International Studies at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain

Providing unique learning experiences for North American university and high school students since 1969

Program Information

Students in the International Studies Program take courses specifically designed for international students in English. Your studies may be complemented by a Spanish language course to help you ease into your new Spanish community. All our courses are specifically designed to enhance your understanding of modern Spain while you immerse yourself in your studies. Choose courses from the Business, Economics & Politics, Art & Architecture, and Mediterranean Studies Tracks.  These courses are taught in English and Spanish at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

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Start Date: Sep, 2024
Apply by: May 15, 2024
End Date: Dec, 2024
Cost: $15.700
There are additional fees for the student residence housing option. Please contact SSA for details.
Start Date: Jan 9, 2024
Apply by: Oct 31, 2023
End Date: Apr 25, 2024
Cost: $15.500
There are additional fees for the student residence housing option. Please contact SSA for details.
Start Date: Sep, 2024
Apply by: May 15, 2024
End Date: Apr, 2025
Cost: $30.800
There are additional fees for the student residence housing option. Please contact SSA for details.

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Courses Term Barcelona – International Studies at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Language, History & Cultural Studies
The Image of Barcelona in Literature
This course delves into the portrayal of Barcelona in literature, exploring how the city has been depicted in various literary works throughout history. Through readings of novels, poems, essays, and other literary forms, students analyze different perspectives on Barcelona and its cultural, social, and historical significance. Emphasis is placed on understanding how authors from different backgrounds and time periods have represented the city’s landscapes, people, and atmosphere. By examining these literary representations, students gain insights into the evolving identity and image of Barcelona as captured in the written word.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Language, History & Cultural Studies
Ideas that made Europe: A Cultural Approach to the Old World
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the ideas and cultural forces that have shaped Europe throughout history. Through interdisciplinary study, students examine key concepts, movements, and figures that have influenced European civilization, including philosophy, literature, art, religion, and politics. By analyzing primary sources and engaging with historical debates, participants gain a deeper understanding of Europe’s intellectual and cultural heritage. The course highlights the interconnectedness of European ideas and their enduring impact on global society.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Art, Design & Architecture
Spanish Art & Cultural Heritage
This course offers a comprehensive exploration of Spanish art and cultural heritage. Students delve into the rich history of Spanish artistic traditions, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and more. Through lectures, discussions, and hands-on experiences, participants gain a deeper understanding of iconic Spanish artists, movements, and masterpieces. Additionally, the course examines the preservation and promotion of Spain’s cultural heritage, including UNESCO World Heritage sites and cultural conservation efforts. By the end, students develop a profound appreciation for the diverse and enduring legacy of Spanish art and culture.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Art, Design & Architecture
Modernisme: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained
This course delves into the captivating world of Art Nouveau architecture, exploring its intricate designs and underlying concepts. Through sketches and explanations, students unravel the essence of Modernism, gaining insights into its artistic principles and historical significance. By the end, participants grasp the beauty and innovation of Art Nouveau structures.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
SA3055E- CAREER MANAGEMENT
Taught in English, SA3055E is a course designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for effective career management. Through practical workshops, self-assessments, and career exploration activities, students learn how to identify their strengths, interests, and values, and align them with potential career paths. Emphasis is placed on developing essential job search strategies, including resume writing, networking, and interview preparation. Additionally, students learn about current trends in the job market, professional development opportunities, and strategies for lifelong career growth. By the end of the course, students will have developed a personalized career plan to guide their professional journey.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA1003C - INTRODUCTION TO CATALAN LANGUAGE
SA1003C offers students an introduction to the Catalan language, encompassing basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Through interactive lessons and practical exercises, students develop foundational skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Catalan. Emphasis is placed on everyday conversational topics, cultural insights, and language etiquette. By the end of the course, students will have acquired essential language skills and cultural knowledge to engage in basic communication in Catalan-speaking contexts.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Art
SA3040E - THE SEVEN WONDERS OF SPAIN, SPANISH ARCHITECTURE HISTORY
Taught in English, explore the rich history of Spanish architecture through the lens of its most iconic landmarks in SA3040E. From the majestic Alhambra in Granada to the awe-inspiring Sagrada Família in Barcelona, this course takes students on a journey through Spain’s architectural masterpieces. Through lectures, site visits, and discussions, delve into the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of each wonder. Gain a deeper understanding of architectural styles, construction techniques, and the societal contexts that shaped these landmarks. By the end of the course, students will have gained a profound appreciation for the architectural heritage of Spain.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Art
SA3039E - THE GREAT ART COLLECTIONS IN SPAIN
