Enroll in 1 CEA Core course focused on language or cultural studies, 1-2 UVic-UCC courses, and 1-2 CEA Entrepreneurship-focused courses. You can round out your schedule with any electives offered at the CEA Study Center. You can also opt for an internship with an entrepreneurship-focused placement (see below for further details regarding the internship). Courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits per semester. Overall, semester students may earn a total of 12-16 credits (up to 240 contact hours) and academic year students may earn a total of 24-32 credits (up to 480 contact hours).
The internship option includes an academic seminar and an internship placement. The internship seminar meets for 22 contact hours and you'll spend 120 hours at your internship placement over 15 weeks. Together, your seminar and internship placement are worth 3 credits. Your internship placement hours may vary depending on industry standards for your career field and will be determined after you arrive.
Typically, courses meet twice 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. 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. If you choose to take a Spanish language or elective course, 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.
If you're interested in an internship, we strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible. Internship positions are selective; students who demonstrate both professionalism and commitment throughout the process are most successful in securing placements.
The placement process involves three video interviews: a screening interview with your Internship Specialist, a job placement interview with your on-site internship coordinator, and a final interview with your host site supervisor. The host site retains the final decision regarding placements, so it’s important that your interviews reflect your maturity, adaptability, curiosity, and commitment to both your career interests and the host organization. Upon successfully completing your on-site placement coordinator interview, CEA guarantees you a placement based on the personal, professional, and cross-cultural goals reflected in your interview. All placements will be secured two weeks prior to arrival.
If you have confirmed an internship placement in Barcelona through independent contacts, we can also support you in securing important logistics such as visas, housing, and credit. Contact a CEA admissions counselor for more details.