The IES Abroad Barcelona Language & Area Studies Summer Program is designed for students who want to study abroad in Spain and experience contemporary Spanish culture from the Catalonian perspective in a challenging academic environment. Language courses develop your written and oral proficiency in Spanish and area studies courses provide an excellent opportunity to learn about modern Spain in the larger context of the European Union. Courses are available in both Spanish and English. Over the course of the summer, you will come to know its vibrant plazas and winding streets for yourself. The Barcelona Language & Area Studies Program offers enrollment in IES Abroad courses, housing in homestays with local residents or student apartments with live-in Barcelona Cultural Companions to facilitate your cultural immersion, and DiscoverIES (course-related excursions & field trips). You will have the opportunity to meet Spanish and international students alike. Starting at the IES Abroad Center in the center of Barcelona near the Plaza Catalunya, this study abroad program will help you to gain a meaningful cultural experience and a deeper knowledge of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Study abroad in Barcelona and experience the city's unique and lively culture!
- Center: IES Abroad Barcelona
- City: Barcelona
- Country: Spain
- Program Credits: 6-7 credits
- Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
- Language Prerequisites: None
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel. Summer 2017
- Arrival: Monday, May 22, 2017
- Departure: Saturday, July 8, 2017
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 Spanish language learning and area studies courses through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. Beginning and Intermediate Spanish students enroll in:
- A 4-credit Spanish language course plus a 3-credit area studies course taught in English
Advanced Spanish students enroll in:
- A 4-credit Spanish language course plus a 3-credit area studies course taught in Spanish, or
- Two 3-credit area studies courses taught in Spanish
Area studies courses are offered in the following disciplines:
- Art History
- Culture Studies
- International Business
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. Art History
- AH 223 - Great 20th Century Artists of Catalonia: Picasso, Dalí and Miró (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- AH/HS 251 - Barcelona: The Cosmopolitan City (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Anthropology AN/SO 320A - Sports and Society in Spain (Fall, Spring, Summer) Communications IC/CM 329 - Language, Culture and Communication: Hispanic Cultures and their Societies (Fall, Spring, Summer) History AH/HS 251 - Barcelona: The Cosmopolitan City (Fall, Spring, Summer) International Business IB 350 - International Marketing: A European Approach (Fall, Spring, Summer) Intercultural Communication IC/CM 329 - Language, Culture and Communication: Hispanic Cultures and their Societies (Fall, Spring, Summer) Political Science PO 325 - Politics in Spain (Fall, Spring, Summer) Sociology AN/SO 320A - Sports and Society in Spain (Fall, Spring, Summer) Spanish
- SP 101 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- SP 102 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad II (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- SP 201 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad III (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- SP 301 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- SP 301I - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad Intensive ()
- SP 302 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad II (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- SP 351 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- SP 444 - Creative Writing Workshop: Short Stories in Spanish (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Course-Related Excursions IES Abroad Barcelona organizes DiscoverIES (course-related excursions) that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Spanish culture and society.
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. Apartments – You live with three or five 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.
Orientation The program begins with a 1 day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff, your fellow students, and the city of Barcelona. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, extra curricular activities, 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 program with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- 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. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Spain. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.
- Tuition: $4,985
- Housing: $1,500
- Insurance: $135
- Total: $6,620
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.
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Last updated February 7, 2018