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CEA Barcelona Center

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Accreditation

Courses taught at the CEA Barcelona Center have been designed in conjunction with, and approved by, the University of New Haven (UNH). UNH also approves faculty appointments. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA Barcelona Center, students will receive credit for their work from UNH. 

The CEA Barcelona Center was founded in 2005 in order to provide an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, enhanced by the Center’s location in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. Courses are offered in both Spanish and English and give you the opportunity to both improve your language skills and further your academic pursuits in a variety of subjects with Barcelona as your classroom.

Courses bring the diverse history, politics, culture, economics, and art of Spain to life, incorporating components that expose you to different elements of the city, from monuments and museums to businesses, local food markets, and government agencies. You’ll be encouraged to explore on your own and draw connections between the subjects you study and the observations you make outside of the classroom. Not only will you get to know your host city, you’ll also gain insight into how Spain fits into the larger European context.

CEA Barcelona Center curriculum provides the tools and direction you need to both learn about Spain, and to reflect on your own country and culture. Expect to actively participate in classes, as faculty will facilitate your intellectual, cultural, and emotional growth through lively discussions.

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by international faculty.
  • Most faculty are bilingual (Spanish/English) and represent a variety of different backgrounds.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • You’ll attend class with other CEA students of equivalent language levels, not with native Spanish students.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to your school’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • The maximum class size is 15 students for language courses and 25 students for electives. Small class sizes mean more personalized attention from your instructors.

Grading

Professors at the CEA Barcelona Center carefully evaluate student's work and progress throughout their academic session. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance.

The following grading system is in use at the CEA Barcelona Center:

CEA Grading Scale (Effective Spring 2017)

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade Low Range

Numerical Grade High Range

Percentage Range

Quality Points

A+

9.70

10.00

97.0 - 100%

4.00

A

9.40

9.69

94.0 - 96.9%

4.00

A-

9.00

9.39

90.0 – 93.9%

3.70

B+

8.70

8.99

87.0 – 89.9%

3.30

B

8.40

8.69

84.0 – 86.9%

3.00

B-

8.00

8.39

80.0 – 83.9%

2.70

C+

7.70

7.99

77.0 – 79.9%

2.30

C

7.40

7.69

74.0 – 76.9%

2.00

C-

7.00

7.39

70.0- 73.9%

1.70

D

6.00

6.99

60.0 – 69.9%

1.00

F

0.00

5.99

0 - 59.9%

0.00

W

Withdrawal

 

 

0.00

INC

Incomplete

 

 

0.00

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete.

In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR).

 

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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Accreditation

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968. Today, UAB offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate programs in the fields of humanities, social sciences, health sciences, experimental sciences and engineering. UAB’s links with local institutions, industry, and businesses provides students with practical experience helping them to be better prepared as they enter the professional world. More than 17% of UAB’s 50,000 students are international.

UAB encompasses several campuses; CEA students may attend classes at la Casa de Convalescencia in the city center, close to Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia. The building was completed in 1930 and granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1997. CEA students may also attend class on the Eixample campus, located on the same metro line (and within walking distance) of the CEA Study Abroad Center. 

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty will teach your courses.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to UAB’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size is a maximum of 40 students.
  • You will attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and other parts of the world. Due to the superior mastery of the language required, you will not be in classes with host national students.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

Per Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

Elective Courses

Spanish Number Grade

U.S. Letter Grade

Spanish Verbal Grade

10 – 9

A+

Excelente o Matricula de Honor

8,9 – 8,5

A

Notable

8,4 – 8,0

A-

Notable

7,9 – 7,5

B+

Notable

7,4 – 7

B

Notable

6,9 – 6,5

B

Aprobado

6,4 – 6,0

B-

Aprobado

5,9 – 5,5

C+

Aprobado

5,4 – 5,0

C

Aprobado

4,9 –3

D

Suspenso

2,9 – 0,0

F

Suspenso

NP

NP*

No Presentado

 

Spanish Language Courses

Spanish Number Grade

U.S. Letter Grade

Spanish Verbal Grade

10 – 9

A+

Excelente o Matricula de Honor

8,9 – 8,5

A

Notable

8,4 – 8,0

A-

Notable

7,9 –7,5

B+

Notable

7,4 – 7,0

B

Notable

6,9 – 6,5

C

Aprobado

6,4 – 5,0

D

Aprobado

4,9 – 3,0

D-

Suspenso

2,9 – 0

F

Suspenso

NP

NP*

No Presentado

*NP = Not Present/Exam Not Taken

Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by your home school.

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University of Barcelona

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Accreditation

The University of Barcelona is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

Founded in 1450, the University of Barcelona (UB) is the oldest and largest university in Catalonia with a student population of over 90,000. UB emphasizes international relations and has been a leading host of study abroad students for many years, welcoming 5,000 international students each year. The university awards more than 10,000 bachelor’s degrees and 450 doctorates annually.

