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This program is designed for students who wish to complete elective courses primarily in English, in combination with Spanish language. Spanish language is offered at all levels at the UAB. All students will complete an online Spanish language placement test to determine their Spanish level. Based on a student’s language level, the number of elective courses in English will vary. Any student may choose to add extra elective courses for an additional fee. Almost all elective courses are conducted in English and are upper-division courses. UAB language levels correspond to the European Common Framework.

What's Included?

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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 Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional application forms (including a housing form, a course form, and visa form)
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • 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.

  • Costa Brava

    The Costa Brava is famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. Tossa de Mar is home to a famous medieval castle. Figueres is famous for being the birthplace of Salvador Dalí where he created his biggest surrealist work, the Teatre Museu Gala Salvador Dalí.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tarragona

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tarragona

    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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12 credits per semester

This program is designed for students who wish to complete elective courses primarily in English, in combination with Spanish language. Spanish language is offered at all levels at the UAB. All students will complete an online Spanish language placement test to determine their Spanish level. Based on a student’s language level, the number of elective courses in English will vary. Any student may choose to add extra elective courses for an additional fee. Almost all elective courses are conducted in English and are upper-division courses. UAB language levels correspond to the European Common Framework.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat Autònoma of 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 Gómez Layola

    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!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

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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!

    Email - lauren.daniels@apiabroad.com

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    Kelsey Patton

    Kelsey Patton will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - kelsey.patton@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students may split their studies between two campuses: the Sant Pau campus and the Eixample campus, which are satellite campuses of UAB’s main Bellaterra campus. The Eixample campus is located within a 30-minute walk or 15-minute metro ride of the Sant Pau campus, and a 5-minute walk from the Plaza Catalunya. The Sant Pau campus is located in the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona. Here students study in a fabulous, renovated UNESCO World Heritage building. The Sant Pau campus is a 20-25 minute metro ride from the Plaza Catalunya. Coursework at the Eixample campus can be combined with coursework at Sant Pau Campus.

Option 1: Spanish Language and Electives (for all Spanish levels)

Students testing in the A1, A2 or B1.1 levels (the equivalent to the beginning and low intermediate levels, according to the European Common Framework) will be required to complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of Spanish. Alternately, students at any of these three lower levels may choose to complete a 6-credit Spanish course. Students testing into the B1.2 level or higher are not required to complete any Spanish language courses, though it is highly recommended. Students at the B1.2 level or higher who elect to complete Spanish will complete the equivalent of 90 hours of language study. Students selecting this track will complete two electives in English if they complete a 6-credit hour Spanish course and three electives in English if they complete a 3-credit hour Spanish course.

Option 2: Electives only (for Spanish levels B1.2 and higher only)

Students who test at the B1.2 level or higher on the online UAB Spanish placement test are eligible to select four elective courses in English, in lieu of completing any Spanish language courses.

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.

100, 200 Level Spanish Language

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK Levels A1, A2, B1.1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Language - 100 Level

This is an introductory Spanish course for beginners which is divided into two sub-levels, A1 and A2. Students focus on Spanish language, structure, vocabulary, verbs and tenses, and other fundamentals of the Spanish language.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS A1 AND A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Spanish Language – 200 Level

This course provides a general review of the most important grammar points in the Spanish language and is divided into two sub-levels: B1.1, and B1.2. Attention is then given to expanding vocabulary, adding the subjunctive and conditional forms, and writing and listening comprehension.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS B1.1, B1.2  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Spanish Language – 300 Level

This advanced level Spanish course concentrates on past tense narration, subjunctive, future, and conditional. The course is divided into two sub-levels, B 2.1, B 2.2, and C1, and concentrates on pronouns, ser/estar, comparisons, impersonal “se,” and prepositions.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS B2.1, B2.2, and C1  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Business in Action: Local Companies in a Global World - Eixample Campus

Whether you are building your career in the corporate world or being an entrepreneur, it is helpful to follow a program that offers you the experience in analyzing and understanding how European businesses operate. This is the goal of this module by providing the opportunity to view directly the strategies and operational activities of today’s European framework, and more specific, on how it is applied to the Catalan and Spanish institutions and business companies. Students will maintain a direct contact with the business and economic world in Barcelona where, with the full personal support and collaboration of the instructor, will gain impressive hands-on experience observing, asking, interacting and analyzing different companies. Direct personal interviews with Business Managers are designed in order to get to students a first-hand highly valuable testimonial related to managerial experiences, competitive advantages, and daily operations. The real-life experience of this course helps students to understand some of the local-global managerial challenges. Each visit is prepared in advance following a specific content.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Doing Business in Emerging Markets - Eixample Campus

Emerging economies account for about 120 of a total of 160 countries recognized by the United Nations. In today’s global environment, as companies seek sustainable competitive advantage, they need to develop effective strategies to deal with emerging markets. This course is centered on the challenges and opportunities associated with organizational management and business strategy in emerging economies. Business cases in emerging economies from diverse geographical regions such as Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe are discussed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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E-Commerce and Online Business - Eixample Campus

The Internet and the World Wide Web are revolutionizing the way people, businesses, and governments transact business via electronic commerce (e-Commerce). This process is just beginning but is already having an enormous impact on our activities and the way we relate to people and organizations. This course examines the major concepts that enable e-Commerce, including the Internet, security and privacy, software and hardware architectures, policy, legal and economic issues. The objectives of the course are to become familiar with the technologies, strategy and management issues associated with e-Commerce as well as to develop a good understanding of the risks in its use.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cross-Cultural Management - Eixample Campus

This course provides students with theoretical and practical tools in order to improve their effectiveness in international business activities. Course objectives include: to make students more aware of the impact of national cultures on business; to give students a sound knowledge of the most significant cultural dimensions; to analyze the consequences of each cultural dimension on key management functions; and to make students aware of their own cultural preferences and to give them the opportunity to compare them with those of major economies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation - Eixample Campus

The purpose of this course is to explore business creation and growth as a multidimensional phenomenon in both independent and corporate (entrepreneurship) settings. By linking theory and practice the course aims to provide students an entrepreneurial perspective and a hands-on experience in the development of new business ventures.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Español para los negocios - Eixample Campus

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the world of Spanish business. Students are provided with a wide range of business vocabulary, but they also must use it appropriately in a wide variety of contexts. Themes covered include types of companies; organization of companies; various departments (marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing/production, transportation, etc.) and their functions; the Spanish tax system. This course is offered in Spanish and is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students only.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Gestión Intercultural - Eixample Campus

Al trabajar con personas de diferentes culturas es imprescindible ser consciente de que hay diferencias culturales que pueden afectar el rendimiento de los equipos. La falta de gestión positiva de las diferencias culturales puede reflejarse en los bajos niveles de motivación de los equipos y en situaciones conflictivas. Los problemas de adaptación, tanto de los expatriados como los estudiantes extranjeros, pueden estar enraizados en choques culturales tanto de las culturas nacionales como de las organizativas.

Si se reconocen y comprenden formas de pensar, comunicar y trabajar diferentes a las propias, y se practican habilidades interculturales, se mejora la comunicación, se previenen conflictos y se aumenta de forma significativa la eficacia y eficiencia del trabajo conjunto. El objetivo general del curso es desarrollar la competencia intercultural del alumnado para facilitar sus estudios en el extranjero y para sensibilizarles sobre la complejidad del trabajo en el entorno multicultural.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Negocios Internacionales - Eixample Campus

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Estrategias de Marketing Internacional (International Marketing Strategies) - Eixample Campus

This course is an introduction to international marketing. Topics include analytical techniques used in international market research; determining prices; distribution channels in an international context; and marketing across linguistic and cultural borders (EU, NAFTA, Mercasur, Asia). Prerequisites: previous knowledge of marketing is highly recommended but not required. If you do not have a basic knowledge of economics and marketing, you should expect to do extra work at the beginning of these classes or prior to arriving to become familiar with common economic and marketing terminology and theory.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Human Resource Management - Eixample Campus

The objective of this course is to enable students to find their place in organizations by developing the appropriated competencies and promoting the right attitudes and behavior. In order to balance life and career pursuits, nowadays, the course talks about managing career trajectories. Ethics and technological competence have also become critical. Students will have to design a marketing plan where they are the product. Students will study the latest trends in job searching as well as web 2.0 technologies to create one's personal branding and product placement in the labor market.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Business - Eixample Campus

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Finance - Eixample Campus

In order to provide a global picture of financial interactions and increasing interdependence, this course delves into the macroeconomic aspects of international economics with special emphasis on monetary issues. As the tendency is for countries to become more open over time, doing so makes them subject or potentially vulnerable to external events that can substantially affect their performance and that of the firms within them. A good understanding of open-economy macroeconomics is therefore crucial. Specific cases of integration schemes and monetary experiences, such as the European integration, are also debated.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Managing Services - Eixample Campus

This course presents a deep analysis of the relationships that exist between marketing processes, operations, logistics and human resources in the services industry. It analyzes many differences in the concept of efficiency, quality, personal touch and other variables between the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Students evaluate the most important issues in the services industry in different countries and clusters.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Managerial Skills for International Business - Eixample Campus

This module teaches students about the basics of management and leadership. It also intends to develop the participants’ managerial skills that are necessary for a successful career. Students develop their managerial skills through different ways, including business cases, debates, teamwork, role-playing, etc.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

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Strategic Management of the Firm - Eixample Campus

This course analyzes strategy and organizational structure as general management tasks, developing the strategic implementation stages of the strategic decision-making process. The body of knowledge and techniques related to strategic management of a firm is presented and practiced so that the student can take part in the formulation and implementation process effectively.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Behavior and Incentives in Economics: the Case of Soccer - Eixample Campus

This course takes soccer as an illustration of theories and empirical evidence related to economic incentives and behavior. Soccer is widely followed and generates a great amount of information; this knowledge is used in a systematic way to explore the validity of economic theories and to empirically test predictions generated by these theories.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Communication and Gender - Eixample Campus

