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About the Program
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.
- 5/23/19 - 7/25/19
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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.
All Levels Course Structure
The following courses have been confirmed for this term. Please note, the host institution reserves the right to cancel or change courses without prior notification.
*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.
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.