What will you need to succeed in an increasingly globalized economy? Pack your January with business insights and experiences that will give you a leg up in the job market and offer memories you’ll never forget. CIEE’s January Business and Culture program in Barcelona allows you to discover a new culture and gain critical global perspective, all while earning credits toward your degree.
Study abroad in Spain and you will:
- Explore the region of Catalonia and surrounding provinces with exciting day and overnight trips
- Take a class on international marketing (in English)
- Live with a Spanish family or in a student residencia
- Explore the city and immerse yourself in local culture with CIEE-organized activities
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Enjoy a variety of excursions throughout Barcelona, including company site visits and guided tours of the city. In addition, one weekend trip will complement the Barcelona experience by allowing you to explore other areas of significant historic and cultural importance in Spain. Options for the local weekend trip include Madrid (the capital) and Seville (in Andalucía).
The CIEE Guardian Angel program pairs you with local university students who help you get settled in Spain and make Spanish friends. Your Guardian Angel does fun cultural activities with you like cooking classes, guided tours, and a tapas night.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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.
January 2017 (3 wks)
Program Date Notes
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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
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.
* amount for meals for residencia ; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches only, estimated cost at $300
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.
Students take the required course, International Marketing.
About the City
About The City
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city’s population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking through the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural 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 its skyline.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Andrés Tabárez is the program coordinator. Andrés is a native of Buenos Aires but has lived in Barcelona for over 15 years. In addition to coordinating short-term programs, Andrés teaches Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics in the semester-long CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program. Andrés holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Barcelona (UB), and he has worked as researcher for the Department of Romance Languages at UB since 2007. Andrés has published several scholarly papers on Latin poetry and Spanish literature, and he has also taken part in the coordination of two encyclopedic dictionaries.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Study abroad students can choose to live in a Spanish homestay (one or two CIEE students per home) or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. Each student will be placed in a single room no matter what option he or she chooses. These are located in urban settings throughout the city.
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 option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center.
As slots in residencies may be limited, students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.
You’ll begin your study abroad experience in Barcelona even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director 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 to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.
An intensive orientation session conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces you to the country, culture, academic program, and practical information on living in Spain and Barcelona in particular. Themes such as an introduction to Catalonia, health and safety, practical tips and cultural adaptation are covered. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You’ll have wireless Internet access in your homestay or student residencia, as well as at CIEE. In addition, you will be able to use the computer room at the CIEE Study Center.
The academic program is supplemented with cultural trips and activities, which include visits in Barcelona to business sites, monuments, guided tours of the historical district, and more. This program also includes a tapas night with local university students, a cooking class, or a hike in the mountains followed by a local meal. Although there are no formal community service activities on this program, CIEE staff is happy to connect students with volunteer opportunities.
Guardian Angels are local university students who help CIEE study abroad students settle into their life in Spain. CIEE students and their Guardian Angels take cooking classes, go on tours of the city, and participate in field trips and other events. Guardian Angels are there to help you make local friends, 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.
Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages in Barcelona and the region. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but is 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. 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.
This program is unique because it emphasizes both the theories of international marketing and the cultural context in which business is conducted.
Typically there are no more than 20 students per class. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad 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 or upon completion of the program.
Nature of Classes
CIEE courses are with other CIEE students only.
In CIEE courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers group or individual projects, and/or oral presentations.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught by local university faculty and/or marketing professionals.
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.
BUSI 3002 BABC/MKTG 3001 BABC
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.