This course aims to reflect on the importance of the media in the production, reproduction, and perpetuation (or change) of gender roles. We will investigate how socially constructed gender categories inform our daily lives as citizens, consumers, and creators of public discourse. We will also explore the dynamic relationship between gender and other identity categories (race, religion, class, sexuality, nationality, etc.). Finally, this course will analyze the contents of the press, radio, television, TV series, movies, and Internet from a gender perspective.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Creative Economy - Eixample Campus

The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness of the crucial role of creativity and innovation in the 21st century and provide them with the tools to be effective change agents in their future organizations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Geopolitics and International Relations

Geopolitics is the art and practice of using political power over a given territory. Traditionally, the term has applied primarily to the impact of geography on politics, but its usage has evolved over the past century to encompass a wider connotation. In this course, students analyze geography, history and social science with reference to spatial politics and patterns at various scales (ranging from the level of the state to international). Previous knowledge of international geography is required.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Inequality, Poverty and Globalization - Eixample Campus

Inequality defines the world we live in. At the turn of the 21st century, the richest 5 percent of people received one-third of total global income, the next 15 percent richer got another third, and the poorest 80 percent of the population had to share the remaining third. In this course, students consider the development of international and global inequality, inequality within nations, gender inequality, and poverty in the long run. The main questions that the student will be able to discuss are: Has inequality increased over time? Does globalization make the world more unequal? What policies have been implemented in order to reduce inequality and how effective have they been? Why should we care about poverty?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Communication - Eixample Campus

The aim of this course is to increase student understanding and awareness of the impact of our differences in the way we communicate and receive messages. The main differences the course focuses on are nationality, race, class, gender, and religion. Students will study and observe how different identities under those categories affect people’s perceptions of themselves as individuals, themselves within their groups, themselves within other groups, and how those perceptions affect the way they communicate and interpret messages. In response to the changes in the way we communicate due to communication, the course will also focus on the impact of technology on intercultural communication as well as the ways that different cultures utilize the various forms of social media platforms. In order to do all of this and ensure that the class is dynamic, students will have diverse assignments and incorporate a variety of formats for the class including films, powerpoint, Youtube videos, articles, texts and short trips.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Economics - Eixample Campus

This course concentrates on the trade aspects of international economics, while certain monetary aspects are discussed when debating case studies. Topics include mercantilist views on trade; Adam Smith and absolute advantage; David Ricardo and comparative advantage; opportunity cost; production frontiers; economic development; imports and exports; trade problems in developing countries; demand for a new economic order. Prerequisites: Basic microeconomics, basic macroeconomics, and elementary calculus.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Political Economy of European Integration - Eixample Campus

This course introduces students to the main issues of economics and politics of European integration by using an economic approach. The course addresses key economic questions that arise from the process of integration. This course draws on a core textbook, articles from journals and other documents. Students are oriented in the most up-to-date policy discussion about European integration. By the end, students should be able to apply and relate conceptual and theoretical knowledge underpinning the course of the economic and political process of European integration.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics of the Developing World - Eixample Campus

This is an introductory course to the politics of development from a comparative perspective. Students address development issues across different points in time and across different world regions. Two main topics/concepts are analyzed throughout the semester: development and the state. Students address Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which form part of what is known as the developing world or Third World while challenging this labeling. The course also presents a comparative overview of the Latin American, African, and Asian regions in general; and familiarize students with the debates surrounding the virtues and vices of market economies (and globalization).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics, War and Economy in the Age of Globalization - Eixample Campus

Some feel that globalization is fast becoming the most over-used and least understood word in the world. The accelerating political, economic, cultural and environmental interconnections that it describes are powerful and controversial. But what does it really mean? This course focuses on the historical context of globalization in order to gain insights as to where it is going next.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Strategic Behavior in Business and Economics

This course is designed as an introduction to individual decision-making. It begins with an experiment including several basic decision problems, games and solution concepts. The results of this experiment are compared with the solutions offered by decision theory and game theory. When the standard economic theory does not fit the data some alternative approaches are introduced.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Understanding the European Economy - Eixample Campus

This course is designed to give the student a good understanding of the economy of the EU. Before introducing the topics related to the economic aspect of the European economy, a brief digression is made into the historical aspects of the development of the European community. A portion of the class also examines the Spanish economy and its relation to the European economy. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of micro and macroeconomics.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Arte Español - Sant Pau Campus

El curso propone dar a los estudiantes una introducción al Arte Contemporáneo Español desde 1970 a 1990.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Digital Photography for Beginners - Campus May Vary

Students in this course will gain in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basics of composition, retouch images, and learn about the historical masters of photography for inspiration. Students will apply what they learn in the first part of the course for an individual photography project. Note: Students must bring their own DSLR Camera, Bridge Camera, Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. [Shoot cameras or mobile phones will not be accepted.]

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Great Art Collections in Spain - Sant Pau Campus

This course has been designed to teach students about the great art collections preserved in the most important Spanish museums. Students study the origin and formation of these collections as well as the ways they are on display today. Throughout the course, students will be also able to recognize the most important masterpieces of Spanish art, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction will include lectures and field visits.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained - Sant Pau Campus

Modernism is the most idiosyncratic, creative and original of all European Art Nouveau movements. It also gives Barcelona its distinctive image and brings to mind the name of Gaudí. But a general overview of this style will always be slightly misleading because in Modernism the art is in the detail, and details are what general overviews leave out. This course offers the opportunity to discover the masterworks of Barcelona’s Art Nouveau architecture and the marvels of design contained in them. The history and cultural context of Modernism is explained in the classroom, but this course gives special emphasis to the outdoor practice.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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New Tendencies of Spanish Contemporary Art - Sant Pau Campus

In contemporary art, the frontiers between the classic disciplines are dissolving. Contemporary art is becoming ever more interdisciplinary, at times confusing, unclassifiable where all kinds of fusions, exchanges, frictions, transaction, and dialogues are occurring. There are new points of interaction, new crossings of information and action. This course is an introduction to some of these new territories and how they are being explored by Spanish Contemporary artists. The course includes visits from practicing artists and professionals in the field as guest speakers, as well as technical visits to contemporary art exhibitions in Barcelona galleries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Seven Wonders of Spain, Spanish Architectural History - Sant Pau Campus

In this course, which focuses on the history of Spanish architecture, students study the most representative buildings of each period that have been included on the Unesco World Heritage List for having outstanding universal value. Throughout the course, students are taught to recognize the most important masterpieces of Spanish architecture, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction include lectures and field visits.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage - Sant Pau Campus

Through careful study of the remains of different cultures that have occupied the peninsula, students see the styles of art and the relation between these and the cultural richness of the country. Whether Gothic, Roman, Arabic or Modern, all of these styles are clearly represented and some of them even share the same geographical content.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Contemporary Art - Sant Pau Campus

This is course focuses on the situation of Spanish art in a European context from the 70’s when the change of government in Spain meant a new style and a new way of thinking. The relation between society and art made this period one of the most interesting eras of art in Spain, and the new tendencies and the new artists of the time are still part of the current values of the country.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Urban Interventions, Graffiti & Public Sculpture: The Case of Barcelona - Sant Pau Campus

This course focuses on the idea that Art and Urban Interventions can be understood as a language. First, it is important to develop an understanding of the fundamental elements which help us look at and observe Painting and Sculpture. This foundation will then be used in order to further analyze the content and intentions of Spanish and International artists’ work. The second part of this program looks specifically at Public works of art as Urban Interventions with reference to the cityscape of Barcelona (world renowned for its development of urban spaces) as well as other cities within Spain. In order to maintain the course as close to real artistic practice, there will be scheduled visits to various museums and public spaces.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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A Greater Middle East - Sant Pau Campus

The goal of this course is to offer an in-depth introduction to a fundamental geostrategic area since the end of World War II – the Middle East. The course focuses on regional issues but within a global framework.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Barcelona: City Planning and Architecture - Sant Pau Campus

This course examines how Barcelona evolved since its foundation by the Romans to the present day. By comparing Barcelona to others European cases (Paris, London, Berlin, Venice, Amsterdam, and Rome), this course gives a wide understanding of urbanism and art, focusing on architecture and decoration of some major European cities. At the end of this course, students are able to deal with some important European art styles and identify what sort of building they are viewing. Students visit sites in Barcelona and the surrounding areas in order to experience Barcelona’s past and present.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Civilización y Cultura Española (Spanish Civilization and Culture) - Sant Pau Campus

This course starts with an extensive overview of Spanish history as a way of giving students a general framework wherein they can place the following subjects and different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician; focusing mainly on language, nationality, and political implications. The rest of the course will travel throughout various aspects of Spanish Civilization, understanding civilization as lifestyle and society, through the different artistic ways of expression (Painting, Architecture, Literature, Music, and Cinema). By using concepts from these various subjects, students will study how Spain changed from being a polarized country to an alleged reference in the West.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cultures Without State: The Case of Catalonia - Sant Pau Campus

This course investigates the culture and history of Catalonia from a social and humanistic perspective, giving students an understanding of Catalonia in a Spanish, European and Western context. Comparing Catalonia to other cultures without a state (or autonomous governments) like Quebec, Scotland, Ireland, the Basque Country and Corsica, students will gain a basic understanding of nation-building and state-building in the West, taking into account the importance of the American and French Revolutions in this process. Students receive a complete vision of the process of construction of the European Union and the international interactions between nations today using the concept of globalization and westernization.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Image of Barcelona in Literature - Sant Pau Campus

After the Olympic Games of 1992, Barcelona became known to the world and an international tourist destination; but a short touristic visit cannot account for the cultural complexities of the Catalan capital. For this reason, this course will explore the city through the eyes of its writers. We shall start in the nineteenth century with the rise of the modern metropolis that we know today and finish with the post-Olympic urban reality of the twenty-first century.Our goal will be to arrive at a greater knowledge of the city and its context, as well as the literature surrounding it.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Catalan Language - Sant Pau Campus

Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Catalan Language course, users are able to cope linguistically in a range of limited but basic survival situations which require a very predictable use of language. They can:

