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Spanish Language & Culture
Spring 2021 Semester Barcelona

Spanish Language & Culture Available Sessions

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About the Program

Designed for students at all levels of Spanish ability, this program allows you to acquire and improve your Spanish language skills while gaining a deeper understanding of Spanish culture. Join other international students and hone your Spanish skills at the University of Barcelona’s (UB) Estudios Hispánicos language learning center. Semester students will delve into local culture and history through liberal arts and social sciences electives, taught in English or Spanish, at the CEA Barcelona Center. If you speak Spanish at the high-intermediate Spanish level and above, you may choose to take all courses in Spanish. You may also enroll in the optional Global Career Development Seminar, an ideal way to focus on future career success. Summer students will take language courses at all levels at UB.

Requirements


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Barcelona
  • Dates:
  • 1/13/21 - 5/8/21
  • Price:
  • $17,595
  • Credits:
  • 14 - 18
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • 11/2/20
  • Withdraw by:
  • 12/1/20
  • Application Requirements
  • Complete Application
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Transcript - Unofficial
  • Eligibility
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 2.5
  • Foreign Language Proficiency:
  • All Levels
  • Education
    Completed:
  • High School Graduate

Founded in 1450, the University of Barcelona is Catalonia’s oldest and largest educational institution, with more than 90,000 students. UB operates four campuses throughout Barcelona and is known for its focus on international students.
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. Please note that coursework for the Virtual Internship program will take place remotely.

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.

Please note that housing is not included in Virtual Internship programs.

Program Structure

You'll enroll in 1 UB language course and 2-3 CEA elective courses. You also have the option to enroll in up to 2 CEA virtual courses. UB language courses meet for 113 contact hours/8 credits; CEA 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 14-18 credits (up to 270 contact hours), and academic year students may earn a total of 28-36 credits (up to 540 contact hours.)

UB language courses meet 4 times per week, Monday-Thursday. Typically, CEA elective courses meet twice per week, Monday-Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.

CEA virtual courses are taught in English using an online Learning Management System. You are expected to be an active participant in online forums, in addition to completing your regular readings, videos and homework. You can expect a blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (at your own pace) learning approaches that provide individual attention and flexibility for your learning style. Engaging in your “own way” gives you an opportunity to showcase your engagement in any topic or assignment while being part of an online global learning community.

Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and take an online language placement exam. In addition, you'll take a language placement exam on-site in Barcelona; language placement exams are held at UB the Friday before classes start. You will be enrolled into CEA 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.

Courses

The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.

*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.

Excursions

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

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.

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Madrid

Madrid

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.

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Penedès Wine Country

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.

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Pyrenees and Romanesque Art

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.

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Sample Budget

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.

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Sample Calendar

The calendar for this program is coming soon; please check back later.

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