Summer Programs

By Region

  • Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Northern America

By Discipline

Featured

close
Quick Info

Quick Info

By Term

  • Fall 2016
  • Spring 2017
  • Fall 2017
  • Academic year 2016-2017
close
Close
Loading
CIEE Go Far Win Big Sweeps Contest

Places to Visit

Get Started

Compare ProgramsCompare Programs
Print Program OverviewPrint Overview
Share

Program Blog RSS

Photos
Video
open slider navigation
close slider navigation
  • college,study,abroad,barcelona,main
  • college,study,abroad,barcelona,main
  • college,study,abroad,barcelona,main
  • college,study,abroad,barcelona,main
Study Abroad in Barcelona
open slider navigation
close slider navigation
Loading
Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether you’re a beginner throwing yourself into language study for the first time, or an intermediate student taking your proficiency to the next level, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture than CIEE’s Language and Culture program in Barcelona. You’ll get to practice your Spanish skills in and around this cosmopolitan city during your intensive courses, homestays, language exchanges, cultural activities, and exciting excursions.

Study abroad in Barcelona and you’ll:

  • Begin or continue your Spanish language studies while experiencing the vibrant city of Barcelona
  • Explore the dynamic Catalonia region; participate in cultural and educational activities including visits to museums, cathedrals, and the historic district; and enjoy excursions to Girona, Empúries, Andalusia, Madrid, Mallorca, or the Pyrenees
Close
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, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
Apply now

Close
The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you have a foundation in Spanish or no experience at all, our Language and Culture program in Barcelona offers language courses that suit your particular needs and abilities. You’ll also have access to a variety of electives, taught in English and in Spanish on subjects ranging from art, literature, and cinema to law, media, business, religion, and politics.

Excursions

While studying in Barcelona, you’ll go on a guided visit to the Dalí Museum in Figueres, take a tour of the Roman ruins in Tarragona, hike the Tibidabo Mountain, and enjoy a delicious Catalan meal. During your included weekend trip, you may travel to Granada or to Madrid to study art and architecture in the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace.

study abroad in spain

Internships

Gain real-world work experience with an internship. Placements are carefully selected, and students develop projects in NGOs, schools, magazines and publishing companies, and marketing and business 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.

Close
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
09/05/2016
12/21/2016
$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 **
$13,957
Housing ***
$4,075
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

More Information
Spring 2017 (16 wks)
10/01/2016
01/04/2017
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 **
$14,308
Housing ***
$4,075
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

More Information
Fall 2017 (15 wks)
04/15/2017
09/07/2017
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 **
$14,308
Housing ***
$4,075
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

More Information
Academic year 2016-2017 (33 wks)
04/15/2016
09/05/2016
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 **
$26,532
Housing ***
$8,150
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

More Information
Close
Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
    • Overall 3.0 GPA
    • Junior standing or above
    • 0–3 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Close
Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours, and total credit for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours. Students may request to take an additional elective for a total of 18 credits per semester. All students must enroll in at least 15 semester credits.

Contact hours for CIEE and Hispanic and European Studies (HESP) courses are 45 hours and credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated. Required language courses have 90 contact hours and 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Close
Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students are required to enroll in beginning, pre-intermediate, or intermediate Spanish and choose three electives from CIEE or HESP courses. Note that one elective must be a CIEE course. CIEE courses are taught in English and HESP courses are taught in either English or Spanish. Students who have completed three semesters of Spanish are encouraged, though not required, to take at least one course in Spanish.

All students take a Spanish placement exam upon arrival, which places them in the appropriate Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spanish language course. Language courses meet intensively during the first two weeks and continue at a regular pace throughout the rest of the semester.

Close
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 its skyline.

Close
Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

Close
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 international outlook. The university is located throughout Barcelona, with buildings near the Ramblas, the Olympic Village, and the port. You will be attending your classes at the Ciutadella Vila Olímpica Campus.

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, staff offices and student lounges.

Close
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.

Close
Orientations

Orientations

study abroad in spain

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. Themes such as the Spanish university system, an introduction to Catalonia, health and safety, banking, and cultural adaptation are covered. Orientation also includes structured cultural activities, guided tours and time with your Guardian Angel, a local student guide. A language placement exam is conducted during first weeks at UPF, 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.

Close
Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enables 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 of the university’s 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, grades and your professors’ contact information.