  • Give simple personal details about themselves, such as where they live, who they know, what they like and what they have.
  • Express basic needs. Ask for and give specific information using common, everyday expressions and very simple phrases.
  • Understand short texts, expressed in simple language, directed at the general public.
  • Identify the central topic of longer messages and extract the main relevant points.
  • Write short, simple notes and texts and complete forms with personal details.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Mediterranean Culture and History - Sant Pau Campus

The goal of this course is to offer a broad introduction to the main evolution of the Mediterranean cultures, religions, and peoples. The main topics covered are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greece, Rome, Germanics, Byzantines, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Renaissance, the Mediterranean family and the modernization of the Mediterranean societies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Mediterranean Politics - Sant Pau Campus

This course examines the evolution of the Mediterranean Basin, from the first settlers to the current situation with a poor south and the wealthy north. Studying all the civilizations, religions and political institutions of this small sea, students learn how the modern conflicts were configured in Ancient or Medieval Times, Palestine, Clash of Civilizations, the Balkans or Turkey and Greece. The last weeks of the course focus on politics, economics, and sociology of the Mediterranean since the end of World War II (1945).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish History and Politics: 1936 to the Present - Sant Pau Campus

This course aims to explain the evolution of Spain since 1898. The areas to be studied include Politics, Society, Family, and Economics. At the end of the semester, students should be able to understand the major changes that took place in Spain since the defeat of the Spanish Armada in Cuba in 1898.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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An Urban Approach to Spain and Europe - Sant Pau Campus

The study of the recent evolution of Spanish society and its integration in Europe is analyzed in this course through its urban dimension. Students study the economic and social development of Spain, as well as the many challenges that the country faces today (such as immigration, lack of economic competitiveness or low innovation level), including their origins and potential solutions at the urban level. In order to understand these challenges, we need to refer to specific urban-related theories and concepts from sociology, economy, and politics. The course covers these general theories and concepts using European (and Spanish) cities as examples and case studies, placing special emphasis on their multicultural dimension.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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100, 200 Level Spanish Language

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK Levels A1, A2, B1.1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Language - 100 Level

This is an introductory Spanish course for beginners which is divided into two sub-levels, A1 and A2. Students focus on Spanish language, structure, vocabulary, verbs and tenses, and other fundamentals of the Spanish language.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS A1 AND A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Spanish Language – 200 Level

This course provides a general review of the most important grammar points in the Spanish language and is divided into two sub-levels: B1.1, and B1.2. Attention is then given to expanding vocabulary, adding the subjunctive and conditional forms, and writing and listening comprehension.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS B1.1, B1.2  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Spanish Language – 300 Level

This advanced level Spanish course concentrates on past tense narration, subjunctive, future, and conditional. The course is divided into two sub-levels, B 2.1, B 2.2, and C1, and concentrates on pronouns, ser/estar, comparisons, impersonal “se,” and prepositions.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS B2.1, B2.2, and C1  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Business in Action: Local Companies in a Global World - Eixample Campus

Whether you are building your career in the corporate world or being an entrepreneur, it is helpful to follow a program that offers you the experience in analyzing and understanding how European businesses operate. This is the goal of this module by providing the opportunity to view directly the strategies and operational activities of today’s European framework, and more specific, on how it is applied to the Catalan and Spanish institutions and business companies. Students will maintain a direct contact with the business and economic world in Barcelona where, with the full personal support and collaboration of the instructor, will gain impressive hands-on experience observing, asking, interacting and analyzing different companies. Direct personal interviews with Business Managers are designed in order to get to students a first-hand highly valuable testimonial related to managerial experiences, competitive advantages, and daily operations. The real-life experience of this course helps students to understand some of the local-global managerial challenges. Each visit is prepared in advance following a specific content.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Doing Business in Emerging Markets - Eixample Campus

Emerging economies account for about 120 of a total of 160 countries recognized by the United Nations. In today’s global environment, as companies seek sustainable competitive advantage, they need to develop effective strategies to deal with emerging markets. This course is centered on the challenges and opportunities associated with organizational management and business strategy in emerging economies. Business cases in emerging economies from diverse geographical regions such as Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe are discussed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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E-Commerce and Online Business - Eixample Campus

The Internet and the World Wide Web are revolutionizing the way people, businesses, and governments transact business via electronic commerce (e-Commerce). This process is just beginning but is already having an enormous impact on our activities and the way we relate to people and organizations. This course examines the major concepts that enable e-Commerce, including the Internet, security and privacy, software and hardware architectures, policy, legal and economic issues. The objectives of the course are to become familiar with the technologies, strategy and management issues associated with e-Commerce as well as to develop a good understanding of the risks in its use.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cross-Cultural Management - Eixample Campus

This course provides students with theoretical and practical tools in order to improve their effectiveness in international business activities. Course objectives include: to make students more aware of the impact of national cultures on business; to give students a sound knowledge of the most significant cultural dimensions; to analyze the consequences of each cultural dimension on key management functions; and to make students aware of their own cultural preferences and to give them the opportunity to compare them with those of major economies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation - Eixample Campus

The purpose of this course is to explore business creation and growth as a multidimensional phenomenon in both independent and corporate (entrepreneurship) settings. By linking theory and practice the course aims to provide students an entrepreneurial perspective and a hands-on experience in the development of new business ventures.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Español para los negocios - Eixample Campus

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the world of Spanish business. Students are provided with a wide range of business vocabulary, but they also must use it appropriately in a wide variety of contexts. Themes covered include types of companies; organization of companies; various departments (marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing/production, transportation, etc.) and their functions; the Spanish tax system. This course is offered in Spanish and is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students only.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Gestión Intercultural - Eixample Campus

Al trabajar con personas de diferentes culturas es imprescindible ser consciente de que hay diferencias culturales que pueden afectar el rendimiento de los equipos. La falta de gestión positiva de las diferencias culturales puede reflejarse en los bajos niveles de motivación de los equipos y en situaciones conflictivas. Los problemas de adaptación, tanto de los expatriados como los estudiantes extranjeros, pueden estar enraizados en choques culturales tanto de las culturas nacionales como de las organizativas.

Si se reconocen y comprenden formas de pensar, comunicar y trabajar diferentes a las propias, y se practican habilidades interculturales, se mejora la comunicación, se previenen conflictos y se aumenta de forma significativa la eficacia y eficiencia del trabajo conjunto. El objetivo general del curso es desarrollar la competencia intercultural del alumnado para facilitar sus estudios en el extranjero y para sensibilizarles sobre la complejidad del trabajo en el entorno multicultural.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Negocios Internacionales - Eixample Campus

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Estrategias de Marketing Internacional (International Marketing Strategies) - Eixample Campus

This course is an introduction to international marketing. Topics include analytical techniques used in international market research; determining prices; distribution channels in an international context; and marketing across linguistic and cultural borders (EU, NAFTA, Mercasur, Asia). Prerequisites: previous knowledge of marketing is highly recommended but not required. If you do not have a basic knowledge of economics and marketing, you should expect to do extra work at the beginning of these classes or prior to arriving to become familiar with common economic and marketing terminology and theory.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Human Resource Management - Eixample Campus

The objective of this course is to enable students to find their place in organizations by developing the appropriated competencies and promoting the right attitudes and behavior. In order to balance life and career pursuits, nowadays, the course talks about managing career trajectories. Ethics and technological competence have also become critical. Students will have to design a marketing plan where they are the product. Students will study the latest trends in job searching as well as web 2.0 technologies to create one's personal branding and product placement in the labor market.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Business - Eixample Campus

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Finance - Eixample Campus

In order to provide a global picture of financial interactions and increasing interdependence, this course delves into the macroeconomic aspects of international economics with special emphasis on monetary issues. As the tendency is for countries to become more open over time, doing so makes them subject or potentially vulnerable to external events that can substantially affect their performance and that of the firms within them. A good understanding of open-economy macroeconomics is therefore crucial. Specific cases of integration schemes and monetary experiences, such as the European integration, are also debated.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Managing Services - Eixample Campus

This course presents a deep analysis of the relationships that exist between marketing processes, operations, logistics and human resources in the services industry. It analyzes many differences in the concept of efficiency, quality, personal touch and other variables between the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Students evaluate the most important issues in the services industry in different countries and clusters.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Managerial Skills for International Business - Eixample Campus

This module teaches students about the basics of management and leadership. It also intends to develop the participants’ managerial skills that are necessary for a successful career. Students develop their managerial skills through different ways, including business cases, debates, teamwork, role-playing, etc.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

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Strategic Management of the Firm - Eixample Campus

This course analyzes strategy and organizational structure as general management tasks, developing the strategic implementation stages of the strategic decision-making process. The body of knowledge and techniques related to strategic management of a firm is presented and practiced so that the student can take part in the formulation and implementation process effectively.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Behavior and Incentives in Economics: the Case of Soccer - Eixample Campus

This course takes soccer as an illustration of theories and empirical evidence related to economic incentives and behavior. Soccer is widely followed and generates a great amount of information; this knowledge is used in a systematic way to explore the validity of economic theories and to empirically test predictions generated by these theories.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Communication and Gender - Eixample Campus

This course aims to reflect on the importance of the media in the production, reproduction, and perpetuation (or change) of gender roles. We will investigate how socially constructed gender categories inform our daily lives as citizens, consumers, and creators of public discourse. We will also explore the dynamic relationship between gender and other identity categories (race, religion, class, sexuality, nationality, etc.). Finally, this course will analyze the contents of the press, radio, television, TV series, movies, and Internet from a gender perspective.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Creative Economy - Eixample Campus

The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness of the crucial role of creativity and innovation in the 21st century and provide them with the tools to be effective change agents in their future organizations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Geopolitics and International Relations

Geopolitics is the art and practice of using political power over a given territory. Traditionally, the term has applied primarily to the impact of geography on politics, but its usage has evolved over the past century to encompass a wider connotation. In this course, students analyze geography, history and social science with reference to spatial politics and patterns at various scales (ranging from the level of the state to international). Previous knowledge of international geography is required.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Inequality, Poverty and Globalization - Eixample Campus

