Barcelona – Journalism & Communications

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Program Description

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Why Barcelona?

Barcelona’s spectacular setting on the sea, laid-back Spanish lifestyle, and vibrant culture make this city a great place to study abroad, but did you know Barcelona is one of Europe’s leading centers for digital media, international advertising, journalism, and publishing?

What You'll Study

In this program, you can choose from a series of courses in Communications, Literature (including travel writing), Journalism, Playwriting, and much more. Barcelona will be in your classroom. All of our courses feature course-related trips and faculty-led visits to cutting edge digital media outlets, newsrooms, agencies, and more. Imagine studying advertising and then visiting an international ad agency or attending a lecture by an internationally known photojournalist as part of your visual storytelling course. It’s all waiting for you here in Barcelona.

You also have the opportunity to take courses at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Universitat Ramon Llull (URL), two of Spain’s top universities for Journalism and Communications (among many other areas of study). All of our partner universities in Barcelona offer courses in a wide variety of disciplines.

Enhance what you learn in the classroom and add international work experience to your résumé by participating in an optional internship placement and accompanying seminar. Possible placements include advertising, tech-media startups, marketing, and writing for media-related organizations.

A wide variety of other disciplines are offered, as well. So you can supplement your study of Journalism and Communication with courses from our other programs in Barcelona focused on Art History, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and more!

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Barcelona, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into local life. From internships to DiscoverIES, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Academics

Our mission is to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore Journalism and Communications through an in-depth and hands-on approach.

Our world-class course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives in class each day.

While in Barcelona, you take 15-19 credits per semester and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Language courses are taught in Spanish.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad Spanish language course at your proficiency level (required, 3-7 credits)
  • English- or Spanish-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Research Methodology Seminar (optional, 4 credits) Involves the guided development of a detailed research project. Available at all language levels for students with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Partner university courses
    • For International Students Only (optional, 3 credits each) These Spanish- and English taught courses are designed for international students. They are available at the Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in a wide range of disciplines.
    • With Local Students (optional, 2-3 credits each) These courses, taught in English and Spanish, allow you to take classes with local students.
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits) Possible placements may include:
    • Marketing
    • Media & Communications
    • Public Relations

*You must register for one course within the disciplines of Arts & Culture.

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings and these courses are taught at the IES Abroad Center by local faculty. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

In addition to your program’s specified coursework, you can take any of the elective courses offered through our Liberal Arts & Business Program.

