Barcelona - Liberal Arts & Business

IES Abroad

Program Description

Barcelona - Liberal Arts & Business

IES Abroad

barcelona

Overview

Feast your eyes on the many sights of Barcelona! Admire the stunning Modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia church, stroll through the whimsical Park Güell, shop the markets and street vendors of Las Ramblas, visit the beautiful beaches—should we continue? You can experience it all here.

There are a wide variety of IES Abroad courses available, primarily taught in English by our world-class faculty. You are grouped into language proficiency-based levels to focus your course enrollment options. This also provides a sense of community with your fellow students and challenges you to maximize your learning.

In addition to your Spanish language course, you choose from a variety of English- and Spanish-taught IES Abroad area studies courses, as well as Spanish- and English-taught local university courses to round out your semester. All IES Abroad courses include course-related activities that help you connect coursework with your surroundings. You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar. Barcelona will be your classroom.

Find yourself at home in the second largest city in Spain, rich with influence in global commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts. This program is ideal for experiencing the excitement of life in Barcelona while improving your Spanish language skills. 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 cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. As an IES Abroad student, you have the opportunity to live with local residents, who can serve as your hosts and resources to help you make the most of living and learning in Barcelona.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Barcelona
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

September 3 - December 19

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Fall 2018 - May 15, 2018

Spring 2019 - October 19, 2018

*For students enrolled in IES Abroad courses only. Students enrolled in partner university courses are required to complete partner university exams before departure and depart IES Abroad housing the following day.

Academics

Our mission is simple: 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 Liberal Arts & Business through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. The IQS School of Management at the Universitat Ramon Llull is AACSB-accredited. While in Barcelona, you take 15–19 credits per semester. Our goal is to make sure your academic needs are met. You can craft your own academic experience by selecting from the following course types:

  • Spanish language courses (required, 3-7 credits) are offered at the IES Abroad Center. These courses range from the 100- to the 400-level.
  • Area studies courses (required, 3 credits) are offered at the IES Abroad Center in English and Spanish in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Internships (optional, 3 credits) combine project-based placements in business, international relations & finance, media, service learning, or at an educational organization with a required seminar. (English placements are available. A basic knowledge of Spanish is required for some.)
  • Research Methodology Seminar (optional, 4 credits) involves the guided development of a detailed research project. Available at all language levels for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Estudios Hispánicos (Hispanic studies) courses (optional, 1.5-3 credits) are specifically designed for international students. These Spanish and English-taught courses are available at Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Local university courses (optional, 1.5-4 credits) are offered in Spanish and English. You take these classes alongside local Spanish students.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

As an added benefit, IES Abroad Barcelona also offers you the opportunity to enroll in a certificate program through our partner university, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

  • UPF Pre-law Certificate Program (Spring): Honors pre-law program intended to provide pre-law, international relations, and political science majors with an introductory education in the field of international law, European law, and comparative law.
  • UPF International Business Certificate Program (Fall, Spring): Offered to students majoring or minoring in business who wish to acquire an international perspective and a better understanding of successful management practices needed to compete in a global economy. At the end of the semester, you will be awarded a joint certificate from the ESCI International Business School and the UPF Education Abroad Program attesting that you have successfully completed at least two international business courses in Barcelona.

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Archaeology

  • AE/HS 250 - Mediterranean History and Heritage (Fall, Spring)

Art History

  • AH 223A - Great 20th Century Artists of Catalonia: Picasso, Dalí and Miró (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • AH 223B - Great 20th Century Artists of Catalonia: Picasso, Dalí and Miró (Fall, Spring)
  • AH/HS 251 - Barcelona: the Cosmopolitan City (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • AT/AH 324 - Modernism in Architecture and Design in a Comparative Perspective (Spring)
  • RL/AH 350 - The Iberian Peninsula: Cultures and Religions Through the Arts (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • US/AH 230 - International Events in Barcelona: An Artistic Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • US/AH 330 - Architecture and Landscape in Barcelona (Fall, Spring)
  • US/AH 360 - The City as a Place to Live: The Barcelona Experience (Fall, Spring)

Anthropology

  • AN/SO 320A - Sports and Society in Spain (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • HP/AN 345 - Catalan Cultural Studies (Fall, Spring)
  • PS/AN 340 - Self and Identity in a Postmodern World (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/AN 320B - Sports and Society in Spain (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/AN 360 - Banditry and Mafias in the Mediterranean (Fall, Spring)

Art

  • AR 225 - Art and Design (Fall, Spring)