Close
Culture

Culture

The academic program is complemented with a series of field trips and visits. In addition, CIEE organizes cultural activities and events throughout the semester. This program includes gastronomy-based activities such as a tapas night with Guardian Angels, a cooking class, or a hike in the mountains followed by a local meal. Three-day trips include guided visits to places and monuments of cultural or historical significance in Catalonia, such as the Dalí Museum in Figueres or Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona. In addition, CIEE includes a weekend trip to a major Spanish city (Madrid, Granada, Seville, Bilbao/San Sebastian or other). Field trips and excursions supplement class work and introduce students to the rich diversity of the geographic, linguistic, and cultural areas of Spain and its major cities.

Although there are no formal community service activities in this study abroad program, volunteer opportunities can be arranged by CIEE staff. You might serve as an English teaching assistant at a local high school, where you’ll share traditions and facts about the U.S. Or you might work with UNICEF or other associations to help children in the area.

Immersion

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels are local university students who help CIEE 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 also 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 and Culture Seminar

Catalan

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. Spanish is widely used at the university, and you'll be 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.

Close
Academics

Academics

The Language and Culture study abroad program is designed for students who are interested in beginning to study the Spanish language or improving on their basic language skills, while taking classes in history, politics, art, or Spanish and Catalan culture.

All students enroll in beginning, pre-intermediate or intermediate Spanish at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and choose two electives from CIEE courses and one from the Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses at UPF. HESP courses focus on the emerging European Union and Spain, the history of Barcelona, Spanish cinema and literature, and Spanish politics and society. HESP and CIEE courses are taught in English and in Spanish.

Academic Culture

The CIEE courses are taught at our Study Center. Language and Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses are taught at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) near the Olympic Village.

Courses at CIEE and HESP are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments, as well as regular attendance at lectures and field trips. HESP class size does not exceed 35 students. CIEE courses rarely exceed 20 students. UPF language courses have an average of 10 to 15 students per class. UPF and CIEE classrooms are modern, comfortable, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology used for instruction.

The fall semester program begins in early September and ends just before Christmas. The spring semester program begins in early January and runs through the end of April. Students are not allowed to arrive later or depart earlier than the proposed dates, and 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

HESP and UPF language courses are with other international students. CIEE courses are with other CIEE students only.

Language Environment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, the resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. They are encouraged to meet with local students through CIEE language exchanges, spend time with their host family, and to interact with people they meet. The more students participate, the greater their development of Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In CIEE and HESP language and culture courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to standards in the U.S. Spanish professors grade on a 10-point scale, which is converted to a letter grade.

Study abroad 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 study abroad students to have a practical experience in an organization within a variety of industry sectors. Placements are carefully selected and Language and Culture students develop projects in NGOs, schools, magazines and publishing companies, marketing and business 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 and Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses are taught by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) faculty. Language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. CIEE courses are taught by local university faculty.

Close
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 Language Courses

These courses meet for 12.5 hours per week during the first two weeks and six hours per week for the remainder of the semester.

Beginning Spanish Language

This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate when carrying out everyday tasks, understand phrases and expressions of common use, and describe aspects of their own past as well as issues related to their most immediate needs. The course seeks to provide a basic repertoire of linguistic elements and sufficient vocabulary to meet these communicative goals. Students should be able to use some simple grammatical structures and in general be able to pronounce in a clear, comprehensible way. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Pre-Intermediate Spanish Language

(Prerequisite: one semester of college-level Spanish,or the equivalent)
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; knows how to describe in the past and to exchange information about daily routines, experiences, likes and interests. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with frequent topics and daily situations. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Intermediate Spanish Language

(Prerequisite: two or three semesters college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.)
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics in which there is a personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; justify their own opinions; and express plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with non-frequent topics and unpredictable situations. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CIEE Electives

AHIS 3001 BALC

Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
This course teaches students about Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. The course analyzes some of the fundamental issues of the history of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement, through the eyes of privileged witnesses including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. Relevant study tours to different museums, historical districts, and symbolic neighborhoods are arranged almost every week during the second part of the course. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3002 BALC

Literary Images of Catalonia and Spain
This course analyzes literary sources in order to examine the crucial concepts that make up the Catalan and Spanish contemporary identities including the Spanish Civil War, Catalan nationalism, the recuperation of historical memory in contemporary Spain, and so on. Texts discussed include, but are not limited to, Mercè Rodoreda’s The time of the doves and Javier Cercas’ Soldiers of Salamis. On-site classes will explore and analyze literary Barcelona. Contact hours: 45. Recommended 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. Recommended 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. Recommended 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. Recommended 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. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.

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. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Business major or minor.

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. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.