Inequality defines the world we live in. At the turn of the 21st century, the richest 5 percent of people received one-third of total global income, the next 15 percent richer got another third, and the poorest 80 percent of the population had to share the remaining third. In this course, students consider the development of international and global inequality, inequality within nations, gender inequality, and poverty in the long run. The main questions that the student will be able to discuss are: Has inequality increased over time? Does globalization make the world more unequal? What policies have been implemented in order to reduce inequality and how effective have they been? Why should we care about poverty?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Communication - Eixample Campus

The aim of this course is to increase student understanding and awareness of the impact of our differences in the way we communicate and receive messages. The main differences the course focuses on are nationality, race, class, gender, and religion. Students will study and observe how different identities under those categories affect people’s perceptions of themselves as individuals, themselves within their groups, themselves within other groups, and how those perceptions affect the way they communicate and interpret messages. In response to the changes in the way we communicate due to communication, the course will also focus on the impact of technology on intercultural communication as well as the ways that different cultures utilize the various forms of social media platforms. In order to do all of this and ensure that the class is dynamic, students will have diverse assignments and incorporate a variety of formats for the class including films, powerpoint, Youtube videos, articles, texts and short trips.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Economics - Eixample Campus

This course concentrates on the trade aspects of international economics, while certain monetary aspects are discussed when debating case studies. Topics include mercantilist views on trade; Adam Smith and absolute advantage; David Ricardo and comparative advantage; opportunity cost; production frontiers; economic development; imports and exports; trade problems in developing countries; demand for a new economic order. Prerequisites: Basic microeconomics, basic macroeconomics, and elementary calculus.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Political Economy of European Integration - Eixample Campus

This course introduces students to the main issues of economics and politics of European integration by using an economic approach. The course addresses key economic questions that arise from the process of integration. This course draws on a core textbook, articles from journals and other documents. Students are oriented in the most up-to-date policy discussion about European integration. By the end, students should be able to apply and relate conceptual and theoretical knowledge underpinning the course of the economic and political process of European integration.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics of the Developing World - Eixample Campus

This is an introductory course to the politics of development from a comparative perspective. Students address development issues across different points in time and across different world regions. Two main topics/concepts are analyzed throughout the semester: development and the state. Students address Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which form part of what is known as the developing world or Third World while challenging this labeling. The course also presents a comparative overview of the Latin American, African, and Asian regions in general; and familiarize students with the debates surrounding the virtues and vices of market economies (and globalization).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics, War and Economy in the Age of Globalization - Eixample Campus

Some feel that globalization is fast becoming the most over-used and least understood word in the world. The accelerating political, economic, cultural and environmental interconnections that it describes are powerful and controversial. But what does it really mean? This course focuses on the historical context of globalization in order to gain insights as to where it is going next.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Strategic Behavior in Business and Economics

This course is designed as an introduction to individual decision-making. It begins with an experiment including several basic decision problems, games and solution concepts. The results of this experiment are compared with the solutions offered by decision theory and game theory. When the standard economic theory does not fit the data some alternative approaches are introduced.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Understanding the European Economy - Eixample Campus

This course is designed to give the student a good understanding of the economy of the EU. Before introducing the topics related to the economic aspect of the European economy, a brief digression is made into the historical aspects of the development of the European community. A portion of the class also examines the Spanish economy and its relation to the European economy. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of micro and macroeconomics.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Arte Español - Sant Pau Campus

El curso propone dar a los estudiantes una introducción al Arte Contemporáneo Español desde 1970 a 1990.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Digital Photography for Beginners - Campus May Vary

Students in this course will gain in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basics of composition, retouch images, and learn about the historical masters of photography for inspiration. Students will apply what they learn in the first part of the course for an individual photography project. Note: Students must bring their own DSLR Camera, Bridge Camera, Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. [Shoot cameras or mobile phones will not be accepted.]

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Great Art Collections in Spain - Sant Pau Campus

This course has been designed to teach students about the great art collections preserved in the most important Spanish museums. Students study the origin and formation of these collections as well as the ways they are on display today. Throughout the course, students will be also able to recognize the most important masterpieces of Spanish art, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction will include lectures and field visits.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained - Sant Pau Campus

Modernism is the most idiosyncratic, creative and original of all European Art Nouveau movements. It also gives Barcelona its distinctive image and brings to mind the name of Gaudí. But a general overview of this style will always be slightly misleading because in Modernism the art is in the detail, and details are what general overviews leave out. This course offers the opportunity to discover the masterworks of Barcelona’s Art Nouveau architecture and the marvels of design contained in them. The history and cultural context of Modernism is explained in the classroom, but this course gives special emphasis to the outdoor practice.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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New Tendencies of Spanish Contemporary Art - Sant Pau Campus

In contemporary art, the frontiers between the classic disciplines are dissolving. Contemporary art is becoming ever more interdisciplinary, at times confusing, unclassifiable where all kinds of fusions, exchanges, frictions, transaction, and dialogues are occurring. There are new points of interaction, new crossings of information and action. This course is an introduction to some of these new territories and how they are being explored by Spanish Contemporary artists. The course includes visits from practicing artists and professionals in the field as guest speakers, as well as technical visits to contemporary art exhibitions in Barcelona galleries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Seven Wonders of Spain, Spanish Architectural History - Sant Pau Campus

In this course, which focuses on the history of Spanish architecture, students study the most representative buildings of each period that have been included on the Unesco World Heritage List for having outstanding universal value. Throughout the course, students are taught to recognize the most important masterpieces of Spanish architecture, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction include lectures and field visits.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage - Sant Pau Campus

Through careful study of the remains of different cultures that have occupied the peninsula, students see the styles of art and the relation between these and the cultural richness of the country. Whether Gothic, Roman, Arabic or Modern, all of these styles are clearly represented and some of them even share the same geographical content.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Contemporary Art - Sant Pau Campus

This is course focuses on the situation of Spanish art in a European context from the 70’s when the change of government in Spain meant a new style and a new way of thinking. The relation between society and art made this period one of the most interesting eras of art in Spain, and the new tendencies and the new artists of the time are still part of the current values of the country.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Urban Interventions, Graffiti & Public Sculpture: The Case of Barcelona - Sant Pau Campus

This course focuses on the idea that Art and Urban Interventions can be understood as a language. First, it is important to develop an understanding of the fundamental elements which help us look at and observe Painting and Sculpture. This foundation will then be used in order to further analyze the content and intentions of Spanish and International artists’ work. The second part of this program looks specifically at Public works of art as Urban Interventions with reference to the cityscape of Barcelona (world renowned for its development of urban spaces) as well as other cities within Spain. In order to maintain the course as close to real artistic practice, there will be scheduled visits to various museums and public spaces.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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A Greater Middle East - Sant Pau Campus

The goal of this course is to offer an in-depth introduction to a fundamental geostrategic area since the end of World War II – the Middle East. The course focuses on regional issues but within a global framework.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Barcelona: City Planning and Architecture - Sant Pau Campus

This course examines how Barcelona evolved since its foundation by the Romans to the present day. By comparing Barcelona to others European cases (Paris, London, Berlin, Venice, Amsterdam, and Rome), this course gives a wide understanding of urbanism and art, focusing on architecture and decoration of some major European cities. At the end of this course, students are able to deal with some important European art styles and identify what sort of building they are viewing. Students visit sites in Barcelona and the surrounding areas in order to experience Barcelona’s past and present.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Civilización y Cultura Española (Spanish Civilization and Culture) - Sant Pau Campus

This course starts with an extensive overview of Spanish history as a way of giving students a general framework wherein they can place the following subjects and different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician; focusing mainly on language, nationality, and political implications. The rest of the course will travel throughout various aspects of Spanish Civilization, understanding civilization as lifestyle and society, through the different artistic ways of expression (Painting, Architecture, Literature, Music, and Cinema). By using concepts from these various subjects, students will study how Spain changed from being a polarized country to an alleged reference in the West.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cultures Without State: The Case of Catalonia - Sant Pau Campus

This course investigates the culture and history of Catalonia from a social and humanistic perspective, giving students an understanding of Catalonia in a Spanish, European and Western context. Comparing Catalonia to other cultures without a state (or autonomous governments) like Quebec, Scotland, Ireland, the Basque Country and Corsica, students will gain a basic understanding of nation-building and state-building in the West, taking into account the importance of the American and French Revolutions in this process. Students receive a complete vision of the process of construction of the European Union and the international interactions between nations today using the concept of globalization and westernization.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Image of Barcelona in Literature - Sant Pau Campus

After the Olympic Games of 1992, Barcelona became known to the world and an international tourist destination; but a short touristic visit cannot account for the cultural complexities of the Catalan capital. For this reason, this course will explore the city through the eyes of its writers. We shall start in the nineteenth century with the rise of the modern metropolis that we know today and finish with the post-Olympic urban reality of the twenty-first century.Our goal will be to arrive at a greater knowledge of the city and its context, as well as the literature surrounding it.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Catalan Language - Sant Pau Campus

Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Catalan Language course, users are able to cope linguistically in a range of limited but basic survival situations which require a very predictable use of language. They can:

  • Give simple personal details about themselves, such as where they live, who they know, what they like and what they have.
  • Express basic needs. Ask for and give specific information using common, everyday expressions and very simple phrases.
  • Understand short texts, expressed in simple language, directed at the general public.
  • Identify the central topic of longer messages and extract the main relevant points.
  • Write short, simple notes and texts and complete forms with personal details.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Mediterranean Culture and History - Sant Pau Campus

The goal of this course is to offer a broad introduction to the main evolution of the Mediterranean cultures, religions, and peoples. The main topics covered are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greece, Rome, Germanics, Byzantines, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Renaissance, the Mediterranean family and the modernization of the Mediterranean societies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Mediterranean Politics - Sant Pau Campus

