The CEA Barcelona Center’s diverse curriculum allows you to choose the liberal arts and social sciences courses that best meet your interests. Elective courses are taught in English or Spanish, making this program appropriate for all levels of Spanish language ability. Your courses allow you to gain insight into the history and society of Spain through active engagement with the host city and its people, institutions, and culture. Instructors use the city of Barcelona as an extended classroom, encouraging you to draw connections between your personal observations and the related topics addressed in class. You may also enroll in the optional Global Career Development Seminar, an ideal way to focus on future career success.
You'll enroll in 1 core course and 3-4 elective courses per semester. Core and 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. 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, core and elective 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.
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.
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.
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.
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 ,
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