BARCELONA: CIEE – multiple universities

Barcelona, Spain

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Early September - Mid/Late December. Exact Dates Vary by Track
  • Spring Semester - Mid-January - Mid-April. Exact Dates Vary by Track
  • Summer 1 Semester - Early May-Late July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1

Description

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

 

Courses

Based on the program track, students will be required to take four or five courses.  If your track requires five courses, students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.

Advanced Liberal Arts Track

  • Study abroad students take four to five courses at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Students are required to take the Intensive Spanish Writing and Stylistics course prior to the start of UB classes. For the remainder of the semester, students take one or two CIEE culture courses, or an internship in Spanish and two or three regular University courses in Spanish. Students taking Spanish for Heritage Speakers take four additional University courses.
  • All CIEE and UB courses are considered junior- or senior-level courses. All language instruction in the program is at the advanced level.

Business and Culture Track

  • All study abroad students take five courses per semester.
  • Students with up to three semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, are required to take one Spanish language course, one Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) business course (in English), and a second business course at CIEE or ESCI. For their remaining two electives, students take business or humanities courses.
  • Students with four or five semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, must take one Spanish language course, one culture course in Spanish, and two business courses. Of these two business courses, one must be an ESCI course in English or Spanish and one must be taught in Spanish (CIEE or ESCI). The remaining elective can be a humanities or business course in English or Spanish.
  • Students with six or more semesters of college-level Spanish take ALL of their classes in Spanish, including one CIEE language course, one or two CIEE humanities course(s), and two or three business course from ESCI or CIEE.
  • Study abroad students with five or more semesters of college-level Spanish may participate in the CIEE Internship Program. CIEE reserves the right to place participants in the language course for which the student is best prepared based on the results of on-line diagnostic testing. All CIEE courses are considered junior- or senior-level.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish and English.

Economics and Culture Track  

  • All study abroad students take five courses per semester.
  • Students with up to three semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, are required to take one Spanish language course; the CIEE core course; one or two economics or economics related courses chosen from CIEE electives or Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) courses taught in English; and one or two HESP culture courses in English.
  • Students with four to five semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, are required to take one Spanish language course; the CIEE core course; one or two economics or economics related courses chosen from CIEE electives or UPF courses (one in Spanish); and one or two HESP culture courses (one in Spanish). Students with five semesters of Spanish may choose the CIEE Internship as one of their elective courses.
  • Students with six or more semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent are required to take one Spanish language course; the CIEE core course in Spanish; one or two economics or economics-related courses chosen from CIEE electives or UPF courses taught in Spanish; and one or two HESP culture courses taught in Spanish. Students may choose the CIEE internship as one of their electives.
  • Regardless of the level of Spanish, at least one of the Economics electives must be taken at UPF.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish and English.

Language and Culture Track

  • All study abroad students are required to enroll in beginning, pre-intermediate or intermediate Spanish and choose three electives from CIEE or HESP courses at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Note that one elective must be a CIEE course. CIEE courses are taught in English and HESP courses are taught in either English or Spanish. Students who have completed three semesters of Spanish are encouraged, though not required, to take at least one course in Spanish.
  • All students take a Spanish placement exam upon arrival, which places them in the appropriate UPF Spanish language course. The language courses meet intensively during the first two weeks and continue at a regular pace throughout the rest of the semester.
  • HESP and UPF language courses are with other international students. CIEE courses are with other CIEE students only.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish and English.

Liberal Arts Track

  • The Liberal Arts study abroad program is designed for students with four or more semesters of Spanish who are interested in significantly improving their language skills while taking classes in Spanish history, politics, literature, and culture.
  • Students complete an intensive Spanish language course that meets for the first few weeks of the semester, and then choose among advanced language electives for the remainder of the semester. In addition, students select courses from a range of regular, direct enrollment Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) courses with Spanish students; Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses taught in Spanish and specifically designed for American students; and an internship.
  • All courses are taught in Spanish.
  • All study abroad students take five courses each semester. Students complete an intensive Spanish language course that meets for the first few weeks of the semester, then choose one advanced Spanish language elective for the remainder of the semester. The remaining three courses are chosen from UPF direct enrollment courses, HESP courses, and a CIEE internship. Students with strong Spanish language skills are expected to take one direct enrollment course at UPF.
  • All students take a Spanish placement exam during orientation from which they are placed in the appropriate Spanish language course. CIEE reserves the right to place participants in the language course for which the student is best prepared based on the results of the exam.
  • HESP courses are with other international students and not with Spanish students. CIEE language and content courses and the internship seminar are with other CIEE study abroad students only. Students registered in regular University classes take classes with Spanish students.

Summer  Language and Culture Track

  • The summer study abroad program is designed for students who are interested in improving their Spanish language skills while taking a class in business, marketing, culture, history, or the social sciences. Content courses are offered in English or Spanish. Students take one Spanish language course and one content course over seven weeks.
    • Students must enroll in the Full Program, as opposed to the Modular Program. Students receive the equivalent of 8 Northeastern credits.
  • Participants are placed in appropriate language courses, or courses taught in Spanish based on a language examination given on site at the beginning of the program. Students with four or more semesters of Spanish language may choose to take their content course in Spanish.
  • Classes are taught in Spanish and English.
  • CIEE language classes are small, with no more than 12 students per class. The class model is specially designed for language teaching, providing a structure for a communicative methodology that allows small groups to work well together. The size of the CIEE content classes varies, but there are never more than 15 students. All classes meet Monday through Friday.
  • All courses are for CIEE study abroad students only.

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Host University

Students participating on the Advanced Liberal Arts program track will take courses at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). UB was founded in 1450. It has four campuses in different parts of the city and is the oldest and largest of six universities in Barcelona. It has 81,000 students and is the second largest in terms of student numbers in Spain. The UB is made up of five colleges, 20 research centers, 105 departments, and 98 degree programs. Postgraduate programs are also offered, as well as a large number of continuing education courses.

Students participating on the Business and Culture, Economics and Culture, Language and Culture, and Liberal Arts program tracks will take courses at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), The Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) or the CIEE Study Center.

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra was created in 1990. It offers degrees in law, economics, business, social sciences, communications, humanities, and technology. Features include its highly dedicated teaching staff, small class size, focus on technology, and international outlook. The University has buildings located throughout Barcelona, including near the Ramblas, Olympic Village, and port.

The Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) was created in 1993 by the Catalan government and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), and offers a four-year B.A. in International Business and Marketing. Its modern facilities and central location provide an optimal learning environment. ESCI is home to 500 Spanish students and prides itself on individualized learning through the case method and other group-oriented activities. ESCI courses are taught by ESCI and UPF faculty and business practitioners.

The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passatgeway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.

Eligibility Requirements

GPA requirement and minimum language level vary by track.  Please refer to the program below for track-specific eligibility criteria.

Advanced Liberal Arts Track

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 6 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Business and Culture Track

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 3 semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, or statistics
  • Middler standing and above
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Economics and Culture Track  

  • Overall GPA 3.25
  • 3 semesters of college-level of micro- or macroeconomics; and 1 semester calculus
  • Middler standing or above

Language and Culture Track

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 1-3 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Middler standing or above

Liberal Arts Track

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 4-5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Middler standing or above

Summer  Language and Culture Track

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • For CIEE content courses taught in Spanish, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Application Procedure

     

  • Online OISP Application
  • Completed online CIEE application

    • Upload a photocopy of your passport ID page to the CIEE online application
    • Upload your NEU transcript to the CIEE online application
    • The Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP coordinator).
    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5, 317). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Spain, Barcelona: CIEE Study Abroad Program (Semester)

 

Accommodations

Students can live in either Spanish homes or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. Students living in a homestay have breakfast and dinner at home, while lunch is not included in the accommodation fee paid directly to CIEE by the student, and many eat at the several university-run cafeterias. Meals are not included in the student residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals. All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona, and students take public transportation to their classes; the average commute to the city center, by metro or bus, is 30 minutes. As space in the residencias is limited, students who request to live in a residencia but cannot be assigned a place are accommodated through a homestay. In the event that there are more requests to live in a residencia than the total available spaces, students with more advanced Spanish take priority over those with less Spanish, based on their CIEE Spanish course pre-registration and academic background in Spanish, as reflected on the transcript. Students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are be notified by the Resident Staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.

Destination

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Its metropolitan area has a population of 2.8 million and is set between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history-Roman ruins, the network of narrow streets in the Gothic quarter, the 19th century Example district with its original examples of Modernista architecture-contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.