Programs by Country: Spain


ALICANTE: CIEE – Universidad de Alicante

Traditional | Alicante, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

With a population approaching 350,000, Alicante is a thriving Spanish city. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Alicante is an inviting place for students to begin their exploration of Spain or continue a previous journey. In recent times, Alicante has experienced a development boom and rapid population growth. Students will see modern architecture and Internet cafés alongside historic buildings, and shopping malls next to centuries-old open-air markets. Although fast becoming a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, Alicante retains a distinct Spanish flavor.

Students have multiple semester and summer study abroad options in Alicante.

CIEE offers two different semester program tracks for students to study abroad at the Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain. The three program tracks that students can apply to include: Language and Culture, Language in Context, and Liberal Arts. Students will take courses with other study abroad students from all over the nation, as well as local students, in these courses.

Students can choose  the following summer track: Summer Language and Culture. Students must enroll in both the summer I and summer II tracks in order to receive 8 NU credits. These two, four-week sessions are designed for students looking to improve their language skills and take content courses in Spanish or English. A wide selection of challenging courses, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions provide you with a unique academic and intercultural experience abroad.

 


BARCELONA: ASA – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Traditional | Barcelona, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Why ASA Barcelona?

  • Live and study in the heart of Barcelona!
  • Take classes in English or Spanish in a variety of areas:  Spanish Language, Spanish Culture and History, Business, Economics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, International Relations, Political Science, Social Policy and Development, Geopolitics, Art History, Architecture, Photography, Literature
  • Barcelona is located in the Northeast corner of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea – close to the border of France
  • Easy travel to other major European cities from either of Barcelona’s two airports – both have low-cost airlines such as EasyJet or RyanAir
  • Choose between housing in a shared student apartment or with a Spanish host family – either way, you’ll live in the city center and within a reasonable distance from the university
  • Beaches are easily accessible from downtown Barcelona
  • Mild climate gives you an extended summer and early spring
  • Rich in art and culture
  • Breathtaking Modernist architecture throughout the city, left by architect, Antoni Gaudí

 

 


BARCELONA: CIEE – multiple universities

Traditional | Barcelona, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history—Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th century Eixample district with its original examples of Modernista architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.

Students have multiple study abroad options in Barcelona.

CIEE offers five different semester program tracks for students to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Students can study either at UPF or UB based on their language levels in Spanish and course interests. The five program tracks that students can apply to include: Advanced Liberal Arts, Business and Culture, Economics and Culture, Language and Culture, and Liberal Arts. Students will take courses with other study abroad students from all over the nation in these courses.

Students can choose  the following summer track: Summer Language and Culture. The seven-week program is designed for students looking to improve their language skills and take content courses in Spanish or English. Students interested in beginning their study of Spanish, or studying about an aspect of Spanish culture in English, must enroll in the Full Program, as opposed to the Modular Program. A wide selection of challenging courses, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions provide you with a unique academic and intercultural experience abroad.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Kyle Hodgkins, CIEE Barcelona Spring 2013; hodgkins.k@husky.neu.edu

 


BARCELONA: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Traditional | Barcelona, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Northeastern University is initiating a formal exchange program with the Polytecnic University of Catalonia (UPC). This program will allow students from NU to spend a semester studying at UPC and for students from UPC to come to NU for a semester. Our arrangment is with both the computer engineering school and the telecommunications school, which includes communications, signal processing, and a lot of other fields as well.

UPC is a very good engineering school, with very strong faculty and programs in these two areas. This program was initiated by Profs David Kaeli and Dana Brooks, each of whom has recently spent a sabbatical year at UPC. In addition, as both Prof. Kaeli and Prof. Brooks will be glad to tell you, Barcelona is a wonderful city and a very interesting place to spend some time.

If you think you might be interested, please consult Prof. Kaeli or Prof. Brooks to talk about your interest and how a semester at UPC might fit into your academic program.


BILBAO: University of Deusto

Traditional | Bilbao, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Bilbao is the center of a metropolitan area with more than one million inhabitants, a city traditionally open to Europe. It is also an important harbour and a commercial and financial centre of the Basque Country and the north of Spain. In September of 1997, the city underwent a significant transformation under the emblematic symbol of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. The central headquarters of the University of Deusto is located on the opposite side of the estuary, facing the Guggenheim Museum.

Students at the University of Deusto are able to study and live in this beautiful and historic city.


