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This program is intended for students who want to study abroad in Barcelona and focus on improving their Spanish language skills in an immersion setting. Students are assessed based on classroom participation, local field trips, a short research paper, and exams.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Barcelona programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Costa Brava is a coastal area in the northeast of Barcelona. This area is famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. Students will visit a village on the seafront and after that students will be able to participate in an adventurous sea activity such as kayaking.
The coastal town of Sitges, by the southern coast of Barcelona, is renowned for its beaches, cultural heritage, Cinema Festival, Carnival, and nightlife. In the late 19th century the town became the focal point for modernist artists (writers, musicians, critics, sculptors, and painters) and was defined as ‘The Mecca of Modernism’.
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.
With almost 60 miles of golden sandy beaches, la Costa Daurada stretches from the north of Tarragona to the Ebro delta. Tarragona’s biggest lure is the wealth of ruins in Spain’s second most important Roman site, including mosaic-packed museums and a seaside amphitheater. Les Cases d’Alcanar or Sant Carles de la Ràpita conjure up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The towns alternate between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depict the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons.
Cadí-Moixeró is a high-mountain natural park that stands between valleys situated 900 m above sea level and has peaks that are more than 2,500 m high. This site of great beauty is also a biodiversity hotspot where you can enjoy activities and sports in the heart of nature. Charming little villages abound in the area and hearty, local food is guaranteed.
Barcelona is characterized by the Mediterranean sea. Students will discover a seaside town around Barcelona where they will be able to do a water-based activity such as paddle surf class in an accessible and beautiful beach.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 credits per session (up to 18 total)
This program is intended for students who want to study abroad in Barcelona and focus on improving their Spanish language skills in an immersion setting. Students are assessed based on classroom participation, local field trips, a short research paper, and exams. Students take a placement exam online prior to arrival and are placed into a level based on the results of this exam.
API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona upon completion of their program.
Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas
Study Abroad (or International) Experience: I had the opportunity to study abroad in summer 2008 in Europe. I was part of a faculty-led program that studied the European Union in France, Germany and Belgium; then I studied French language in Grenoble, France, and finally backpacked around western Europe doing thesis research. I also went abroad there times as a high school student as part of an educational tour program touring France, Spain and Italy.
Education: BA in International Studies from Texas A&M University & M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin
Where is your most favorite travel destination that you’ve been to, and what about that spot impacted your life and your direction?
I have had the opportunity to travel to many exciting countries, such as China, Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, and several others. In all of my travels, my favorite destinations tend to stand out, not because of the location, but the feeling that I get from being there. Whether traveling alone, with friends or family, each destination lives forever with me, impacting my life and decisions in ways that it could take years to figure out. For example, one favorite destination is Paris, which I have have the opportunity to visit many times for work and pleasure. Now, when I travel there, it is not to see every tourist attraction, but to just be and exist in that time and place. Paris is where I realized that I loved travel, and getting lost to explore new places. It has led me to a life in international education, where I hope to help others have that same experience; to be able to live in the moment, but also help shape their future in ways that they cannot yet imagine.
Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!
Arnau Roma Sansa will be your Academic Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational goals abroad.
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.
This course gives a general review of the most important grammar points in the Spanish language, systematically reviewing verb tenses and adding the subjunctive and conditional forms. Vocabulary expansion is stressed as an important aid to fluency. Courses are taught at the appropriate level (beginning, intermediate, advanced) and are similar in structure. Each level consists of multiple sub-levels (100 – A1/A2; 200; 300 – B2.1, B2.2 400 – C1) C1 is available based on enrollment.
Supplemental field trips and essays will be an integral part of the extracurricular experience.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
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.
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.