- Barcelona, Spain
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
The Hispanic and European Studies Program provides beginning through superior-level Spanish speakers the opportunity to take a variety of courses in Spanish or English at one of the most prestigious universities in Barcelona. The language course is equivalent to 6 credits, whereas elective courses are typically equivalent to 3 credits. Courses are taken with other international students. Students are welcome to complete up to 15 credits per semester and can add additional courses for an extra fee. The Spanish language course is available for all levels, but it is only required for those students who plan on taking all of their courses in Spanish. Students who plan on taking their courses in Spanish must have a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish experience.
Students complete a placement exam upon arrival and are placed into a Spanish course based on the results of that exam.
- Setting Description:
- Barcelona is a city of contradictions: old and new intertwined, beautiful and industrial, traditional and avant-garde. Bordered by France to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the east, Barcelona is one of the most ‘European’ of Spanish cities. Stroll Las Ramblas, one of the city’s most famous and busy boulevards and weave through the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic). Enjoy the daring, unique and colorful architecture of Barcelona’s most famed architect, Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city that combines the latest trends with the most typical Spanish traditions. Barcelona offers museums, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars, the beach and the mountains, and people from all over the world. Although Spaniards from Barcelona speak both Spanish and Catalán, the mixture of local residents and international visitors makes it an easy city to understand and make yourself understood.
- Pre-departure, On-site, and Re-entry services included, such as advising and online resources, airport reception, resident directors, housing, tuition, tutoring, medical & life insurance, excursions, social & cultural activities, alumni network, Learning and Engagement Badge Program, and more!
Additional Program Information
- *Minimum 2.75 G.P.A. *Open to juniors and seniors (at time of application) *Open to all levels of Spanish speakers *Students who wish to take advanced-level Spanish courses must have completed 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent *Valid passport
- Scholarships Description:
- API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.
Based on 2 Reviews
- Goal Barcelona!01/18/19
My study abroad experience in Barcelona, Spain with API was an unforgettable experience. API was present from the beginning, with answering all of my questions to make the right decision for me, to the end, even after my trip. The program provided so
many advantages, such as culture immersion, housing, academics, and helping their students with the emotional cycles that students can face. The on-site staff assisted all of us students during our time in a foreign country. The staff organized amazing activities, workshops, soccer league, a trip to Paris, and many others to get the most out of the experience. API did an amazing job and I was even able to volunteer during a period of time, as well with the help of the staff. Speaking of housing, I stayed with a host family. The woman I stayed with was great and someone that I actually still speak to today! Overall, my experience with API was incredible and wouldn't have been the same without them.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- API Rocks!05/03/13
API Staff was amazing. They are super cool and friendly, respond right away to every email and make you feel like you are the only student they are working with. The downside was that there were no locals in anyone's classes, even the highest-level spanish
classes. I guess it's understandable, but it would have made it easier to make local friends. I'm a musician, and had a great time meeting local people in the jazz clubs. Barcelona is a short flight to a lot of really cool euro cities and has a LOT to explore inside the city itself. Downsides would be frequent strikes (never caused any harm to anyone i know but are annoying- ex. subway ran at 20% of service on at least 4 occasions while I was there for 4 months).read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend