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About the Program
Take a deep dive into Spanish culture, history, and sociology as you earn credits toward your major or graduation requirements. Engage with local culture and attend class with local and other international students in this flexible program. Designed for students at any Spanish level, you'll choose from a range of elective courses—taught in English or Spanish—while you improve your Spanish skills in an intensive language course. Attend integrated classes at our partner, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF); you may also choose to take a course at the CEA Barcelona Center, where you'll gain insight into the history, literature, and sociology of Spain while earning credits toward your major or graduation requirements. You may also enroll in the optional Global Career Development Seminar.
- 9/2/15 - 4/30/16
- 24 - 32
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- Application Requirements
- $95 Online Application Fee
- Complete Application
- Advisor Approval Form
- Transcript - Official
Enroll in 1 UPF language course, 2-3 UPF elective courses, 0-1 CEA elective courses. You also have the option to enroll in up to 2 CEA virtual courses. UPF language courses meet for 90 contact hours/6 credits; UPF and CEA elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. You may also choose to enroll in the Global Career Development Seminar course, which meets for 15 contact hours/1 credit. You may earn a total of 12-16 credits (up to 240 contact hours) for semester and a total of 24-32 credits (up to 480 contact hours) for the academic year program.
UPF language courses meet daily, Monday-Thursday. UPF elective courses may meet 2-3 times per week, Monday-Thursday. Typically, CEA elective classes meet twice per week, Monday-Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.
CEA virtual courses are taught in English using an online Learning Management System. You are expected to be an active participant in online forums, in addition to completing your regular readings, videos and homework. You can expect a blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (at your own pace) learning approaches that provide individual attention and flexibility for your learning style. Engaging in your “own way” gives you an opportunity to showcase your engagement in any topic or assignment while being part of an online global learning community.Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and take an online language placement exam. After you arrive in Barcelona, you'll take a language placement exam at UPF during orientation week. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home university pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for Spain. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.
Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.
Girona & Besalú
The charming walled town of Girona is one of Spain's most prosperous and enticing cities. Explore historical remnants of the diverse cultures that have influenced the city through the ages, walk along the steep alleyways of the Jewish quarter, visit one of many art museums, and enjoy beautiful views of the Onyar River. Nearby Besalú is a stunning medieval town designated as a historical national property. You’ll travel in time just by wandering its streets.
As Spain’s capital and largest cosmopolitan city, lively Madrid is known for its friendly locals and innovative art and culture. Visit the Prado Museum, which houses Spanish and European paintings from the 12th to 18th century, and view modern art at the acclaimed Reina Sofia National Art Centre. Stroll around Madrid’s most famous arcaded square, the Plaza Mayor. Visit the Royal Palace and beautiful Park El Retiro. Madrid’s cultural diversity and world-famous art museums are guaranteed to offer something for everyone’s taste.
Penedès Wine Country
Explore the birthplace of the famous Cava (Catalan champagne) while exploring the vineyards and underground cellars of the Penedès wineries, learning about the wine-making process, and enjoying a wine tasting. Finish the day with a typical Catalan lunch, where you can try favorites like pa amb tomàquet.
Pyrenees and Romanesque Art
At the northeastern edge of the Pyrenees, Vall de Boí is known for its scenic landscape and for its nine tiny Romanesque churches, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the amazing architecture and paintings before completing your excursion with a hike in the stunning Aigüestortes National Park.
This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.
Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.
Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.
Below is a tentative itinerary for your program. Please note, dates and events below may change without prior notification. Contact CEA before purchasing airline tickets.
You will receive a finalized itinerary once you arrive onsite.
Note: Additional cultural activities/excursions or required course-related activities may be incorporated into your final itinerary. You are advised not to make personal travel arrangements until you have the final dates.