Taught in English, embark on a captivating exploration of Spain’s renowned art collections in SA3039E. From the Prado Museum in Madrid to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, this course delves into the rich artistic heritage of Spain. Through lectures, gallery visits, and discussions, students discover masterpieces spanning various periods and artistic movements. Gain insights into the cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance of each collection, and learn about the lives and works of prominent Spanish artists. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deeper appreciation for the wealth of artistic treasures housed in Spain’s museums and galleries.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Art and Architecture
SA3026E - SPANISH ART AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
Taught in English, explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Spain in SA3026E. Through lectures, discussions, and immersive experiences, students delve into the diverse artistic traditions, architectural marvels, and cultural landmarks that define Spain’s identity. From the Moorish palaces of Andalusia to the medieval cathedrals of Castile, discover the legacy of centuries of artistic expression. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical, social, and political contexts that shaped Spain’s cultural landscape. By the end of the course, students will have gained a profound appreciation for the depth and breadth of Spanish art and cultural heritage.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring, Summer
Art
SA3025E - SPANISH CONTEMPORARY ART
Taught in English, delve into the vibrant world of Spanish contemporary art in SA3025E. Through lectures, gallery visits, and discussions, students explore the diverse expressions of contemporary Spanish artists across various mediums and styles. From avant-garde movements to emerging trends, examine the cultural, social, and political influences that shape contemporary art in Spain. Gain insights into the works of renowned artists and the evolving art scene in cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deeper understanding of Spanish contemporary art and its significance in the global art landscape.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Political Science
SA3036E - POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD
Taught in English, SA3036E delves into the intricate political landscapes of the developing world. Through case studies, discussions, and analysis, students explore the diverse political systems, ideologies, and challenges faced by developing nations. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical legacies, socio-economic dynamics, and external influences that shape politics in these regions. Topics may include democratization processes, governance structures, human rights issues, and international relations. By the end of the course, students will have gained a nuanced understanding of the complex political realities and prospects for development in the global South.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Political Science
SA3028E - CULTURES WITHOUT STATE: THE CASE OF CATALONIA
Taught in English, in SA3028E, students examine the unique cultural and political landscape of Catalonia, a region with a distinct identity within Spain. Through lectures, discussions, and case studies, students explore the historical, linguistic, and cultural factors that have shaped Catalonia’s quest for autonomy and self-determination. Emphasis is placed on understanding Catalonia’s relationship with the Spanish state, as well as contemporary debates surrounding nationalism, identity, and sovereignty. By the end of the course, students will have gained insight into the complexities of regionalism and the challenges and opportunities faced by cultures without a state.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Political Science
SA2023E - A GREATER MIDDLE EAST
Taught in English, SA2023E offers a comprehensive exploration of the Greater Middle East region, encompassing its diverse cultures, histories, and geopolitical dynamics. Through lectures, discussions, and case studies, students examine the social, political, economic, and cultural factors that shape this complex and strategically significant region. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical legacies, contemporary challenges, and future prospects facing countries in the Middle East and adjacent regions. Topics may include religion, identity, conflict resolution, economic development, and global interactions. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances of the Greater Middle East.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Political Science
SA2021E - MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS
Taught in English, SA2021E delves into the political dynamics of the Mediterranean region, exploring the diverse political systems, actors, and challenges facing countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Through lectures, discussions, and case studies, students analyze the historical, cultural, and geopolitical factors that shape politics in the region. Emphasis is placed on understanding issues such as democratization, political instability, conflict resolution, and regional cooperation. By examining the interactions between states and non-state actors, students gain insight into the complexities of Mediterranean politics and its implications for global affairs.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Economics, Political Science
SA3043E - GEOPOLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Taught in English, SA3043E provides an in-depth exploration of geopolitics and international relations in the contemporary world. Through lectures, discussions, and case studies, students analyze the complex interplay of geographical, political, economic, and strategic factors that shape global politics. Emphasis is placed on understanding key theories, concepts, and debates in the field of geopolitics, as well as the role of international actors such as states, non-state actors, and international organizations. Topics may include power dynamics, conflict resolution, global governance, and emerging geopolitical trends. By the end of the course, students will have developed a nuanced understanding of the forces shaping international relations in the 21st century.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Economics
SA3022E - AN URBAN APPROACH TO SPAIN AND EUROPE
Taught in English, SA3022E offers a unique perspective on Spain and Europe through an urban lens. Through lectures, field trips, and discussions, students explore the urban landscapes, architecture, culture, and socio-economic dynamics of cities in Spain and across Europe. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of cities as centers of innovation, diversity, and globalization, as well as the challenges they face in areas such as sustainability, inequality, and governance. By examining case studies and engaging with urban practitioners, students gain insight into the complexities of urban life and its implications for society and policy.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Economics