This course examines the evolution of the Mediterranean Basin, from the first settlers to the current situation with a poor south and the wealthy north. Studying all the civilizations, religions and political institutions of this small sea, students learn how the modern conflicts were configured in Ancient or Medieval Times, Palestine, Clash of Civilizations, the Balkans or Turkey and Greece. The last weeks of the course focus on politics, economics, and sociology of the Mediterranean since the end of World War II (1945).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish History and Politics: 1936 to the Present - Sant Pau Campus

This course aims to explain the evolution of Spain since 1898. The areas to be studied include Politics, Society, Family, and Economics. At the end of the semester, students should be able to understand the major changes that took place in Spain since the defeat of the Spanish Armada in Cuba in 1898.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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An Urban Approach to Spain and Europe - Sant Pau Campus

The study of the recent evolution of Spanish society and its integration in Europe is analyzed in this course through its urban dimension. Students study the economic and social development of Spain, as well as the many challenges that the country faces today (such as immigration, lack of economic competitiveness or low innovation level), including their origins and potential solutions at the urban level. In order to understand these challenges, we need to refer to specific urban-related theories and concepts from sociology, economy, and politics. The course covers these general theories and concepts using European (and Spanish) cities as examples and case studies, placing special emphasis on their multicultural dimension.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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100, 200 Level Spanish Language

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK Levels A1, A2, B1.1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Language - 100 Level

This is an introductory Spanish course for beginners which is divided into two sub-levels, A1 and A2. Students focus on Spanish language, structure, vocabulary, verbs and tenses, and other fundamentals of the Spanish language.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS A1 AND A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Spanish Language – 200 Level

This course provides a general review of the most important grammar points in the Spanish language and is divided into two sub-levels: B1.1, and B1.2. Attention is then given to expanding vocabulary, adding the subjunctive and conditional forms, and writing and listening comprehension.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS B1.1, B1.2  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Spanish Language – 300 Level

This advanced level Spanish course concentrates on past tense narration, subjunctive, future, and conditional. The course is divided into two sub-levels, B 2.1, B 2.2, and C1, and concentrates on pronouns, ser/estar, comparisons, impersonal “se,” and prepositions.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS B2.1, B2.2, and C1  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Business in Action: Local Companies in a Global World - Eixample Campus

Whether you are building your career in the corporate world or being an entrepreneur, it is helpful to follow a program that offers you the experience in analyzing and understanding how European businesses operate. This is the goal of this module by providing the opportunity to view directly the strategies and operational activities of today’s European framework, and more specific, on how it is applied to the Catalan and Spanish institutions and business companies. Students will maintain a direct contact with the business and economic world in Barcelona where, with the full personal support and collaboration of the instructor, will gain impressive hands-on experience observing, asking, interacting and analyzing different companies. Direct personal interviews with Business Managers are designed in order to get to students a first-hand highly valuable testimonial related to managerial experiences, competitive advantages, and daily operations. The real-life experience of this course helps students to understand some of the local-global managerial challenges. Each visit is prepared in advance following a specific content.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Doing Business in Emerging Markets - Eixample Campus

Emerging economies account for about 120 of a total of 160 countries recognized by the United Nations. In today’s global environment, as companies seek sustainable competitive advantage, they need to develop effective strategies to deal with emerging markets. This course is centered on the challenges and opportunities associated with organizational management and business strategy in emerging economies. Business cases in emerging economies from diverse geographical regions such as Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe are discussed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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E-Commerce and Online Business - Eixample Campus

The Internet and the World Wide Web are revolutionizing the way people, businesses, and governments transact business via electronic commerce (e-Commerce). This process is just beginning but is already having an enormous impact on our activities and the way we relate to people and organizations. This course examines the major concepts that enable e-Commerce, including the Internet, security and privacy, software and hardware architectures, policy, legal and economic issues. The objectives of the course are to become familiar with the technologies, strategy and management issues associated with e-Commerce as well as to develop a good understanding of the risks in its use.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cross-Cultural Management - Eixample Campus

This course provides students with theoretical and practical tools in order to improve their effectiveness in international business activities. Course objectives include: to make students more aware of the impact of national cultures on business; to give students a sound knowledge of the most significant cultural dimensions; to analyze the consequences of each cultural dimension on key management functions; and to make students aware of their own cultural preferences and to give them the opportunity to compare them with those of major economies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation - Eixample Campus

The purpose of this course is to explore business creation and growth as a multidimensional phenomenon in both independent and corporate (entrepreneurship) settings. By linking theory and practice the course aims to provide students an entrepreneurial perspective and a hands-on experience in the development of new business ventures.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Español para los negocios - Eixample Campus

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the world of Spanish business. Students are provided with a wide range of business vocabulary, but they also must use it appropriately in a wide variety of contexts. Themes covered include types of companies; organization of companies; various departments (marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing/production, transportation, etc.) and their functions; the Spanish tax system. This course is offered in Spanish and is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students only.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Gestión Intercultural - Eixample Campus

Al trabajar con personas de diferentes culturas es imprescindible ser consciente de que hay diferencias culturales que pueden afectar el rendimiento de los equipos. La falta de gestión positiva de las diferencias culturales puede reflejarse en los bajos niveles de motivación de los equipos y en situaciones conflictivas. Los problemas de adaptación, tanto de los expatriados como los estudiantes extranjeros, pueden estar enraizados en choques culturales tanto de las culturas nacionales como de las organizativas.

Si se reconocen y comprenden formas de pensar, comunicar y trabajar diferentes a las propias, y se practican habilidades interculturales, se mejora la comunicación, se previenen conflictos y se aumenta de forma significativa la eficacia y eficiencia del trabajo conjunto. El objetivo general del curso es desarrollar la competencia intercultural del alumnado para facilitar sus estudios en el extranjero y para sensibilizarles sobre la complejidad del trabajo en el entorno multicultural.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Negocios Internacionales - Eixample Campus

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Estrategias de Marketing Internacional (International Marketing Strategies) - Eixample Campus

This course is an introduction to international marketing. Topics include analytical techniques used in international market research; determining prices; distribution channels in an international context; and marketing across linguistic and cultural borders (EU, NAFTA, Mercasur, Asia). Prerequisites: previous knowledge of marketing is highly recommended but not required. If you do not have a basic knowledge of economics and marketing, you should expect to do extra work at the beginning of these classes or prior to arriving to become familiar with common economic and marketing terminology and theory.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Human Resource Management - Eixample Campus

The objective of this course is to enable students to find their place in organizations by developing the appropriated competencies and promoting the right attitudes and behavior. In order to balance life and career pursuits, nowadays, the course talks about managing career trajectories. Ethics and technological competence have also become critical. Students will have to design a marketing plan where they are the product. Students will study the latest trends in job searching as well as web 2.0 technologies to create one's personal branding and product placement in the labor market.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Business - Eixample Campus

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Finance - Eixample Campus

In order to provide a global picture of financial interactions and increasing interdependence, this course delves into the macroeconomic aspects of international economics with special emphasis on monetary issues. As the tendency is for countries to become more open over time, doing so makes them subject or potentially vulnerable to external events that can substantially affect their performance and that of the firms within them. A good understanding of open-economy macroeconomics is therefore crucial. Specific cases of integration schemes and monetary experiences, such as the European integration, are also debated.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Managing Services - Eixample Campus

This course presents a deep analysis of the relationships that exist between marketing processes, operations, logistics and human resources in the services industry. It analyzes many differences in the concept of efficiency, quality, personal touch and other variables between the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Students evaluate the most important issues in the services industry in different countries and clusters.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Managerial Skills for International Business - Eixample Campus

This module teaches students about the basics of management and leadership. It also intends to develop the participants’ managerial skills that are necessary for a successful career. Students develop their managerial skills through different ways, including business cases, debates, teamwork, role-playing, etc.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

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Strategic Management of the Firm - Eixample Campus

This course analyzes strategy and organizational structure as general management tasks, developing the strategic implementation stages of the strategic decision-making process. The body of knowledge and techniques related to strategic management of a firm is presented and practiced so that the student can take part in the formulation and implementation process effectively.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Behavior and Incentives in Economics: the Case of Soccer - Eixample Campus

This course takes soccer as an illustration of theories and empirical evidence related to economic incentives and behavior. Soccer is widely followed and generates a great amount of information; this knowledge is used in a systematic way to explore the validity of economic theories and to empirically test predictions generated by these theories.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Communication and Gender - Eixample Campus

This course aims to reflect on the importance of the media in the production, reproduction, and perpetuation (or change) of gender roles. We will investigate how socially constructed gender categories inform our daily lives as citizens, consumers, and creators of public discourse. We will also explore the dynamic relationship between gender and other identity categories (race, religion, class, sexuality, nationality, etc.). Finally, this course will analyze the contents of the press, radio, television, TV series, movies, and Internet from a gender perspective.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Creative Economy - Eixample Campus

The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness of the crucial role of creativity and innovation in the 21st century and provide them with the tools to be effective change agents in their future organizations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Geopolitics and International Relations

Geopolitics is the art and practice of using political power over a given territory. Traditionally, the term has applied primarily to the impact of geography on politics, but its usage has evolved over the past century to encompass a wider connotation. In this course, students analyze geography, history and social science with reference to spatial politics and patterns at various scales (ranging from the level of the state to international). Previous knowledge of international geography is required.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Inequality, Poverty and Globalization - Eixample Campus

Inequality defines the world we live in. At the turn of the 21st century, the richest 5 percent of people received one-third of total global income, the next 15 percent richer got another third, and the poorest 80 percent of the population had to share the remaining third. In this course, students consider the development of international and global inequality, inequality within nations, gender inequality, and poverty in the long run. The main questions that the student will be able to discuss are: Has inequality increased over time? Does globalization make the world more unequal? What policies have been implemented in order to reduce inequality and how effective have they been? Why should we care about poverty?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Communication - Eixample Campus