GRANADA: API – University of Granada

Traditional | Granada, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Granada, overlooked by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a mixture of natural beauty and inviting climate, Moorish art and architecture, and cultural flare gleaned from its strong Gypsy heritage. The Moors dominated the area for centuries and their influence lives on in the lifestyles and architecture of the region. Granada hosts the Albaicín, one of Spain’s best preserved Arab settlements, the last Moorish neighborhood, and an area UNESCO declared a monument to humanity. Across from the Albaicín is the mesmerizing red-clay Alhambra palace, the greatest Moorish monument in Spain. Within the Alhambra are several palaces, numerous patios and halls, as well as parks, fountains, towers and gardens. Among the other attractions in Granada are the Capilla Real, the Hospital Real, the Basílica de San Juan de Dios, the Monasterio de San Jerónimo and the Caves of Sacromonte.

Students may participate in the semester Hispanic Studies or Spanish Language and Culture programs. Internships are available through both programs.


MADRID: API – Universidad Nebrija

Traditional | Madrid, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

To study in Madrid is to experience more than a classroom – it is to experience the history of Spain and its people. Spain’s capital since 1561, Madrid is the contemporary capital of Spanish culture, finance, and industry. A large, international and cosmopolitan city, Madrid is a city of possibilities. It boasts incredible monuments and museums, including the Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Visitors cannot miss the Iglesia de San Isidro, once the cathedral of Madrid, or the Palacio Real. Madrid is also known for its fountains and elaborate parks, including the glorious Parque del Retiro. The energy of Madrid is in its street life and warm people. API gives students the chance to live and learn in this fast-paced capital city.

Students may participate in the Spanish Language, Business and Humanities Semester Track, or the Spanish Language and Culture Summer Track.

Why Madrid?

  • Capital of Spain
  • Prado Museum
  • Royal Palace
  • London, Paris and Rome in less than 3 hours by air
  • Museo Reina Sofía
  • Wonderful array of Spanish cities in 3 hours or less
  • Students from all over the world
  • Cosmopolitan city
  • Courses in English

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Shawn Zubin, API Madrid Spring 2013; shawn.zubin@gmail.com


MADRID: CIEE – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Traditional | Madrid, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Points of interest include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis that can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema. Madrid’s influences in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts all contribute to its importance as an international metropolis. Madrid’s economic output, high living standards, and market size, ranks it as the major center of Southern Europe as well as the Iberian Peninsula, and the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies can be found in and around the city.

Students have multiple options in Madrid. Students may enroll for a semester program, and may choose from the following semester tracks: Business, Economics and Culture, Engineering and Society, Legal Studies , or Liberal Arts.

The Business, Economics and Culture track is designed to combine Spanish language and European and Iberian studies with coursework in business, economics and culture and the opportunity to participate in an internship in Madrid. Students will take a Spanish language course, European or Spain-related course, and direct enrollment courses in the all-English or Spanish Bachelor degrees in their respective academic field with an optional CIEE internship. Business and economics program students will take direct enrollment classes in business administration, economics, marketing,finance and accounting in either English or Spanish from Carlos III. CIEE participant also have the option to take an elective course from another UC3M department depending on the class pre-requisites and student´s language level. Students must have completed at least one Spanish course here at NU.

Whether your interest is in biomedical engineering, mechanical or audiovisual systems engineering, study abroad in Spain through the Engineering and Society track affords you the opportunity to experience one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, while continuing to pursue your degree. CIEE study abroad in Spain offers highly motivated students the opportunity to develop their Spanish language skills while pursuing a co-curricular program focused on their field of expertise. This is achieved through a Spanish language course, an elective with a Spanish or European focus, an optional internship, and a series of direct enrollment elective courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Study abroad in Madrid and you will: Study at the Universidad Carlos III, one of Spain’s top-ranking schools for telematics engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, telecommunications technologies engineering, and telecommunication systems engineering (it's ranked fourth in computer engineering), gain practical work experience and collaboration skills through a for-credit business or engineering-related internships, and take advantage of company visits in and around Madrid to find out how today’s scientists apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Students interested in studying law in Madrid will benefit from the Legal Studies track through CIEE. The CIEE Legal Studies program is designed for advanced Spanish language students who are highly motivated to improve their Spanish language skills through coursework focused on law, mediation, and human rights, while also participating in a Legal Studies internship in Madrid.

The Liberal Arts program allows independent, advanced level students the opportunity to matriculate in a combination of content courses in Hispanic studies (Estudios Hispánicos) and regular University courses in social sciences, humanities, journalism, pre-law, and engineering. Students also participate in seminars with Spanish students while they continue to improve their language skills and take advantage of the vibrant and rich cultural milieu of Madrid.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Catherine Strong, CIEE Madrid Spring 2013; strong.c@husky.neu.edu


Multi-Country Programs – CIEE

Traditional | Seville, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Built around central academic themes—art and architecture, communications and new media, tourism and business, to name a few—CIEE summer multi-country programs pair two locations in one session to create the ultimate learning experience. Take your pick from specially designed duos to pursue your academic interests in not just one, but two of the most topically relevant cities in the world!