SA2035E - INEQUALITY, POVERTY, AND GLOBALIZATION
Taught in English, SA2035E delves into the complex interplay between inequality, poverty, and globalization in the contemporary world. Through lectures, discussions, and case studies, students examine the root causes, manifestations, and consequences of inequality and poverty at local, national, and global levels. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of globalization processes such as economic integration, trade, and technology in shaping patterns of inequality and poverty. Additionally, students explore strategies for poverty alleviation, social justice, and sustainable development in a globalized context. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by globalization for addressing inequality and poverty.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Economics
SA2025E - BEHAVIOUR AND INCENTIVES IN ECONOMICS: THE CASE OF SOCCER
Taught in English, SA2025E explores the application of economic principles to the world of soccer, analyzing the behavior of players, clubs, and fans within the framework of incentives. Through lectures, case studies, and data analysis, students examine topics such as player transfers, club management, ticket pricing, and fan engagement from an economic perspective. Emphasis is placed on understanding how incentives influence decision-making in the soccer industry, as well as the implications for performance, competition, and financial sustainability. By the end of the course, students will have gained insight into the economics of soccer and its broader relevance to the study of human behavior and incentives.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Economics
SA2024E - THE CREATIVE ECONOMY
Taught in English, SA2024E delves into the dynamics and impact of the creative economy, exploring the intersection of culture, innovation, and economic development. Through lectures, case studies, and discussions, students examine the role of creative industries such as design, media, arts, and entertainment in driving economic growth and societal change. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique characteristics of the creative economy, including its reliance on intellectual property, talent, and cultural capital. Additionally, students explore policy frameworks, business models, and entrepreneurship opportunities in creative sectors. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the creative economy’s potential to foster innovation, diversity, and sustainable development.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Economics
SA2019E - POLITICS, WAR, AND ECONOMICS IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION
Taught in English, SA2019E offers an interdisciplinary examination of the complex interactions between politics, war, and economics in the contemporary era of globalization. Through lectures, seminars, and case studies, students analyze the interconnectedness of these realms and their implications for global governance, security, and prosperity. Emphasis is placed on understanding how globalization processes such as trade, finance, and information exchange shape geopolitical dynamics, conflict patterns, and economic systems. Additionally, students explore the role of state and non-state actors in shaping international relations and addressing global challenges. By the end of the course, students will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted relationships between politics, war, and economics in an increasingly interconnected world.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Economics, Political Science
SA2012E - UNDERSTANDING THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY
Taught in English, SA2012E provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the European economy, focusing on its structure, challenges, and dynamics. Through lectures, case studies, and discussions, students explore key aspects of the European Union’s economic integration, including the single market, monetary union, and economic policies. Emphasis is placed on understanding the economic forces shaping Europe’s competitiveness, growth, and resilience in the face of global challenges. Additionally, students examine issues such as fiscal policy coordination, regional disparities, and the impact of Brexit on the European economy. By the end of the course, students will have gained insight into the complexities of the European economy and its implications for regional and global prosperity.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Economics
SA2006E - INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
Taught in English, SA2006E delves into the principles and theories of international economics, focusing on the interactions between countries in the global marketplace. Through lectures, case studies, and discussions, students explore topics such as trade theory, international finance, and economic policy coordination. Emphasis is placed on understanding the determinants of international trade patterns, the impacts of trade agreements and tariffs, and the dynamics of exchange rates and balance of payments. Additionally, students examine the role of international institutions such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund in shaping global economic governance. By the end of the course, students will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the theories and policies underlying international economic relations.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring, Summer
Economics
SA2004E - STRATEGIC BEHAVIOUR IN BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
Taught in English, SA2004E provides students with a deep dive into strategic decision-making in the realms of business and economics. Through case studies, simulations, and theoretical frameworks, students analyze the behavior of firms, industries, and markets in competitive environments. Emphasis is placed on understanding concepts such as game theory, competitive advantage, and strategic planning, and their applications in various business contexts. Additionally, students explore topics such as pricing strategies, market entry, and mergers and acquisitions from a strategic perspective. By the end of the course, students will have developed analytical skills and strategic thinking abilities essential for navigating complex business and economic landscapes.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Design
SA3038E - MODERNISM: ART NOUVEAU ARCHITECTURE SKETCHED AND EXPLAINED
