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CIEE: Barcelona Language and Culture
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region of Spain that has its own distinct language and culture. It began as a Roman settlement. 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. Barcelona’s culture highlights include the Picasso Museum and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (which began in 1883 and is still under construction!) To find a more tranquil moment in Barcelona, you can take the funicular to Montserrat, a multi-peaked mountain close to the city.
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.
Fall Semester: Early September – Late December
Spring Semester: Early January – Late April
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.
Accommodations and Meals
Students have the option of living in 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 you are responsible for lunch. Meals are not included in the student residencia option, but there is access to fully equipped kitchens and many 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.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
Program Cost: 2013-2014
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE: Barcelona Language and Culture Expenses Worksheet:
CIEE Barcelona Spring 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- 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.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.