Contemporary Challenges Credits
Language Immersion

CIEE: Barcelona Language and Culture (Spain)

Barcelona, Spain

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2021
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2021
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Spanish
Yes
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Senior
3.0
Restrictions

This program is NOT accepting applications for Spring 2021.

Students who wish to complete Spanish 132 or above while abroad are not eligible for this program.

Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture in Barcelona, a cosmopolitan city deeply rooted in ancient tradition.

Spend the semester soaking up Spanish language and culture, improving your beginner Spanish language skills or continuing with Spanish regional studies. You will have access to classes on Spanish language, culture, art, politics, and history at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Your courses will be complemented by activities and excursions designed to enhance your learning and foster intercultural understanding. Activities include visits to museums, cathedrals, and the historic district; and a weekend excursion to a major city like Andalusia, Madrid, or Seville.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona

Program Location

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Barcelona, Spain

Spain

Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region of Spain that has its own distinct language and culture. It began as a Roman settlement and evidence of its Roman past can still be found in the oldest part of Barcelona. The city is one of the busiest port cities in Europe. Located right on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a colorful city by every means. The modern architect, Antoni Gaudi’s spiraling buildings, playful sculptures and vibrant mosaic tiles are an accurate reflection of the city’s character. Walking through the city, you will see 2,000 years of history in Roman ruins, 19th-century modernista architecture, ultramodern showpieces, and the Gothic buildings of the Old Town. Barcelona’s culture highlights include the Picasso Museum and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (which began in 1883 and is still under construction!)

Academics

 

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.

Based on language placement results, all students enroll in beginner, pre-intermediate or intermediate Spanish at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra(UPF) and choose three electives from either CIEE courses (at least one course must be from the CIEE course list) or Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses at UPF. HESP courses focus on the emerging European Union and Spain, on the history of Barcelona, on Spanish cinema and literature, politics and society. HESP courses are taught in English and in Spanish, while CIEE courses are taught only in English.

Students will also participate in a weekly, discussion-based Language and Culture seminar, where American and local Spanish students are brought together to reflect on cultural perceptions and differences. The Language and Culture seminar includes language activities that have been developed to enhance the student’s language learning and intercultural development.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 14-18 credits per semester. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

 

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Fall Semester

Early September

Late December

Spring Semester

Early January

Late April

Housing and Meals

 

Students have the option of living in a homestay with a Spanish family or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other international students. Students living in a homestay have breakfast and dinner at home and are responsible for lunch. Meals are not included in the student residencia option, but there is access to fully equipped kitchens and several University-run cafeterias.  All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona, and students take public transportation to their classes; the average commute to the city center, by metro or bus, is 30 minutes.

As space in the residencias is limited, students who request to live in a residencia but cannot be assigned a place, are accommodated through a homestay. In such cases, students with more advanced knowledge of Spanish are given higher priority for host family placement.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $20,940
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Some meals (for homestay option)
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $2,500
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $160
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $2,500
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $7,360.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.
 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $20,940
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Some meals (for homestay option)
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $2,500
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $160
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $2,500
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $7,360.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.
 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per semester TBD
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Some meals (for homestay option)
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $5,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $160
Books and Classroom Materials $600
Local Transportation $800
Personal Expenses $5,000
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $13,060.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.
 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs.  For more information please visit the CIEE website.