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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 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.
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.
Mallorca offers a unique combination of culture, nature, and nightlife. It lies in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of mainland Spain and is one of Europe’s most fashionable holiday destinations due to its historical and cultural richness as well as its beautiful beaches.
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’.
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.
Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. The island is known for its collection of megalithic stone monuments: navetes, taules and talaiots, which speak of a very early prehistoric human activity. Minorca is also well known for its traditional summer fiestas, including the popular ‘Festes de Sant Joan.’
Collsacabra area is well known for its mountains, cliffs, and the beautiful swamp of “Sau”. Rupit and Pruit are the two small but beautiful villages in the area with around 280 inhabitants. Saint Miquel church was built in the 12 century in Rupit. Its Romanesque monuments are placed in the main square in the village. After visiting and discovering this rural area, students will try a traditional Catalan meal.
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.
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.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go 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.