Taught in English, SA3038E offers an exploration of Art Nouveau architecture within the context of the broader Modernist movement. Through sketching sessions, architectural tours, and theoretical discussions, students immerse themselves in the distinctive aesthetics and principles of Art Nouveau design. Emphasis is placed on understanding the organic forms, decorative motifs, and innovative construction techniques characteristic of this architectural style. Additionally, students examine the cultural, social, and technological factors that influenced the development of Art Nouveau architecture in various European cities. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper appreciation for the beauty and significance of Art Nouveau architecture as a manifestation of Modernist ideals.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Art and Architecture
SA3029E - BARCELONA CITY PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE
Taught in English, SA3029E provides an in-depth exploration of Barcelona’s city planning and architectural heritage. Through lectures, walking tours, and site visits, students examine the evolution of Barcelona’s urban landscape from ancient times to the present day. Emphasis is placed on understanding the key urban planning principles, architectural styles, and landmark buildings that have shaped the city’s identity. Topics may include the Eixample district, the works of Antoni Gaudí, and the impact of major events such as the 1992 Olympics on urban development. By the end of the course, students will have gained insight into the dynamic interplay between history, culture, and architecture in Barcelona.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring, Summer
Business
SA3031S - ESTRATEGIAS DE MARKETING INTERNACIONAL
Taught in Spanish, SA3031S is a course focused on international marketing strategies. Through case studies, market analysis, and practical projects, students explore how companies can expand their operations in global markets. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique challenges and opportunities that companies face when entering new international markets, as well as developing effective segmentation, positioning, and promotion strategies to achieve success in a globalized environment. By the end of the course, students will have gained a solid understanding of how to design and implement effective marketing strategies on an international scale.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA3030S - NEGOCIOS INTERNACIONALES
Taught in Spanish, SA3030S delves into the complexities of international business operations. Through case studies, simulations, and real-world examples, students explore the various facets of conducting business across borders. Emphasis is placed on understanding the economic, political, cultural, and legal factors that influence international business transactions and strategies. Topics may include global market entry strategies, multinational corporations, international trade agreements, and cross-cultural management. By the end of the course, students will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the global business environment.
Pre-requisites: Pre-requisites: B1.2
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA2044E - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Taught in English, SA2044E provides a comprehensive overview of human resources management practices in organizations. Through case studies, role-plays, and discussions, students explore key HR functions such as recruitment, training, performance management, and employee relations. Emphasis is placed on understanding the strategic role of HR in aligning human capital with organizational goals and values. Additionally, students learn about legal and ethical considerations in HR management, as well as emerging trends such as diversity and inclusion, remote work, and talent analytics. By the end of the course, students will have gained practical skills and knowledge essential for effective HR leadership in diverse organizational contexts.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA2042E - DOING BUSINESS IN EMERGING MARKETS
Taught in English, SA2042E explores the unique challenges and opportunities of conducting business in emerging markets. Through case studies, market analysis, and group projects, students examine the economic, political, social, and cultural factors that shape business environments in emerging economies. Emphasis is placed on understanding market entry strategies, risk assessment, and adaptation to local business practices and regulations. Additionally, students explore topics such as market segmentation, distribution channels, and consumer behavior in emerging markets. By the end of the course, students will have gained insights and practical skills necessary for navigating the complexities of doing business in emerging economies.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA2017E - E-COMMERCE AND ONLINE BUSINESSES
Taught in English, SA2017E delves into the world of e-commerce and online businesses. Through case studies, industry analysis, and hands-on projects, students explore the fundamentals of conducting business in the digital realm. Emphasis is placed on understanding e-commerce platforms, digital marketing strategies, customer relationship management, and logistics in online businesses. Additionally, students examine emerging trends such as mobile commerce, social commerce, and omnichannel retailing. By the end of the course, students will have gained practical skills and knowledge necessary for success in the fast-paced world of e-commerce and online entrepreneurship.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA2016E - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND NEW VENTURE CREATION
Taught in English, SA2016E is a course that immerses students in the principles and practices of entrepreneurship and new venture creation. Through interactive workshops, case studies, and guest lectures from successful entrepreneurs, students learn how to identify business opportunities, develop viable business models, and launch new ventures. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, risk management, and strategic planning. Additionally, students explore topics such as market research, funding options, and growth strategies for startups. By the end of the course, students will have developed the skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and create innovative solutions to real-world problems.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring, Summer
Business
SA2011E - MANAGING SERVICES
Taught in English, SA2011E focuses on the unique challenges and strategies involved in managing service-based businesses. Through case studies, simulations, and real-world examples, students explore key concepts and practices in service management. Emphasis is placed on understanding customer expectations, service quality, service design, and service delivery processes. Additionally, students learn about topics such as service recovery, customer relationship management, and measuring service performance. By the end of the course, students will have gained practical skills and insights essential for effectively managing services across various industries.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA2010E - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF THE FIRM