UB operates four campuses throughout the city. Classes are instructed by university faculty through Estudios Hispánicos at both the main campus—centrally located in a 16th century building—and a secondary campus located just outside the city center and easily reached by metro or bus. 

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty teach language courses and electives.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to the UB’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 20 students for language courses and electives, and between 30 and 70 students for culture electives.
  • You will attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and other parts of the world. Due to the superior mastery of the language required, you will not be in classes with host national students.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

We have found verbal grades to be more universal and reliable when determining U.S. grade equivalents. Therefore, even though a numeric grade is listed, we rely primarily on the verbal grade, since the verbal grading scale is consistent across Spanish universities.

Per the University of Barcelona, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

Spanish Verbal Grade

US Verbal Equivalent

Spanish Number Grade

U.S. Letter Equivalent

Sobresaliente

Excellent

8.6-10

A

Notable

Outstanding

6.6-8.5

B

Aprobado

Pass

5-6.5

C

Suspenso

Fail

0-4.9

F

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Pompeu Fabra University

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Accreditation

Pompeu Fabra University is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning.

Since it was founded in 1990, Université Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) has had two goals: to train responsible professionals and citizens who are committed to civic values, and to contribute to the development of research. UPF welcomes approximately 10,000 students each year, 800 of which are international, and offers degrees in law, economics, business, social sciences, communications, health, life sciences, and technology. The university operates six campuses scattered around Barcelona's city center. CEA students take most classes at the campus located near Olympic Village.

Unlike most Spanish institutions, UPF follows a trimester-based academic calendar. The university prides itself on offering small class sizes, dedicated teaching staff, and advanced technological and information systems. Spanish language and elective courses for international students are instructed by university faculty in both Spanish and English through the Hispanic & European Studies Program, the Pre-Law Honors Program, and International Business. In addition, you may choose to take integrated courses in Humanities, Business, Communications, and more alongside Spanish students. 

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty teach language courses and electives.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to UPF’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges from 10 to 20 students for language courses and a maximum of 35 students for electives. For those participating in the integrated option, the class size of regular university courses range from 15 to 80 students.
  • You’ll take most classes with other U.S. students of equivalent language levels, not with native Spanish students. Students participating in the Integrated Studies program have the option to take courses with native Spanish students in both Spanish and English.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

Interpretation of the Spanish verbal grading scale is as follows:

Spanish Verbal Grade

US Verbal Equivalent

Spanish Number Grade

US Letter Equivalent

Matricula de honor

With Honors (awarded to 5% of enrolled students)

10

A

Sobresaliente

Excellent

9 - 10

A

Notable

Very Good

7 - 8.9

B

Aprobado

Adequate/Pass

5 - 6.9

C

Suspenso

Insufficient/Fail

0 - 4.9

F

No presentado

Incomplete or Exam not taken

N/A

N/A

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University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia

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Accreditation

The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning. 

The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) is an independent, state-supported, educational institution with a distinctive international focus. UVic-UCC is committed to the economic and social development of Barcelona and Catalonia through teaching, research, and knowledge transfer. The university emphasizes multilingual training as a key to increased mobility of university students and staff, and views the study of language and culture as an excellent vehicle for gaining a wider awareness of today’s world.

UVic-UCC offers 32 bachelor’s degrees in the fields of arts, humanities, science, health sciences, social sciences, and engineering, 15 master’s degree programs, and six doctoral programs. UVic-UCC’s compliance with European directives on higher education, and the more-than 20,000 students who have put their trust in the university over the years, is testament to UVic-UCC’s dynamism, innovation, and quality. The UVic-UCC International Campus, an umbrella organization for UVic-UCC activities aimed at an international public, provides mobility and exchange programs, postgraduate courses, research programs, continuing education, and international cooperation projects.

The UVic-UCC campus is on the same metro line as the CEA Barcelona Center, just a 10-minute ride away.

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty will teach marketing and entrepreneurship courses.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to UVic-UCC’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size is a maximum of 25 to 30 students.
  • You will attend class with international students. Due to the superior mastery of the language required, you will not be in classes with host national students.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

Per University of Vic, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

UVic - UCC Courses

Spanish Number Grade

U.S. Letter Grade

Spanish Verbal Grade

10 – 9

A+

Excelente o Matricula de Honor

8,9 – 8,5

A

Notable

8,4 – 8,0

A-

Notable

7,9 – 7,5

B+

Notable

7,4 – 7

B

Notable

6,9 – 6,5

B

Aprobado

6,4 – 6,0

B-

Aprobado

5,9 – 5,5

C+

Aprobado

5,4 – 5,0

C

Aprobado

4,9 –3

D

Suspenso

2,9 – 0,0

F

Suspenso

NP

NP*

No Presentado

*NP = Not Present/Exam Not Taken

Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and University of Vic, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student’s home university.

