Affect change by researching a local social issue, working to implement change, and reflecting on your experience, a process that enhances your understanding of issues that impact your host community. Designed for students at a high-beginning and above level of Spanish language proficiency, you'll engage in local culture in a carefully selected service-learning placement, gaining hands-on skills while giving back. A complementary seminar focuses on the current social challenges facing Spain, Catalonia, and Barcelona. You may also choose to enroll in elective courses at the CEA Barcelona Center, taught in English. Spanish language courses are available.
Choose a 1-, 2-, or 3-course option over an 8-week session. If you choose the 1-course option, you'll enroll in 1 service learning course. Your service learning course meets for 30 contact hours and you'll spend 7 hours per week at your service learning site. Together, your course and service learning placement are worth 3 credits.
Elective and language courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. If you choose the 2-course option, you'll also enroll in 1 elective or language course and can earn up to a total of 6 credits (90 contact hours). If you choose the 3-course option, you'll also enroll in 2 elective or language courses and can earn up to a total of 9 credits (135 contact hours).
The service learning seminar meets twice per week over the 8-week session. Elective courses meet daily, Monday-Thursday over a 4-week period. Your service learning placement hours may take place Monday-Friday; the exact time of day and days of the week will be determined after you arrive in Barcelona. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.
Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and take a 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 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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