Taught in English, SA2010E provides a comprehensive overview of strategic management principles and practices. Through case studies, simulations, and strategic analysis exercises, students learn how to formulate and implement strategies to achieve organizational goals. Emphasis is placed on understanding the external environment, competitive dynamics, and internal capabilities of the firm. Additionally, students explore topics such as strategic planning, business model innovation, and corporate governance. By the end of the course, students will have developed the analytical skills and strategic mindset necessary to lead and manage organizations in today’s dynamic business landscape.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA2009E - INTERNATIONAL MARKETING STRATEGIES
Taught in English, SA2009E delves into the intricacies of developing and implementing effective marketing strategies in the international arena. Through case studies, market analysis, and group projects, students explore the challenges and opportunities of marketing products and services across borders. Emphasis is placed on understanding cultural nuances, market entry strategies, and global branding strategies. Additionally, students examine the role of digital marketing, market research, and marketing communication in international markets. By the end of the course, students will have gained practical skills and strategic insights necessary for success in global marketing endeavors.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring, Summer
Business
SA2008E - INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Taught in English, SA2008E provides a comprehensive examination of the principles and practices of international finance. Through lectures, case studies, and practical exercises, students explore topics such as foreign exchange markets, international investment, and global capital flows. Emphasis is placed on understanding the implications of exchange rate fluctuations, political risk, and economic policies on multinational corporations and financial institutions. Additionally, students examine techniques for managing currency exposure, assessing country risk, and financing international trade and investment. By the end of the course, students will have gained a solid understanding of the complexities of international finance and the tools available for managing global financial risks.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring, Summer
Business
SA2007E - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Taught in English, SA2007E offers a comprehensive exploration of the key concepts and dynamics of international business. Through case studies, simulations, and real-world examples, students examine the complexities of conducting business across borders. Emphasis is placed on understanding the global business environment, international trade and investment, multinational corporations, and cross-cultural management. Additionally, students explore topics such as global strategy formulation, market entry modes, and international business ethics. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in international business and the skills necessary to navigate the global marketplace effectively.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring, Summer
Business
SA2005E - CROSS-CULTURAL MANAGEMENT
Taught in English, SA2005E delves into the complexities of managing across cultures in today’s globalized world. Through case studies, interactive exercises, and discussions, students explore the impact of cultural differences on management practices and organizational behavior. Emphasis is placed on understanding cultural dimensions, communication styles, negotiation tactics, and leadership approaches across different cultures. Additionally, students examine strategies for building cultural intelligence, fostering diversity and inclusion, and effectively managing multicultural teams. By the end of the course, students will have gained practical skills and insights essential for navigating cultural diversity and achieving success in international business environments.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Communication and Media Studies
SA3049E - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
SA3049E offers an in-depth exploration of intercultural communication in diverse global contexts. Through theoretical frameworks, case studies, and experiential learning activities, students examine the dynamics of communication across cultures. Emphasis is placed on understanding cultural differences in communication styles, norms, and values, as well as developing strategies for effective intercultural interaction and conflict resolution. Additionally, students explore the role of technology, media, and globalization in shaping intercultural communication patterns. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity and enhanced their ability to communicate and collaborate across cultural boundaries.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Communication and Media Studies
SA3048E - COMMUNICATION AND GENDER
SA3048E explores the intersection of communication and gender dynamics in various contexts. Through theoretical frameworks, case studies, and critical discussions, students examine how gender influences language use, communication styles, and interpersonal relationships. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of power, stereotypes, and cultural norms in shaping gendered communication patterns. Additionally, students explore topics such as gender representation in media, workplace communication, and feminist approaches to communication theory. By the end of the course, students will have gained insights into the complexities of gendered communication and its implications for social dynamics and organizational settings.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
History, Politics and Culture
SA3050E - SPANISH HISTORY & POLITICS: 1936 TO THE PRESENT
Taught in English, SA3050E provides an in-depth exploration of Spanish history and politics from 1936 to the present day. Through lectures, readings, and discussions, students analyze key events, movements, and political developments that have shaped modern Spain. Emphasis is placed on understanding the Spanish Civil War, Francoist dictatorship, transition to democracy, and contemporary political challenges. Additionally, students examine societal transformations, economic developments, and Spain’s role in the European Union and global affairs. By the end of the course, students will have gained a comprehensive understanding of Spain’s complex history and political landscape in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
