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Hispanic Studies and International Business
Universidad de Barcelona
The Universidad de Barcelona, located in the very center of the city, is the oldest university in the city and is housed in a beautiful, historic building. Courses offered through this program are perfect for students majoring in Spanish or trying to finish a Spanish minor, but there are also several courses taught in English. The Universidad de Barcelona is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte).
Spring 3 2024
Jan 13, 2024 - May 01, 2024
Oct 10, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Oct 15, 2023
180 - 245 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
This program is great for students looking for courses in Spanish language, Hispanic Studies, or Business. Students wishing to improve their Spanish language proficiency will have the opportunity to enroll in a 110 contact-hour language course. These language courses are offered at beginning to superior levels. In addition to language instruction, this program offers a variety of Hispanic Studies and International Business courses in both English and Spanish. All classes are taken at the Universidad de Barcelona with other visiting international students and are taught by Universidad de Barcelona professors.
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We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Spanish Visa Support
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
180 - 245
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
- Please note that the offering below is a sample, based on what the UPF offered last spring. Once the official offering has been received and the courses have been updated, this message will disappear.
- Students have the option to take a 110-contact-hour Spanish Language course, along with 2-3 Business or Hispanic Studies courses. Students may also opt-out of language and take 4-5 Business or Hispanic Studies courses, however, in this case students may only take the below courses taught in Spanish. All courses taught in English would still be available.
- Comprehension and Writing in Spanish
- Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish
- Everyday Spoken Spanish
- All participants must enroll in between 180-245 hours of instruction.
LANGUAGE COURSES AND PLACEMENT EXAM
- Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad de Barcelona. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS (110 hours)
- This course is designed for heritage speakers of Spanish who have had little or no formal training in the language, and focuses on developing students' Spanish reading and writing skills specifically.
- The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Also note that courses are always subject to change. Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Barcelona Program Manager.
COURSE LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS
- Determination of course equivalencies will be done by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
- ISA can recommend credit equivalencies, but credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university.
- The transcript from Universidad de Barcelona will reflect ECTS and Contact Hours. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.
Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.
Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.
Manuel Urí Martín
Resident Director, Spain
Cristina Canales Contador
Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain
Senior Housing Coordinator, Spain
Senior Student Care Coordinator, Spain
David Pardos i Aybar
Student Services Coordinator, Spain
Academic Coordinator, Spain
Accessibility & Accommodations
With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.
Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.
ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email email@example.com for more information.
All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!
If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.
Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will have a short commute to your university. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 35 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Host families are a great choice if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide two meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. Apartments, spread throughout the city, typically house four-six ISA students, and are made up of single and double occupancy rooms. Meals and laundry service are not included. In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
The student residence is a great choice if you would like to be independent while living with other international and local students. With availability limited on a first-come, first-served basis, you will room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may also be available for an additional fee. Meals are not included and laundry can be done on-site with coin-operated machines. In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
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Valencia is famous for its beaches, oranges, paella, and the "City of Arts and Sciences", an eye-catching cultural complex hosting museums, performing arts, and the biggest aquarium in Europe. After exploring the city, you will have the chance to enjoy a fabulous day on the beach, taking part in water sports such as paddle boarding, surfing, canoeing, etc. A 100% Mediterranean experience!
On this excursion you will visit one of the most emblematic towns on the Catalan coast, just south of Barcelona. Famous for its charming downtown and beautiful beaches, Sitges was also an important modernist center in the 1960’s. On the way you will visit a cava cellar where you will learn about the manufacturing process of the Catalan champagne.
Morocco * Optional
This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.
Cultural Activities in Barcelona
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Barcelona. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcase what makes Barcelona special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a soccer league, intercambios (language exchange with locals), cooking classes, and city tours (Sagrada Familia, City Bus Tour, Gothic Quarter, etc.).*
*These activities are available to students at little to no additional cost.