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Students who study abroad in Barcelona in the Hispanic Studies Program complete one Spanish language class that meets for a total of 9 hours per week (110 hours each semester). Students then choose an additional 4 culture courses (for 6 semester credits). Any combination of 4 culture courses per level, per term, will earn the student 6 semester credits.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

Reflection Sessions

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to high school graduates
  • Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced, and superior level Spanish speakers
  • Beginning level students must have completed at least one semester of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript, most recent grade report, or high school diploma
  • Copy of passport
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry Documents: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 7, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021 $11,930 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Barcelona programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Winery and Calçotada

    El Penedès is one of Spain’s richest regions both in historical and gastronomical terms. Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the center of production of cava (sparkling wine). You will discover a place of stunning beauty and culture in a vineyard built by “Modernista” architects. Calçotada is an annual gastronomical celebration held only in Winter time. It’s grilled green onion dipped in romesco sauce.

  • Reus and Gaudí

    Reus is a town located in the province of Tarragona, a little more than an hour away from Barcelona. Its city center is awash with gorgeous modernist architecture. Although the town’s main claim to fame is being the home town of Gaudi, it has heaps more to offer than this alone. In parts of the center, beautiful buildings are so frequent, that you just turn your head and another one is staring you in the face. It has that wonderful feeling of being protected by the mountains, but with the sea only a short distance away. If that wasn’t enough, guess what: Reus is also one of the cradles of vermouth!

  • Montseny Hidden Corners

    Montseny Natural Park is known for the beauty of its scenery but also for the rich gastronomy. Ideal for an easy hike accessible for everyone it’s the perfect countryside day trip from Barcelona. We will discover the off the beaten track Catalunya from a local perspective, enjoying the landscape and the gastronomy of thisof this area.

  • Girona and Costa Brava

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2.000years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow, and often steeply sloping streets. After the historical visit, we will stop in Costa Brava to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean sea.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12 credits per semester

Students who study abroad in Barcelona in the Hispanic Studies Program complete one Spanish language class that meets for a total of 9 hours per week (110 hours each semester). Students then choose an additional 4 culture courses (for 6 semester credits). Any combination of 4 culture courses per level, per term, will earn the student 6 semester credits. UB language levels correspond to the European Common Framework.

Intermediate, advanced, and superior level Spanish speakers who participate in an academic year program and complete 2 culture courses (for 90 contact hours each) and an additional section of a culture course per term (or 45 contact hours) during the year will receive the Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos. Course content for the spring semester will be different/more advanced than in the fall semester, and students do not repeat material.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat de Barcelona upon completion of their program.

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    Alicia Castillo

    Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Mireia Pujol

    Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!

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    Arnau Roma Sansa

    Arnau Roma Sansa will be your Academic Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational goals abroad.

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    Laura Bahamonde

    Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students must complete a Spanish language course (worth 7 semester credits).

Students will then take 2-3 individual course electives worth 3 credits each for a total of 12 credits per session. A small number of courses offered are worth 1.5 credits and can be taken in tandem with 3 credit courses for a total of 12 semester credits per session. The topics focused on each semester change, but the course title will stay the same. Student may add extra courses (1.5 credits or 3 credits) for an extra fee.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Advanced/Superior Level Spanish

Students are able to use and understand complex linguistic structures to communicate in a variety of situations that demand an exchange of information and opinions. Topics studied at the advanced level include:

  • Correlation of tenses with past tenses and conditional
  • Relative clauses with prepositions
  • Uses of the subjunctive
  • Past tenses: a general and interrelated perspective
  • Time correlation in referred discourse
  • Future for conjecture
  • Conditional for hypothetical situations

