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 embeded into the academic curriculum so students are constantly engaged with the cultural surroundings with an analytitical 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 AICA 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 prospective 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.
Spain’s capital and largest city has a sophisticated vibe evident in its world-class culinary culture, never-ending nightlife, and thriving art scene.
Madrid is home to a large number of public and private universities. Some of them are among the oldest in the world, and many are the most prestigious universities in Spain. CEA Madrid partners with two of these universities: Universidad Antonio de Nebrija & Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Universidad Antonio de Nebrija is a small university, with an annual student population of about 5,000. UAN prides itself in being "the smallest of the great Spanish universities." This highly ranked private university was founded in 1995 and named after the first grammarian of the Spanish language. In 1492, Nebrija presented the first-ever Spanish grammar book to Queen Isabel; today, teaching Spanish as a foreign language is a key activity, and the Center of Hispanic Studies at Nebrija is dedicated exclusively to Spanish language training.
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid was founded in 1989 and has since grown into one of the leading higher education institutions in Spain. This public university offers a range of courses to a culturally diverse population of more than 19,000 students. Over 3,400 international students participate in exchange programs through the university each year. UC3M´s philosophy is to create responsible, free-thinking people with a sensitivity to social problems and a commitment to progress based on freedom, justice and tolerance. The undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Economics are ranked first among those offered by public and private universities in Spain.
In the CEA Madrid Program, students can choose from a variety of subject areas, each of which takes advantage of the city and the unique and valuable learning opportunities it offers. Beyond the classroom, CEA organizes cultural activities that foster academic and personal growth abroad. Housing options include host families, shared apartments, and independent living.
Courses are offered in English & Spanish at both institutions.
Our programs at-a-glance are:
With an annual student population of about 5,000, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija prides itself on being "the smallest of the great Spanish universities." This highly ranked private university was founded in 1995 and named after the first grammarian of the Spanish language. In 1492, Nebrija presented the first-ever Spanish grammar book to Queen Isabel; today, teaching Spanish as a foreign language is a key activity, and the Center of Hispanic Studies at Nebrija is dedicated exclusively to Spanish language training.
In addition to Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, the university also offers a wide range of academic subjects taught in Spanish and English, such as art history, cultural studies, political science, and sociology. Courses are instructed by Antonio de Nebrija faculty through Centro de Estudios Hispánicos. Nebrija's small student population allows for personal attention and specialized studies.
Since its founding in 1989, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has grown into one of the leading higher education institutions in Spain. The public university offers a range of courses to a culturally diverse population of more than 19,000 students. More than 3400 international students participate in exchange programs through the university each year.
You will have the opportunity to take courses from two different campus locations. Each campus is about 15-25 minutes train ride from Puerta del Sol in Madrid. There are also buses that run between the campuses. The Getafe campus is where students take their Social Science and language classes while the Leganés campus is where students take their Engineering, Science, and Math courses.
You will have access to the same university facilities and will be able to take courses in English with local Spanish students, allowing you to fully appreciate UC3M student life. By sharing the campus with local and other international students you’ll have the opportunity to meet and interact with your peers.
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.
Álvaro J. Sanjuán studied English Literature, History and Linguistics at University of Oviedo (Spain) and continued his studies on Applied Languages at Dublin City University (Ireland). After being an Art History professor in UNIPEC in Burgos (Spain) he worked as Web Manager and Community Manager until he began to collaborate for several years as a tour guide with CEA Madrid where, eventually, he became Student Services Coordinator. He loves arts, history, opera and classical music and also running and outdoor sports.
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