History, Politics, and Culture
SA3024S - CIVILIZACIÓN Y CULTURA ESPAÑOLAS
Taught in Spanish, SA3024S offers an in-depth analysis of Spanish civilization and culture. Through lectures, debates, and case studies, students explore the historical, cultural, social, and political aspects that have shaped Spain to the present day. Emphasis is placed on understanding regional diversity, cultural traditions, and the influence of key historical events on the formation of Spanish identity. Additionally, students examine contemporary topics such as literature, art, music, and cinema in the Spanish context. By the end of the course, students will have gained a solid understanding of Spanish civilization and culture, as well as a deeper appreciation for its diversity and richness.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
History, Politics and Culture
SA2022E - MEDITERRANEAN CULTURE AND HISTORY
Taught in English, SA2022E delves into the rich cultural tapestry and historical heritage of the Mediterranean region. Through lectures, discussions, and explorations of primary sources, students examine the interconnectedness of Mediterranean civilizations and the legacies they have left behind. Emphasis is placed on understanding the diverse cultures, religions, languages, and traditions that have flourished around the Mediterranean Sea over millennia. Additionally, students explore key historical events, such as the rise and fall of ancient empires, the spread of religions, and the interactions between different civilizations. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper appreciation for the complexity and significance of Mediterranean culture and history.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Literature
SA3044E - THE IMAGE OF BARCELONA IN LITERATURE
Taught in English, SA3044E explores the portrayal of Barcelona in literature across different genres and time periods. Through close readings, discussions, and literary analysis, students examine how authors have depicted the city of Barcelona in their works. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical, cultural, and social contexts that shape these representations, as well as the city’s evolving identity over time. Additionally, students explore themes such as urban life, identity, politics, and globalization as reflected in Barcelona literature. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of Barcelona’s literary landscape and its significance in shaping perceptions of the city.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN-B2.1 - SPANISH LOW ADVANCED
SPAN-B2.1 is a course designed for students at the low advanced level of Spanish proficiency. Through interactive activities, discussions, and language exercises, students further develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary, improving grammatical accuracy, and enhancing fluency in both formal and informal contexts. Additionally, students explore cultural topics and engage with authentic materials to deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures. By the end of the course, students will have strengthened their ability to communicate effectively and confidently in Spanish at the low advanced level.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN-B1.2 - SPANISH INTERMEDIATE
SPAN-B1.2 is a course designed for students at the intermediate level of Spanish proficiency. Through a variety of interactive activities, dialogues, and language tasks, students continue to build upon their language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary, improving grammatical accuracy, and enhancing fluency in both spoken and written communication. Additionally, cultural topics and authentic materials are integrated to provide students with a deeper understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures. By the end of the course, students will have strengthened their proficiency in Spanish and be better prepared to engage in conversations and navigate real-life situations in the language.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN-B1.1 - SPANISH LOW INTERMEDIATE
SPAN-B1.1 is a course tailored for students at the low intermediate level of Spanish proficiency. Through a combination of structured lessons, interactive exercises, and practical activities, students build upon their foundational knowledge of Spanish. Emphasis is placed on further developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, with a focus on everyday communication and practical language use. Additionally, cultural insights and authentic materials are integrated to enhance students’ understanding of Spanish-speaking societies. By the end of the course, students will have strengthened their language abilities and be better equipped to navigate real-world situations in Spanish.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN-A2 - SPANISH ELEMENTARY
SPAN-A2 is a course tailored for students at the elementary level of Spanish proficiency. Through structured lessons, interactive exercises, and practical activities, students lay the foundation for their language learning journey. Emphasis is placed on developing basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Vocabulary acquisition, simple grammatical structures, and essential communication strategies are introduced to help students build a solid linguistic foundation. Additionally, cultural insights and engaging materials are incorporated to foster an appreciation for Spanish-speaking cultures. By the end of the course, students will have acquired fundamental language skills and be equipped to navigate basic communication scenarios in Spanish.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN-A1 - SPANISH BEGINNER
SPAN-A1 is a course designed for students at the beginner level of Spanish proficiency. Through structured lessons, interactive exercises, and practical activities, students embark on their journey to learn Spanish. Emphasis is placed on building foundational skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Basic vocabulary, essential grammar structures, and introductory communication strategies are introduced to help students establish a strong linguistic base. Additionally, cultural insights and engaging materials are incorporated to provide students with a glimpse into Spanish-speaking cultures. By the end of the course, students will have acquired basic language skills and be prepared to engage in simple
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN C1.2 - ADVANCED SPANISH LANGUAGE LEVEL C1.2
