Business & European Studies

Available Sessions





late Aug 2018 - mid Dec 2018



Estimated Credits:

12 - 16


Apply by 6/1/18 Withdraw by 7/1/18


  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Complete Application
  • Transcript - Official


Foreign Language Proficiency:
All Levels
2 Years of College
Minimum GPA:

About the Program

Program Description

Delve into business, politics, and culture European-style. Designed for junior- and senior-level students who've taken at least one semester of college-level Spanish language instruction, this program allows you to take courses taught in English or Spanish. Choose from a range of business elective courses at our partner, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), where you'll attend class alongside alongside local and other international students for a truly integrated experience. You'll also enhance your time in Barcelona by gaining a greater understanding of local and national culture, society, and history in courses at the centrally located CEA Barcelona Center. You may also enroll in the optional Global Career Development Seminar, an ideal way to focus on future career success.

Program Structure

Enroll in 1 CEA core course, 1-3 CEA elective courses, and 1-2 UPF elective courses. CEA core and elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits; UPF elective courses meet for 32-45 contact hours/2-3 credits. You may also choose to enroll in the Global Career Development Seminar course, which meets for 15 contact hours/1 credit. Overall, semester students may earn a total of 12-16 credits (180-240 contact hours) and academic year students may earn a total of 24-32 credits (360-480 contact hours).

Typically, CEA core and elective classes meet twice per week, Monday-Thursday. Classes at UPF typically meet 2-3 times per week, Monday-Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.

Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and take an online language placement exam. If you choose to take electives in Spanish, 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.

Where You'll Study

Located on the Plaza Catalunya in the heart of the city, the CEA Barcelona Center offers courses in a range of subjects, taught in English and Spanish. Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom, with instructors taking full advantage of Barcelona’s many notable sites and attractions. 
Pompeu Fabra University’s six central Barcelona campuses offer a range of courses on the trimester system. Classes are taught in English and Spanish; choose to take courses with Spaniards for a truly integrated experience.

Where You'll Stay

When you study abroad in Barcelona, you can choose CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Studying Abroad in Barcelona with CEA

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, cultural engagement to other exciting opportunities, our inclusions make studying abroad in Barcelona easy!

Life-Long Benefits
I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.

Garret Swinton
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 , Aix-en-Provence, France

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