Architecture

  • AT/AH 324 - Modernism in Architecture and Design in a Comparative Perspective (Spring)

Communications

  • CM 327 - Language, Culture and Communication: the Spanish Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • CM 330 - European Television in Comparative Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • IC/CM 329 - Language, Culture and Communication: Hispanic Cultures and their Societies (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • PO/CM 323 - Campaigning in Europe: From Propaganda to Political Marketing (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/CM 335 - Media and Politics in Europe (Fall, Spring)

Criminal Studies

  • LW/CR 363 - Crime, Disorder, Policing and Justice: Spanish and European Perspectives (Fall, Spring)

Catalan Language

  • CT 101 - Catalan Language for Beginners (Fall, Spring)

Cultural Studies

  • CU 351 - Food as an Expression of Culture (Fall, Spring)
  • CU/IB 348 - Cultural Heritage: Business and Strategies (Spring)

Economics

  • EC 341 - The Economic Effects of Spain's EU Membership (Fall, Spring)
  • EC 342 - European Regional Economies (Fall, Spring)
  • IB/EC 441 - Spain's Economic Development and the EU (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/EC 210 - Introduction to the European Union (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/EC 340 - Globalized Economy and Migration (Fall, Spring)

Education

  • ED/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Education (Fall, Spring)

Environmental Studies

  • GE/ES 311 - Mediterranean Environment (Fall, Spring)
  • GE/ES 320 - Mediterranean Oceanography (Fall, Spring)
  • GT/ES 361 - Science & Society: A European Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/ES 352 - Sustainability: Challenges and Responses (Fall, Spring)

Finance

  • IB/FI 355 - International Finance (Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS/HP 340A - Contemporary Spanish Film (Fall, Spring)
  • FS/HP 340B - Contemporary Spanish Film (Fall, Spring)

Geography

  • GE/ES 311 - Mediterranean Environment (Fall, Spring)
  • GE/ES 320 - Mediterranean Oceanography (Fall, Spring)

Global Studies

  • GT/ES 361 - Science & Society: A European Perspective (Fall, Spring)

Hispanic Studies

  • FS/HP 340A - Contemporary Spanish Film (Fall, Spring)
  • FS/HP 340B - Contemporary Spanish Film (Fall, Spring)
  • HP/AN 345 - Catalan Cultural Studies (Fall, Spring)

History

  • AE/HS 250 - Mediterranean History and Heritage (Fall, Spring)
  • AH/HS 251 - Barcelona: the Cosmopolitan City (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • HS 215 - History of Europe: Building Contemporary Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • HS 332 - War and Dictatorship in Spain (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/HS 317 - The American Century: US Policy in Western Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/HS 333 - Discrimination and Persecution in Spain and the West (Spring)
  • SO/PO/HS 331 - Understanding Contemporary Spain: Politics, Society, History (Fall, Spring)

International Business

  • CU/IB 348 - Cultural Heritage: Business and Strategies (Spring)
  • IB 320 - Strategic Management (Fall, Spring)
  • IB 325 - Marketing Management (Fall)
  • IB 334 - The Business of Sports in Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • IB 343 - Business Ethics in an Intercultural Framework (Fall, Spring)
  • IB 350 - International Marketing: A European Approach (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • IB 360 - Entrepreneurship: a European Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • IB/EC 441 - Spain's Economic Development and the EU (Fall, Spring)
  • IB/FI 355 - International Finance (Spring)
  • IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice (Fall, Spring)

Intercultural Communication

  • IC/CM 329 - Language, Culture and Communication: Hispanic Cultures and their Societies (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • IC/PS 260 - Cross-Cultural Psychology (Fall, Spring)

Internship Seminar

  • ED/IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Education (Fall, Spring)
  • IN 395A - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • IN 395B - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)

International Relations

  • IR/HS 317 - The American Century: US Policy in Western Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 350 - International Security and Geopolitics: A Spanish & European Perspective (Fall, Spring)

Literature

  • LT 252 - Travel Writing in Spain/Europe: Between Self and Other (Fall, Spring)
  • LT 361 - Women in Mediterranean Literature (Spring)
  • LT 370 - The Spanish Picaresque: From Don Quixote to Huckleberry Finn (Fall, Spring)
  • LT 375 - Barcelona and the Latin American Literary Boom (Fall, Spring)

Law

  • LW/CR 363 - Crime, Disorder, Policing and Justice: Spanish and European Perspectives (Fall, Spring)

Management

  • MG 345 - Management Across Borders (Fall, Spring)
  • PS/MG 322 - Organizational Behaviour: Psychological Approaches in a European Perspective (Fall, Spring)