ECON 4001 BAEC

The Capitalist System: A Critical Review
Students gain in this course an in-depth understanding of the economic roots and rules of capitalism and be able to explain the role of capitalism in shaping their own lives. In addition, students will be capable of tracing the reasons behind the most severe problems facing humanity and be able to take a standpoint with regard to globalization and to the alternative economic arrangements designed and proposed by different organizations. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.

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. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.

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 also discuss the implications and limitations of corporate strategy given by competition law. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.

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. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Business major or minor.

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 hours: 135. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) Electives

The academic offering may vary from semester to semester. This is a sample of courses that have been taught in previous semesters.

Courses taught in English

Barcelona: The City and Its History

Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Behind a glossy and tourist-friendly façade, the city has a complex history. This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subjects in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Global Marketing and Culture of FC Barcelona

European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economic impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economic 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The Barcelona Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business and 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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: formulation of the EU budget, enlargement, neighborhood policy, the EU in the international scenario and the democratic deficit. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identitiy

Since the globalization of the economy at the end of the last century, the context of brand communications in today's businesses has radically changed. Communication strategies to reach any type of target group are challenged to anticipate stakeholders' interests, build brand equity beyond good products and services and be able to remain competitive in a highly-active technological context that has reversed some of the traditional ways of managing businesses.
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 others, 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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.
The course will focus on the debate about economic histories of divergence between the East and the West. A debate opened by neo-Weberians, on the one side, and historians grouped in two groups: Fernand Braudel, Immanuel Wallerstein and his followers in the World Systems School, and the Californian School (including Ken Pomeranz, Roy Bin Wong and others). Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space

How should Television treat the diversity of contemporary societies? How to respond to the challenge of global communication preserving, at the same time, the adequate discursive treatment of diverse cultural groups, minorities, the phenomenon of immigration and the representation of Otherness in broader social sense? In US the industrial TV model and private stations shape social imaginary, but variety of other countries choose the primacy of public television in order to promote values of equality and the integration of citizens. This course will analyze a variety of public television programs from all over the world, dedicated to the subject of diverse cultural identities, transcultural issues, representation of Otherness in different social modalities, including the depiction of foreign cultures, national minorities and immigration. Some examples will also expand to the area of sexual diversity, treatment of disabled and the relationship between totalitarian regimes and democracy. The examples treated along the course will be chosen from the UPF's unique archives of international television festivals INPUT, held every year since 1977. 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: which role for International Development Cooperation?

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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Contemporary Spanish Art

This course offers a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain, from Goya to present day. In addition to the main artistic events, relevant political, historical, and cultural issues are covered. Although the course is primarily based on lectures, visits to museums and exhibitions are part of the course requirements. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Global Media and International Journalism in the 21st Century

This course looks at world news management from the beginning of the 21st century to the present day. The consolidation of global media such as Al-Jazeera in the Arab world, Tele Sur in Latin America, and Zee TV in India is reviewed. By analyzing case studies such as the media coverage of Islam, the Africa story, the European Union, and the image of Spain in the foreign press, we 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? Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Political Ideas in Historial Context: From the French Revolution to Post-Communism

By representing a systematic introduction to the major political ideas that emerged and developed in Europe, from the French Revolution to post-communism, the premise of this course investigates the concept that political ideas are always emerging and should be understood in specific historical contexts. Each class starts with an examination of the historical and cultural context, and connections are built between specific political ideas, works of art, and their historical context in an attempt to better understand the modern and contemporary history of European Civilization. The course gives special weight to Spain. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain

This course examines the sociological and political aspects of post-Franco Spain, emphasizing elements of change and continuity—the constitution, political parties, monarchy, populace, and immigration. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Spain in Cinema: Local and Global Perspectives

The course analyzes different aspects of Spanish culture, history, and society through films. Both local and international productions are used to present historic events (Columbus’s travels, the Civil War), myths (Don Quixote, Don Juan) and artists (Goya, Picasso) that originate from Spain. Documentaries of international renown describe transitional and contemporary Spain. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Courses taught in Spanish

Barcelona: La Ciudad y su Historia
Español: Técnicas de Expresión Oral
Literatura Española Contemporánea
Comunicación y Sociedad en España
Comunicación Intercultural

Close
Program Blog

Program Blog RSS

Close
Videos

Videos

  • Study Abroad HomestayA Spanish familia
  • Studying Abroad in BarcelonaMeet Mahala and hear her story
  • CIEE Study AbroadDiscover the world
Close
Photos

Photos

  • college,study,abroad,barcelona,main
  • college,study,abroad,barcelona,main
  • college,study,abroad,barcelona,main
  • college,study,abroad,barcelona,main
Close
Compare ProgramsCompare Programs
Share
CIEE Go Far Win Big Sweeps Contest
Top