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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.

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Pre Departure Services

Advising

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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 Global Leadership Academy

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

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.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • 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.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Girona & Besalú

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2.000 years. 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. Besalú was a meeting place of different cultures, which have enriched the heritage of the town. It is a small and picturesque village with great architectural value.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Montserrat

    Montserrat is regarded by many Catalans as the most important spiritual and cultural center of Catalonia. The 14th century Benedictine Monastery is where the monks worship Catalonia’s Patron Saint, the Black Madonna of Montserrat. As one travels up the mountains, one has a chance to admire the breathtaking views from the Shrine located 2100 feet above sea level.

  • Paris

    One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf. It is a natural environment outside the noisy Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional sea Catalan meal.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • Montserrat

    Montserrat is regarded by many Catalans as the most important spiritual and cultural center of Catalonia. The 14th century Benedictine Monastery is where the monks worship Catalonia’s Patron Saint, the Black Madonna of Montserrat. As one travels up the mountains, one has a chance to admire the breathtaking views from the Shrine located 2100 feet above sea level.

  • 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.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Paris

    One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Girona & Besalú

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2.000 years. 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. Besalú was a meeting place of different cultures, which have enriched the heritage of the town. It is a small and picturesque village with great architectural value.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf. It is a natural environment outside the noisy Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional sea Catalan meal.

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.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Alicia Castillo

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

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    Ruth Layola Gómez

    Ruth will be your Housing Director in Barcelona and will organize your living accommodations for you!

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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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    Rebecca Cott

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

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    Lauren Daniels

    Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!

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    Gabi Perches will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - gabriela.perches@apiabroad.com

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  

View Syllabus   

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

View Syllabus   

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  

View Syllabus   

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  

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  

View Syllabus   

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  

View Syllabus   

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  

Geografia de España

This course will introduce students to Spain’s natural environment and its relationship with Spanish society and the country’s economy. In the second term, the course will focus on Spain’s economy and society from a world and regional perspective, and examine how this relates to Spain’s natural resources.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Hispanoamérica: Pintura, Cine, Literatura y Música (Latin America: Painting, Cinema, Literature and Music)

El curso consistirá en el estudio de la Cultura Hispanoamericana a través de algunas de sus obras más representativas y del marco socio-cultural y artístico en que se inscriben. El objetivo prioritario es facilitar al alumno los conocimientos y claves de lectura específicos, así como potenciar y desarrollar las diferentes estrategias de comprensión e interpretación vinculadas al mundo cultural y artístico hispanoamericano.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Historia del Arte I (Spanish Art History I: From Ancient to Medieval)

This course will give a general overview of the main artistic manifestations that have taken place in the Iberian Peninsula from Prehistoric to the Islamic period. In the second term, attention will focus on Romanesque, Gothic and Mudejar art.

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

View Syllabus   

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  

Sustainable Business Management

Irreversibly, current and future businesses will have to be sustainable. In this sense sustainable is attracting the attention of companies, consumers, policy-makers, stakeholders and business agents from around the world. Thus, the number of companies developing and implementing sustainable business strategies is growing. To carry out this challenge successfully companies are recruiting managers prepared in this cross-disciplinary topic. This course is an introduction to all of the Sustainable Business Management: Global sustainable models, trade, industry, consumption, trends, strategies, key sectors, policy and more.

In the class, students will learn the vision and the tools required in order to effectively manage all of the challenges that new sustainable business models are currently demanding. The course explains the “whats” and the “whys” of sustainable business in order to learn a big perspective and deep capabilities around the sustainability competitive advantages.

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 6

Critical Skills for Managers of the Future

Strengthening a soft skill is one of the best investments you can make in your career. According to World Economic Forum accelerating changes to business models will have a profound impact on employment landscape and are expected to have a significant impact of managers widening skills gaps. Capabilities define what you do and what you need to win making your strategy much more tangible. Thus, future managers should reinforce these so as not to be displaced.

In order to success in front of disruptive changes managers must acquire the necessary business skills because their work is critical to helping everyone else work together seamlessly motivating and inspiring their subordinates, advancing new tech challenges, involving problem-solving, improving decision-making and activating creativity attitudes, among others. This course is a practical introduction to all of the Critical Skills for Managers of the Future like critical thinking, negotiation, flexibility, people management and more.

In the class, students will learn the global vision and the tools required in order to effectively manage all of the challenges that new disruptive era are currently demanding. The course explains the “whats” and the “whys” of new management capabilities in order to have a big perspective about it and learning-by-doing approach.

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 6

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  

Geografia de España

This course will introduce students to Spain’s natural environment and its relationship with Spanish society and the country’s economy. In the second term, the course will focus on Spain’s economy and society from a world and regional perspective, and examine how this relates to Spain’s natural resources.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Hispanoamérica: Pintura, Cine, Literatura y Música (Latin America: Painting, Cinema, Literature and Music)

El curso consistirá en el estudio de la Cultura Hispanoamericana a través de algunas de sus obras más representativas y del marco socio-cultural y artístico en que se inscriben. El objetivo prioritario es facilitar al alumno los conocimientos y claves de lectura específicos, así como potenciar y desarrollar las diferentes estrategias de comprensión e interpretación vinculadas al mundo cultural y artístico hispanoamericano.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Historia del Arte I (Spanish Art History I: From Ancient to Medieval)

This course will give a general overview of the main artistic manifestations that have taken place in the Iberian Peninsula from Prehistoric to the Islamic period. In the second term, attention will focus on Romanesque, Gothic and Mudejar art.

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  

Sustainable Business Management

Irreversibly, current and future businesses will have to be sustainable. In this sense sustainable is attracting the attention of companies, consumers, policy-makers, stakeholders and business agents from around the world. Thus, the number of companies developing and implementing sustainable business strategies is growing. To carry out this challenge successfully companies are recruiting managers prepared in this cross-disciplinary topic. This course is an introduction to all of the Sustainable Business Management: Global sustainable models, trade, industry, consumption, trends, strategies, key sectors, policy and more.

In the class, students will learn the vision and the tools required in order to effectively manage all of the challenges that new sustainable business models are currently demanding. The course explains the “whats” and the “whys” of sustainable business in order to learn a big perspective and deep capabilities around the sustainability competitive advantages.

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 6

Critical Skills for Managers of the Future

Strengthening a soft skill is one of the best investments you can make in your career. According to World Economic Forum accelerating changes to business models will have a profound impact on employment landscape and are expected to have a significant impact of managers widening skills gaps. Capabilities define what you do and what you need to win making your strategy much more tangible. Thus, future managers should reinforce these so as not to be displaced.

In order to success in front of disruptive changes managers must acquire the necessary business skills because their work is critical to helping everyone else work together seamlessly motivating and inspiring their subordinates, advancing new tech challenges, involving problem-solving, improving decision-making and activating creativity attitudes, among others. This course is a practical introduction to all of the Critical Skills for Managers of the Future like critical thinking, negotiation, flexibility, people management and more.

In the class, students will learn the global vision and the tools required in order to effectively manage all of the challenges that new disruptive era are currently demanding. The course explains the “whats” and the “whys” of new management capabilities in order to have a big perspective about it and learning-by-doing approach.

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 6

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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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 7, 2020 - May 1, 2020 $11,930 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Fall Sep, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $12,030 Jun 10, 2020 Jul 1, 2020
Academic Year Sep, 2020 - Apr, 2021 $22,930 Jun 10, 2020 Jul 1, 2020
Spring Jan 7, 2019 - May 1, 2019 $12,030 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Fall Sep 2, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $12,030 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Academic Year Sep 2, 2019 - Apr 23, 2020 $22,930 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019