  • Mediterranean History and Heritage
  • Great 20th Century Artists of Catalonia: Picasso, Dalí and Miró
  • Barcelona: The Cosmopolitan City
  • Modernism in Architecture and Design in a Comparative Perspective
  • Imagining Medieval Culture: The Communicative Power of Medieval Images
  • The Iberian Peninsula: Cultures and Religions Through the Arts
  • International Events in Barcelona: An Artistic Perspective
  • Architecture and Landscape in Barcelona
  • The City as a Place to Live: The Barcelona Experience
  • Catalan Cultural Studies
  • Self and Identity in a Postmodern World
  • Sports and Society in Spain
  • Banditry and Mafias in the Mediterranean
  • Gender and Culture in Spain and the Mediterranean
  • Art and Design
  • Modernism in Architecture and Design in a Comparative Perspective
  • Language, Culture, and Communication: The Spanish Perspective
  • Photojournalism
  • Language, Culture, and Communication: Hispanic Cultures and their Societies
  • Campaigning in Europe: From Propaganda to Political Marketing
  • Media and Politics in Europe
  • 4th Wave Feminism
  • Crime, Disorder, Policing, and Justice: Spanish and European Perspectives
  • Catalan Language for Beginners
  • Food as an Expression of Culture
  • Imagining Medieval Culture: The Communicative Power of Medieval Images
  • Cultural Heritage: Business and Strategies
  • Dialogues on Difference Fall, Spring
  • Film and the City
  • The Economic Effects of Spain's EU Membership
  • European Regional Economies
  • Spain's Economic Development and the EU
  • Introduction to the European Union
  • Globalized Economy and Migration
  • Internship Seminar: Education
  • Mediterranean Environment
  • Mediterranean Oceanography
  • Science & Society: A European Perspective
  • Sustainability: Challenges and Responses
  • International Finance Management
  • Film and the City
  • Contemporary Spanish Film
  • Mediterranean Environment
  • Mediterranean Oceanography
  • Science & Society: A European Perspective
  • Contemporary Spanish Film
  • Catalan Cultural Studies
  • Mediterranean History and Heritage
  • Barcelona: The Cosmopolitan City
  • History of Europe: Building Contemporary Europe
  • War and Dictatorship in Spain
  • The American Century: US Policy in Western Europe
  • Discrimination and Persecution in Spain and the West
  • Understanding Contemporary Spain: Politics, Society, History
  • Cultural Heritage: Business and Strategies
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing Management
  • The Business of Sports in Europe
  • Business Ethics in an Intercultural Framework
  • International Marketing: A European Approach
  • Entrepreneurship: A European Perspective
  • Spain's Economic Development and the EU
  • International Finance Management
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Language, Culture, and Communication: Hispanic Cultures and their Societies
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Internship Seminar: Education
  • Internship Seminar
  • The Arab World and the West
  • The American Century: US Policy in Western Europe
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Europe in Crisis
  • Travel Writing in Spain/Europe: Between Self and Other
  • Barcelona and the Latin American Literary Boom
  • Storytelling
  • Crime, Disorder, Policing, and Justice: Spanish and European Perspectives
  • Management Across Borders
  • Organizational Behavior: Psychological Approaches in a European Perspective
  • The Music of Spain: Diversity, Functionality and the Construction of Cultural Identity
  • Introduction to Music: Learning to Listen
  • Photojournalism
  • Understanding Photography: Decoding the Still Image
  • Europe in Crisis
  • Politics in Spain
  • Democracy in Western Europe
  • Campaigning in Europe: From Propaganda to Political Marketing
  • Media and Politics in Europe
  • Introduction to the European Union
  • Understanding Contemporary Spain: Politics, Society, History
  • Dialogues on Difference
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Human Development in the Spanish Socio-Cultural Context
  • Cultural Perspectives in Psychology
  • Self and Identity in a Postmodern World
  • Organizational Behavior: Psychological Approaches in a European Perspective
  • Research Methodology Seminar
  • Introduction to Research Module
  • The Iberian Peninsula: Cultures and Religions Through the Arts
  • Church and State in Spain from 1492 to the Present
  • Sports and Society in Spain
  • Banditry and Mafias in the Mediterranean
  • Globalized Economy and Migration
  • Sustainability: Challenges and Responses
  • Discrimination and Persecution in Spain and the West
  • Internship Seminar: Social Action
  • Understanding Contemporary Spain: Politics, Society, History
  • Church and State in Spain from 1492 to the Present
  • Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad
  • Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad
  • Business Spanish: Emerging Independent Abroad
  • Spanish for Global Health: Independent Abroad
  • Spanish Grammar Through Composition: Independent Abroad
  • Spanish Conversation: Emerging Independent Abroad
  • Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers: Emerging Competent Abroad
  • Creative Writing Workshop: Short Stories in Spanish
  • Spanish Through Theater
  • International Events in Barcelona: An Artistic Perspective
  • Architecture and Landscape in Barcelona
  • The City as a Place to Live: The Barcelona Experience
  • Gender and Culture in Spain and the Mediterranean

Partner Institution(s)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

The Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona was established in the late 1960s and since then has become one of the most dynamic universities in Spain. Made up of more than 25 schools, faculties, and associated centers, it is the only real campus-based university in Barcelona. UAB requires a minimum enrollment of two courses.

UAB has two campuses in Barcelona. The courses that are offered at the Sant Pau (20 minutes by Metro from our Center) and Eixample (10 minutes walking from our Center) campuses are primarily in the disciplines of Business, Economics, Politics, and the Humanities. Courses are taught in English and Spanish. These campuses are located in the central area of the city of Barcelona.

