July in Barcelona, Spain

 

Barcelona is a bustling seaside city in the Mediterranean country of Spain. An eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional culture, celebrated architecture, and a world class dining scene – experience this and more during your four week July in Barcelona program!

Program Overview

Try this on for size – four to eight weeks immersing yourself in a study abroad program that goes beyond sitting in an air-conditioned classroom. Soak up the summer sun in one of the world’s most enchanting cities, not to mention the world-famous nightlife… Sound pretty good? Welcome to Barcelona.

Barcelona is often known as the cultural hub of the Mediterranean and there are a million reasons why. When you think of Barcelona, often the first things that spring to mind are tapas and sangria. Don’t get us wrong, food plays an integral part of this experience but Barcelona has so much more to offer than just trendy tapas bars.

Summer (July) in Europe is the perfect time to visit. Enjoy one of Barcelona’s famed beaches and join the locals in a game of beach volleyball, or just take in the views.

Barcelona boasts more World Heritage listed sites than any other city in Europe. Culture vultures will go gaga over the amazing architecture, some of which is 2,000+ years old. There are a ton of museums, churches, cathedrals, concert halls and of course the modern art of famed artisans like Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. During your cultural discovery you’re guaranteed to see the influential architecture of Antoni Gaudí. His work is easy to spot around the city – just keep a look out for whimsical and playful architecture that you’d expect to find in a Dr Seuss storybook.

Make the most of your time in Barcelona by catching a Flamenco show, taking a cooking class and visiting the local markets in your free time!

This winter abroad program is perfect for absolutely anyone, because Spanish language classes are offered for speakers of all levels (beginner to advanced). Lessons are tailored to meet individual needs and most electives are taught in English. So if you’re after a true immersion experience you’ll love this program – it will be your best ‘European summer’ of a lifetime!

Highlights

If you’re going to learn the Spanish language there is no better place to do it than in Spain. The July in Barcelona study program is one of the best on offer. The program is dynamic and unique and will no doubt leave a lasting impression. Don’t just take our word for it! Check out some of key highlights below and then see it all for yourself in July:

  • You’ll be given a personal orientation upon arrival
  • Guided tours of the amazing city of Barcelona are on offer
  • The program attracts a range of students from all over the world, so there are plenty of opportunities for making new friends
  • There are custom housing options available so we can make sure you’re cosy and comfortable, whatever your preferred style
  • Immerse yourself in a truly Spanish experience by taking part in a Spanish and Catalan cooking class
  • Catch a Flamenco show (or take a lesson or two), visit museums, galleries and parks and enjoy cinema nights with your fellow students
  • All language classes are tailored to your proficiency, whether you are a beginner or advanced speaker, we’ve got you covered
  • The July in Barcelona program includes a one-day excursion. Past activities have included to Figueres to visit the impressive Dalí museum, and to Tarragona, the ancient Roman capital on the Iberian Peninsula.
  • A weekend trip is also included in your program. Past excursions have been to Morocco, Valencia and Costa Brava – all popular destinations in their own right!

Choose Your Course

The unique curriculum offered on our July in Barcelona program at Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) includes coursework in language, culture, history, art and the humanities.

Subjects are as diverse as ‘Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia’ and ‘Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy’. The program offers plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture, meet Spanish friends and study with students from all over the world.

Course Load: 1-2 courses per 4-week session. 2-4 courses for the combined 8-week program.

  • Depending on your Australian university, “courses” may be referred to as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for academic credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview and the contact hours.
  • Before you head overseas we encourage all students to have at least 3-4 courses approved from your home university in Australia. This will allow some flexibility in your class schedule. Studying overseas is also an opportunity to take some interesting electives if your degree allows.
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

How to Choose Your Courses: This is the fun part. As part of the application process you will be required to complete a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. See below for more information about the courses on offer.

Course Options (per 4-week session):

  • Option A (3 US credits): 1 Spanish Language course (45 Hours)
  • Option B (3 US credits): 1 Elective (45 Hours)
  • Option C (6 US credits): 1 Spanish Language course plus 1 Elective (45 Hours Each)
  • Option D (6 US credits): 2 Electives (45 Hours Each)

Please note: All courses are scheduled to be on offer during both sessions; however, course availability (per session and in general) may vary based on demand and enrolment. Your CISaustralia Advisor will inform you if alternate courses need to be considered.

Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, you may still be considered for the program but will need to be prepared to provide supporting documentation. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

NOTE: Please be advised that the Barcelona School for International Studies requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants for their Summer School. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.

