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This program is designed for students who want to study abroad in Barcelona to learn more about Catalan art, culture, and identity. The courses provide students with tools to set the frame for a broader perspective on the Spanish and European cultures, political systems, and society, and allow them to acquire a deep understanding of the Spanish political institutions and recent history. Barcelona is an ideal location to host such a program thanks to its landscape, which allows for the symbiosis among cosmopolitanism, cultural diversity and site as the Catalonian capital. Bilingualism, integration and migration are only some of the topics that students analyze in class and beyond.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Barcelona programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
With almost 60 miles of golden sandy beaches, la Costa Daurada stretches from the north of Tarragona to the Ebro delta. Tarragona’s biggest lure is the wealth of ruins in Spain’s second most important Roman site, including mosaic-packed museums and a seaside amphitheater. Les Cases d’Alcanar or Sant Carles de la Ràpita conjure up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The towns alternate between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depict the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons.
Costa Brava is a coastal area in the northeast of Barcelona. This area is famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. Students will visit a village on the seafront and after that students will be able to participate in an adventurous sea activity such as kayaking.
Cadí-Moixeró is a high-mountain natural park that stands between valleys situated 900 m above sea level and has peaks that are more than 2,500 m high. This site of great beauty is also a biodiversity hotspot where you can enjoy activities and sports in the heart of nature. Charming little villages abound in the area and hearty, local food is guaranteed.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits
This program is designed for students who want to study abroad in Barcelona to learn more about Catalan art, culture, and identity. The courses provide students with tools to set the frame for a broader perspective on the Spanish and European cultures, political systems, and society, and allow them to acquire a deep understanding of the Spanish political institutions and recent history. Barcelona is an ideal location to host such a program thanks to its landscape, which allows for the symbiosis among cosmopolitanism, cultural diversity, and site as the Catalonian capital. Bilingualism, integration, and migration are only some of the topics that students analyze in class and beyond, as they soak up Barcelona’s vibrant city life.
In addition to the course-related activities, all participants in the program take part in activities and field studies that are a substantial part of the program. These cover prominent aspects of the summer program topics. Field studies and co-curricular activities may include: opening ceremony and opening lecture; evening tour: the political scenarios of Barcelona: City Hall and Generalitat; visit to the Catalan Parliament and debate with Parliamentarians; a course-integrated overnight study tour to “The Catalan No-Borders: Historical Ties with The Pays Catalan”; closing ceremony and concert. These co-curricular activities and excursions are led by experts and include lectures given by faculty from either UPF or the universities hosting the visits. The Spanish language course is available for all levels, but it is only required for those students who plan on taking all of their courses in Spanish. Students who plan on taking their courses in Spanish must have a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish experience.
API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra upon completion of their program.
Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas
Study Abroad (or International) Experience: I had the opportunity to study abroad in summer 2008 in Europe. I was part of a faculty-led program that studied the European Union in France, Germany and Belgium; then I studied French language in Grenoble, France, and finally backpacked around western Europe doing thesis research. I also went abroad there times as a high school student as part of an educational tour program touring France, Spain and Italy.
Education: BA in International Studies from Texas A&M University & M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin
Where is your most favorite travel destination that you’ve been to, and what about that spot impacted your life and your direction?
I have had the opportunity to travel to many exciting countries, such as China, Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, and several others. In all of my travels, my favorite destinations tend to stand out, not because of the location, but the feeling that I get from being there. Whether traveling alone, with friends or family, each destination lives forever with me, impacting my life and decisions in ways that it could take years to figure out. For example, one favorite destination is Paris, which I have have the opportunity to visit many times for work and pleasure. Now, when I travel there, it is not to see every tourist attraction, but to just be and exist in that time and place. Paris is where I realized that I loved travel, and getting lost to explore new places. It has led me to a life in international education, where I hope to help others have that same experience; to be able to live in the moment, but also help shape their future in ways that they cannot yet imagine.
Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!
Arnau Roma Sansa will be your Academic Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational goals abroad.
Students will choose two courses (45 hours each – 3 U.S. credits each). Students who are interested in taking a third course may do so for an additional fee. All courses may include on-site activities that are mandatory and part of the course evaluation. Enrollment and participation require attendance, study, the fulfillment of course workload (exams, papers) and active class participation.
Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.
This course aims, from a communicative perspective, to develop in an integrated and significant way, the fundamental linguistic skills (listening and reading comprehension, written and oral expression). The course has a strong focus on lexical and grammatical content whilst always seeking to respond effectively to the communicative and academic needs of the students
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Recommended US semester credits: 3
The main objectives of this level are: to understand the main points of clear standard written language, dealing with known issues, either in work, study or leisure; knowing how to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken, using the most common expressions of these functions in a neutral register; to produce simple connected text on familiar topics in which students have a personal interest; to describe experiences and events, dreams and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for their own plans and opinions; to be aware of the most important rules of courtesy and act appropriately; to know the most significant differences between the customs, manners, attitudes, values and beliefs prevalent in Spanish society and their own, and knowing how to respond appropriately to such differences.
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course aims, from a communicative perspective, to develop in an integrated and significant way, the fundamental linguistic skills (listening and reading comprehension, written and oral expression). The course has a strong focus on lexical and grammatical content while always seeking to respond effectively to the communicative and academic needs of the students.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Level Required: Intermediate
The goal of this seminar is to provide students with a basic, but professional, of knowledge of documentary film making. Special attention will be given to the successful renewal of Spanish and Catalan film scene during the last 15 years.
Language of Instruction: English
This course will penetrate and analyze this glossy and gritty city by focusing on its cultural history during the past 2 centuries. In addition to readings in history, we will survey perspectives from urban, Hispanic, and cultural studies as well as anthropology and sociology.
El curso ofrece una introducción al cine español desde el inicio de la democracia, en los años setenta, hasta la actualidad, con una atención particular hacia aquellos cineastas que destacan tanto por su valor artístico como por su capacidad para reflejar los rasgos más destacables de la realidad y la cultura española contemporánea. Las diferentes sesiones del curso exponen el imaginario plural del cine español más reciente, a través de la obra de autores como Pedro Almodóvar, Víctor Erice, Julio Médem, Alejandro Amenábar o José Luis Guerín.
The purpose of this course is to set a foundation for full exploitation and creative use of the statistical language for computing and graphics R. The course introduces students to the syntax and inner workings of R, to become proficient in everyday computational tasks with datasets of all kinds, skilled in applications of elementary statistical methods, with emphasis on (initial) data exploration and simple graphics.
This course provides a dynamic, multi-disciplinary introduction to Postmodern Culture in Spain. It covers nearly forty years of local artistic production, from the raise of democracy in the mid seventies to the establishment of the globalized paradigma during the first decade of the XXI Century. We will discuss recent classics as well as emerging artists, and we will cover a wide range of artistic practices, from photography to afterpop music, including installation art, performance art and comic art.
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.