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ESADE Business School

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Accreditation

The ESADE Business School is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (Association for MBA programs).  

ESADE Business School (ESADE) is one of the top-ranked business schools worldwide and holds the rare distinction of triple accreditation through EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. This private institution of higher education was founded in 1958 and has since established close ties with business, economic, and social sectors to deliver an innovative learning model.

CEA students will take classes at the Barcelona- Sant Cugat campus, located 30 minutes from the city center in the nearby town of Sant Cugat del Vallé. CEA students have access to all university facilities and will be able to take courses in English with other international students.

Classroom and Information

  • Courses are taught by ESADE faculty.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Classes are attended by students from around the world.
  • All business electives are taught in English.
  • Class size is, on average, between 15 and 30 students.

Grading

ESADE professors carefully evaluate their students’ work and progress. Reading, written, and oral exercises; homework assignments; attendance; classroom participation; and exam performance are taken into account when calculating the final grade. Grades at ESADE are based on a 10-point scale. Below is a table used by all faculty at ESADE and represent the grades you will see on your transcripts:

Numeric Value

Spanish Term

Abbreviation

English Term

9.0 – 10

Excelente

SB

Excellent

7.0 – 8.9

Notable

NT

Good

5.0 – 6.9

Aprobado

AP

Pass

0 – 4.9

Suspenso

SS

Fail

NP

No presentado

NP

Not Attended

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CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

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Vice President, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
Dr. Martinez ensures academic quality, supports faculty to guarantee academic excellence, and facilitates the award-winning, experiential Academic-Integrated Cultural Activities Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University. Before joining CEA, Dr. Martinez was Assistant Director of the Advanced Spanish Language Program at Georgetown University, Teaching Associate at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, and Director of Middlebury College’s Spanish House.
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Laura Salvadó

Program Director
Barcelona, Spain
As Program Director, Laura's role is to provide leadership to the Student Support team at CEA Barcelona. She is responsible for management of staffing, financial logistics, student services, students accommodation, and Health & Safety issues.
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Sonia Priego

Spanish Language Coordinator & Senior Academic Advisor
Barcelona, Spain

As a Spanish Language Coordinator & Senior Academic Advisor, Sonia manages the Spanish language courses to ensure high academic standards and course quality, as well as students’ registration in Spanish courses at CEA and our partner universities. She also manages the tutoring program, and organizes and supervises cultural activities designed to enhance language acquisition. In addition, Sonia teaches several Spanish language courses.

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Blanca Alvarez

Senior Academic Advisor
Barcelona, Spain
As a Senior Academic Advisor, Blanca works across different fields at CEA, including academic administration, teaching Spanish, and coordinating cultural activities. The combination of these three things allows Blanca to explore and develop her main passions: culture, arts, and languages.
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Anna Sanchez

Academic Advisor
Barcelona, Spain
As a Senior Academic Advisor, Anna combines academic administration tasks such as student registration, faculty assistance, communication with local universities, and experiential learning development projects, with teaching Society and Politics courses at the CEA Barcelona Study Center.
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Senior Student Services Advisor
Barcelona, Spain
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Mónica Rodriguez

Senior Program Administrator
Barcelona, Spain
As part of the Student Support Team, Mónica's role is to oversee and coordinate all logistics related to Student Services. She focuses on health and safety issues, acts as procedures and Health Services liaison, contributes to the organization and operation of student arrival and orientation, and to the execution and continuous improvement of the Academic-Integrated Cultural Activities (AICAP) program. By creating initiatives to facilitate global competence and personal growth, Mónica works to ensure CEA students receive the quality assistance and guidance they need to make the most of their experience abroad.
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Beatriz Rovira

Housing Advisor
Barcelona, Spain
Bea is responsible for creating the best experience for CEA students while in Barcelona. As part of the Student Support Team, she focuses on student accommodation, ensuring the commitment and enthusiasm of our host families as well as the quality and suitability of our apartments and residencias. Bea provides students with the assistance and guidance they need to become familiar with their new surroundings and adapt to life within a new community. Creating initiatives to facilitate global competence and personal growth, Bea also participates in the onsite Academic-Integrated Cultural Activities (AICAP) program.
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Maria Mateu

Experiential Learning Coordinator
Barcelona, Spain
As CEA Barcelona’s Experiential Learning Coordinator, Maria's role is to ensure the good process of daily operations related to experiential learning programs, including volunteering, international service learning, and career mentoring. Maria teaches Cross Cultural Management and Career Development courses at the CEA Barcelona Center. Along with her work at CEA, Maria delivers intercultural training workshops to individuals and groups, helping them develop and enhance their intercultural competence so they can work and live effectively across cultures.
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