evil that we have spread to the inhabitants of other continents; bemoaning the social catastrophe caused by the totalitarian systems that have originated within our civilization.

Barcelona, the City and its 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.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra HESP Humanities (in Spanish) Spring:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

Literatura Española de la Edad Media y Siglo de Oro

El curso pretende exponer los principales autores y obras del Siglo de Oro español, como etapa fundamental de la historia de la literatura española. Se tratarán textos de diferentes géneros literarios (poesía, narrativa, teatro) siguiendo un orden cronológico, empezando por las primeras manifestaciones literarias en la Edad Media, como introducción al núcleo central del curso.

La protección internacional de los Derechos Humanos

Este curso pretende aproximar a los estudiantes al sistema de protección internacional de los derechos humanos configurado desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Se abordarán los mecanismos de protección de los derechos humanos bajo los auspicios de las Naciones Unidas, las instituciones encargadas de su protección a nivel regional o continental, con especial referencia al espacio europeo de protección de derechos y, finalmente, se estudiará España como ejemplo de un ordenamiento constitucional protector de derechos humanos que se interrelaciona y somete a los mecanismos de protección internacional de los derechos humanos. Asimismo, se abordarán algunos temas especialmente controvertidos en el seno de los debates de los derechos humanos. Estos temas serán abordados desde una óptica de derecho comparado, haciéndose hincapié en las similitudes y diferencias sobre la manera de abordar estos temas por parte de los ordenamientos europeos y el norteamericano. Se estudiará el alcance y los límites sobre el derecho al aborto, el reconocimiento de derechos a las personas homosexuales, la problemática de la libertad de expresión y la prohibición de partidos políticos, las consecuencias de la libertad de religión y el laicismo en aquello que hace referencia a la enseñanza de la religión y la presencia de símbolos religiosos en las escuelas y, finalmente, la problemática de los derechos humanos en la lucha contra el terrorismo y el estatus y protección de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en un Estado del Bienestar en crisis.

Picasso, Miró, Dalí y el arte de la

El objetivo del curso consiste en introducir al estudiante en los principales episodios del arte del siglo XX. Con un tema de fondo: las complejas relaciones entre tradición y vanguardia, clasicismo y modernidad, revolución y reacción artísticas a lo largo de todo un siglo.

Los movimientos sociales en el siglo XXI ante la globalización, la crisis y los procesos de democratización

Este curso busca ofrecer análisis de la actuación de los movimientos sociales de diversos lugares del mundo ante fenómenos del siglo XXI como la globalización, la crisis política y económica, y los procesos de democratización. Los movimientos sociales se han configurado como actores sociales y políticos que están incidiendo en la globalización que se está construyendo, en los procesos de democratización en los países árabes y en la profundización democrática en los principales países occidentales.

El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico

El curso se articula en cinco áreas de interés: la situación del mundo árabe al desencadenarse las primaveras, los actores políticos, las consecuencias inmediatas, las situaciones de crisis y los agentes externos. Cada una de las áreas de interés se estructura de acuerdo con el siguiente esquema: una introducción, una descripción y unas conclusiones. Al final del curso se aborda el nuevo marco de relaciones de los paises árabes con Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea, la situación del conflicto árabe-israelí y las relaciones del mundo árabe con Turquía y con Irán

Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo

El curso ofrece una introducción al cine español desde el inicio de la democracia, en los años setenta, hasta la actualidad, con una atención particular hacia aquellos cineastas que destacan tanto por su valor artístico como por su capacidad para reflejar los rasgos más destacables de la realidad y la cultura española contemporánea.

Barcelona, la ciudad y su historia

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

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