Summer Multi-Country Programs


SALAMANCA: API – University of Salamanca

Traditional | Salamanca, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Salamanca is considered one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe. It is located in central Spain, amidst a landscape strewn with battlefields and castles, in an area where the kingdoms of Castilla and Aragón first unified Spain. From these roots, “Castellano,” or “Spanish,” became dominant throughout Spain. Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is said to be the most beautiful plaza in Spain. Throughout the centuries, the sandstone buildings have gained an exquisite golden glow that has given Salamanca the nickname “la Ciudad Dorada” – the Golden City. The breathtaking Catedral Vieja and Catedral Nueva rise above the city, overlooking the river Tormes and the Roman Bridge. The Casa de las Conchas is a stunning edifice of shells carved into golden sandstone. One experiences the history of this magical city when roaming the streets and walking through the archways of the old quarter. The university, the winding streets, the inviting architecture, and the warm people welcome newcomers to this enchanting city.

Teaching Opportunities

All students with 3-4 semesters or more of college-level spanish (equivalent to the intermediate or B1 level) are able to participate in a teaching internship program. Students spend 5 hours per week for 8 weeks observing local primary school classes, and assist the teacher with classroom tasks as needed. No credit will be awarded.

There is an additional fee of 50 Euros to participate in this option. Students will receive an official certificate from the University of Salamanca detailing the hours and nature of their participation upon completion of the program.

Volunteer Placements

All students with 2 semesters of college-level Spanish (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in a volunteer teaching program. Students assist professors one hour per week, teaching English to Spaniards (ages 18 and up). Students will be able to apply for these opportunities on site, and placements are limited. This is a unique experience for API students in Salamanca to get to know Spaniards and Spanish life.

 


SEVILLE: CIEE – multiple universities

Traditional | Seville, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Capital of Andalusia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the ingenious Barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts.

Students have multiple options in Seville. Students may enroll for a semester or summer program.

Students can choose from the following semester tracks: Advanced Liberal Arts; Communication, New Media, and Journalism; International Business and Culture; Language and Society; and Liberal Arts. Some tracks offer classes in English and Spanish while other tracks have Spanish-only instruction.

Students can choose  the following summer track: Summer Language and Culture The Language and Culture summer study abroad program focuses on two interwoven areas—Spanish language and Spanish culture and history. Special emphasis is placed on Andalusia and Seville within a European context. Students must enroll in both the Summer I and Summer II tracks to receive the equivalent of 8 NEU credits.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador from this program for more information!
- Evan Didisheim, CIEE Seville Fall 2012; didisheim.e@husky.neu.edu

 


SEVILLE: Freshman Summer Business Program

Traditional | Seville, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB) is offering a business-specific program for freshman business majors.

Learn about the European Union, Spanish society, business ethics, cross-cultural communication and doing business in Spain; improve your Spanish and discover the history, culture and traditions of Seville, one of the most popular European tourist destinations.

ESIC offers you a varied and exciting cultural program in Seville, one of the most fascinating destinations in Europe, famous for its historical cathedral and palaces and its world-famous traditions- fl­amenco, bull fighting, and the celebration of Holy Week. You will also have the opportunity to explore other fascinating cities such as Córdoba and Granada.


Spain and Morocco: Spanish Culture and Language – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Seville, Spain

Faculty leader: Tania Muino Loureiro (t.muino-loureiro@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Wednesday, November 6th 6-7 p.m. in 121FR 

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad
  • SPNS 2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion and Directed Study

Description:

This program is designed to help you improve your language skills and immerse yourself in Spanish culture, also to better your understanding and appreciation of all things Spanish. During the program we will stay in Spain (Seville, Granada and Madrid) and Morroco (Marrakech and Ouazazate).

We will spend most of our time in Seville. Seville is the capital of the southern region of Andalucia and the third largest city in Spain. It is an easy city to get around and all the major historical and culture sites, as well as the student accommodation and the school are within walking distance. The program will be based here and it will give you the opportunity to feel more like a local instead of a tourist. Sevillanos (The people of Seville) are known as being friendly and good humored. The climate is warm and sunny and the pace of life very relaxed. Seville is a city that keeps alive the spirit of its traditions, an explosion of colors and sensations, a city where contrasts between the modern and the tradition are everywhere. Here you will be able to experience Flamenco dancing and music, horse shows, bullfighting, tapas and the traditional fiestas.

While in Seville, students will be taking language classes (grammar and conversation) in small groups (8-10 students per class) Monday to Friday 9:15am until 1pm. Classes will take place at Clic International House Sevilla. After classes you will get to experience the tradition of “siestas”. Spaniards like to relax and enjoy time with their families during lunchtime (1- 4pm), with a nap when possible, during the warmest part of the day and while most shops and establishments are closed. The culture classes and service learning (community service) will be taking place in the afternoon. Service learning will take 3-4 hours per week and the culture course and cultural visits another 3-4 hours per week. There will be different cultural events and activities organized like cooking lessons and Flamenco workshops.

The Spanish Culture course will deal with history, politics, social factors, cultural life and pop culture in Spain from 1936 until present. It will cover the civil war (1936-1939) and the process of transition to democracy that followed Franco's death in 1975. It will also examine the new freedom from censorship after Franco died, the new cinema and the radical changes and modernization in values, family, sex and religion that occurred after the restoration of democracy.

While in Spain we will also visit Madrid and Granada. Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. In Granada, you will experience life in a beautiful city full of history and culture. Granada was the last part of Spain to be under Moorish rule and you will still be able to see the strong impact this has had and still does. We will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful La Alhambra palace, a World Heritage site and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s Tales of La Alhambra.

Towards the end of the program we will visit Morocco where we will spend five days. We will be staying in Marrakech where you will have the opportunity to engage in community service as part of the service learning component of the culture course. From Marrakech we will travel to to Ouazazate, also known as “The door of the dessert” a town inhabited by Berbers and a noted film-making location (Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Babel…)

Medieval Iberia (modern-day Spain) was under Islamic rule from 711 until The Reconquista by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. This had an enormous impact on all parts of Spanish life; the language, architecture, customs, science, music, food and so much more. The visit to Morocco will give us the opportunity to learn and experience how the Islamic rule of Spain and Moorish culture have influenced Spanish culture and language.

Spain 2014 Itinerary


Spain: From the Capital to the Coast – Spanish Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Valencia, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Maria Brucato (m.brucato@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 5th 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Ryder 427

Wednesday, November 13th  6:30 p.m. in Ryder 431

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • SPNS2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description:

Our Dialogue begins with a week in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital, where students will experience an intensive cultural immersion, attend classes and provide service within the community. Next, we head to the Mediterranean coast for 3 weeks where students will lodge in the University's student residence, attend the Costa de Valencia language institute, and engage in Community Service. Finally, students will enjoy a 2-day excursion to the exquisite Moorish city, Granada, located in Spain's southern region, Andalusia.


Spain: Journalism in Spain – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Madrid, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Carlene Hempel (c.hempel@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • JRNL 5360 Global Reporting
  • SPNS 1301/2301 Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion

Description:

Students participating in this program will function as a traveling press corps. As international correspondents, they will find and pitch stories and report and write them (in English) on deadline for an online magazine created to showcase the course material. Students will also be expected to take photos for their stories, as well as provide video and audio when necessary and appropriate. Topics could include articles related to government, politics, religion, arts, sports, business and lifestyle.


Spain: Religion in Spain – From Moorish Rule to Christian Pilgrimage (Honors) – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Elizabeth Bucar (e.bucar@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Tuesday, October 29th: 6-7pm 168 Snell Engineering Center 

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad - The Act of Pilgrimage
  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad -  Islam and Spain

Description:

Much of what we think of as typically “Spanish” has its roots in the tension between Christianity and Islam that came to define Spain. The course provides first hand experiences of role of religion in Spain through two units. First we travel to southern Spain to an area that for centuries was a Muslim country ruled by the Moors and called al-Andalus. Granada, Seville, and Cordoba provide a laboratory to explore how Spaniards and the Christian church have historically dealt with the challenges of religious and ethnic plurality. Second we head north to visit the pilgrimage route the Catholic Church promoted as part of its efforts to push the Muslim Moors out of Spain: the Camino del Santiago de Compostela. For over 1000 years, people of faith have traveled this route, where legends tell us St. James is buried. We will spend two weeks as pilgrims, walking the last 150 miles of the route, and resting in towns that bear vivid material evidence of the popularity of this practice through their ecclesial art and architecture. This unit will allow the student to explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim.

To view the itinerary of this program, please click here: Spain Honors Itinerary


TARRAGONA: Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Traditional | Tarragona, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)


VALENCIA: ESIC Business and Marketing School

Traditional | Valencia, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

The International Marketing with Spanish Culture and Language program in Valencia, Spain session offers students the ability to enhance their business education while experiencing life in a new and academically stimulating environment. In addition to the curricular component, outdoor activities will be organized, such as a day out doing team building activities and negotiation games to assess leadership skills. The program also includes visits to Spanish companies and cultural visits around Valencia.  Students will visit well-known Spanish and international companies, such as Lladró, Danone or Coca-cola.   Cultural visits around Valencia and some of its best well know attractions are part of the programme at no extra cost. This includes a guided tour of the Cathedral and historical city centre, a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences, the Albufera lake and the Fallas museum.