The aim of this course is to increase student understanding and awareness of the impact of our differences in the way we communicate and receive messages. The main differences the course focuses on are nationality, race, class, gender, and religion. Students will study and observe how different identities under those categories affect people’s perceptions of themselves as individuals, themselves within their groups, themselves within other groups, and how those perceptions affect the way they communicate and interpret messages. In response to the changes in the way we communicate due to communication, the course will also focus on the impact of technology on intercultural communication as well as the ways that different cultures utilize the various forms of social media platforms. In order to do all of this and ensure that the class is dynamic, students will have diverse assignments and incorporate a variety of formats for the class including films, powerpoint, Youtube videos, articles, texts and short trips.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Economics - Eixample Campus

This course concentrates on the trade aspects of international economics, while certain monetary aspects are discussed when debating case studies. Topics include mercantilist views on trade; Adam Smith and absolute advantage; David Ricardo and comparative advantage; opportunity cost; production frontiers; economic development; imports and exports; trade problems in developing countries; demand for a new economic order. Prerequisites: Basic microeconomics, basic macroeconomics, and elementary calculus.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Political Economy of European Integration - Eixample Campus

This course introduces students to the main issues of economics and politics of European integration by using an economic approach. The course addresses key economic questions that arise from the process of integration. This course draws on a core textbook, articles from journals and other documents. Students are oriented in the most up-to-date policy discussion about European integration. By the end, students should be able to apply and relate conceptual and theoretical knowledge underpinning the course of the economic and political process of European integration.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics of the Developing World - Eixample Campus

This is an introductory course to the politics of development from a comparative perspective. Students address development issues across different points in time and across different world regions. Two main topics/concepts are analyzed throughout the semester: development and the state. Students address Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which form part of what is known as the developing world or Third World while challenging this labeling. The course also presents a comparative overview of the Latin American, African, and Asian regions in general; and familiarize students with the debates surrounding the virtues and vices of market economies (and globalization).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics, War and Economy in the Age of Globalization - Eixample Campus

Some feel that globalization is fast becoming the most over-used and least understood word in the world. The accelerating political, economic, cultural and environmental interconnections that it describes are powerful and controversial. But what does it really mean? This course focuses on the historical context of globalization in order to gain insights as to where it is going next.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Strategic Behavior in Business and Economics

This course is designed as an introduction to individual decision-making. It begins with an experiment including several basic decision problems, games and solution concepts. The results of this experiment are compared with the solutions offered by decision theory and game theory. When the standard economic theory does not fit the data some alternative approaches are introduced.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Understanding the European Economy - Eixample Campus

This course is designed to give the student a good understanding of the economy of the EU. Before introducing the topics related to the economic aspect of the European economy, a brief digression is made into the historical aspects of the development of the European community. A portion of the class also examines the Spanish economy and its relation to the European economy. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of micro and macroeconomics.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Arte Español - Sant Pau Campus

El curso propone dar a los estudiantes una introducción al Arte Contemporáneo Español desde 1970 a 1990.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Digital Photography for Beginners - Campus May Vary

Students in this course will gain in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basics of composition, retouch images, and learn about the historical masters of photography for inspiration. Students will apply what they learn in the first part of the course for an individual photography project. Note: Students must bring their own DSLR Camera, Bridge Camera, Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. [Shoot cameras or mobile phones will not be accepted.]

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Great Art Collections in Spain - Sant Pau Campus

This course has been designed to teach students about the great art collections preserved in the most important Spanish museums. Students study the origin and formation of these collections as well as the ways they are on display today. Throughout the course, students will be also able to recognize the most important masterpieces of Spanish art, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction will include lectures and field visits.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained - Sant Pau Campus

Modernism is the most idiosyncratic, creative and original of all European Art Nouveau movements. It also gives Barcelona its distinctive image and brings to mind the name of Gaudí. But a general overview of this style will always be slightly misleading because in Modernism the art is in the detail, and details are what general overviews leave out. This course offers the opportunity to discover the masterworks of Barcelona’s Art Nouveau architecture and the marvels of design contained in them. The history and cultural context of Modernism is explained in the classroom, but this course gives special emphasis to the outdoor practice.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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New Tendencies of Spanish Contemporary Art - Sant Pau Campus

In contemporary art, the frontiers between the classic disciplines are dissolving. Contemporary art is becoming ever more interdisciplinary, at times confusing, unclassifiable where all kinds of fusions, exchanges, frictions, transaction, and dialogues are occurring. There are new points of interaction, new crossings of information and action. This course is an introduction to some of these new territories and how they are being explored by Spanish Contemporary artists. The course includes visits from practicing artists and professionals in the field as guest speakers, as well as technical visits to contemporary art exhibitions in Barcelona galleries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Seven Wonders of Spain, Spanish Architectural History - Sant Pau Campus

In this course, which focuses on the history of Spanish architecture, students study the most representative buildings of each period that have been included on the Unesco World Heritage List for having outstanding universal value. Throughout the course, students are taught to recognize the most important masterpieces of Spanish architecture, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction include lectures and field visits.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage - Sant Pau Campus

Through careful study of the remains of different cultures that have occupied the peninsula, students see the styles of art and the relation between these and the cultural richness of the country. Whether Gothic, Roman, Arabic or Modern, all of these styles are clearly represented and some of them even share the same geographical content.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Contemporary Art - Sant Pau Campus

This is course focuses on the situation of Spanish art in a European context from the 70’s when the change of government in Spain meant a new style and a new way of thinking. The relation between society and art made this period one of the most interesting eras of art in Spain, and the new tendencies and the new artists of the time are still part of the current values of the country.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Urban Interventions, Graffiti & Public Sculpture: The Case of Barcelona - Sant Pau Campus

This course focuses on the idea that Art and Urban Interventions can be understood as a language. First, it is important to develop an understanding of the fundamental elements which help us look at and observe Painting and Sculpture. This foundation will then be used in order to further analyze the content and intentions of Spanish and International artists’ work. The second part of this program looks specifically at Public works of art as Urban Interventions with reference to the cityscape of Barcelona (world renowned for its development of urban spaces) as well as other cities within Spain. In order to maintain the course as close to real artistic practice, there will be scheduled visits to various museums and public spaces.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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A Greater Middle East - Sant Pau Campus

The goal of this course is to offer an in-depth introduction to a fundamental geostrategic area since the end of World War II – the Middle East. The course focuses on regional issues but within a global framework.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Barcelona: City Planning and Architecture - Sant Pau Campus

This course examines how Barcelona evolved since its foundation by the Romans to the present day. By comparing Barcelona to others European cases (Paris, London, Berlin, Venice, Amsterdam, and Rome), this course gives a wide understanding of urbanism and art, focusing on architecture and decoration of some major European cities. At the end of this course, students are able to deal with some important European art styles and identify what sort of building they are viewing. Students visit sites in Barcelona and the surrounding areas in order to experience Barcelona’s past and present.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Civilización y Cultura Española (Spanish Civilization and Culture) - Sant Pau Campus

This course starts with an extensive overview of Spanish history as a way of giving students a general framework wherein they can place the following subjects and different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician; focusing mainly on language, nationality, and political implications. The rest of the course will travel throughout various aspects of Spanish Civilization, understanding civilization as lifestyle and society, through the different artistic ways of expression (Painting, Architecture, Literature, Music, and Cinema). By using concepts from these various subjects, students will study how Spain changed from being a polarized country to an alleged reference in the West.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cultures Without State: The Case of Catalonia - Sant Pau Campus

This course investigates the culture and history of Catalonia from a social and humanistic perspective, giving students an understanding of Catalonia in a Spanish, European and Western context. Comparing Catalonia to other cultures without a state (or autonomous governments) like Quebec, Scotland, Ireland, the Basque Country and Corsica, students will gain a basic understanding of nation-building and state-building in the West, taking into account the importance of the American and French Revolutions in this process. Students receive a complete vision of the process of construction of the European Union and the international interactions between nations today using the concept of globalization and westernization.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Image of Barcelona in Literature - Sant Pau Campus

After the Olympic Games of 1992, Barcelona became known to the world and an international tourist destination; but a short touristic visit cannot account for the cultural complexities of the Catalan capital. For this reason, this course will explore the city through the eyes of its writers. We shall start in the nineteenth century with the rise of the modern metropolis that we know today and finish with the post-Olympic urban reality of the twenty-first century.Our goal will be to arrive at a greater knowledge of the city and its context, as well as the literature surrounding it.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Catalan Language - Sant Pau Campus

Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Catalan Language course, users are able to cope linguistically in a range of limited but basic survival situations which require a very predictable use of language. They can:

  • Give simple personal details about themselves, such as where they live, who they know, what they like and what they have.
  • Express basic needs. Ask for and give specific information using common, everyday expressions and very simple phrases.
  • Understand short texts, expressed in simple language, directed at the general public.
  • Identify the central topic of longer messages and extract the main relevant points.
  • Write short, simple notes and texts and complete forms with personal details.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Mediterranean Culture and History - Sant Pau Campus

The goal of this course is to offer a broad introduction to the main evolution of the Mediterranean cultures, religions, and peoples. The main topics covered are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greece, Rome, Germanics, Byzantines, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Renaissance, the Mediterranean family and the modernization of the Mediterranean societies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Mediterranean Politics - Sant Pau Campus

This course examines the evolution of the Mediterranean Basin, from the first settlers to the current situation with a poor south and the wealthy north. Studying all the civilizations, religions and political institutions of this small sea, students learn how the modern conflicts were configured in Ancient or Medieval Times, Palestine, Clash of Civilizations, the Balkans or Turkey and Greece. The last weeks of the course focus on politics, economics, and sociology of the Mediterranean since the end of World War II (1945).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish History and Politics: 1936 to the Present - Sant Pau Campus

This course aims to explain the evolution of Spain since 1898. The areas to be studied include Politics, Society, Family, and Economics. At the end of the semester, students should be able to understand the major changes that took place in Spain since the defeat of the Spanish Armada in Cuba in 1898.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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An Urban Approach to Spain and Europe - Sant Pau Campus