2020 Course Descriptions:

COURSE: ARCH 301
CREDITS: 3 US credits
OFFERED: Session 2

This course takes an analytical look at the present-day cosmopolitan city of Barcelona politically, economically and socially and looks back through over 2000 years of history to see how it has taken shape. This course will reflect on the definitive events in the history of Barcelona and how they have shaped today’s society. Special attention will be focused on its urban development and its reflection in how we interact with the city today. We will determine which historical events most impacted the transformation of this Catalan capital city’s physical, architectural and cultural heritage, and discuss the importance of its location in the Mediterranean.

COURSE: ART 310
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course will teach students how the camera can be used in a foreign environment as an exciting tool of documentary record, cross-cultural understanding, artistic expression and self-discovery. After an introduction to the fundamentals of photography, both traditional and digital, students will be given several practical assignments to photograph the city of Barcelona itself, its architecture, history, people, and rich culture. As they acquire new technical, compositional and critical skills throughout the course, students will create a portfolio of images that will both showcase and celebrate their unforgettable study abroad experience.

Course load will include class lectures and technique-based lessons held in the classroom, combined with practice sessions in specific outdoor sites. Students will be introduced in class to the history of photography and various photographic genres such as photo-journalism, portraiture or street photography, through the work of well-known classic and contemporary photographers. Other activities include several field trips to visit photo exhibitions in art galleries and museums in the city of Barcelona.

Throughout the course, students will frequently participate in group critiques and individual reviews of their work. They will be required to actively involve themselves in analysing and evaluating their own work and the work of others, in a collaborative atmosphere of constructive reflection and criticism.

A digital camera SLR or a simple Point & Shoot is required. Students could use a traditional camera (film), but this will require an additional effort from their part.

No prior training in photography is required.

COURSE: MG 315
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1

No other institutions have permeated multiple cultures more than the multinational corporations like IBM, Microsoft, Nestle, BASF, etc. With this permeation, managers from many different cultures are relocated to new and alien cultures. More and more decisions made by future global managers will need to be assessed in terms of an understanding of the multiple cultures the decisions will affect. Future global managers can only do this by knowing how different cultural business ethics are derived, tested, and used. This course has as its purpose the introductory exploration of business ethics in a cross-cultural setting. This can no better be achieved than in a foreign culture where the students can immediately receive information from their surroundings and managers who have had to face the difficult decisions in the past.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course will examine various aspects of the relationship between food, culture and society in the Mediterranean basin, where eating is not a simple act of survival but rather a cultural and social activity. Looking at the local culture through the lens of food allows us to discover and understand social constructs, values and even the history of Europe, from ancient Greece to the great chefs of the 21st century such as Ferran Adrià. Through this we will discover the similarities and differences between how the Spanish, Italian and Greece societies work.

In this course we offer a cross-cultural perspective that will focus on history, anthropology, sociology, literature, gastronomy and the business that works behind the food industry.

COURSE: MK 320
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 2

International marketing is more than a simple application of marketing principles to more than one country. In a world that becomes increasingly globalised, marketing strategies become absolutely essential. Both global and international marketing are attached to each other. On one hand, international marketing involves the firm in making one or more marketing mix decisions across national boundaries. On the other hand, global marketing involves the firm in establishing manufacturing facilities overseas and coordinating marketing strategies across the globe. Cross-cultural differences have an important role in both internal and external ways.

This course provides the knowledge of the fundamental concepts of international marketing from a European perspective. It is organised so that each class is either a lecture or a case discussion. In this course you will learn to look at international marketing problems through the lens of an analytical framework.

COURSE: MG 310
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July: Session 1

The focus of this course is the analysis of how a business must adapt to different cultural contexts. For this purpose, we study the interaction between the culture and the company’s structure, processes and human resources. In this way, the student will be able to understand strategies used to optimise such interaction. The general objective of the course is to learn the main business practices in different cultures, through the analysis of the differences in various countries. This will provide the background to understand and identify threats and opportunities to do business in a global context.

COURSE: IB 320
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

The focus of this course is the study of the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial start-up process. Areas of concentration include the search for new venture opportunities, evaluation of the viability and attractiveness of the new venture; determining the resources required and the sources of those resources; preparation of financial statements addressing cash flow, valuation and investment justifications; and the development of a business plan appropriate for presentation to funding sources.

