The CEA Barcelona program offers a wide-range of options to enable students to choose the most suitable experience abroad. The variety of offering includes a vast academic curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, a rich menu of cultural activities, and a choice of housing options that goes from host families to independent living.
The academic portion of the program entails a full curriculum of Spanish Language courses for students of all levels together with courses taught in both English and Spanish in areas of study such as:
In the business field, our course offering includes courses in areas such as international business, marketing, finance, operations and entrepreneurship among others.
Alongside our extensive academic curriculum, CEA Barcelona also partners with local universities to offer our students hybrid programs in different areas. Over time we have expanded our business hybrid offering partnering with institutions that offer different approaches to the discipline:
All the cultural activities are carefully embedded into the academic curriculum so students are constantly engaged with the cultural surroundings with an analytical and reflective purpose. The Academic Integrated Cultural Activity Program (AICAP) – awarded by the National Society for Experiential Education for Outstanding Experiential Education- was designed to enhance the cultural activities and bring value to the program and the curriculum thru a variety of active learning opportunities. The program currently includes anywhere between 12 to 15 cultural activities per semester that require the active engagement of the student, leads to reflection and facilitates the transformation of experience into knowledge.
Aside from the AICAP Program, the experiential learning opportunities offered at CEA Barcelona include:
In our effort to enhance student´s intercultural competence and future employability, our courses offer a variety of case studies, guest speakers and company visits to give students a real perspective of the international business world. Moreover, we also offer students the possibility to enroll in our internship program onsite during any given semester: spring, summer or fall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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