The study of the recent evolution of Spanish society and its integration in Europe is analyzed in this course through its urban dimension. Students study the economic and social development of Spain, as well as the many challenges that the country faces today (such as immigration, lack of economic competitiveness or low innovation level), including their origins and potential solutions at the urban level. In order to understand these challenges, we need to refer to specific urban-related theories and concepts from sociology, economy, and politics. The course covers these general theories and concepts using European (and Spanish) cities as examples and case studies, placing special emphasis on their multicultural dimension.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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100, 200 Level Spanish Language

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK Levels A1, A2, B1.1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Language - 100 Level

This is an introductory Spanish course for beginners which is divided into two sub-levels, A1 and A2. Students focus on Spanish language, structure, vocabulary, verbs and tenses, and other fundamentals of the Spanish language.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS A1 AND A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Spanish Language – 200 Level

This course provides a general review of the most important grammar points in the Spanish language and is divided into two sub-levels: B1.1, and B1.2. Attention is then given to expanding vocabulary, adding the subjunctive and conditional forms, and writing and listening comprehension.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS B1.1, B1.2  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Spanish Language – 300 Level

This advanced level Spanish course concentrates on past tense narration, subjunctive, future, and conditional. The course is divided into two sub-levels, B 2.1, B 2.2, and C1, and concentrates on pronouns, ser/estar, comparisons, impersonal “se,” and prepositions.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVELS B2.1, B2.2, and C1  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Business in Action: Local Companies in a Global World - Eixample Campus

Whether you are building your career in the corporate world or being an entrepreneur, it is helpful to follow a program that offers you the experience in analyzing and understanding how European businesses operate. This is the goal of this module by providing the opportunity to view directly the strategies and operational activities of today’s European framework, and more specific, on how it is applied to the Catalan and Spanish institutions and business companies. Students will maintain a direct contact with the business and economic world in Barcelona where, with the full personal support and collaboration of the instructor, will gain impressive hands-on experience observing, asking, interacting and analyzing different companies. Direct personal interviews with Business Managers are designed in order to get to students a first-hand highly valuable testimonial related to managerial experiences, competitive advantages, and daily operations. The real-life experience of this course helps students to understand some of the local-global managerial challenges. Each visit is prepared in advance following a specific content.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Doing Business in Emerging Markets - Eixample Campus

Emerging economies account for about 120 of a total of 160 countries recognized by the United Nations. In today’s global environment, as companies seek sustainable competitive advantage, they need to develop effective strategies to deal with emerging markets. This course is centered on the challenges and opportunities associated with organizational management and business strategy in emerging economies. Business cases in emerging economies from diverse geographical regions such as Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe are discussed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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E-Commerce and Online Business - Eixample Campus

The Internet and the World Wide Web are revolutionizing the way people, businesses, and governments transact business via electronic commerce (e-Commerce). This process is just beginning but is already having an enormous impact on our activities and the way we relate to people and organizations. This course examines the major concepts that enable e-Commerce, including the Internet, security and privacy, software and hardware architectures, policy, legal and economic issues. The objectives of the course are to become familiar with the technologies, strategy and management issues associated with e-Commerce as well as to develop a good understanding of the risks in its use.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cross-Cultural Management - Eixample Campus

This course provides students with theoretical and practical tools in order to improve their effectiveness in international business activities. Course objectives include: to make students more aware of the impact of national cultures on business; to give students a sound knowledge of the most significant cultural dimensions; to analyze the consequences of each cultural dimension on key management functions; and to make students aware of their own cultural preferences and to give them the opportunity to compare them with those of major economies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation - Eixample Campus

The purpose of this course is to explore business creation and growth as a multidimensional phenomenon in both independent and corporate (entrepreneurship) settings. By linking theory and practice the course aims to provide students an entrepreneurial perspective and a hands-on experience in the development of new business ventures.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Español para los negocios - Eixample Campus

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the world of Spanish business. Students are provided with a wide range of business vocabulary, but they also must use it appropriately in a wide variety of contexts. Themes covered include types of companies; organization of companies; various departments (marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing/production, transportation, etc.) and their functions; the Spanish tax system. This course is offered in Spanish and is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students only.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Gestión Intercultural - Eixample Campus

Al trabajar con personas de diferentes culturas es imprescindible ser consciente de que hay diferencias culturales que pueden afectar el rendimiento de los equipos. La falta de gestión positiva de las diferencias culturales puede reflejarse en los bajos niveles de motivación de los equipos y en situaciones conflictivas. Los problemas de adaptación, tanto de los expatriados como los estudiantes extranjeros, pueden estar enraizados en choques culturales tanto de las culturas nacionales como de las organizativas.

Si se reconocen y comprenden formas de pensar, comunicar y trabajar diferentes a las propias, y se practican habilidades interculturales, se mejora la comunicación, se previenen conflictos y se aumenta de forma significativa la eficacia y eficiencia del trabajo conjunto. El objetivo general del curso es desarrollar la competencia intercultural del alumnado para facilitar sus estudios en el extranjero y para sensibilizarles sobre la complejidad del trabajo en el entorno multicultural.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Negocios Internacionales - Eixample Campus

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Estrategias de Marketing Internacional (International Marketing Strategies) - Eixample Campus

This course is an introduction to international marketing. Topics include analytical techniques used in international market research; determining prices; distribution channels in an international context; and marketing across linguistic and cultural borders (EU, NAFTA, Mercasur, Asia). Prerequisites: previous knowledge of marketing is highly recommended but not required. If you do not have a basic knowledge of economics and marketing, you should expect to do extra work at the beginning of these classes or prior to arriving to become familiar with common economic and marketing terminology and theory.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Human Resource Management - Eixample Campus

The objective of this course is to enable students to find their place in organizations by developing the appropriated competencies and promoting the right attitudes and behavior. In order to balance life and career pursuits, nowadays, the course talks about managing career trajectories. Ethics and technological competence have also become critical. Students will have to design a marketing plan where they are the product. Students will study the latest trends in job searching as well as web 2.0 technologies to create one's personal branding and product placement in the labor market.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Business - Eixample Campus

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Finance - Eixample Campus

In order to provide a global picture of financial interactions and increasing interdependence, this course delves into the macroeconomic aspects of international economics with special emphasis on monetary issues. As the tendency is for countries to become more open over time, doing so makes them subject or potentially vulnerable to external events that can substantially affect their performance and that of the firms within them. A good understanding of open-economy macroeconomics is therefore crucial. Specific cases of integration schemes and monetary experiences, such as the European integration, are also debated.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Managing Services - Eixample Campus

This course presents a deep analysis of the relationships that exist between marketing processes, operations, logistics and human resources in the services industry. It analyzes many differences in the concept of efficiency, quality, personal touch and other variables between the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Students evaluate the most important issues in the services industry in different countries and clusters.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Managerial Skills for International Business - Eixample Campus

This module teaches students about the basics of management and leadership. It also intends to develop the participants’ managerial skills that are necessary for a successful career. Students develop their managerial skills through different ways, including business cases, debates, teamwork, role-playing, etc.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

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Strategic Management of the Firm - Eixample Campus

This course analyzes strategy and organizational structure as general management tasks, developing the strategic implementation stages of the strategic decision-making process. The body of knowledge and techniques related to strategic management of a firm is presented and practiced so that the student can take part in the formulation and implementation process effectively.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Behavior and Incentives in Economics: the Case of Soccer - Eixample Campus

This course takes soccer as an illustration of theories and empirical evidence related to economic incentives and behavior. Soccer is widely followed and generates a great amount of information; this knowledge is used in a systematic way to explore the validity of economic theories and to empirically test predictions generated by these theories.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Communication and Gender - Eixample Campus

This course aims to reflect on the importance of the media in the production, reproduction, and perpetuation (or change) of gender roles. We will investigate how socially constructed gender categories inform our daily lives as citizens, consumers, and creators of public discourse. We will also explore the dynamic relationship between gender and other identity categories (race, religion, class, sexuality, nationality, etc.). Finally, this course will analyze the contents of the press, radio, television, TV series, movies, and Internet from a gender perspective.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Creative Economy - Eixample Campus

The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness of the crucial role of creativity and innovation in the 21st century and provide them with the tools to be effective change agents in their future organizations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Geopolitics and International Relations

Geopolitics is the art and practice of using political power over a given territory. Traditionally, the term has applied primarily to the impact of geography on politics, but its usage has evolved over the past century to encompass a wider connotation. In this course, students analyze geography, history and social science with reference to spatial politics and patterns at various scales (ranging from the level of the state to international). Previous knowledge of international geography is required.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Inequality, Poverty and Globalization - Eixample Campus

Inequality defines the world we live in. At the turn of the 21st century, the richest 5 percent of people received one-third of total global income, the next 15 percent richer got another third, and the poorest 80 percent of the population had to share the remaining third. In this course, students consider the development of international and global inequality, inequality within nations, gender inequality, and poverty in the long run. The main questions that the student will be able to discuss are: Has inequality increased over time? Does globalization make the world more unequal? What policies have been implemented in order to reduce inequality and how effective have they been? Why should we care about poverty?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Communication - Eixample Campus

The aim of this course is to increase student understanding and awareness of the impact of our differences in the way we communicate and receive messages. The main differences the course focuses on are nationality, race, class, gender, and religion. Students will study and observe how different identities under those categories affect people’s perceptions of themselves as individuals, themselves within their groups, themselves within other groups, and how those perceptions affect the way they communicate and interpret messages. In response to the changes in the way we communicate due to communication, the course will also focus on the impact of technology on intercultural communication as well as the ways that different cultures utilize the various forms of social media platforms. In order to do all of this and ensure that the class is dynamic, students will have diverse assignments and incorporate a variety of formats for the class including films, powerpoint, Youtube videos, articles, texts and short trips.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Economics - Eixample Campus

This course concentrates on the trade aspects of international economics, while certain monetary aspects are discussed when debating case studies. Topics include mercantilist views on trade; Adam Smith and absolute advantage; David Ricardo and comparative advantage; opportunity cost; production frontiers; economic development; imports and exports; trade problems in developing countries; demand for a new economic order. Prerequisites: Basic microeconomics, basic macroeconomics, and elementary calculus.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Political Economy of European Integration - Eixample Campus