Music

  • MS 201 - The Music of Spain: Diversity, Functionality and the Construction of Cultural Identity (Fall, Spring)
  • MS 215 - Introduction To Music: Learning To Listen (Fall, Spring)

Photography

  • PG 328 - Understanding Photography: Decoding the Still Image (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • PO 325 - Politics in Spain (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • PO 371 - Politics and Regionalism (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 475 - Democracy In Western Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/CM 323 - Campaigning in Europe: From Propaganda to Political Marketing (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/CM 335 - Media and Politics in Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/EC 210 - Introduction to the European Union (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 350 - International Security and Geopolitics: A Spanish & European Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/PO/HS 331 - Understanding Contemporary Spain: Politics, Society, History (Fall, Spring)

Psychology

  • IC/PS 260 - Cross-Cultural Psychology (Fall, Spring)
  • PS 350 - Human Development in the Spanish Socio-Cultural Context (Fall, Spring)
  • PS 410 - Cultural Perspectives in Psychology (Fall, Spring)
  • PS/AN 340 - Self and Identity in a Postmodern World (Fall, Spring)
  • PS/MG 322 - Organizational Behaviour: Psychological Approaches in a European Perspective (Fall, Spring)

Research Seminar

  • RE 496 - Research Methodology Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Religious Studies

  • RL/AH 350 - The Iberian Peninsula: Cultures and Religions Through the Arts (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • SO/RL 330 - Church and State in Spain from 1492 to the Present (Fall, Spring)

Sociology

  • AN/SO 320A - Sports and Society in Spain (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • SO/AN 320B - Sports and Society in Spain (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/AN 360 - Banditry and Mafias in the Mediterranean (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/EC 340 - Globalized Economy and Migration (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/ES 352 - Sustainability: Challenges and Responses (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/HS 333 - Discrimination and Persecution in Spain and the West (Spring)
  • SO/PO/HS 331 - Understanding Contemporary Spain: Politics, Society, History (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/RL 330 - Church and State in Spain from 1492 to the Present (Fall, Spring)

Spanish

  • SP 101 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 102 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad II (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 102I - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad II Intensive (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 201 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 301 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 301I - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Intensive (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 302 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad II (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 322 - Spanish for Global Health: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 323 - Business Spanish: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 351 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 351I - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I Intensive (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 362 - Conversational Emerging Independent Abroad II (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 367 - Grammar Through Composition: Independent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 410 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 444 - Creative Writing Workshop: Short Stories in Spanish (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 462 - Spanish Through Theater (Fall, Spring)

Urban Studies

  • US/AH 230 - International Events in Barcelona: An Artistic Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • US/AH 330 - Architecture and Landscape in Barcelona (Fall, Spring)
  • US/AH 360 - The City as a Place to Live: The Barcelona Experience (Fall, Spring)

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/Business Development
  • Event Management
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • International Relations
  • Language Teaching
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communication
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations & NGO's
  • Public Relations

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.

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. 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, and meals are not provided. Placements are very limited, and an additional fee applies for this housing option.

Student Life

Orientation

The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff, your fellow students, and the city of Barcelona. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Also, during the first week of the semester, intensive Spanish language courses meet daily in small groups to help you to develop your language skills. 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. A study journey is included as part of orientation. Past destinations have included Tarragona, Valencia, and Girona.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events DiscoverIES

DiscoverIES are a unique blend of course-related excursions (for class) 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. Past examples of DiscoverIES 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 Neogothic Sagrat Co Temple, and visit the oldest amusement park in Spain
  • Visit an organic farm and learn about sustainability with an IES Abroad professor

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:

  • Visit a children’s hospital
  • Serve dinner for the homeless
  • Give English lessons to underprivileged young people
  • Organize food drives at local supermarkets
  • Provide lunch for the elderly without family

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins. Some courses at local universities may not be open to sophomores. Please contact an IES Abroad Representative for further details
  • No previous Spanish language courses are required

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa is required to enter Spain. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information. If you're studying with IES Abroad in Spain, you may be eligible to use the IES Abroad ACCeSS program. ACCeSS is our visa processing service in which we submit your visa application and supporting documents to the consulate for you.

Cost

Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $14,840
  • Housing: $2,780
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $17,850

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $26,695
  • Housing: $5,560
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $32,710

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Spanish
IES Abroad

Last updated August 21, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 semesters
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17,850 USD
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Spain - Barcelona, Catalonia
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Spain - Barcelona, Catalonia
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End date Dec. 19, 2018