The course is also designed to be an experiential learning experience. During the course, students will work in teams to to design and test a business venture of their choosing, by applying the concepts learnt in class and tackling the challenges they encounter. This course may appeal to business and non-business majors alike, as well as to individuals who want to launch their own business in the future, pursue employment in the start-up world, or work in venture capital or entrepreneurial support.

COURSE: IS 320
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course will examine various aspects of the relationship between sport and society in Spain, with a particular emphasis on sports with a long tradition in Catalonia. We will examine both the impact of sport on Spanish society and the influence of society on the practice of sport in Spain. The course begins with a consideration of general theoretical questions in the study of sport before moving on to an account of the historical development of sports in Spain in general and in Catalonia in particular. We also examine the reciprocal influences of sport violence, gender, race and ethnic and national identities in Spain.

COURSE: SPAN C1
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course is geared towards students who have a grasp of the four basic language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – and augment their knowledge of the world’s Hispanic peoples and their cultures. Building on the foundation of previous Spanish study or direct experience with the language, this course is designed for those who have already achieved an intermediate mastery.

COURSE: SPAN 350
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July: Session 1 and 2

Why are Spaniards currently exhuming mass graves of the Civil War? How can the country tolerate an unemployment rate of 20 percent? Why has Catalan and Basque nationalism dominated politics for decades? Why does a country with a historic reputation for machismo boast such progressive laws on gender and gay marriages? Why does political corruption remain so prevalent? This course examines political and social issues relevant to Spaniards today. It begins by discussing recent history in order to contextualize the major themes of the past few decades. It then moves to those subjects that emerged out of the transition to democracy – regionalism, terrorism, and linguistic pluralism – and still account for many of the peculiarities of Spanish politics. The second half of the course analyzes “Spain’s Second Transition” under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero by focusing on immigration, Islamic fundamentalism, foreign policy, gender and family relations, historical memory, political corruption, and the economic crisis. The course is multi-disciplinary, consisting of a mixture of readings from political science, history, and cultural studies. Each session will consist of a lecture and a class discussion.

COURSE: SPAN A1
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

After completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Produce simple sentences
  • Ask and answer questions about him/herself, about others, and about things s/he has or needs
  • Produce simple statements concerning his/her needs or usual subjects and to answer questions of this type when they are directed to him/her
  • Use culturally appropriate non-verbal communication
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course will examine various aspects of the relationship between food, culture and society in the Mediterranean basin, where eating is not a simple act of survival but rather a cultural and social activity. Looking at the local culture through the lens of food allows us to discover and understand social constructs, values and even the history of Europe, from ancient Greece to the great chefs of the 21st century such as Ferran Adrià. Through this we will discover the similarities and differences between how the Spanish, Italian and Greece societies work.

In this course we offer a cross-cultural perspective that will focus on history, anthropology, sociology, literature, gastronomy and the business that works behind the food industry.

COURSE: AH 340
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course will provide a foundation in some of the most relevant Avant-garde movements of the 20th century in Western art, such as Cubism and Surrealism, through the thorough study of the lives, ideas, and artistic contributions of three great masters of Spanish art: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí. While examining exemplary artworks in several mediums of these three artists, and some of their contemporary European counterparts, the course will explore how Avant-garde movements were synonymous with progress, social disruption and change, and how Avant-garde artists contributed to widen the notion of culture and push the boundaries of what traditionally had been considered art. The course will also examine the level of interaction between international artists, writers, and thinkers, and the mobility of artistic ideas across Europe and the USA.

Lectures will be illustrated with presentations of many significant artworks and will integrate readings relevant to the various artists and concepts under discussion. In addition there will be several guided visits to the National Museum of Catalan Art, the Picasso Museum, the Miró Foundation and the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, which will aid students to get into direct contact with art.

COURSE: SPAN B1
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

After completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Tell detailed accounts that occurred in the past
  • Understand the main ideas in semi-complex Spanish debates
  • Justify an opinion in informal debates
  • Ask for specific information, complain, ask for an explanation
  • Give detailed instructions about how to do something
COURSE: SPAN A2
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

After completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use frequent polite structures, speak in short social exchanges, describe what s/he does at work or in his/her leisure time, arrange an appointment
  • Ask for information in different situations (in shops, banks, travel agencies…)
  • Describe personal experiences in the past. Describe objects and places
  • Explain what s/he likes or prefers
COURSE: SPAN B2
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

After completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Tell detailed accounts of events that occurred in the past
  • Speak in detail about future and possible future events
  • Argue and communicate effectively in a speech
  • Explain his/her point of view about current issues arguing all of the points and counterpoints
COURSE: SPAN 350
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July: Session 1 and 2

Why are Spaniards currently exhuming mass graves of the Civil War? How can the country tolerate an unemployment rate of 20 percent? Why has Catalan and Basque nationalism dominated politics for decades? Why does a country with a historic reputation for machismo boast such progressive laws on gender and gay marriages? Why does political corruption remain so prevalent? This course examines political and social issues relevant to Spaniards today. It begins by discussing recent history in order to contextualize the major themes of the past few decades. It then moves to those subjects that emerged out of the transition to democracy – regionalism, terrorism, and linguistic pluralism – and still account for many of the peculiarities of Spanish politics. The second half of the course analyzes “Spain’s Second Transition” under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero by focusing on immigration, Islamic fundamentalism, foreign policy, gender and family relations, historical memory, political corruption, and the economic crisis. The course is multi-disciplinary, consisting of a mixture of readings from political science, history, and cultural studies. Each session will consist of a lecture and a class discussion.

COURSE: PSY 320
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

Psychology has conventionally situated itself as universally applicable science, however, it can be described as a “modernist” and European-American phenomenon. This course explores the cultural aspects of psychology, examining how biology, psychology, and culture interact in the context of contemporary Spanish and North American societies. One of the key contributions of cultural psychology is thematizing the different filters that moderate how psychological phenomena are understood. These filters, which operate at both conceptual and epistemological levels in large part circumscribe how psychology is studied and applied. This course will provide a conceptual foundation for the understanding of psychology and culture, with a focus on human development, the self, intergroup relations, and cross-cultural communication. The study abroad experience will be used to experientially examine and apply the material covered in class. Finally, wider application of the material in the context of mental health and its care will be explored.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course will examine various aspects of the relationship between food, culture and society in the Mediterranean basin, where eating is not a simple act of survival but rather a cultural and social activity. Looking at the local culture through the lens of food allows us to discover and understand social constructs, values and even the history of Europe, from ancient Greece to the great chefs of the 21st century such as Ferran Adrià. Through this we will discover the similarities and differences between how the Spanish, Italian and Greece societies work.

In this course we offer a cross-cultural perspective that will focus on history, anthropology, sociology, literature, gastronomy and the business that works behind the food industry.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 2

Students will examine the process of European political and economic integration, from its first steps in the 1950s until today. The course offers an overview to the key dimensions that help understand what the European Union project is, how it works and why and how it was created. Particular attention is paid to EU migration and border dynamics and their interaction with ongoing debates about European identity and the rise of xenophobic and Islamophobic discourses across Europe. With a strong emphasis in current theoretical debates ongoing in the fields of political geography and population geography current demographic challenges and ongoing geopolitical disputes (within the EU and between the EU and its neighbourhood) will be scrutinised.

COURSE: IS 320
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course will examine various aspects of the relationship between sport and society in Spain, with a particular emphasis on sports with a long tradition in Catalonia. We will examine both the impact of sport on Spanish society and the influence of society on the practice of sport in Spain. The course begins with a consideration of general theoretical questions in the study of sport before moving on to an account of the historical development of sports in Spain in general and in Catalonia in particular. We also examine the reciprocal influences of sport violence, gender, race and ethnic and national identities in Spain.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1

This course examines the main political and socio-economic processes that help understand present-day Barcelona, particularly after the 1992 Olympics turned it into a vibrant global city. Through the lens of politics, human geography and history, students will explore topics like massive tourism, gentrification, environmental sustainability, the real state bubble, or immigration dynamics. Special attention will be paid to the tense power relations between Catalonia and Spain, the political heritage of Franco’s fascist dictatorship and the rise of the Catalan independence movement.

Excursions

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Barcelona is one of the very best study abroad destinations and you will absolutely love this short course program.

Our staff in Barcelona organise a fantastic social program that covers a lot of ground for the short time that students are there for. Activities change from year to year, but in the past students have attended cooking classes, taken a tour of Sagrada Família, learnt how to do some traditional dancing, gone for hikes or even taken an overnight trip outside of Barcelona. No matter what our team has planned, you’re sure to have an amazing cultural experience!

You also have the freedom to explore Barcelona and its surrounding areas by yourself. Finding activities doesn’t have to cost money. Spend your afternoons hanging with the locals at the beach. Sunbake on squeaky clean white sandy beaches, relax in the sun and enjoy the warm Mediterranean waters. On the first Sunday of every month, the city opens its doors to all municipal museums free of charge.

