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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: BCA Study Abroad 
  • Restrictions: None
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Spanish Language prerequisite: 4 semesters Spanish
Housing options: Host family Minimum GPA: 2.6
Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Number of credits: 12-16
Volunteer: Yes
Program Description:


Barcelona

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: October 1


About Barcelona
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is set on the Mediterranean coast within easy reach of the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees Mountains. Founded in 203 B.C., the city has long provided a base for Catalan culture. The Catalan traditions survived two dictatorships in Barcelona and continue to flourish today.

Barcelona is one of the most exciting and interesting cities in Europe and offers a fascinating mix of ancient and modern traditions. The city's spectacular architecture ranges from 13th-century Gothic cathedrals to the modernist neighborhood of l'Eixample and the work of Gaudi and others. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro made their homes in Barcelona, and local museums pay homage to each.

BCA Barcelona students benefit from truly countless cultural options. Barcelona boasts an extensive cultural life, including an opera company, symphonies, dozens of museums and festivals throughout the year. Throughout the semester, BCA provides information on exhibitions, concerts, theaters and other cultural activities available to students. The Universitat de Barcelona also hosts concerts, conferences and student gatherings that BCA students are welcome to attend.

Academics
BCA Barcelona has a variety of course options for students. Those students who have advanced Spanish language skills can take courses alongside native Spanish students at the Universitat de Barcelona. If your major is related to the fields of business, economics, international relations, sociology or political science you can enroll in University courses taught in English. University courses taught in English are marked with an asterisk next to the title of the course in the BCA course database. If your Spanish language skills are not advanced, you may choose from a variety of BCA courses taught in Spanish by Universitat de Barcelona professors. Many students choose to take a combination of the  above options: you may take some UB courses and some BCA courses. This option is an asset to the program and many BCA Barcelona students take advantage of it.

All students enroll in BCA's Signature Course, Topics in Spanish Grammar and Culture.  To learn more about course offerings, visit our Course Database and review a list of University Recommended Courses chosen by the BCA Resident Director.

Student Life
BCA Barcelona host families play an integral role in helping students learn more about Barcelona, Spain, and the various aspects of Spanish culture. We place one student per family to optimize language and cultural learning. Students often point out living with their family as one of the highlights of the program. The location of the housing varies with some families located near the campus and others a bit farther away. All students will have access to the subway or bus system for easy transportation to the university and around the city.

All three daily meals will be provided by your host family. BCA students usually praise the Spanish home cooking (based on the Mediterranean diet), and enjoy most of their meals at their host homes. Alternatively, according to the students’ schedule, families will provide them with a packed lunch to eat on campus.

Educational Excursions
Your journey through Barcelona will take you through the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage as well as diverse geographical regions.

• A multi-day history and art excursion at the beginning of the semester is a distinctive feature of BCA Barcelona.
• During the semester, as an integral part of classes, BCA organizes visits to relevant political or historical sites of the city. In the past, students have visited Barcelona City Hall, the History Museum of the City of Barcelona, and the Catalan Administration Palace, amongst others.
• Other excursions have included: the medieval town of Besalu, Dalí’s museum and native town, Cistercian monasteries in Tarragona, Picasso’s museum in the land of his first cubist painting, the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the city of Girona, and more.