SPAN C1.2 is a course designed for students at the advanced level of Spanish proficiency, specifically targeting level C1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Through immersive experiences, complex language tasks, and authentic materials, students refine their language skills to achieve a high level of fluency and accuracy in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on advanced vocabulary acquisition, mastery of complex grammatical structures, and nuanced expression in both spoken and written communication. Additionally, students engage deeply with Spanish-speaking cultures through literature, media, and contemporary issues. By the end of the course, students will have reached a proficient level of Spanish that allows them to express themselves effectively in a wide range of contexts.
Credits: 6
Contact hours: 90
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN C1.1 - ADVANCED SPANISH LANGUAGE LEVEL C1.1
SPAN C1.1 is a course designed for students at the advanced level of Spanish proficiency, specifically targeting level C1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Through immersive experiences, challenging language tasks, and authentic materials, students refine their language skills to achieve a high level of fluency and accuracy in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on expanding advanced vocabulary, mastering complex grammatical structures, and developing sophisticated communication strategies in both spoken and written Spanish. Additionally, students engage deeply with Spanish-speaking cultures through literature, media, and contemporary issues. By the end of the course, students will have reached a proficient level of Spanish that allows them to express themselves confidently and effectively in diverse contexts.
Credits: 6
Contact hours: 90
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN B2.2 - SPANISH ADVANCED
SPAN B2.2 is a course tailored for students at the advanced level of Spanish proficiency, specifically targeting level B2.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Through immersive experiences, challenging language tasks, and authentic materials, students refine their language skills to achieve a high level of fluency and accuracy in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on expanding advanced vocabulary, mastering complex grammatical structures, and developing sophisticated communication strategies in both spoken and written Spanish. Additionally, students engage deeply with Spanish-speaking cultures through literature, media, and contemporary issues. By the end of the course, students will have reached a proficient level of Spanish that allows them to express themselves confidently and effectively in diverse contexts.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN B2.1 - ADVANCED SPANISH LANGUAGE LEVEL B2.1
SPAN B2.1 is a course designed for students at the advanced level of Spanish proficiency, specifically targeting level B2.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Through immersive experiences, challenging language tasks, and authentic materials, students refine their language skills to achieve a high level of fluency and accuracy in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary, mastering complex grammatical structures, and developing sophisticated communication strategies in both spoken and written Spanish. Additionally, students engage deeply with Spanish-speaking cultures through literature, media, and contemporary issues. By the end of the course, students will have reached a proficient level of Spanish that allows them to express themselves confidently and effectively in diverse contexts.
Credits: 6
Contact hours: 90
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN B1.2 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH LANGUAGE LEVEL B1.2
SPAN B1.2 is a course tailored for students at the intermediate level of Spanish proficiency, specifically targeting level B1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Through structured lessons, interactive exercises, and practical activities, students continue to build upon their language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary, improving grammatical accuracy, and enhancing fluency in both spoken and written communication. Additionally, students explore cultural topics and engage with authentic materials to deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking societies. By the end of the course, students will have strengthened their proficiency in Spanish and be better prepared to engage in conversations and navigate real-life situations in the language.
Credits: 6
Contact hours: 90
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN B1.1 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH LANGUAGE LEVEL B1.1
SPAN B1.1 is a course designed for students at the intermediate level of Spanish proficiency, specifically targeting level B1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Through structured lessons, interactive exercises, and practical activities, students continue to build upon their language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary, improving grammatical accuracy, and enhancing fluency in both spoken and written communication. Additionally, students explore cultural topics and engage with authentic materials to deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking societies. By the end of the course, students will have strengthened their proficiency in Spanish and be better prepared to engage in conversations and navigate real-life situations in the language.
Credits: 6
Contact hours: 90
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN A2 - BEGINNING AND ELEMENTARY SPANISH LANGUAGE A2
SPAN A2 is a course tailored for students at the beginning and elementary levels of Spanish proficiency, specifically targeting level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Through structured lessons, interactive exercises, and practical activities, students lay the foundation for their language learning journey. Emphasis is placed on developing basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Vocabulary acquisition, simple grammatical structures, and essential communication strategies are introduced to help students establish a solid linguistic base. Additionally, cultural insights and engaging materials are incorporated to provide students with a glimpse into Spanish-speaking cultures. By the end of the course, students will have acquired fundamental language skills and be equipped to navigate basic communication scenarios in Spanish.
Credits: 6
Contact hours: 90
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN A1 - BEGINNING AND ELEMENTARY SPANISH LANGUAGE A1
SPAN A1 is a course designed for students at the beginning and elementary levels of Spanish proficiency, specifically targeting level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Through structured lessons, interactive exercises, and practical activities, students embark on their journey to learn Spanish. Emphasis is placed on building foundational skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Basic vocabulary, essential grammar structures, and introductory communication strategies are introduced to help students establish a strong linguistic base. Additionally, cultural insights and engaging materials are incorporated to foster an appreciation for Spanish-speaking cultures. By the end of the course, students will have acquired basic language skills and be prepared to engage in simple conversations and navigate everyday situations in Spanish.
Credits: 6
Contact hours: 90
Fall, Spring
Art
SA3042E - DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Taught in English, SA3042E explores the fundamentals of digital photography, covering both technical and artistic aspects. Through lectures, hands-on exercises, and practical assignments, students learn about camera settings, exposure, composition, lighting, and post-processing techniques. Emphasis is placed on understanding the capabilities of digital cameras, including DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, as well as software tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Additionally, students explore different genres of photography, such as landscape, portrait, street, and documentary photography, and develop their own photographic style. By the end of the course, students will have gained the skills and confidence to create compelling digital photographs and tell visual stories effectively.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, May, Spring, Summer
Design
SA3037E - URBAN INTERVENTIONS, GRAFFITI & PUBLIC SCULPTURE
Taught in English, SA3037E delves into the dynamic intersection of urban art, graffiti culture, and public sculpture. Through lectures, site visits, and hands-on projects, students explore the role of art in shaping urban environments and fostering community engagement. Emphasis is placed on understanding the history and cultural significance of graffiti as a form of expression, as well as the impact of public sculpture on civic identity and public space. Additionally, students examine various approaches to urban interventions, including guerrilla art, street installations, and community-based art projects. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper appreciation for the diverse forms of artistic expression in urban settings and their social, political, and aesthetic dimensions.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, May, Spring
Business
SA2043E - BUSINESS IN ACTION: LOCAL COMPANIES IN A GLOBAL WORLD
Taught in English, SA2043E offers a comprehensive exploration of the operations and strategies of local companies within the context of a globalized economy. Through case studies, guest lectures, and field visits, students examine how local businesses navigate challenges and opportunities in the global marketplace. Emphasis is placed on understanding the factors influencing business success, such as market dynamics, competitive advantage, innovation, and sustainability. Additionally, students explore the role of local companies in driving economic development, fostering entrepreneurship, and contributing to local communities. By the end of the course, students will have gained insights into the practical realities of business management and be better prepared to address real-world business challenges in a globalized world.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Business
SA2041E - MANAGERIAL SKILLS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Taught in English, SA2041E focuses on developing the essential managerial skills required for success in the international business arena. Through interactive workshops, case studies, and simulations, students learn about key management principles and practices in a global context. Emphasis is placed on understanding cross-cultural communication, negotiation techniques, leadership styles, and conflict resolution strategies. Additionally, students explore topics such as global team management, intercultural competence, and ethical considerations in international business. By the end of the course, students will have honed their managerial skills and be better equipped to lead and collaborate effectively in diverse and multicultural business environments.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, May, Spring, Summer
Mediterranean Studies
SA3023E - SPANISH CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE
Taught in English, SA3023E delves into the rich tapestry of Spanish civilization and culture, spanning from antiquity to the present day. Through lectures, discussions, and immersive experiences, students explore the diverse cultural heritage of Spain, including its art, literature, music, architecture, and gastronomy. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical, social, and political forces that have shaped Spanish identity and society over the centuries. Additionally, students examine contemporary issues facing Spain, such as regional autonomy, immigration, and cultural diversity. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deep appreciation for the complexities of Spanish civilization and culture, as well as a nuanced understanding of its contributions to the global cultural landscape.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, May, Spring, Summer

What are you spending your program fee on?

For a specific price for this program please reach out to us, as fees vary depending on the destination.

What does the program fee include?

Tuition

Double occupancy room & full board

Laundry

Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities

Orientation

Health Insurance

Spanish Studies transcript

Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

How much spending money should I budget for?

These costs are merely orientative*

This plan estimates personal and miscellaneous expenses at approximately $175 per week. 

If you need to travel to a consulate for the purpose of obtaining a visa before your program abroad (semester students only), remember to budget for that travel expense.

Some students will spend more and others will spend less, of course. Consider your lifestyle and budget accordingly. 

The “Short Term” estimate is for one 3.5 week program; if you are participating in two, multiply by two.

Meet your Resident Director

mariadelavina

I will work with you from the moment you apply to the Barcelona program. Throughout your stay in Barcelona and until your departure,  my role is to  help and guide you and even hug you when you need it.  This amazing experience will change your life and I want to be a part of it. I love interacting with students and making sure you feel secure and satisfied with the  program. Don’t hesitate to participate in this life changing experience. We are waiting for you!

María de la Viña

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