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 7   Contact Hours: 110

Barcelona, Mediterranean Metropolis

The main objective of the course is to provide students with a general vision of the city of Barcelona, not only from an historic point of view but also artistic, literary, or cinematographic. In the first term, students will see how the original Roman city grew to be a typical European medieval town and how, centuries later, it was the center of an artistic movement called modernism which changed its appearance forever. In the second term, students will follow the steps of some of the writers or movie directors who fell in love with the city to learn how they understood it and will be also seeing some of the most important changes of the city, particularly the Olympic Games in 1992, to see how these helped created the current city.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Beginning Level Spanish

Students at the beginning level are introduced to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. The goal is to teach students basic linguistic skills so they can understand others and communicate in everyday situations. Topics studied at the beginning level include:

  • Agreement
  • Pronouns
  • Ser/estar/hay
  • Present tense
  • Gerund
  • Past tense
  • Positive commands
  • Comparative structures

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 7   Contact Hours: 110

Cine Español (Spanish Cinema)

The objectives of this course are to discuss films shown in class and to broaden students’ knowledge of conversational Spanish through cinema (formal and informal register, dialect varieties, and so on). The course also aims to analyze how films reflect Spanish society and how Spanish cinema responds to its changing needs.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Conversar en Español (Spanish Conversation)

This course is aimed at students interested in furthering their resources and strategies for successful communication in everyday contexts. The course encourages fluent and natural speech by enhancing interaction and the use of adequate oral expression and comprehension strategies in particular contexts.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 1.5  

Cortometrajes del Cine Español (Spanish Short Films)

El objetivo principal del curso es conocer la idiosincrasia de las relaciones sociales, culturales y humanas de los españoles a través de cortometrajes españoles. El visionado del corto suscitará un análisis crítico y un debate sobre temas de alcance social y humano. La asignatura consta de 22 sesiones. En ellas se introduce al alumno en las características principales del corto español y se le dan a conocer cortos agrupados temáticamente. En estas sesiones se estimulará al alumno al debate y a la crítica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Escribir en Español (Writing in Spanish I)

During the course, students will work on the acquisition of strategies to interpret and construct written texts of different types and genres, with an emphasis on processes of reading comprehension, planning, writing and review. This course is particularly designed for intermediate level foreign students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 1.5  

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España Actual: sociedad e instituciones (Contemporary Spain: Society and Institutions)

The main aim of the course is to provide an overview of the physical and natural environment of Spain, and then to study its territory in relation to the social sphere and the economy, nationally and regionally

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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España y Europa: Origen y Evolucion (Spain and Europe: origins and evolution)

The main aim of this course is to provide an overview of the history of European cultures, and the transformations that have taken place from prehistory to the current time, with a particular focus on the Hispanic area. Students will study the new reality of the Mediterranean world after the Islamic expansion from the north of Africa, the conquest of Spain, and the domination of part of the Mediterranean

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Español Hablado en Situaciones Cotidianas (Everyday Spoken Spanish)

Throughout this course students will discover the everyday social, economic, and cultural realties of contemporary Barcelona. In each of the sessions work will focus on the relevant communicative functions for each subject, as well as prototypical linguistic exponents.

In the first term, topics covered include:

  • Shopping (markets and street markets)
  • Coffee shops, breakfast and “meriendas”; restaurants; where to find cheap restaurants “de tapas”
  • Holidays, festivals and annual events
  • The city’s neighborhoods; public transportation
  • The city at night; 10 points to remember when going “de marcha” at night
  • Interesting spots to go cycling, walking…

In the second term, topics covered include:

  • What Barcelona is NOT – exploding the myths
  • Barcelona: a cosmopolitan and multicultural city; a bilingual city
  • Day trips near Barcelona; the beach and mountains
  • Leisure; sports
  • Outdoor activities and parks

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Español Para la Economia y los Negocios (Spanish for Economic and Business)

This course introduces students to the business and economic world through a selection of newspaper articles and authentic materials that highlight the specialist vocabulary and grammatical structures needed for specific business contexts. Students develop language skills for comprehension and expression which prepare them for interactive communication in real-life situations such as debates, presentations, and simulations.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Historia del Arte II (Spanish Art History II: from the Renaissance till the 20th century)

The main objectives are to provide an overview of Spanish art since the end of the 15th century up until the 18th century, and thus expose Hispanic art from Goya till our current times.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Intermediate Level Spanish

An intermediate-level couse which aims, from a communicative perspective, to develop in an integrated and significant

way, the fundamental linguistic skills (listening and reading comprehension, written and oral expression).

