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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’.
The crest forms of the Pyrenees divides France and Spain. Boi and Taüll are two small but wild towns located in the heart of it. Students will hike in the National Park of Aigüestortes and St. Maurice lake to enjoy its beauty. In the valley, we will also visit the UNESCO churches of Sant Climent and Santa Maria de Taüll. The temples were built during the 11th and 12th centuries following the Lombard Romanesque. This weekend excursion combines nature and culture outside the Summer heat of big cities.
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.
The Principality of the Valleys of Andorra is a microstate bordered by France and Spain. It is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe. With a unique history, nature, and heritage Andorra is the only country whose official language is Catalan.
Students will hike up to Tristaina lakes and will do a sports activity. The breathtaking views of the lakes make this excursion worth it!
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.