Our fabulous staff will become your best travel guides – they will look to take you to the Spanish cinema, a Flamenco show, the museums and markets. They can also help you arrange a language exchange partner and a Catalan cooking class.

If you want to travel a bit further afield, take advantage of a weekend and travel. There are a few destinations to choose from including Costa Brava, Granada and Madrid. Even if you decide not to take part in the planned cultural events and excursions, our friendly staff will still be there for you to offer advice, answer questions and help you every step of the way. All you have to do is ask.

Location

Located on the shores of the Mediterranean it’s no wonder that Barcelona is one of the very best study abroad destinations. With a perfectly comfortable year-round climate, summer dresses, shorts and sandals will be your daily attire. Ahhh Barcelona, land of eternal sunshine.

Barcelona is on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula (which includes Spain and Portugal) and on the shores of the stunning Mediterranean. With a population of 1.5 million, it is Spain’s second largest city and one of the central hubs for business in Europe. If you include the outer lying areas surrounding Barcelona, the population expands to almost 5 million, adding to the diversity of the city and its people.

Barcelona is located in the semi-autonomous Spanish region of Cataluña and has two official languages: Castilian Spanish and Catalan. English is very commonly spoken, especially by servers and other hospitality staff, as Barcelona considers itself as much European as Spanish to certain extents and hosts millions of tourists each year.

Getting around is a breeze – a fantastic public transport system makes all the great places and beaches Barcelona has to offer easy to visit. It also gives you easy access to the campus and all the amazing sites located throughout the city. But by far, the very best way to see Barcelona is on two wheels. Vast networks of bicycle paths weave in and around the city so grab yourself a pushie and go exploring. When you need a rest, stop at a local cantina for a cool drink and when the belly starts to grumble pull into a tapas bar and indulge your senses in a fresh and colourful feast.

Barcelona is world class when it comes to culture, including art, cuisine and traditions unique to this wonderful city. From the Spanish tradition of tapas to frequent festivals, human pyramids called castellers, and a naturally healthy appetite for food, drink and social company, Barcelona pulsates with life. Like many major cities, Barcelona has dozens of distinct neighbourhoods, but the difference is substantial – some of the city’s neighbourhoods are millenia- or centuries-old, and others just years. Simply strolling the city streets is an experience in itself, as architecture, layout, demographics and locales change from street-to-street.

Barcelona is such a truly diverse city, it boats a largely international population and is alive with colour and flare. The people are the pulsing heart of the city and you’ll find yourself being welcomed – it doesn’t take too long to feel like you are ‘home’ in Barcelona. There’s also the eclectic nightlife, an abundance of significant historical attractions and welcoming and friendly locals. Barcelona is a rich cultural tapestry with history that weaves through the city. It truly is an unparalleled place to study abroad. See you in Barcelona this July!

The University

As a student you’ll be studying at Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), which boasts an unrivalled location in the heart of Barcelona in the L’Eixample neighbourhood. The campus is conveniently located close to the Urquinaona metro stop, providing access to the rest of the city and outlying areas.

SIS is a five-minute walk from Plaza Cataluña, the centre of the city, and from the Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous street. To the north, a majority of Barcelona’s amazing Modernista architecture can to be found on the streets of the L’Eixample district with their distinctive grid-iron layout. A two-minute walk to the south of the school is the medieval district of Sant Pere, where the Palau de la Música Catalana is found. On the other side of Via Laietana, the historical centre of Barrio Gótico is found, which grew up around the location of Barcelona’s Roman forum (today the Plaza Sant Jaume).

Culture vultures will already know that the L’Eixample area is popular for its Art Nouveau buildings designed by Gaudí himself. You’ll have easy access to buses and the metro which makes for easy access to exploring the other neighbourhoods and many sights of Barcelona.

The campus facilities include spacious classrooms, multimedia equipment, Wi-Fi, common spaces and a cafe. The college is a truly multicultural setting and attracts students from all over the world. You’ll have the chance to meet other international students from dozens of countries.

The diversity on campus extends beyond the student population. You’ll be taught by highly qualified international professors who are used to adapting their courses for study abroad students. The program focuses on immersion in the Spanish language. But please don’t fear if you aren’t confident in your Spanish as there are plenty of courses on offer taught in English.