Please note that registration for UAB courses takes place before the application deadline. Students interested in enrolling in UAB courses are encouraged to apply early.

University Courses in English & Spanish

  • Art History
  • Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Sciences & Sociology
  • Urban Studies

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Even though Universitat de Barcelona was founded in 1450, the present central building was not inaugurated until 1871 and is located in the city center. Today the university has four campuses in different parts of the city. UB is particularly interested in fostering international relations, and for many years has been the leader among European universities in a number of student exchanges.

UB offers an Estudios Hispánicos program taught in Spanish and English for students with intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish. These courses are offered only to international students and are based on Spanish and Latin American culture. Classes take place in the main UB campus located 10 minutes walking distance from the IES Abroad Barcelona Center.

University Courses in English & Spanish

  • Art History
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • History
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sociology

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra was founded by the Catalonian government in 1990 and is a public institution. It is named after the scholar who established the grammar of the modern Catalan language and enrolls approximately 10,000 Spanish and international students.

Courses are offered by different university departments and are taught in English and in Spanish. Course availability and language of instruction are dependent on the program you are enrolled in and your language level. UPF is a 15-minute commute by Metro or a 20-minute walk from our Center.

Please note that students interested in enrolling at UPF must register for a minimum of two courses.

University Courses in English

  • Art History
  • Business Management
  • Economics & Finance
  • History
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Political Sciences & Administration
  • Hispanic & European Studies Courses in English & Spanish
  • Art History
  • Cinema
  • Communications (Mass Media)
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Political Sciences & Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies

Universitat Ramon Llull (URL)

Universitat Ramon Llull is a private school founded in 1990. At URL, courses are designed for Spanish students at the undergraduate level. Courses are taught in English and Spanish and are available to you in a variety of disciplines. Course availability and language of instruction are dependent on the program you are enrolled in and your language level. Classes are taught at different campuses and range from a 10-minute walk to a 30-minute Metro ride from our Center.

University Courses in English & Spanish

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Tourism
  • Urban Studies

Universitat de Vic (UVic)

Universitat de Vic is an independent state-supported educational institution. It offers 32 bachelor’s degrees in the fields of Arts & Humanities, Science, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and Engineering. At UVIC, you can enroll in courses taught in English for international students. Courses are available to you in Business, Design, and Innovation. All courses take place in the BAU School of Design, located 20 minutes by Metro from the IES Abroad Barcelona Center.

University Courses in English

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Marketing

Internships

Interning while you study in Barcelona gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We’ve placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—we are always seeking out new opportunities for our students.

  • Business Development/ International Business
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Event Management
  • Health
  • International Relations
  • Language Teaching
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communication
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations & NGOs
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Barcelona, our field trips during fall and spring semesters take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. As part of orientation, you’ll participate in a study journey, which is included in your program cost. Additional field trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad.

Trips are organized by language level and conducted in English or Spanish accordingly. One of these trips is subsidized by IES Abroad. Additional DiscoverIES are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations:

The Basque Country & Navarre

4 Days | Fall & Spring

Discover the unique gastronomy of the Basque Country, learn from artisans who elaborate local delicacies, and attempt to create (with your own hands) the meals that make up this rich culinary tradition.

Costa Brava

3 Days | Fall & Spring

Visit Greek and Roman ruins, the medieval city of Girona, and the “dreamland” of Salvador Dalí between Barcelona and the French border.

Madrid

3 Days | Fall & Spring

Discover the vibrant capital of Spain! See the works of El Greco, Goya, and Velazquez first-hand in the world-famous Prado Museum.

South of France

3 days | Spring

Visit Carcassonne to learn about its rich history, and enjoy a boat ride nearby. Next, head to Lastours to see castles and the Fontfroide Abbey. The last stop in Perpignan, where you will have the chance to compare the difference between the Spanish Catalan and French Catalan cultures.