The course has a strong focus on lexical and grammatical content whilst always seeking to respond

effectively to the communicative and academic needs of the students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Recommended US semester credits: 7   Contact Hours: 110

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Lectura de Textos Breves (Reading of Short Texts)

This course seeks to improve students’ linguistic competency and, more specifically, the reading competency of students through the comprehensive, critical and enjoyable reading of brief Spanish texts which belong to different textual typologies.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Lengua y Cultura Catalanas (Catalan Language and Culture)

The goal of this course is to introduce students to basic Catalan expressions and the grammatical structures used in everyday conversation. Students will also be exposed to the language through Catalan culture, including basic geography, holidays and traditional customs, Catalan literature, history, art, and music.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Pronunciación (Pronunciation)

El objetivo principal de este curso es que el alumno mejore su pronunciación en español. Para ello se presentarán los diversos aspectos de la fonética y la articulación del español con un enfoque práctico, para que el alumno aprenda a escuchar, reconocer y producir el español correctamente.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 1.5  

Spain’s Economy Highlights

This course focuses on the main characteristics of Spain’s economy. Centered not only in the current status of the economy but also in the historical evolution of the country from 1939, the course aims to be a general overview of what makes and has conditioned Spain’s economic growth, and what has set the particularities of Spain’s current economic crisis. The students are encouraged to discuss and try to establish comparisons with their countries’ characteristics during the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Geografía de España (Spanish Geography)

This course is intended to give general knowledge of the country through the geographical study of the natural environment, population, economic activities, and the regional reality.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate   Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Spanish Politics

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main features of the Spanish Political system and its evolution. In order to do so the main elements that compose political systems are reviewed. The course will also review how the Spanish system might be different or similar to other systems of the world. The course is divided in three main sections: Institutional framework, Elections and Political Culture. The first section explains the institutions that govern the life of the country and the legal basis of the system. This first section is divided into three subsections, one that explains the background and context where the institutions were chosen and approved; one that explains the main institutions of the constitutional agreement reached in 1978 and their development; and one that introduces the territorial organization and the process of decentralization. The second section focuses on one of the main figures of democratic systems: electoral dynamics in Spain. This section starts with a description of regulation of elections in Spain. Then Spanish political parties are presented and discussed. Finally, the electoral dynamics are explained by reviewing the different phases of electoral behavior in different elections since democracy was established. The last section introduces the main figures of political culture in Spain and the ways in which it might be different from that of other countries. It is divided in two section, one that focuses on the elites and its characteristics and one that will review the main figures of citizens political culture and public attitudes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Viaje Literario por España (A Literary Trip Through Spain)

El objetivo principal de este curso es realizar un recorrido por las diferentes provincias españolas, a partir de una amplia selección de textos literarios de escritores españoles, principalmente del siglo XX. A través de dichos escritos, los alumnos irán descubriendo tanto las similitudes como las diferencias de costumbres, formas de pensar, mentalidad, etc. de las diversas regiones que componen una país tan rico y diverso como es España.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Highlights
  • Classes: taught in Spanish and English
    • International excursion

    API students in Barcelona can choose from three different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family, in a student apartment, or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in all three options. Participants who will be under age 18 for any portion of their session abroad are required to live in supervised housing with a host family and must adhere to a curfew set by API while still a minor.

    Students who choose to live with families share a double room with a fellow API student and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

    API apartments in Barcelona generally have 2-4 bedrooms (the majority of which are double-rooms) with a shared kitchen, common area, and bathrooms. Apartments are located throughout the center of Barcelona and tend to be 30-45 minutes from the universities. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

    Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.

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