This course introduces students to the main issues of economics and politics of European integration by using an economic approach. The course addresses key economic questions that arise from the process of integration. This course draws on a core textbook, articles from journals and other documents. Students are oriented in the most up-to-date policy discussion about European integration. By the end, students should be able to apply and relate conceptual and theoretical knowledge underpinning the course of the economic and political process of European integration.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics of the Developing World - Eixample Campus

This is an introductory course to the politics of development from a comparative perspective. Students address development issues across different points in time and across different world regions. Two main topics/concepts are analyzed throughout the semester: development and the state. Students address Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which form part of what is known as the developing world or Third World while challenging this labeling. The course also presents a comparative overview of the Latin American, African, and Asian regions in general; and familiarize students with the debates surrounding the virtues and vices of market economies (and globalization).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics, War and Economy in the Age of Globalization - Eixample Campus

Some feel that globalization is fast becoming the most over-used and least understood word in the world. The accelerating political, economic, cultural and environmental interconnections that it describes are powerful and controversial. But what does it really mean? This course focuses on the historical context of globalization in order to gain insights as to where it is going next.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Strategic Behavior in Business and Economics

This course is designed as an introduction to individual decision-making. It begins with an experiment including several basic decision problems, games and solution concepts. The results of this experiment are compared with the solutions offered by decision theory and game theory. When the standard economic theory does not fit the data some alternative approaches are introduced.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Understanding the European Economy - Eixample Campus

This course is designed to give the student a good understanding of the economy of the EU. Before introducing the topics related to the economic aspect of the European economy, a brief digression is made into the historical aspects of the development of the European community. A portion of the class also examines the Spanish economy and its relation to the European economy. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of micro and macroeconomics.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Arte Español - Sant Pau Campus

El curso propone dar a los estudiantes una introducción al Arte Contemporáneo Español desde 1970 a 1990.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Digital Photography for Beginners - Campus May Vary

Students in this course will gain in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basics of composition, retouch images, and learn about the historical masters of photography for inspiration. Students will apply what they learn in the first part of the course for an individual photography project. Note: Students must bring their own DSLR Camera, Bridge Camera, Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. [Shoot cameras or mobile phones will not be accepted.]

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Great Art Collections in Spain - Sant Pau Campus

This course has been designed to teach students about the great art collections preserved in the most important Spanish museums. Students study the origin and formation of these collections as well as the ways they are on display today. Throughout the course, students will be also able to recognize the most important masterpieces of Spanish art, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction will include lectures and field visits.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained - Sant Pau Campus

Modernism is the most idiosyncratic, creative and original of all European Art Nouveau movements. It also gives Barcelona its distinctive image and brings to mind the name of Gaudí. But a general overview of this style will always be slightly misleading because in Modernism the art is in the detail, and details are what general overviews leave out. This course offers the opportunity to discover the masterworks of Barcelona’s Art Nouveau architecture and the marvels of design contained in them. The history and cultural context of Modernism is explained in the classroom, but this course gives special emphasis to the outdoor practice.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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New Tendencies of Spanish Contemporary Art - Sant Pau Campus

In contemporary art, the frontiers between the classic disciplines are dissolving. Contemporary art is becoming ever more interdisciplinary, at times confusing, unclassifiable where all kinds of fusions, exchanges, frictions, transaction, and dialogues are occurring. There are new points of interaction, new crossings of information and action. This course is an introduction to some of these new territories and how they are being explored by Spanish Contemporary artists. The course includes visits from practicing artists and professionals in the field as guest speakers, as well as technical visits to contemporary art exhibitions in Barcelona galleries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Seven Wonders of Spain, Spanish Architectural History - Sant Pau Campus

In this course, which focuses on the history of Spanish architecture, students study the most representative buildings of each period that have been included on the Unesco World Heritage List for having outstanding universal value. Throughout the course, students are taught to recognize the most important masterpieces of Spanish architecture, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction include lectures and field visits.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage - Sant Pau Campus

Through careful study of the remains of different cultures that have occupied the peninsula, students see the styles of art and the relation between these and the cultural richness of the country. Whether Gothic, Roman, Arabic or Modern, all of these styles are clearly represented and some of them even share the same geographical content.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish Contemporary Art - Sant Pau Campus

This is course focuses on the situation of Spanish art in a European context from the 70’s when the change of government in Spain meant a new style and a new way of thinking. The relation between society and art made this period one of the most interesting eras of art in Spain, and the new tendencies and the new artists of the time are still part of the current values of the country.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Urban Interventions, Graffiti & Public Sculpture: The Case of Barcelona - Sant Pau Campus

This course focuses on the idea that Art and Urban Interventions can be understood as a language. First, it is important to develop an understanding of the fundamental elements which help us look at and observe Painting and Sculpture. This foundation will then be used in order to further analyze the content and intentions of Spanish and International artists’ work. The second part of this program looks specifically at Public works of art as Urban Interventions with reference to the cityscape of Barcelona (world renowned for its development of urban spaces) as well as other cities within Spain. In order to maintain the course as close to real artistic practice, there will be scheduled visits to various museums and public spaces.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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A Greater Middle East - Sant Pau Campus

The goal of this course is to offer an in-depth introduction to a fundamental geostrategic area since the end of World War II – the Middle East. The course focuses on regional issues but within a global framework.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Barcelona: City Planning and Architecture - Sant Pau Campus

This course examines how Barcelona evolved since its foundation by the Romans to the present day. By comparing Barcelona to others European cases (Paris, London, Berlin, Venice, Amsterdam, and Rome), this course gives a wide understanding of urbanism and art, focusing on architecture and decoration of some major European cities. At the end of this course, students are able to deal with some important European art styles and identify what sort of building they are viewing. Students visit sites in Barcelona and the surrounding areas in order to experience Barcelona’s past and present.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Civilización y Cultura Española (Spanish Civilization and Culture) - Sant Pau Campus

This course starts with an extensive overview of Spanish history as a way of giving students a general framework wherein they can place the following subjects and different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician; focusing mainly on language, nationality, and political implications. The rest of the course will travel throughout various aspects of Spanish Civilization, understanding civilization as lifestyle and society, through the different artistic ways of expression (Painting, Architecture, Literature, Music, and Cinema). By using concepts from these various subjects, students will study how Spain changed from being a polarized country to an alleged reference in the West.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cultures Without State: The Case of Catalonia - Sant Pau Campus

This course investigates the culture and history of Catalonia from a social and humanistic perspective, giving students an understanding of Catalonia in a Spanish, European and Western context. Comparing Catalonia to other cultures without a state (or autonomous governments) like Quebec, Scotland, Ireland, the Basque Country and Corsica, students will gain a basic understanding of nation-building and state-building in the West, taking into account the importance of the American and French Revolutions in this process. Students receive a complete vision of the process of construction of the European Union and the international interactions between nations today using the concept of globalization and westernization.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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The Image of Barcelona in Literature - Sant Pau Campus

After the Olympic Games of 1992, Barcelona became known to the world and an international tourist destination; but a short touristic visit cannot account for the cultural complexities of the Catalan capital. For this reason, this course will explore the city through the eyes of its writers. We shall start in the nineteenth century with the rise of the modern metropolis that we know today and finish with the post-Olympic urban reality of the twenty-first century.Our goal will be to arrive at a greater knowledge of the city and its context, as well as the literature surrounding it.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Catalan Language - Sant Pau Campus

Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Catalan Language course, users are able to cope linguistically in a range of limited but basic survival situations which require a very predictable use of language. They can:

  • Give simple personal details about themselves, such as where they live, who they know, what they like and what they have.
  • Express basic needs. Ask for and give specific information using common, everyday expressions and very simple phrases.
  • Understand short texts, expressed in simple language, directed at the general public.
  • Identify the central topic of longer messages and extract the main relevant points.
  • Write short, simple notes and texts and complete forms with personal details.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Mediterranean Culture and History - Sant Pau Campus

The goal of this course is to offer a broad introduction to the main evolution of the Mediterranean cultures, religions, and peoples. The main topics covered are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greece, Rome, Germanics, Byzantines, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Renaissance, the Mediterranean family and the modernization of the Mediterranean societies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Mediterranean Politics - Sant Pau Campus

This course examines the evolution of the Mediterranean Basin, from the first settlers to the current situation with a poor south and the wealthy north. Studying all the civilizations, religions and political institutions of this small sea, students learn how the modern conflicts were configured in Ancient or Medieval Times, Palestine, Clash of Civilizations, the Balkans or Turkey and Greece. The last weeks of the course focus on politics, economics, and sociology of the Mediterranean since the end of World War II (1945).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish History and Politics: 1936 to the Present - Sant Pau Campus

This course aims to explain the evolution of Spain since 1898. The areas to be studied include Politics, Society, Family, and Economics. At the end of the semester, students should be able to understand the major changes that took place in Spain since the defeat of the Spanish Armada in Cuba in 1898.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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An Urban Approach to Spain and Europe - Sant Pau Campus

The study of the recent evolution of Spanish society and its integration in Europe is analyzed in this course through its urban dimension. Students study the economic and social development of Spain, as well as the many challenges that the country faces today (such as immigration, lack of economic competitiveness or low innovation level), including their origins and potential solutions at the urban level. In order to understand these challenges, we need to refer to specific urban-related theories and concepts from sociology, economy, and politics. The course covers these general theories and concepts using European (and Spanish) cities as examples and case studies, placing special emphasis on their multicultural dimension.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Highlights
  • Classes: taught in Spanish & 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.

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
Academic Year Sep 2, 2019 - Apr 23, 2020 $22,380 May 1, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Fall Sep 2, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 $11,680 May 1, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Spring Jan 7, 2020 - Apr 23, 2020 $11,680 Oct 1, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Jan 4, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019 $11,680 Oct 1, 2018 Nov 1, 2018