Valencia

3 days | Spring

Enjoy a guided tour around the city and make Paella, the most famous dish in Spain. Then visit the nearby town of Peñíscola to see the Papa Luna’s Castle, a medieval building constructed by Templar knights that were home to the Pope during the 13th century.

Montserrat

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Spend the day hiking the mountain of Montserrat and visit the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Barcelona is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff, your fellow students, and the city of Barcelona. During the first week of the program, you will begin your language learning experience and participate in activities to meet and bond with others at the same language level.

You will also meet our Barcelona Cultural Companions or tutors' cultures, who will join you on DiscoverIES and help you get to know the Spanish culture.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

A required study journey is included as an integral part of orientation. Previous study journeys have included Tarragona, where you will walk in the footsteps of the Ancient Romans. This study journey will allow you to meet your fellow classmates and IES Abroad staff.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Barcelona, it will feel like home.

Homestays – Normally, two or three IES Abroad students live in a home with local residents and students share a double room. You are provided two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) while the program is in session. Laundry and WiFi are included.

Residence Halls – You live with Spanish and/or other IES Abroad students. Rooms in residence halls are double and triple occupancy. Meal plans vary among the different halls. WiFi is included, and laundry facilities are available. Placements are limited, and an additional fee applies for this housing option.

Apartments – You live with three or four other IES Abroad students in double rooms. A Barcelona Cultural Companion or tutor cultural may also live in the apartment to help you with cultural integration. Apartments have fully equipped kitchens. Washing machines are available but dryers are not, as they are not commonly used in Spain. Placements are limited, and an additional fee applies for this housing option.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

DiscoverIES

DiscoverIES are a unique blend of course-related and cultural field trips. With this hybrid experience, you have the ability to understand the culture in the context of your coursework.

With 60+ DiscoverIES per semester, you have the exciting opportunity to familiarize yourself with Barcelona through cultural activities led by IES Abroad Barcelona professors. Visit the city’s many influential buildings, learn about its one-of-a-kind history, and become part of the Spanish and Catalan culture.

DiscoverIES are also a great way to meet and spend time with other students on your program, as well as IES Abroad Barcelona staff and professors. These optional activities are either free or highly subsidized.

Some past examples of DiscoverIES may include:

  • Discover the Quadrat d’Or, or Golden Square, in a guided tour in the Eixample District, an exceptional area that focuses on Barcelona’s Modernist style (Art Noveau) at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century
  • Enjoy a Flamenco workshop, where you’ll learn a few basic dance steps, the history behind the dance and attire, and taste traditional Andalucían fare
  • Hike Tibidabo, the tallest mountain in Serra de Collserola, tour the Modernist and Neo-Gothic Sagrat Cor Temple and visit the oldest amusement park in Spain
  • Visit an organic farm and learn about sustainability with an IES Abroad professor
  • Visit the aquarium at Delta de L’Ebre, the coastal lagoons on the southern shore (Encanyissada and Tancada), Trabucador Beach and Alfacs Bay, and the fishing harbor at Sant Carles de la Ràpita.

Volunteer Abroad

When you volunteer in Barcelona, you have the chance to make a difference in the local community while meeting new people and gaining a new perspective on the world. If you are passionate about volunteering abroad, just let the on-site staff know at the beginning of your term. Past volunteer opportunities in Barcelona include:

  • Entertain children at a cancer center
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Be a teaching assistant at a public school
  • Organize food drives at local supermarkets

Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $15,435 $2,825 $230 $18,490

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic Year $27,130 $5,650 $455 $33,235

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Adelyn Dougherty Leander Need-Based Urban Issues Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

Open to students who have an interest in urban studies (a major in urban studies is not required).

William E. & Mary M. Dwyer Need-Based Spanish Scholarship

Ranges up to $1,000; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

These scholarships are intended for students interested in studying in a Spanish-speaking country.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Barcelona Center is located in the center of Barcelona near the Plaza Catalunya. Features include:

  • High-speed and wireless internet access
  • Multimedia classrooms
  • Study lounges with printers
  • Large outdoor terrace with social and study space
Last updated November 2019

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