Accommodation

Students can choose from either apartment accommodation or connect with a local family and enjoy the experience of a homestay.

We have carefully selected safe and adequate housing for each student. Each living arrangement is distinct and special in its own way.

Apartments
If you choose to stay in an apartment, it could be located anywhere throughout the city of Barcelona, though it will be within a reasonable commute to the campus. Apartments are fully furnished and you will share a room with another student. There can be up to six students in each apartment so the opportunity to make new friends and have a great experience is all there for you to take advantage of. Apartments include a well-equipped kitchen, a shared living room and bathrooms. Located in the heart of the city means you and your new roommates will be able to make the most of your time living in this vibrant metropolis. You will find shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and just about everything you need right on your doorstep.

Each apartment will have the following:

  • Fully equipped kitchen with a stovetop, refrigerator and sink
  • Communal living space or kitchen with a table and chairs
  • Shared bathroom which includes a toilet and bathing area
  • Blankets, pillow and a towel

As a cultural bonus, you may share the apartment with international students or young professionals from around the world. The apartments are usually co-ed and generally shared with 3-5 other people. You will never share a bedroom with someone of the opposite sex but you may share the apartment.

Apartments are usually older-style and small. Do not be surprised if things stop working or are generally not as ‘modern’ as you may be used to.

Homestay
In a homestay, you could live with a mature or senior adult or couple, a young professional or a lively Spanish family. Homestay is not for everyone, but it is a truly amazing way to completely immerse yourself in the Spanish culture. You will likely share a room with another student and you’ll have access to a shared bathroom and living space. Linen is provided and you’ll be spoilt with laundry service as well as home cooked breakfast and dinner. You may or may not be allowed to use the kitchen for your own cooking, however you will be provided breakfast and dinner every day. Via the application process, we will endeavour to match you with the right homestay family.

The homestay will include:

  • Bed linens, pillows and a towel
  • Communal living space or kitchen with a table and chairs
  • Shared bathrooms which include a toilet and bathing area
  • Two meals per day: breakfast and dinner
  • Laundry service once a week or access to a washing machine

You will find that the outside facades of some buildings are very old – many of them are 19th century and do not have elevators. The available storage and living spaces will be smaller than most Australians are accustomed to. You will find that many places do not have air conditioning or dryers. Such amenities are expensive to operate and are treated as a luxury in Spain.

You will need to make adjustments to what you are used to in Australia. This is part of your cultural immersion. Living conditions and expectations are different in every country in the world. Be flexible, patient and understanding.

Remember that you will be living in a shared flat or a homestay with a Spanish family. Therefore, you must conduct yourself as a responsible adult and observe certain courtesies, such as keeping noise to a minimum, turning off lights when they are not in use, shutting your windows when you have the heat on, etc. Be respectful of those who you will be sharing your accommodation with. The Spanish are very frank and will not hesitate to communicate with you if there is a problem, in return they will treat you with respect and equality.

Program Fee & Dates

June 2020: Session 1
Application Deadline13 April 2020
Arrival Date01 June 2020
Departure Date27 June 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,299 - 7,199
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
July 2020: Session 2
Application Deadline11 May 2020
Arrival Date29 June 2020
Departure Date25 July 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,299 - 7,199
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
2020: Sessions 1 and 2
Application Deadline13 April 2020
Arrival Date01 June 2020
Departure Date25 July 2020
Program Fee A$ 10,299 - 12,299
OS-HELP A$ 6,913

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Medical and accident insurance (if requested)
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • Accommodation – shared apartment or local homestay*
  • Breakfast and dinner daily are included with homestay accommodation
  • Cultural and recreational trips and activities in Barcelona
  • One guided weekend excursion outside of Barcelona, usually to either Valencia or Costa Brava
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • Jacksonville University official transcript**
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

There are two sessions to choose from in Barcelona. They are similar programs with different excursions and the chance to take different classes. You can combine the two for a longer study experience!

*Single rooms are available in the shared apartments only (not the homestay) for an additional fee. Please contact your CISaustralia Program Advisor if you wish to arrange a single room. Please note that housing is limited, and we cannot guarantee a single room. If we are unable to assign you to a single room, we will refund you the additional fee paid.

**Jacksonville University will provide an official transcript as the School of Record (SOR). An SOR is a U.S. accredited institution of higher education that officially documents and awards credits for programs or institutions that are not accredited in the U.S., verifying appropriately all elements necessary for such official documentation.

Please be advised that the Barcelona School for International Studies requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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